Project Fatherhood

About This Program

Target Population: Fathers, significant others, and at-risk children

For children/adolescents ages: 6 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 6 – 17

Program Overview

Project Fatherhood has fathers meet in a group setting. There the fathers discuss day-to-day issues involved with parenting their children. The members of the group can only relate to each other in a positive supportive manner. A children's group and a significant others' group also meet and do activities at the same time as the fathers' group.

Program Goals

The goal of Project Fatherhood is:

  • Help fathers parent their children in a manner that helps them develop a trusting supportive relationship

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Project Fatherhood.

Essential Components

The essentials components of Project Fatherhood include:

  • 40 hours of training in the fatherhood model
  • Recommended group size of 8-12 participants
  • Group leaders assessing the fathers, the children, and significant others
  • Activities and discussion focusing on the relationship between the father and children
  • Non-labeling, non-interpretational, and non-confrontational communication among group members
  • Disclosure by all members of the group
  • Cover certain specific content areas
  • Commitment to process by group leaders and group members

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Project Fatherhood directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Self-Esteem, PTSD, and separation and loss

Parent/Caregiver Services

Project Fatherhood directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • The relationship between the fathers and their at-risk children
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Significant others group

Recommended Intensity:

90-minute weekly sessions

Recommended Duration:

Open-Ended, 6 to 10 months

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
  • School Setting (Including: Day Care, Day Treatment Programs, etc.)


This program does not include a homework component.


Project Fatherhood has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Rooms for groups, DVD player, TV, one graduate level mental health professional and 2 other experienced counselor therapists.

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Master's level counselor/therapist with 3 years group counseling experience for leading the fathers group.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

On-site and at Children's Institute

Number of days/hours:

5 Days, 40 Hours

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Project Fatherhood.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Project Fatherhood.

Contact Information

Alan-Michael Graves, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Children's Institute, Inc.
Phone: (213) 260-7600
Fax: (213) 251-3673

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2011

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2011