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Early Bird Pricing ends THIS Sunday - National Families and Fathers Conference in February

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Conference Program link here.

A vision of Fathers & Families Coalition of America is to bring you not a conference but a place to increase strategies for best practice and model to work with parents, families, community initatives, policy and evidence based program.

- Early Rate Ends Sunday, January 21st Update -

We teamed up to put together some of best experts, trainers, speciality workshops, credentials and training of trainers for you... Take advantage of our early fees ending in a few days.

- SPECIAL TRAINING -

Be able to elevate your and or your company's vision as well as goals with some of the best customized credential trainings to create a model of excellence.

FFCA is excited to bring Seeking Safety a trauma informed care evidence based model curriculum training at no additional fees for full conference attendees on Thursday, February 22nd

FFCA has two impactful youth - teen parents resliency models for those working with children-youth-young parents who are in the child welfare-foster care systems along with experts for a special focus for family service, adoption and foster care agencies

Learn more about developing an advanced practice working with fathers, couples, youth, trauma informed care, life coaching and more...

- NEW PLATFORM -

A vision of FFCA is always seeking cutting edge and different approaches than the rest in the industry with a conference on working with fathers, parents, families side by side. We always keep our customers in mind to give the best experience with modest fees unlike others in the industry with fees that makes it a challenge to invest into helping others. Read more about new platform and why join us in February below.

 

This is a great opportunity to attend a conference for diverse professionals, enhance skils, establish new partnerships and receive resources to increase your individual or organizational capacity to help others.

 

- ONLINE REGISTRATION IS SIMPLE -

Professional development and training for parents are important to get the best outcomes for agencies working with families and parents for their children. FFCA will present over 50- workshops, 18- Featured Talk Presenters, Six Customized Specialty Training Programs, Inspirational Closing Gala, Exceptional Leaders and Supporters to give attendees a conference in a way that's easy to go back home, office, practice and community inspired and prepared to go deeper in your aspirations and or agency purpose.

 
 
 
 
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Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) Webinar - Increase Retention & Participation

Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) Webinar:

Inside the Black Box, Part 2: Fathers' Attendance in Fatherhood Programs


Feb 2018:  The FRPN will host our 10th learning community webinar in early February. Inside the Black Box, Part 2: Fathers’ Attendance in Fatherhood Programs will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.  This webinar focuses on participant attendance in fatherhood programs. Practitioners will discuss rates of attendance, factors that affect it and methods of increasing it. Researchers will describe approaches to measuring attendance in fatherhood programs, the effects of attendance on fathers’ outcomes and future directions for studying it.

Presenters include:

Kirk Berry, People for People Inc.
Guy Bowling, ‎Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota FATHER Project
Jay Fagan, FRPN, Temple University
Brenda Oyer, The RIDGE Project, Inc.

Register now at the link below.

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Do Not Forget and Miss Out 

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

February 19-23, 2018,
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045  

CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE

DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION RATES HERE

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES HERE

Conference Goals and Impacts Here

Join your colleagues and FFCA as we come the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference-Greater Purpose from Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23, 2018. 

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Extended Early Rate - Guest Opening Remarks Speaker

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

Greater Purpose
February 19-23, 2018,
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045 

There are so many conferences and gatherings that have professional development and motivational speakers. The distinction with our annual conference is an opportunity to be regenerated grounded in the inevitable sessions and platform anchored to support attendees with prolific experience beyond training and workshops. FFCA is gearing up to ensure you get the best conference grounded on strengthening families and improving outcomes for children. I am honored to announce, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, representative of the 37th Congressional District of California will provide opening remarks with mindfulness on the needs of children that we are honored to host Congresswoman Bass' opening remarks. Prior to serving in Congress, Congressmember Bass made history when the California Assembly elected her to be its 67th Speaker, catapulting her to become the first African American woman in U.S. history to serve in this powerful state legislative role. FFCA will have other special guests and speakers that will be joining us to support the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference. 

Register now to take advantage of an early registration fee.

FFCA has extended the early rate through Sunday, January 21st

 

Before you register, please review our conference program, conference goals and conference speakers that are grounded in exceptional expertise that will give attendees more than inspiration and motivation at the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference, Greater Purpose, Monday, February 19th (Pre-Conference Institute) – Tuesday, February 20th  -Thursday, February 22nd (National Conference) Closing Annual Gala Awards and Special Honorees – Friday, February 23rd (Post-Conference Advanced Practice Day) that feature tremendous speakers, credentials, certifications and workshops for those working with parents of young children, youth, teenagers, couples, families and others.

Newly approved continued education units for professionals from our Pre-Conference Institute Day, Main Conference Days and Post-Conference Advanced Training Day gives an added professional anchoring in over 31 contact hours. Contact us at 424-225-1323 for more information about eligibility.

Do not miss out on reduced host hotel room rates. FFCA has abided in a value of keeping costs to participate at our national conference as modest as possible. Our host hotel room block is almost sold out. Consider reserving your room this week with no upfront fees. Go here to access the host hotel room reservation.

Join us as an exhibitor today with limited space available.  

national gala and awards 

 

FFCA has a very special program prepared and in the next few days we will have announcement about a very special guest honoree that has championed the needs of children, Head Start and those who are 

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

Greater Purpose February 19-23, 2018

Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90045

Support to attend the conference, exhibitor or gala please contact us

623-308-6760 or 424-225-1323

alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

Conference Program Here

Discounted Hotel Room Reservation Rates Here

Conference Speakers Biographies  Here

Conference Goals and Impacts Here 

Early-bird Conference Registration Here

Annual Dr. Ramon & Dr. Yolanda Nieves Annual Red Tie/Dress Family Affair Gala

Closing Evening Event-Thursday, February 22nd

Open to the Public and Conference Attendees - Honoring Fathers – Couples – Families - Leaders - 

Live Entertainment – Dinner – Awards – Speakers - More

In Service,

James C. Rodríguez, 

Chief Executive Officer & President

Fathers & Families Coalition of America
424-225-1323 [direct line]

10630 Town Center Dr., #103
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

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Credential & Certificate Programs Offered At 19th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference

Advancing Your Professional Development

Special Credentials & Certifications Offered

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19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

Greater Purpose
February 19-23, 2018
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045 

623-308-6760 or 424-225-1323 by email alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

Early Rate Conference Registration Discount Ends Soon Register Today: Here 

View all rates on page 37 of our conference program and get ready to join us in February

Conference Program Here
Discounted Hotel Room Reservation Rates Here
Conference Speakers Biographies  Here
Conference Goals and ImpactHere 

Being a credentialed practitioner makes all the difference. Advanced Practitioners and or new frontline workers with children, parents, couples, families and niche as Fatherhood Practitioners or Life Coaches  who want increase their professional skills and or who want to unlock new career paths come to our 19th Annual Conference's Pre-Conference Institute, Post-Conference Day or both for Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials - Certificates and or Curriculum Training for Trainers. FFCA hosts one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious events for those who want to increase their professional skills working with fathers-couples-families in the nation.

Join your colleagues in one of the following Pre-Conference Institute Day Trainings, Monday, February 19, 2018:

  1. Fatherhood Practitioner Credential-Part 1(this is a two part-14-hour program)
  2. Prepare/Enrich Marriage Assessment Certification
  3. RtV Youth Resiliency-Development Certification

Maybe you intended only to go to our main conference days (Tuesday-Thursday) but we have added a Post-Conference Day that features the following programs to advance your practice, Friday, February 23, 2018:

  1. Fatherhood Life Coach Part-1 (this is a five-part program)
  2. Nurturing Fathers Curriculum Training of Trainers Program (a post practicum included)
  3. PREP 8.0 Marriage/Healthy Relationships Curriculum Training of Trainers Program

Obtaining an advanced training is the next progression for an advanced professional career that denote professional commitment and achievement and represents a  feature of certifying knowledge and experience that meets or exceeds excellence as professionals. 

CONTINUED EDUCATION UNITS 

  • Approved: 3-day conference for a total of 17 Contact Hours or 1.7 CEUs. 
  • Approved: The Fatherhood Practitioner Credential Part 1 - 7 Contact Hours (.7 CEUs)
  • Approved: Fatherhood Life Coach Certification Part 1 - 7 Contact Hours (.7 CEUs)

19th Annual Fathers & Families 2018 National Conference goes beyond training for Head Start teachers, family service workers, child welfare workers, fatherhood practitioners, criminal justice professionals, foster care and social policy makers that are working with children and families will greatly benefit from these transformational change innovators and experts. We rely heavily on transformational change speakers to continue to inject new life into the father, child and family wellness area. For there to be continuous quality improvement, superior professional development of practitioners in the field and ongoing parental education there must be the torch bearers who keep the movement in high gear.

WhAT TO EXPECT DURING OUR Credential & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS?

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Fatherhood Practitioner Credential - Monday, February 19, 2018

Working with fathers goes beyond use of a curriculum, the Fatherhood Practitioner Credential training advances the skills of practitioners with a competency-based education approach. This program, developed by Fathers & Families Coalition of America, is a dynamic integrated 16-hour training program built on the core competencies from professional fields such as: Child welfare, early childhood, marriage and family therapists, social work, criminal justice, psychologists, educators, counselors, family service workers and fatherhood practitioners. The Fatherhood Practitioner Credential Part 1 teaches  evidence-based interventions that interface with effective promising practices to work with fathers and individuals offered  on Monday, February 19th. Learn  more about the added core Advanced Practitioner Competencies in 2018!  Review all the training compenents of this professional credential (here) and add it to your conference experience with early-bird registration ending soon!  

View page 5 in our conference program for more information (here)

FFCA's Fatherhood Practitioner Credential has been approved by Arizona State University College, National Association of Social Workers, California Board of Behavioral Health and now NCFR for robust and diverse approvals for Certified Family Life Educators with other professionals. The Fatherhood Practitioner Credential Part 1 - 7 Contact Hours (.7 CEUs) 

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Marriage/Relationship Assessment Certification -Monday, February 19, 2018

Become a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. The training includes access to the content needed to
become proficient in the use of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. Learn to administer inventories, interpret reports and give feedback using skill-building exercises. PREPARE/ENRICH training covers 12 comprehensive sections, includes a Resource Guide, detailed instruction and video clips of live feedback to a couple, One Training = 5 versions: Prepare, Enrich, Parenting, Adoption Foster Care and our new “lite version” P/E Checkup. You will learn to assess satisfaction levels in 12 relationship categories. Gain personalized insights into relationship dynamics, commitment levels, personality, spiritual beliefs, and family systems.
View page 6 in our conference program for more information (here)

Youth Resiliency-Development Model Certification-Monday, February 19, 2018

FFCA has created a platform for those working with youth, adolescents, young adults, teen parents and foster-care children to receive two of the top experts in youth development and resiliency training. We are very excited to host ReCapturing the Vision for an integrated evidence-based intervention training that is needed for those working with high-risk and in-risk youth/young adults.

Pre-conference institute training, Monday, February 19th ReCapturing the Vision's evidence-based and cutting-edge programs cultivate developmental assets that are proven antidotes to the issues that cripple the positive development of youth into adulthood.  The youth resiliency training integrates a mentoring program as well as how to replicate facets of RTV's suite of programs which includes gender responsive programs:  "Men of Vision" designed for middle and high school age males, and Women of Vision for middle and high school young ladies. These programs teach invaluable lessons about life planning, job preparation, fatherhood, marriage and financial literacy for successful transition into adulthood.

View page 6 in our conference program for more information (here)

Prep Version 8.0: Relationship and Marriage Curriculum Training - Friday, February 23, 2018

Helping you help others

Learn how to apply specific skills and strategies from PREP that will help you help your clients improve their relationship.

  • You will be introduced to and trained in the latest educational tools, skills, and strategies in relationship education.
  • Our PREP master trainer will provide tips for facilitating engaging and thoughtful discussions around key topics.
  • Attendees are qualified to purchase and facilitate any of our full line of relationship curricula.  
  • Attendees each receive a full PREP 8.00 leader kit.

Researched, evaluated, tested.

"There are more studies by more researchers on more continents on variations of PREP than ANY relationship education program for couples that's ever existed."  Dr. Scott Stanley PREP Co-founder and internationally recognized scholar. One focus of this work has been how to take this information and teach couples the skills and attitudes associated with relational success. Because of its roots in sophisticated research and an engaging approach, PREP has received a great deal of attention from couples, religious leaders, marriage counselors and the media (including segments on Oprah, 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, and many others, and including articles on PREP in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, USA Today, Health Magazine, Redbook, Psychology Today, Readers Digest, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parade Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, etc.).

 

 For more information on the PREP 8.0 please go to page 34 in our conference program (here)

 Fatherhood Life Coach Certification: Part 1:20 for New and Advanced Coaches - Friday, February 23, 2018

Why are Evidence-Based programs-practices-models important? Practicing effective skills working with individuals should not be taken lightly. Fathers & Families Coalition of America, in collaboration with Life Impact, LLC, have developed the first Fatherhood Focused Life Coach certification. We ensure to deliver culturally appropriate, effective and sustainable practices that are a good fit for the targeted fathers and families being served by our diverse graduates. This dynamic and cutting-edge program is rooted in standards based on proven strategies and evidence-based interventions. Over the program training, we have woven the Fatherhood Practitioner Credential by Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Trauma Informed Care training by FFCA and inclusion of the Seeking Safety Model with a business development plan wrapped around a Transformational Coaching Training. The coaching-centered training is approximately 20 hours of training with a continuum of over 60 hours of training and practicum. Life Impact has created training from three nationally recognized life coach training of trainers that include: Coach Training Alliance, *(CTA) Relationship coaching with Relationship Coaching International *(RCI) and certification with New Life Story, Mentoring Wellness Mindsets Coaching as developed by Dr. David Krueger, M.D. *(MentorPath).

Learn more here or page 33 here this is 20-session program with varying enrollment tuition payment options... contact us here for more information

 

Nurturing Fathers Curriculum Training for New/Advanced Practitioners - Friday, February 23, 2018

The Nurturing Father’s Program is recognized by SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices as a proven effective curriculum that teaches nurturing attitudes and skills to men. What the research says: The overwhelming conclusion from the large amount of available research and evidence is that children and families greatly benefit from the presence and participation of a Nurturing Father.

Specifically, “participants in The Nurturing Father’s Program improved in their understanding of the developmental capabilities of children, improved in ability to demonstrate empathy towards the needs of children, improved in the reported use of alternate strategies to corporal punishment, increased understanding and acceptance of the needs of self and children, and increased in the value placed on children feeling empowered”. (“Parental Attitudes and Behavior of Participants in The Nurturing Father’s Program”, Daire A.P., Greenidge, W.L., & Johnson, N.M.).

In a separate research study, these outcomes were validated for African-American, Hispanic and Caucasian fathers. What the NFP graduates say: “...a fantastic journey/ education into learning healthy fathering”. “...the most valuable tool for me and my family’s success and unity”. “ Forget all the books, audio, and what your family and relatives have said and take this course.” “This program really changed my life.

FFCA is honored to host experts in child welfare, early childhood, family engagement and more as wehave added new experts and polciy leader working with  foster-care, reentry and runaway youth and youth development with over 70 speakers/presenters.

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

Greater Purpose
February 19-23, 2018
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045 

424-225-1323 or alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

Conference Program Here
Discounted Hotel Room Reservation Rates Here
Conference Speakers Biographies  Here
Conference Goals and ImpactHere 

EARLY RATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS SOON REGISTER TODAY:HERE 

 

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ANNOUNCING LIMITED SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference

ANNOUNCING LIMITED SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

CREDENTIALING AND CERTIFICATE TRAINING PROGRAMS

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference
February 19-23, 2018,
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045 

Conference Program Here
Discounted Hotel Room Reservation Rates Here
Conference Speakers Biographies  Here
Conference Goals and Impacts Here 

Early-bird Conference Registration Here

HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START DISCOUNT: 

Join your colleagues and FFCA as we come together for the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference-Greater Purpose from Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23, 2018. Our main conference days (20-22) will have special sessions to support the professional development of Head Start and Early Head Start Staff with an opportunity for a 10% In-kind Discount offered by FFCA.

Started through a Head Start agency with a grassroots passion to help young mothers and fathers, Fathers & Families Coalition of America was created. Today, the FFCA has served over 20 years as a champion to strengthen families, increase children's wellness and advance the needs of professionals and organizations. Our conference goals and projected impacts assist Head Start Agencies with federal performance standards to engage parents in the classroom and with effective family-father engagement strategies. The 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference is rooted in evidence-based interventions and best practice strategies in Family and Community Engagement designed to integrate father engagement and learn how to enhance or develop.

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SOCIAL WORKER – CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS' DISCOUNT: 

Social Workers and NASW promote specialty programs and credentialing for those who want recognition for their professional achievements and who want to unlock new career paths. Fathers & Families Coalition of America has several programs that have foundational frameworks of social work as part of our ongoing training. We are excited about the Credentialing, Certificates and Curriculum Training offered at our 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference with several National Registry Evidence-Based Practices and Programs highlighted by Seeking Safety. Moreover, FFCA has developed an exceptional credential base that is driven to surpass the Council of Social Work Education Community Based Education Nine (9) Competencies. FFCA is listed on NASW's programming events as one of the professional development sources to support the ongoing development of best practices for social workers and child welfare professionals. If you are part of NASW in any state, FFCA has a limited 10% discount.  

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FATHER ENGAGEMENT BIRTH TO FIVE PROGRAMMING DISCOUNTS

Perinatal and Early Childhood Education Community Providers: We have a longstanding goal to improve the quality of childhood outcomes, from birth, through effective paternal involvement. FFCA has designed a series of sessions and selection of experts to focus on father engagement from in every part of maternal and child and early childhood providers. Our conference offers many ideas for implementing father engagement strategies across systems and services as a part of your everyday work and with our commitment to 0-5 professionals, we have a special limited discounted rate for entities e.g., First 5, NAEYC, NBCDI, NHSA and others seeking to improve the wellness of children through father engagement.

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ADVANCING YOUR PRACTICE AND PROGRAM MODEL

Fathers & Families Coalition of America has an exceptional group of experts and industry leaders in early childhood, social work, Head Start, child support, criminal justice and more, as well as cutting-edge and unique niche subject matter professionals. However, Fathers & Families Coalition of America has established standards, goals, objectives and impacts of our national conference for the overall experiences of both professionals and parent attendees.

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ADVANCED PRACTICE SPECIALTY CREDENTIALS

FFCA has developed a series of programs during our Pre-Conference Institute and Post-Conference days that are part of the most widely recognized curriculums and training in the nation on fatherhood and marriage and family practices.

 ADVANCING FATHERHOOD PRACTICE

Fatherhood Practitioner Credential supports the continuous professional development with in-depth knowledge, proven evidence-based practices with experience for the enhancement of capacity, competence and national practice standards consistent with the area of specialized fatherhood engagement practice. Fatherhood Practitioner Credential training advances the skills of practitioners with a competency-based education approach proven to advance the skills of professionals in child welfare, early childhood, marriage and family therapists, social work, criminal justice, psychologists, educators, counselors, family service workers and fatherhood practitioners.

Monday, February 19th

Nurturing Fathers Program Curriculum Training is one of the nation's top fatherhood curriculums that is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs. The Nurturing Fathers Program is an evidence-based, 13-week training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men. Each class provides proven, effective skills for healthy family relationships and child development.  NFP has been successfully implemented in Schools, Head Start, Churches, State DSS, Prisons, Halfway Houses, Prevent Child Abuse, Parenting and Counseling Centers, Military, Community Action Agencies and many others. Available in Spanish and has proven effective with fathers of diverse backgrounds.

Friday, February 23rd

 *These two combined provide the necessary capacity building assistance for an advanced fatherhood practice. Read more in our conference program (here).

MARRIAGE & FAMILY PROFESSIONALS ACCREDITATION TRAINING

MFTs, Healthy Relationship Educators, Family Service Providers and more...Fathers & Families Coalition of America has collaborated with two of the premiere Healthy Relationship and Marriage Providers Nationally!

PREP is coming to our national conference for the first time! PREP Version 8.0 is the most current version of that flagship curriculum for couples. Over 30 years of research into relationship dynamics, PREP is providing a customized training on their newest curriculum, PREP 8.0 at a very reduced fee that will give all those parent educators, family service workers, child welfare, foster care and other professionals a powerful curriculum and with this training, qualified to use other PREP national curriculums. Read more in our conference program and get ready to return to your practice/agency with one of the best models of proven success in America.

Friday, February 23rd  

PREPARE/Enrich Marriage Assessment Training: Becoming certified allows you to gain the knowledge and skills to most effectively use the PREPARE/Enrich assessment in your work with couples.  You will be able to access resources you need to become proficient in the use of PREPARE/Enrich. This is a special training to learn how to use this dynamic assessment as a tool to support healthy relationships and work with diverse parents to include foster care parents, pre-adoptive parents, single or divorced remarrying parents and more. PREPARE/Enrich training will augment the ability to assess satisfaction levels in 12 relationship categories. Uniquely assess parenting styles and parenting stress. Learn more about this special program in our conference program.

Monday, February 19th

*The PREP 8.0 with PREPARE/Enrich marriage assessment certification training takes MFTs, parent educators, family service workers and others engaged in relationship training from sound practitioners to advanced practitioners and best-practice model...

YOUTH RESILIENCY-DEVELOPMENT MODEL CERTIFICATION

FFCA has created a platform for those working with youth, adolescents, young adults, teen parents and foster-care children to receive two of the top experts in youth development and resiliency training. We are very excited to host ReCapturing the Vision and Kids at Hope for an integrated evidence-based intervention training that is needed for those working with high-risk and in-risk youth/young adults.

Pre-conference institute training, Monday, February 19th ReCapturing the Vision's evidence-based and cutting-edge programs cultivate developmental assets that are proven antidotes to the issues that cripple the positive development of youth into adulthood.  The youth resiliency training integrates a mentoring program as well as how to replicate facets of RtV's "Men of Vision" designed for middle and high school age youth, this program teaches young, urban males invaluable lessons about life planning, job preparation, fatherhood and a successful transition into manhood.

Complimenting the youth development pre-conference institute training with Kids At Hope's 3.5-hour symposium on Tuesday, February 20th as a customized training from their two-day Masters' certificate training program. FFCA has committed to going into youth development model training to compliment the early childhood and parenting training as an engaging and holistic approach to serve children, youth and families. Kids At Hope will introduce evidence based-interventions for a limited space available symposium on our opening day. Do not miss out on Professor Rick Miller, Founder of Kids At Hope or Dr. Jaqueline Del Rosario, CEO of ReCapturing the Vision on our Opening Day as featured talk presenters.

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Fatherhood Life Coach Certification Program

FLC is a special program of FFCA with collaborating partner, Life Impact, LLC that is offered twice a year for those who want to participate for an in-person training followed by over 60 hours of ongoing training and practicum. Learn more about the Fatherhood Life Coach Program here and contact FFCA for more information at alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

Now is the time to register and save for an outstanding national conference, pre-conference and post-conference training as this is not just part of professional development and training, but the journey to help others.

Support? Call us at 424-225-1323 or email us at alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

 

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference
February 19-23, 2018,
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045  

Powerhouse speakers taking the helm at the 19th Annual Fathers & Families 2018 National Conference Head Start teachers, family service workers, child welfare workers, fatherhood practitioners, criminal justice professionals, foster care and social policy makers that are working with children and families will greatly benefit from these transformational change innovators and experts.

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Announcing Head Start Special Discount at National Families and Fathers Conference

 

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference
February 19-23, 2018,
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045  

REGISTRATION IS SO QUICK AND EASY WITH OUR NEW SYSTEM... IT WILL TAKE LESS THAN 90-SECONDS FOR A REGISTRATION. 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:HERE 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE

DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION RATES HERE

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES HERE

Conference Goals and Impacts Here

Join your colleagues and FFCA as we come the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference-Greater Purpose from Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23, 2018. Our main conference days (20-22) will have special sessions to support the professional development of Head Start and Early Head Start Staff with an opportunity for a 10% In-kind Discount offered by FFCA. 

Started through a Head Start agency with a grassroots passion to help young mothers and fathers, Fathers & Families Coalition of America was created. Today, the FFCA has served over 20 years as a champion to strengthen families, increase children’s wellness and advance the needs of professionals and organizations. Fathers & Families Coalition of America has several programs that have foundational frameworks for Head Start and Early Childhood staff/organizations as part of our ongoing training. From our collective experiences (advanced practitioners, research, social policy, network and community development and quality improvement centered training) FFCA has established itself as a national and international resource for the professionals. FFCA draws from a range of experts, organizations, service providers, foundations, academia, community-based initiatives, and researchers that use strength-based and empowerment-based skill building for positive and productive balanced living to increase protective factors with the parent e.g., Seeking Safety Training hosted by FFCA, our Fatherhood Practitioner Credential and others. Fathers & Families Coalition of America has over 20-years integrating social work into our services and we are offering a special 10% discount. 

We look forward to hosting you at the conference. 

REGISTRATION IS SO QUICK AND EASY WITH OUR NEW SYSTEM... IT WILL TAKE LESS THAN 90-SECONDS FOR A REGISTRATION. 

HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT:HERE 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE

DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION RATES HERE

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES HERE

 Conference Goals and Impacts Here

ENROLLMENT SUPPORT

Alfie Mendoza Tarazon

Registration Manager  

Fathers & Families Coalition of America  

623-308-6760  
alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org 

 

 

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19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference Social Worker Specialty Discount:

19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference  Social Worker Specialty Discount: 

Social Workers and NASW promote speciality programs and credentialing for those who want recognition for their professional achievements and who want to unlock new career paths. Fathers & Families Coalition of America has several programs that have foundational frameworks of social work as part of our ongoing training. From our collective experiences (advanced practitioners, research, social policy, network and community development and quality improvement centered training) FFCA has established itself as a national and international resource for the professionals. FFCA draws from a range of experts, organizations, service providers, foundations, academia, community-based initiatives, and researchers that use strength-based and empowerment-based skill building for positive and productive balanced living to increase protective factors with the parent e.g., Seeking Safety Training hosted by FFCA, our Fatherhood Practitioner Credential and others. Fathers & Families Coalition of America has over 20-years integrating social work into our services and we are offering a special 10% discount for NASW Members and BSW, MSW and or DSW/PHD Social Work Professionals to advance professional services with a speciality engaging fathers....

We look forward to hosting you at the conference. 

REGISTRATION IS SO QUICK AND EASY WITH OUR NEW SYSTEM... IT WILL TAKE LESS THAN 90-SECONDS FOR A REGISTRATION. 

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Fathers & Families Coalition of America  

623-308-6760  
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Why Create Fatherhood Programs for Young Parents in America?

Why Create Fatherhood Programs for Young Parents in America?

Why Create Fatherhood Programs for Young Parents in America?

When you look at how the structure of the American family has evolved over the last few decades, we see a picture of relentless shape shifting in intimate relationships. The notion of “family” and “home life” continues to transform especially when childhood traumas and challenges impact its development. There are a wide range of types of family set ups that are vastly different to the “old-fashioned” family of two parents living together with their children. This “ideal” seems totally out of reach for many parents in 2017.

Unmarried Parents

In the US our married, divorced and remarrying statistics are the highest compared to any other developed country. There are also many more unmarried mothers with a massive 41% of children now coming into this world out of wedlock. When we look at the ever-widening gap in income and opportunity we see that 57% with high school diplomas or less are unmarried when they give birth for the first time.

Challenges for Young Fathers

Young Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American parents, in the 18 to 24-year age group, who have been brought up in financially challenged households where they experienced trauma and adversity can struggle with the demands of parenting. Every year around 750,000 women under the age of 20 have children which means that 750,000 men become fathers. Of these men only 2 out of 10 will marry the mother of their child. These teen fathers have a high incidence of dropping out of school before completing their GED. They will also only pay about $800 annually for child support. The children who don’t grow up with their fathers at home are five times more likely to be living in poverty.

Embracing Responsible Fatherhood

There is evidence that shows that young fathers would like to be part of their child’s life but don’t know how to navigate the process. This is where Fatherhood programs come in to assist these men with positive involvement in their children’s lives. A great fatherhood program strives to help fathers deal with their own shortcomings that are stopping them from becoming responsible fathers.

These challenges could involve:

  • Inability to keep a job and pay bills
  • Physical health problems
  • Drug/Alcohol abuse
  • Physical abuse or neglect of their children
  • Lack of money to buy things for their children
  • Inability to pay child support

Absent Fathers Affect Children’s Health

Currently around 24 million children in the US do not live with their biological fathers and in some communities the father absence rates are close to 80%. This situation negatively impacts a child’s health and well-being. Programs that encourage a father’s involvement in their children’s lives will have a direct impact on the child’s health. Parenting programs often focus on giving support to the mothers and rarely target men, even though the evidence shows that the father’s presence will improve the child’s development. There is a pervasive gender bias thinking that intimates that fathers are not as important as mothers when it comes to raising a child. Fatherhood programs attempt to redress this imbalance.

The Effects of Childhood Trauma

A staggering statistic says that the presence of a child’s biological father in the home lowers the likelihood that the child will be abused as they often play a “protector” role for their children. When a child experiences trauma in their home and have grown up in a toxic environment, they can display debilitating behavior in adulthood which in turn will negatively impact their own children. There are “Acting-In” behaviors that manifest as passive violence towards themselves. They engage in alcohol or drug abuse, overwork or underwork, eating and sleep disorders, depression, numbness, anxiety, self-blame, shame and self-mutilation. They can even experience extreme health conditions like high blood pressure, digestive problems, headaches, non-epileptic seizures and chronic pain. When trauma results in “Acting-Out” behaviors they can engage in active violence.  This is where we witness child abuse, domestic violence, criminal activity, repetitive conflicts, difficulty with intimacy, lack of empathy towards others, inflexibility and the list goes on.

Children who grow up in environments where the father is absent and where there are parents who are still in the throes of dealing with their own traumatic childhoods are more likely to turn to drugs. Alcohol and drugs serve as a surrogate for the lack of love from an absent father. They can also experience mental health issues as early as one-month-old where they are plagued by night terrors and sleeplessness. Children without a father present show higher levels of aggression than children growing up in homes where both parents are bringing up the child. A child who has a father who is incarcerated is 7 times more likely to follow the same path.

Stopping Negative Cycles

Responsible Fatherhood programs for this 18-24-year old group helps with stopping the cycle of abuse and trauma to improve the overall well-being of the parents and most especially the children. Helping fathers understand the impact their absence is having on the health and wellbeing of their children is a vital component of Fatherhood programs.

If you would like to become a Fatherhood Life Coach, the Fathers & Families Coalition of America offers professional development with their Fatherhood Life Coach Certification. If you are already a Fatherhood Life Coach, the 19th Annual Fathers & Families National 2018 Conference takes place in Los Angeles on February 19-23 and welcomes all of those who are interested in improving the lives of children. Join us, registration is now open.

I personally look forward to your attendance at Greater Purpose-2018. Below is a listing of some of a few of our special speakers!  Come together for #GreaterPurpose to improve strategies, curriculums, skills for effective services for families. bit.ly/2gFJDuk

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James C. Rodriguez
President and CEO at Fathers & Families Coalition of America
 

 

TALK PRESENTATIONS-GENERAL MORNING SESSIONS

Director Alisha Griffin, State of California Department of Child Support Services

Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California

Dr. Jacquie Del Rosario, ReCapturing the Vision, Miami, Florida

Anthony Mossburg,  Columbus, Ohio

Debra Samples, Regional Program Manager, US Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families - Children's Bureau, Region 9, San Francisco, California

Rick Miller, Founder, Kids at Hope, Phoenix, Arizona

Professor Thalia González, JD., Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

Kimberly Dent, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, Columbus, Ohio

George Stewart, II, Educator, Mississippi Public Education and author of the inspiring book, "Words of Wisdom for My Son"

U.S. Department of Education (Invited)

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine - Seeking Safety Author

Mr. Walter Simpkins, Community Fathers, Inc., Schenectady, New York

U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement (invited)

Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D., Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University, New York

Obie Clayton, Jr., PhD., The Edmund Asa Ware Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University

Jeffery M. Leving, LTD, The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Chicago, Illinois

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2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE FEATURED FAMILY & FATHERHOOD TALK PRESENTERS

2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE FEATURED FAMILY & FATHERHOOD TALK PRESENTERS

GREATER PURPOSE

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference

February 19-23, 2018, at the Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90045

 

2018 Speakers on Transformational Change Engaging Fathers & Child Wellness 

Fathers & Families Coalition of America has started to confirm 18 featured speakers, over 50 workshop presenters and so much more for you to do more, increase your success, move to elevated results through both new and proven strategies. The choice is will you go to another level for transformational investment into yourself, agency, program and or consultant services or even as a parent. If you do they same day after day, month after month or year after year, come to the 19th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference, Greater Purpose and go deeper advancing your dream, goals and aspirations!

Transformational change requires constant effort to keep a movement or organization in the growth and prosperity phase to ensure there is momentum to affect a lasting difference in people’s lives. Charles Handy wrote about the life cycle of change in his book, “The Age of Paradox”. He outlined “The Sigmoid Curve” concept where there is a decline in the phase of experimenting or learning then it rises dramatically in a period of growth and finally declines. If you want to sustain the prosperity phase you must innovate a new curve before your present one dwindles away and declines.

We rely heavily on transformational change speakers to continue to inject new life into the father, child and family wellness area. For there to be continuous quality improvement, superior professional development of practitioners in the field and ongoing parental education there must be the torch bearers who keep the movement in high gear.

The following 12 transformational change speakers are keeping all who work with children and families inspired to aim higher, work harder and to develop cutting-edge models that adequately address community needs across the US and the world. These heavyweights will be joining forces at the 19th Annual Fathers & Families National Conference in Los Angeles from February 19 -23, 2018. (learn more here)

Innovative Conference Format

Now you all know what happens at conferences – there are so many incredible speaker sessions but you must choose which ones you will go to and feel disappointment at the many you did not get to witness. At the Fathers & Families conference we are attempting to give you a taste of everyone’s presentations so you will feel absolutely no FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Every morning of the conference different speakers on transformational change will deliver 18 -23-minute presentations to the entire compliment of delegates attending.

Let’s meet our 12 pioneers who keep moving boldly forward:

Director Alisha Griffin, State of California Department of Child Support Services has been working in the field for seventeen years. She came to child support with many years in public and private family services, including child welfare, child protection, rehabilitation and therapeutic service systems. She also has a strong portfolio of experience in direct service programming, policy analysis and development and advocacy focused on quality service delivery to children and families. Ms. Griffin has a Masters in both Clinical and Community Psychology.

Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California is responsible for staffing the California Children and Families Commission, in addition to directing the work of the agency and its staff. First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Since its creation, First 5 California has brought these critical services to millions of parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 to 5.

Dr. Jacquie Del Rosario, ReCapturing the Vision, is known as America’s Marriage Coach. Her mantra derives from the idea that the foundation of any society starts in the individual homes of people. In her mission to improve individuals’ likelihood for marital success, Dr. Del Rosario also founded ReCapturing the Vision (RTV), a globally recognized nonprofit dedicated to helping the youth and their families overcome negative trends that lead to generational cycles of failure and dependency, a veracity far too common within inner-city neighborhoods of America.

Anthony Mossburg, a musician with four original albums in four years.  He left the stability of a full-time job to chase after the only thing that made him feel alive; music. What followed over the next four years was a series of accolades, achievements, risks, near-misses, and setbacks that indefinitely shaped him as an artist and a person. Now, he is squaring his sights on introducing his soulful voice, gutsy lyrics, and melodic tones into a new direction that will push his creative talent like never before. This is just the beginning.

Debra Samples, Regional Program Manager, US Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families - Children's Bureau. She and her team provide oversight to States and Tribal federal Child Welfare Programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the outer pacific territories. She brings over 30 years of child welfare experience and brings a wealth of knowledge about the policies and requirements needed for grantees to operate the federal welfare programs. Ms. Samples received a MA of Psychology Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Rick Miller, Founder, Kids at Hope, Phoenix, Arizona inspires, empowers and transforms schools, organizations serving youth and entire communities to create an environment and culture where all children experience success, NO EXCEPTIONS! Kids at Hope’s vision is that every child is afforded the belief, guidance and encouragement that creates a sense of hope and optimism, supported by a course of action needed to experience success at life’s four major destinations: home & Family, Education & Career, Community & Service and Hobbies & Recreation.

Professor Thalia González, JD., Occidental College, Los Angeles, California teaches and writes in the fields of restorative justice, juvenile justice, education, civil rights, domestic human rights, law and society, and public interest practice.   Professor González is a nationally recognized expert in the field of school-based restorative justice and her work on disproportionality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and restorative practices has been utilized by school districts, county safety councils, community-based organizations, academic institutions, think tanks, and bar associations.

Kimberly Dent, Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, Columbus, Ohio has more than 13 years of government service and has held various positions with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Director Dent does extensive community outreach and public speaking about the message that promoting responsible fatherhood is much less costly than paying for the consequences of father absence.  When fathers acquire the skills, they need to be responsible fathers, children are better off and better positioned to build their own strong families; families are better off because of fathers' love, care and emotional and financial support; and taxpayer dollars are saved as families are more likely to be well-functioning and self-sufficient. 

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine - Seeking Safety Author. She is a research psychologist at Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System and the Bedford VA; and director of Treatment Innovations. She was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 25 years. Her major clinical research interests are substance abuse, trauma, co-morbidity, behavioral addictions, veteran’s mental health, community-based care, development of new psychotherapies, and outcome research. She is the author of over 190 professional publications and four books.

Executive Director Mr. Walter Simpkins, Community Fathers, Inc. is a certified Fatherhood & Healthy Relationship practitioner, and holds certificates as a NYS Domestic Violence counselor for the Batterers Association, as well as a Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator. Walter has touched many lives throughout the Capital Region. He has been instrumental in changing the way fathers are looked at and respected in family court. He has helped restore hope to the family dynamic in our area. From what began as a once per week support group, has now flourished into a full-service fathers’ program. Walter is an inspiring individual, electrifying in speech and comforting in his presence. He is single handedly helping to restore families, "One Father at A Time."

Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D., Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University, New York- teaches Introduction to Social Welfare Policy; Program Evaluation; Economics for Policy Analysis; and Advanced Methods in Policy Analysis, and directs the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being. Dr. Mincy is also a co-principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC). He came to the University, in 2001, from the Ford Foundation where he served as a senior program officer and worked on such issues as improving U.S. social welfare policies for low-income fathers, especially child support, and workforce development policies; he also served on the Clinton Administration’s Welfare Reform Task Force.

Jeffery M. Leving, LTD, The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Chicago, Illinois is a Chicago divorce attorney and author who specializes in matrimonial and family law. He is known primarily for his vocal advocacy of fathers' rights, and hosts two radio shows. His television and radio commercials are well known in the Chicago area. More than 30 years ago, Leving helped pioneer the Fathers' Rights Movement when he discovered a gap in the judicial system. It was at that point that he started seeking equality and due process for fathers everywhere. Leving's accomplishments include the co-authorship of the Illinois Joint Custody Law, Illinois Virtual Visitation, Right to DNA Testing Notice, and Unlawful Visitation or Parenting Time Interference Laws. He also delivered testimony before both branches of the Illinois Legislature on Joint Custody, Grandparent's Visitation and Child Support Accountability bills.

Obie Clayton, Jr., PhD., The Edmund Asa Ware Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. Since 2011, he has been serving as the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work. Previously, he was director of the Morehouse Research Institute and served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is the editor of An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in a Changing World (Russell Sage Foundation, 1996) and co-editor of Black Fathers in Contemporary American Society: Strengths, Weaknesses and Strategies for Change (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003). Professor Clayton holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

George Stewart, II, Educator, Mississippi Public Education, author and speaker. “Helping Young Black Boys Destroy Black Male Stereotypes” and “Father Engagement” are two if his education based initiatives. Author of the inspiring book, "Words of Wisdom for My Son" – a great resource for young men that don’t have positive male role models in their lives and for fathers looking who are looking to connect or reconnect with their children, especially their sons. He has dedicated his life to helping young people realize their potential and empowering them to live their best life.

 

Dr. Baranda Fermin's work is embedded within community development and her life experiences make her a champion for living a life of service, cultivating peace and building platforms for advocacy. As the daughter of an immigrant, an Army dependent child, first generation college student, and a woman who has lived with grace and humor through domestic violence, infertility and pregnancy loss she no stranger to navigating transitions and working through challenges until they lead to success. Her career in research, writing and training focused on issues of social identity and citizenship, navigating urban social environments and barriers, mental health and wellness access, and urban education innovation from cradle to career. Dr. Fermin is an advocate, storyteller and builder with a track record of successful system innovation, capacity building and revitalization. Her current work builds resilience and capacity in faith communities and social justice work by evaluating and designing strategic solutions for sustainability, scalability and stability.  Dr. Fermin focus on the issues that immigrants and the children of immigrants face concerning persistence and completion of education is going to be a key part of her talk presentation and afternoon workshop for teachers, parents, and staff.


With these  powerhouse speakers taking the helm at the morning sessions at the 19th Annual Fathers & Families 2018 National Conference Head Start teachers, family service workers, child welfare workers, fatherhood practitioners, criminal justice professionals, foster care and social policy makers that are working with children and families will greatly benefit from these transformational change innovators and experts. In the next month, we plan to add six more exciting Talk Presenters and Featured Training as well as over 40-workshops (here)

We look forward to hosting you at the conference.

 

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The Importance of Fatherhood Life Coaching

The Importance of Fatherhood Life Coaching

The Importance of Fatherhood Life Coaching

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan

What exactly is a Life Coach? It sounds life a mixture of psychology, philosophy and sports! It is important to know that it is not consulting, therapy, mentoring or counselling. Rather it focuses on providing the framework that supports clients, with a personal project, to allow for introspection. The Life Coach is there to help the individual to uncover the roadblocks, challenges and opportunities in the present that reveal a possible course of action for the future.

Future Fit

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life Coaching is all about sizing up the pressing situation in someone’s life and helping them with moving powerfully forwards. It is not about assessing past traumas, difficult childhoods or debilitating repressed memories –it’s all about choosing a plan of action to make changes in their life so they can live the life they have dreamed about. People are drawn to the benefits of having a life coach because the focus is always on the client, it’s action-orientated, future-focused and fun.

How to Listen to Yourself

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. Albert Einstein

A Life Coach understands that the answers to every challenge a person is experiencing, lies within them. The perfect answers might just be hidden from them and the Life Coach empowers the client to have that conversation with themselves to unearth their own best interests. You are your own best expert about yourself, right? A great Life Coach helps you to hear yourself through the hum drum of every day stresses and pressures. It is all about making better choices for your life. You can reach your highest potential when your Life Coach helps you translate your deepest wants into actionable goals yielding concrete results.

Life Coaching Code of Conduct

 

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

While anyone can essentially become a life coach, the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) came up with a common code of conduct in July 2011 in a bid to regulate the industry in the European Union. In the US, there are not currently any laws governing the profession. There are no state or federal guidelines that you must comply with to be part of the profession.

However, you want to engage the services of a Life Coach who has been accredited through reputable organizations and holds the relevant certifications. They need to have had extensive foundation training with evidence based interventions. You are looking for the Life Coach who is not selling a complete solution where they say they can change someone’s life definitively. That’s not really Life Coaching. You want a coach who is walking alongside you in your journey to self realization who stimulates your potential. They allow you to recognize your long-buried dreams and aspirations through effective goal setting.

The Need for Fatherhood Life Coaches

The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind. Thoreau

With Fatherhood Life Coaching we are talking about individuals trained in being able to assist fathers with playing a positive and key role in their child’s healthy development. Fathers who are actively involved contribute to their child’s self-control, self-esteem and empathy development. The Fatherhood Life Coach help fathers with becoming active participants in their children’s lives resulting in the avoidance of negative outcomes like them getting involved in the criminal justice system. For children in the welfare system, a father’s positive involvement can result in less time in foster care, achievement of reunification and a decreased likelihood of subsequent maltreatment.

Responsible Fatherhood Practices

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. George Herman "Babe" Ruth

In the U.S. today over 27% of children under the age of 18 live in a home without the presence of their biological fathers. Many human services agencies focus on programs for mothers and children and there are limited support resources for the father’s who truly want to “be there” for their children. This is where Fatherhood Life Coaches are filling the gap by promoting responsible fatherhood activities including responsible parenting, economic stability and healthy marriage and relationship education.

A Fatherhood Life Coach with a competency-based education credential, will inspire their clients to take more accountability in their lives by setting and achieving bigger goals for themselves regarding relationships with their children and families. The Fatherhood Life Coach has the tools and techniques to help fathers to set the right goals and structure both their personal and professional lives to achieve their dreams. Fathers who have a Life Coach offering motivation and constant support are better positioned to become present in their children’s lives for the long run.

Father Focused

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.Earl Nightingale

Your Fatherhood Life Coach will get fathers to set and achieve goals, plan their ideal futures, break through fears, clear unnecessary clutter out of their lives, become financially self sufficient, communicate wants and needs succinctly, identify their core values, get organized, make an important life transition and live an ideal life by nurturing a relationship with their children.

If you would like to become a Fatherhood Life Coach, the Fathers & Families Coalition of America with our collaborating partner, Life Impact, LLC offers professional development with their Fatherhood Life Coach Certification. If you are already a Fatherhood Life Coach, the 19th Annual Fathers & Families National 2018 Conference takes place in Los Angeles on February 19-23 and welcomes all of those who are interested in improving the lives of children. Join us, registration is now open.

Go deeper into your passion, dreams, goals to become your best. #Fatherhood #LifeCoachCertificationProgram  bit.ly/2gAbfgU

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FRPN Webinar: Two Generation Strategies to Engage and Serve Low-Income Fathers

Fathers and Families Coalition of America (FFCA) is a national agency committed to delivering effective services, education, training and advocacy to make a difference in the fatherhood field. The organization’s national fatherhood conference is one of the most popular in the field each year. James Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer of FFCA, serves as a member of the FRPN steering committee and communications workgroup.FFCA is committed to support those working to provide effective platforms to enhance services to children and families through engagement of fathers and  FFCA invites you to attend and share the following:  FRPN Webinar: Two Generation Strategies to Engage and Serve Low-Income Fathers

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST,

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) will host its ninth learning community webinar.  

This webinar will present new approaches to engaging low-income fathers to improve their parenting skills and/or relationships with their children. Three programs working to get fathers and their children involved in interactive activities that are also embedded with parenting information and feedback will be highlighted. Preliminary research findings for all three approaches are promising. Each program is being scaled up and adapted to new settings and populations. The featured programs and researchers include:

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Just Beginning (aka "Baby Elmo"): Rachel Barr, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University and​ Terry Harrak​, Just Beginning Program Manager, Youth Law Center, San Francisco

The Fathers and Sons Program: Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Ph.D. Professor of Health, Behavior and Health Education and Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, University of Michigan

The Coaching Our Acting-Out Children Program: Heightening Essential Skills (COACHES) Program: Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo

Register for the FRPN webinar here

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ANNUAL FAMILIES AND FATHERS NATIONAL 2018 CONFERENCE – LIMITED PRE-EARLY FEE

ANNUAL FAMILIES AND FATHERS NATIONAL 2018 CONFERENCE – LIMITED PRE-EARLY FEE

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We live in a hectic world where many of us barely find the time to spend alone let alone with our loved ones. We have a simple saying; life is too short to be working all the time, before you know it you’ll have very limited time with your loved ones and you’ll regret not spending time with them.  We have some great news for you though the 2018 Famillies and Fathers national conference is just around the corner and they’re offering a big discount to all those that book their tickets  will get a Limited Pre-Early Fee of only $219.00.

Join 600 diverse professionals who work with #children, mothers & father’s daily, at the #Fathers&Families 2018 conference bit.ly/2gFJDuk

If you’re a professional or a family member just looking for more advice then this is the perfect conference for you it’s held on the West Coast of North Ammerica and will help you improve strategies, curriculums, skills and more for effective services for children and families and of course teach you ways to free up more time to spend with your loved ones.  To find out more please don’t hesitate to visit 19th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference or http://fathersandfamiliescoalition.org for more information.

greaterpurpose2018Come together for #GreaterPurpose to improve strategies, curriculums, skills for effective services for families. bit.ly/2gFJDuk

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Become a Life Coach: Fall 2017 Fatherhood Life Coach Classes Opens Today

Become a Life Coach: Fall 2017 Fatherhood Life Coach Classes Opens Today

OPEN ENROLLMENT NOW!

REGISTER HERE TODAY

 

FREE SAMPLE CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017.... YOU CAN LISTEN IN ON A FREE CLASS THIS WENDESDAY ONLY TO GAIN INSIGHTS ON THIS DYNAMIC PROGRAM... RSVP NLT TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 5:00PM CALIFORNIA TIME - EMAIL ALFIE@FATHERSANDFAMILIESCOALITION.ORG 

 

*the following are required courses and dates for full certification....

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE COACHING

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
FATHERHOOD PRACTITIONER CREDENTIAL

IMPACT SHIFT SERIES
Upon enrollment six video sessions

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18- DECEMBER 13, 2017
Weekly virutal seminars
No Classes Thanksgiving Week...

Learn More Here 
http://fatherhoodlifecoachcertification.org/

Enrollment Support:
ALFIE MENDOZA TARAZON
REGISTRATION MANAGER 
Fathers & Families Coalition of America 
623-308-6760 
alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org

​This ​dynamically ​integrated ​80+ ​program, ​built ​on ​the ​core ​competencies ​in ​ ​child ​welfare, ​early ​childhood, ​marriage ​and ​family ​therapist, ​social ​work, ​criminal ​justice, ​psychologist, ​educators, ​counselors ​to ​help ​develop ​life ​coaches. ​There ​are ​several ​ ​outcomes ​we ​have ​cornerstones ​to ​support ​practices ​working ​with ​fathers-families, ​capacity ​of ​entrepreneurism, ​ensure ​fidelity ​with ​resources ​to ​support ​growth ​personally ​and ​professionally. The core foundation of a lifespan and resiliency for practitioners to coach fathers-families with wellness approaches to include neurophysiological evidence based interventions that interface with effective life coaching strategies. Fathers & Families Coalition of America and Life Impact, LLC are committed to a high fiedlity program that transfers knowledge and skills. 

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Share Your Talents and Help Others-Limited Call for Workshop Opportunities

Share Your Talents and Help Others-Limited Call for Workshop Opportunities

19th Annual Families and Fathers National 2018 Conference
February 19-23, 2018
Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045

Discounted Room Rates Here

Discounted Special Conference Rate Here

Workshop Proposals Here

Vendor Proposal Here

Consider joining us in Los Angeles in just a little less than six months from now but plan to be part of exceptional event. Our team has created an exciting new approach for attendees and some amazing presenters, talk presenters and certificate programs already committed with just a few slots left for additional workshops. If you are interested teaching with other parents, diverse professionals, leaders and those working daily to improve the lives of children, then this is the conference to share your talents and help others. 

Held annually on the West Coast of North America, the FFCA Families & Fathers Conference is at the heart of helping professionals work together to improve strategies, curriculums, skills and more for effective services for children and families. Attend this four-day conference about increasing wellness for children, developing models to support sustained father engagement -- as well as the global issues facing our world.

SOME OF OUR WORKSHOP THEMES

  • Best Practice Models for Fatherhood Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Addressing the Needs of 2-Generation Families
  • Economic/Workforce Development
  • Educational Advocacy & Advancement
  • Health & Wellness
  • Healthy Relationship-Marriage
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • Parent Centered Sessions
  • Special Needs Children and their Families
  • Working with Incarcerated - Re-Entry Parents
  • Working Young Parents

CALL FOR WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS: There are a couple of handful of workshop presentation proposals available  here

NEW FORMAT IN 2018!

Have you ever attended a conference and wanted to hear from conflicting speakers/workshops but cannot go into two or more rooms at one time??????

In 2018, we will select 18-speakers to appear on the main stage to give 18-23-minute presentations. Every morning we will all come together in the main ballroom and listen to proven experts, cutting edge information, talented and inspirational speakers and start every day with series of special sessions for all of us to learn, engage and come as one group.  FFCA is committed to the best experience that helps us go back to our families, communities and organizations inspired to increase the wellness of children, improve healthier parenting, men's & community development strategies and so much more. 

TALK PRESENTATIONS-GENERAL MORNING SESSIONS

Director Alisha Griffin, State of California Department of Child Support Services.

Camille Maben,Executive Director of First 5 California.

Jacquie Del Rosario,ReCapturing the Vision, Miami, Florida

Anthony Mossburg, Columbus, Ohio

Debra Samples, Regional Program Manager, US Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families - Children's Bureau, Region 9, San Francisco, California

Rick Miller, Founder, Kids at Hope, Phoenix, Arizona 

U.S. Department of Education (Invited)

 Lisa M. Najavits, PhD,Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine - Seeking Safety Author

 Walter Simpkins, Community Fathers, Inc., Schenectady, New York

 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement (invited)

 Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D.,Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University, New York

 Jeffery M. Leving, LTD, The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Chicago, Illinois

 

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NEW DYNAMIC LIFE COACH WEBSITE AND CLASS

NEW DYNAMIC LIFE COACH WEBSITE AND CLASS

Fathers & Families Coalition of America is honored to share a new wesbite that will highlight Fatherhood Life Coaches and Practitioners that go through FFCA led programs.

 

In April 2017 Fathers & Families Coalition of America formally started a cutting-edge Fatherhood Life Coach Certification program with one of our affiliated agencies, Life Impact, LLC. with the intentions to have a life coach program that went far beyond other training programs into a transformational model. August 2017, we have established our new website for the Fatherhood Life Coach Certification program as well as our Fatherhood Practitioner Credential.

We invite you to preview this new website for these two programs at www.fatherhoodlifecoachcertification.org

If you are ready to sign up for our next and last training program r 2017, we can help you get started today. Thursday, October 5, 2017 we will train individuals in our Fatherhood Practitioner Credential program Kansas City, MO or through our virtual access training platform. Saturday, October 12, 2017 Fatherhood Life Coach Certificate participants will continue the journey with Life Impact, LLC and FFCA through a full-day introductory class on life coaching in Phoenix, AZ or through our virtual access training platform.

Do you enjoy seeing people’s lives changed?
Do you want to take your level of effectiveness as a practitioner to another level?
Do you want to empower your clients to live the life they want to live?

Then you are ready for power and effectiveness of fatherhood coaching certification by enrolling here today at https://www.regonline.com/nationalfatherhoodlifecoachcertificationfirstcours 

If you need any assistance for enrollment contact Mrs. Alfie Tarazon here and if you have any questions about our program and or new website call us at 424-225-1323...We look forward to being part of your journey helping others. 

 

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A GLOBAL HEALTH EPIDEMIC: FATHERLESSNESS

A GLOBAL HEALTH EPIDEMIC: FATHERLESSNESS

Globally, what are we doing as a society to strengthen families? How do those who live in this world deny support for our most precious resource & our future—our children? #Fatherlessness is a global #healthepidemic. Why after twenty years, are we not improving outcomes for children by increasing opportunities for both parents to fully enjoy, live and love in the present with their children for a healthier world? Jaketra Bryant, LPC took time to interview Chief Executive Officer and President of Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Inc.,  James Rodríguez into the studio for the Family MiX Mondays broadcast.

Millions of boys and girls grow into adulthood feeling a sense of loss with their fathers’ absence and a feeling of “no one loves me.” However, we can shift this epidemic that impacts children, parents, families and communities by investing into those who work with youth and parents daily. Herbert Gayle, Ph.D., study on the wellness of children reports a known truth that “What seems to be severely lacking in the lives of the children is their fathers’ presence and stabilizing function,” however, together we can make a difference. Fathers & Families Coalition of America’s national and internationally attended conference provides some of the needed skills and techniques to reduce fatherlessness and the associated poor outcomes for children and take the reins of championing #family-life & #fatherhood. Fathers & Families Coalition of America is advancing the needs of future innovators & leaders to be moved into their purpose

Listen to the conversation with Jaketra and James. Jaketra kicks of August for her newest series Engaging Fathers In Parenting

 

 

#Engaging Fathers In Parenting #James Rodriguez Chief Executive Officer and President #Fathers & Families Coalition of America #fatherlessness #JamesCRodriguez

bit.ly/FFCAconf  #fathers&families #FFCA #fatherhood #visionary #foundation. bit.ly/FFCAconf

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SEEKING SAFETY TRAUMA INFORMED CARE SPECIAL TRAINING AT FFCA 19th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

SEEKING SAFETY TRAUMA INFORMED CARE SPECIAL TRAINING AT FFCA 19th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

FATHERS & FAMILIES COALITION OF AMERICA TO HOST SEEKING SAFETY TRAINING AT NO ADDITIONAL COST!

LIMITED TO THE FIRST FIFTY (50) PAID REGISTRANTS THAT RESERVE A SEAT... DO NOT MISS OUT!

Fathers & Families Coalition of America will host Treatment Innovations the developer of Seeking Safety by Dr. Lisa Najavits on Thursday, February 22, 2018 as part of our six Talk Presentation series at our 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference, in Los Angeles, California. Moreover, Treatment Innovations will provide a customized skill-based 3.5 hour afternoon institute training on Seeking Safety, Thursday, February 22nd for those who want to use this internationally acclaimed curriculum. The Seeking Safety Model is one of many outstanding programs that has a proven track record with women, children and men who overcome trauma. Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse and is transferable to all professionals working with children, parents, individuals and in 2018, Treatment Innovations will train for the first fifty (50) paid full-conference registrants on this model at no additional fee! 

 

REGISTER TODAY @under $220.00, request a reserved attendance seating and not only get to attend the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference but training on this special institute hosted by Fathers & Families Coalition of America. Remember only the first fifty (50) paid using our online system will be allowed entrance into this training! Do not miss out on this in-kind value savings of voer $1500.00. Registration point of contact is Mrs. Alfie Tarazon (here

 

25 topics, each a safe coping skill 
Seeking Safety offers 25 topics that can be conducted in any order and as few or many as time allows: Introduction/Case Management, Safety, PTSD: Taking Back Your Power, When Substances Control You, Honesty, Asking for Help, Setting Boundaries in Relationships, Getting Others to Support Your Recovery, Healthy Relationships, Community Resources,  Compassion, Creating Meaning, Discovery, Integrating the Split Self, Recovery Thinking, Taking Good Care of Yourself, Commitment, Respecting Your Time, Coping with Triggers, Self-Nurturing, Red and Green Flags, Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding). Life Choices, andTermination. You can read a brief description of all 25 topics.

ABOUT LISA NAJAVITS

SUPPORT- +1-424-225-1323 email... alfie@fathersandfamiliescoalition.org 

#Engaging Fathers In Parenting #James Rodriguez Chief Executive Officer and President #Fathers & Families Coalition of America #fatherlessness #JamesCRodriguez

bit.ly/FFCAconf  #fathers&families #FFCA #fatherhood #visionary #foundation. bit.ly/FFCAconf

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Summer Web-Talk Series to Address Needs of Children and Parents Overcoming Abuse

Summer Web-Talk Series to Address Needs of Children and Parents Overcoming Abuse

WHY?

HELP OTHERS THAT NEED SUPPORT TO GET BEYOND WHY ADVERSITY HAS HAPPENED....

OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE SKILLS WORKING ASIDE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND PARENTS 

Continuous Quality Improvement Training Webinars

Wednesdays July 19th & 26th $60.00 total for both days...

3:30p.m.-5:00p.m. Pacific Standard Time Zone

Train your whole staff with no travel expense or time away from the office! Our registration process is easy and provides an opportunity for everyone in your office to benefit from the expertise and knowledge of professionals from all over the country with a one-time enrollment of all staff! You can choose to attend only one session for $35.00 or $60.00 for both of our interactive sessions, July 19th & 26th. Register Here Today

Evidence based interventions working with parents with children overcoming trauma

Bakahia S. Madison, PsyD – July 19th

Summary: Trauma informed care practices and strategies to support professionals working with children and adults overcome adverse childhood experiences. This advanced training embraces guidelines and requirements from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and Fathers & Families Coalition of America not limited to: ethical and professional behavior, social justice, engage in evidence based interventions, engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in  practices to reduce the intergenerational impacts of trauma, "when parents do not understand the effects of trauma, they may misinterpret their child’s behavior and end up feeling frustrated or resentful.  

Seeking Safety

An evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse—with a focus on men

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD -July 26th


Summary: The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse (clients do not have to have both issues). In this webinar, we will focus on application of the model to men. Anyone who attends can implement Seeking Safety in their setting if they choose to. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives.  It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and peers. There are up to 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to trauma and/or substance abuse, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”. Topics can be done in any order and the treatment can be done in few or many sessions as time allows. Seeking Safety strives to increase hope through emphasis on ideals; it offers exercises, emotionally-evocative language, and quotations to engage patients; attends to clinician processes; and provide concrete strategies to build recovery skills.  In this training, we cover (a) an overview of Seeking Safety; and (b) key points on clinical implementation.  Assessment tools and national resources are also provided. Learning methods include PowerPoint, video, exercises, and discussion.

 

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EMBRACING UNCOMFORTABILITY: WHAT ARE YOUR WAITING FOR?

EMBRACING UNCOMFORTABILITY: WHAT ARE YOUR WAITING FOR?

EMBRACING UNCOMFORTABILITY: WHAT ARE YOUR WAITING FOR?

by James C. Rodriguez

President and Chief Executive Officer - Fathers & Families Coalition of America

During the process of pushing beyond what is the business as usual working with fathers and families by developing a cutting-edge fatherhood life coach program has stimulated in-depth conversations with colleagues internationally.  I have listened to several colleagues that prompted me to consider, “How often do you hold onto what is comfortable?”  I based this by so many who want to get engaged into something they’re passionate but stay with the known comforts of the same. These conversations with peers who demonstrate confidence in what they do as professionals but are not necessarily happy. Therefore, I poise this question to you and me, “What are you waiting for?”

Honestly, you are the only you ever. I recently re-read a post written in 2011 by Dr. Ali Binazir[i] that made me reflect about the probability of another you. In short, science suggests there is a probability as miraculous as that could be scientifically founded but as stated miraculous. I argue even deeper, there will never be anyone ever like you! You are the only one created just like you. You are the only one to experience the life you live, experienced and will journey. You are the only one that will have relationships intended for you. You are the only one with a unique passion or maybe you have allowed yourself to be in a box. Dr. Binazir, wrote that it would be a miracle for another one of you, I believe that it is an impossibility, period. Because no other person has lived your life, experienced your emotions, the warmth of summer days nor the coolness of winter nights that you have experienced. No one has tried like you…fallen like you...aimed for the stars…done more with your life instead of wondering what if…no one has run the race of your life. no one has run to the destiny you have envisioned… no one has embraced the uncomfortability of your life to achieve the success and have done and want to continue doing something with life like you have done… then it is safe there can never be another you regardless of what the statistical probability of creation of your DNA. It is impossible for the creation to live the life we all have like no other.

Interestingly, the readings of the data used that “the probability of your being born at about one in 400 trillion” and further research that takes the estimates from 1:400 trillion to 1:700 trillion. All the calculations, probabilities and if a turtle stuck its head out in the ocean does not consider life’s storms that were meant just for you or me. Life is a process of “peaks and valleys” or not just pushing past uncomfortable situations but embracing uncomfortability.  We all will be met with pivotal moments to be the you are created to be for not just you but others. Over two decades ago, in a discussion, my colleague shared I did not meet up to their expectations and or perceptions. I smiled, “I hope not, moreover, I hope never to be in the box you are used to define and or identify me.”  I paused and shared that if I see that box I would kick it down the road because I would not want to be placed in a box limiting my potential. Limiting potential happens to all of us in brief moments of life but to live with limitations prevents the purpose of your life, my life and impacts globally. I often wonder if people are seeking for something different then, What Are You Waiting For?!  

Sadly, more than 1/3 of Americans are not fully satisfied with a major part of their lives, their purpose. Forbes[ii] reports on how we feel content with our “jobs” not so much our passion and or purpose but where many go to work. When ambition is lacking this impact one’s overall attitude staying stuck on expectancy of dissatisfaction. The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey[iii] reports more…maybe you are just unhappy.  Embracing that this day, regardless of any challenges just allow for the opportunities to grow. I have a statement on one of the curriculums I developed that “failure is not fatality.” The problem for not allowing to get through the breaking point and embrace the challenges in your life, family, relationships or business allow you to get through without giving up too soon. This may require getting your focus corrected to find your vision, let alone your “envision.” I shared to a group are you suffering from myopia, not physical vision but loss of your vision. If you have lost your vision, suffer from myopia, placed yourself in a box, staying suck in unhappiness or decide not to press through your breaking points you miss out on breakthrough. I know how it feels to push through embracing uncomfortability and the other side of not getting through the pain of uncomfortability. Withstanding the discomfort brings greater contention and focus, what are you waiting for?

In a 2017, book interview, the author asked, “James, what do you see the future of the fatherhood practitioner?” I paused to consider that with the most powerful tools helping professions have is their vision and passion.  When these intersect into envision reduces what holds back others helping others. Envision shakes the distractions to funnel into purpose and going against the Forbes report and quite frankly, science that anyone could ever be just like you or just like me, when our passion is awakened.  Today, is the moment to take the challenge to through your whole self into your destiny that no one else could ever not even 700 trillion others, only you can embrace and give to others. Stay committed to your passion. Stay committed to your happiness. Stay committed to the breaking points and push forward through the uncomfortability to get your breakthroughs of life. Embracing uncomfortability in the storms, because once you get through it then it is so fulfilling and prepares you for the next challenge and the joy of helping others that need a push.

Embrace Uncomfortability-What are you waiting for?

 

[i] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-ali-binazir/probability-being-born_b_877853.html

[ii] https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/06/20/most-americans-are-unhappy-at-work/#4eceba74341a

[iii] https://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2785&centerId=4

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Webinar: Rethinking Young Fathers: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Child Welfare Systems

Webinar: Rethinking Young Fathers: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Child Welfare Systems

Join us on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST

Register for the webinar here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7802596688665547266

About the Webinar: How can we support child welfare system change so that young fathers are recognized as critical members of families? How can we improve outcomes for children and families by supporting young fathers in their role as parents? The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) recently released a report highlighting a set of policy recommendations for child welfare systems to better engage, support and serve young fathers, their children and families. This interactive webinar will feature jurisdictions that have implemented some of these policy recommendations. New York City's Administration for Children Services and the Children's Institute Inc. of Los Angeles will discuss their implementation efforts, challenges and lessons learned. The National Fatherhood Initiative, the Fathers and Families Coalition of America and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will present resources in support of implementation efforts. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for peer sharing and exploration of future directions for child welfare system change in support of young fathers and their families.

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