WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CERTIFIED TO WORK WITH FAMILIES IN YOUR STATE? ARE YOU READY TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION?
The 1960 U.S. census reported that 85% of all African-American families were husband wife families. However, recent census indicates that 40% of all births in the U.S. are to parents out of wedlock and that 71% of African-American children are born out of wedlock. Furthermore, this data also show that half of all marriages end in divorce and that 24 million children live in homes without their fathers. The major consequences for children are an increased likelihood for poverty; abuse and neglect; school failure; delinquency, and early pregnancy.
For nearly two decades, family practitioners have been working with low-income fathers from diverse backgrounds without the necessary knowledge and skills to optimize their work with couples. The Relationship Skills for Strengthning Fragile Families Training (SFFT) seeks to increase the number of well-prepared and trained family practitioners working with low-income fathers and the mother of their child(ren) that will lead to both relationship enhancement and improved parenting practices.
SFFT is a 2-Day skills building certification program designed to increase the capacity of individuals and agencies to be successful in working with low-income, never married, and married couples with children from diverse backgrounds and community settings. SFFT provides the knowledge and skills to help practitioners educate couples by raising awareness and knowledge in vital areas of relationship functioning.
SFFT trains practitioners in the effective use of The Relationship Skills for Strong Families curriculum developed by Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, (click here for Dr. Johnson’s full bio). The Relationship Skills for Strong Families curriculum is based on real experiences and challenges of fragile family settings. Through group sessions, the curriculum offers practitioners tools to successfully enhance the relationship functioning of low-income, married, and never-married couples with children. The areas covered in the curriculum include: managing stress; conflict resolution and building relationships; communication skills; and, values and relationships. The curriculum also offers advice on facilitating groups and a theory of change methodology for training and participant learning.
The training will be led by Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, President of the National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL). For two decades, Dr. Johnson has served as a Master Trainer and has conducted hundreds of workshops on building strong families based on Relationship Skills for Strong Families which, he authored. He has been directly involved in the nation’s largest projects involving men, fathers, and families and served as lead consultant in the Ford Foundation’s Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative.
BENEFITS OF BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES CERTIFICATION