Complete Program Kit: Understanding Dad™

Product includes:
  • (1) Understanding Dad™ Facilitator's Manual
  • (10) Understanding Dad™ Mother's Handbooks
  • (1) USB Flash Drive w/ Supporting Materials
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A unique program that helps moms improve the relationships they have with fathers, for the benefit of
their children.

Understanding Dad™ raises mothers’ awareness about the importance of father involvement in the lives of their children. It helps mothers to reflect on how their own developmental histories have and continue to influence the relationships with the fathers of their children. It also teaches mothers communication skills to improve the partnership between them and the fathers of their children in raising their children (e.g. co-parenting when mothers and fathers are no longer together).

Program Length

8 sessions at approximately 2 hours each

Program Delivery Options

Delivered in a group setting by a facilitator(s), or can be used one-on-one.

Training Options

  • The Program Guide in the Facilitator's Manual provides all necessary facilitator info to run the program successfully.
  • In-person training at your location is available. Learn more here.

Oftentimes, the mothers' gatekeeping behavior that can prevent or reduce fathers' access to their children - when fathers' involvement in their children's lives would actually benefit their children. This program encourages self-awareness and helps moms improve the communications skills they need to improve their relationships with the fathers of their children.

Topics Covered

  • My Life as a Mom
  • My Father's Impact
  • My Mother's Impact
  • Me and My Children's Father
  • The Impact on My Children
  • Patterns of Communication
  • Open, Safe Communication
  • How to Listen

We know it's very helpful to view a sample of a curriculum before purchasing to get a feel for the content, topics, layout, logic, and more.

Click this link to Access a Sample file

Here's what you will find in the free
Understanding Dad™ sample file:

  • Curriculum Table of Contents
  • Logic Model
  • Facilitator's Manual Session
  • Fathering Handbook Session
Do you need to make the case for running (or funding) the Understanding Dad™ Program in your organization or setting?

Click this link to Access the Understanding Dad™ Pitch Kit

Temple University Evaluation Report:
Pilot Study of a Program to Increase Mothers’ Understanding of Dads

Click here to download the Temple University Study.

Understanding Dad™ is intended to assist mothers to be more knowledgeable, aware, confident, and skillful at engaging in coparenting relationships with their child’s father. This pilot study showed participation of a small group of mothers in the program was associated with improved knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy, although the lack of a control group means that the impact of the intervention cannot be determined. The findings are also consistent with the idea that coparenting interventions may be effective when only one parent, and not both parents, attend the program.

A version of this evaluation report was accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal: Fagan, J., Cherson, M., Brown, C., & Vecere, E. (2015). Pilot program to increase mother’s understanding of dads. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12137.