4th Annual Dads Matter Too Fatherhood Conference

Friday, August 17 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

1615, New Britain, CT, United States

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Proceeds from this event will be utilized to support and promote positive parenting from fathers who need additional support parenting. The funds will afford fathers the opportunity to engage and interact with their children via movie tickets, sporting events, activity bags which consist of word games, crayons, puzzles, stuffed animals coloring books etc. recreational activities. All contributions are tax deductible.

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Event Information

Friday, August 17 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

 

 

 

 

This is a one day fatherhood conference event, with guest keynote speakers, Ingrid m. Canady, Executive Director of Connecticut State Education Resource Center and Ted Talk’s, Dwight Stitt.

There will be 10 workshop offerings that will range in topics; such as,  the racial injustices and its impact on fatherhood, fatherhood and early childhood development; fathers with cognitive limitations, intimate partner violence interventions, motherhood gatekeeping, paternity and child support services,  social welfare policy; healthy relationship and marriage education; co-parenting; child support; fatherhood development; motherhood development; working with incarcerated fathers; faith-based approaches; statewide projects and initiatives.

This conference will also present awards to providers, social workers, fathers and fatherhood figures who have made a direct positive impact on the importance of engagement with fathers and providing a positive fatherhood role. Breakfast and Lunch will be included for attendees. finally, 5.5 cec’s will be offered.

  

Scholarships are available for individuals, fathers and father-like-figures, who cannot afford the conference, please contact Jennifer.Rondini@ct.gov for more information.

 

 

Conference Agenda

8:00-9:00 A.M. Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:30 A.M. Welcome/Acknowledgements:

 

Rodrick L. Bremby,Commissioner of the Department of Social Services

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Dr. Peter Troiano, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Central Connecticut State University 

 

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Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Department of children and Families

 

9:30-11:00 A.M. Morning Keynote speaker: ingrid M. canady

11:00-11:15 A.M. Morning Break

11:15-12:30 P.M. - Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:45 P.M. -Lunch

1:45-2:00 P.M. - Afternoon Break

2:00-3:30 P.M. – Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dwight Stitt

& AFTERNOON GROUP exercise

3:30-4:00 P.M. - Closing Remarks 

(*Schedule is Subject to change)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Location

About the Organizer

Any questions about this event - please contact Anthony Gay (Anthony.Gay@ct.gov), Jennifer Rondini (Jennifer.Rondini@ct.gov) and/or Kelly McGinley-Hurley (Kelly.Mcginley-hurley@ct.gov)

CONTACT ORGANIZER

Event Speakers

Ingrid M. Canady

Executive Director for SERC

An educator for the past 18 years, Ms. Canady is currently serving as the Executive Director for SERC. She has provided the opportunity to unmask the hidden realities of institutionalized racism and its impact in today’s classrooms. Ms. Canady has become a positive agitator to create a sense of urgency on the need for an equitable and accessible education for all students.

http://ctserc.org/news/2016/ingrid-canady-named-serc-executive-director
Dwight Stitt

Fatherhood Advocate

As a father of four, Dwight Stitt believes that family connection is everything. In this heartfelt talk, Mr. Stitt shares his own hardships of fatherhood in the wake of divorce. Determined to maintain strong bonds with his children, he imparts a collection of lessons that he hopes will keep all dads, divorced or not, deeply connected to their kids.

https://www.ted.com/talks/dwight_stitt_one_dad_s_mission_to_rebuild_bonds_between_kids_and_their_fathers
Marcus Stallworth, LCSW

Stallworth Counseling Services, LLC

Working for Child Protective Services for the past 14 years, Mr. Stallworth has the insight on how loss, unexpected transitions, and stress impacts Human Behavior. His work with foster parents, incarcerated fathers, and grieving Sandy Hook families continuously reminds him of the compassion necessary to help others during their most vulnerable times.

http://www.stallworthcounseling.com/
Honorable John E. Colella, John Lomax Court Planner, Diana DiTunno MSW, & Tara Sanders

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Please see conference brochure for each presenters' full bio/background.

Doug Edwards

Real Dads Forever

Doug Edwards is the founder and director of Real Dads Forever, a Fatherhood Strategies Development organization. For the past 22 years, he has consulted with most CT state agencies that work with families. Doug also facilitates programs in schools, Family Development Centers, correctional institutions and churches around parental engagement, partnering and leadership with a focus on fathers and family men.

https://realdadsforever.org/
Karen Keatley & Nathan Hein

Department of Corrections

Please see conference brochure for each presenters' full bio/background.

Jon Zane

Social Work Supervisor DCF

Jon Zane joined Department of Children and Families in March of 2000 as a social worker trainee. During the course of his career he worked in different specialties of the agency including ongoing services, intake, adolescent services and child welfare trainer with the Academy for Workforce. Mr. Zane has worked as an Adolescent Supervisor and currently serves as a Training Supervisors in the Norwich DCF Office.

Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad

Executive Director, My People Clinical Services

Mr. Muhammad has been employed for My People Clinical Services for over 13 years. Mr. Muhammad has also served as a motivational speaker for the Dream Chaser #1 since 1994.

http://www.mypeople-ct.com/
Brook Morris, LMSW

Program Supervisor

Brook Morris, LMSW, was an Intimate Partner Violence Specialist for the Department of Children and Families. In 2016, she was promoted as a Program Supervisor for the Bridgeport DCF Area Office. She has been working for the Department since 2006 and began her career in the New Haven Office as a social worker.

Christine Keys, LCSW

Sr. Director, Community Programs: Klingberg

Ms. Keys is the Director of Permanency Services at Klingberg Family Centers located in New Britain, CT. She has been in the field of child welfare for 26 years in both the private sector and CT DCF. In addition, to overseeing Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Services at Klingberg, Ms. Keys initiated the Fatherhood360 program at Klingberg.

https://klingberg.org/
Nathaniel Pendergrass

Vice President of Man Enough

Mr. Pendergrass is a senior Construction Management major at Central Connecticut State University. Over the past two years, he has served as the Vice President of the Man Enough Support Initiative, CCSU’s Men’s Initiative. MESI’s mission focused on improving the health, retention, and graduation rates of college men. Mr. Pendergrass as actively organized and coordinated several health initiatives and has recently presented at the Connecticut State Universities and Colleges 2018 FAC Conference.

http://www.ccsu.edu/mesi/
Roderick L. Bremby

Commissioner of The Connecticut Department of Social Services

Roderick L. Bremby is serving in his second term as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), following re-appointment by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and confirmation by the House of Representatives in March 2015.

https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/About-the-Department-of-Social-Services/Commissioner
Joette Katz

Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Joette Katz is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and a former Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, where she also served as the administrative judge for the state appellate system.

https://portal.ct.gov/DCF
Peter Troiano

Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Peter F. Troiano was appointed Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2017. He is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Division of Student Affairs, which includes the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Disability Services, Veterans Affairs, Student Wellness Services/Counseling and Health Services, Residence Life, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Student Center Operations, Student Conduct, RECentral and Orientation programs.

http://www.ccsu.edu/about/keyofficers/troiano.html

Event Schedule

  • August 17, 2018
Workshop 1: PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH PARENTS
Workshop 2: PROFESSIONS AND DIRECT SERVICE STAFF
Workshop 3: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS
Workshop 4: ALL PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND FOSTER PARENTS
Workshop 5: PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS
Workshop 6: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF
Workshop 7: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF
Workshop 8: Bio Parents, Foster Parents, Caregivers
Workshop 9: For All
11:15 AM
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12:30 PM
Track : Workshop 1: PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH PARENTS

WORKSHOP 1- PATERNITY ESTABLISHMENT & OTHER CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES: CONNECTICUT’S PROGRAM SERVING PARENTS & CHILDREN

Honorable John E. Colella, John Lomax Court Planner, Diana DiTunno MSW, & Tara Sanders

THIS WORKSHOP WILL PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF CONNECTICUT’S CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON PATERNITY ESTABLISHMENT AND THE BENEFITS IT BRINGS TO BOTH PARENTS AND CHILDREN. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARTNER AGENCIES INVOLVED AND PROVIDE PARENTS WITH ACCURATE INFORMATION TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS AND LOCATE RESOURCES IN THEIR COMMUNITY. PARENTS WHO DON’T LIVE TOGETHER HAVE SPECIAL CHALLENGES IN MAKING SURE THEIR CHILD IS PROVIDED FOR, WELL-CARED FOR, AND FEELS THAT BOTH PARENTS LOVE THEM. THE CT CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM CAN PARTNER WITH BOTH PARENTS TO HELP ENSURE THAT CHILDREN ARE SUPPORTED. LEARN WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE (INCLUDING HELP WITH ACCESS/PARENTING AND CUSTODY AGREEMENTS). LEARN HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR CASEWORKER AND COURT PERSONNEL FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S BENEFIT.

Track : Workshop 2: PROFESSIONS AND DIRECT SERVICE STAFF

WORKSHOP 2- WORKING WITH INCARCERATED FATHERS

Karen Keatley & Nathan Hein

PROFESSIONS OUR ABILITY TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PARENTS OF THE CHILDREN WE SERVE IS CRITICAL. IF WE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE PARENTS, IF WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THEM, IF THERE IS SOME DEGREE OF TRUST BETWEEN US, THEN ASSESSING SAFETY, MOVING TOWARD PERMANENCE, AND HELPING THE CHILD FLOURISH ARE ALL MUCH EASIER. THIS BREAKOUT SESSION WILL EDUCATE THE PROVIDERS AND DIRECT LINE STAFF ON THE DIFFERENCES AMONG THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION FACILITIES, THE FOCUS AND FUNCTION OF THE DIFFERENT DOC STAFF AND THE BARRIERS TO WORKING WITH INCARCERATED FATHERS.

Track : Workshop 3: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

WORKSHOP 3 - MOTHERS AS GATEKEEPERS

Jon Zane

PARENTAL GATEKEEPING IS HOW PARENTS’ ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS AFFECT THE INVOLVEMENT AND QUALITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE OTHER PARENT AND CHILD IN EITHER A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE WAY. MATERNAL GATEKEEPING IS A MOTHER’S SENSE OF AUTHORITY AND OWNERSHIP ABOUT WHAT HER CHILD IS EXPOSED TO AND WHAT SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR. THIS TRAINING WILL TEACH PARTICIPANTS HOW TO UTILIZE THE MATERNAL GATEKEEPING TOOL IN HAVING COURAGE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE MOTHER IN HOPES SHE WILL ALLOW FATHER TO GET INSIDE THE “GATE”.

Track : Workshop 4: ALL PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND FOSTER PARENTS

WORKSHOP 4 - Working with DCF beyond Fatherhood Engagement

Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad

THE FATHERHOOD TOOLS ARE SPECIFICALLY WRITTEN FOR FATHERS THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH DCF. EACH TOOL ADDRESSES A SPECIFIC AREA THAT FATHER'S MAY BE EXPERIENCING AS A BARRIER TO INCREASED INVOLVEMENT WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE TOOLS RANGE IN TOPICS FROM THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO TALK WITH YOUR DCF WORKER TO "BABY MAMA DRAMA".

Track : Workshop 5: PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

WORKSHOP 5 - SON-HOOD: A LOOK INTO THE SON’S PERCEPTION, EXPERIENCE, AND THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THEIR FATHERS

Nathaniel Pendergrass

THE SON-HOOD WORKSHOP WILL PROVIDE A VALUABLE AND UNIQUE LOOK INTO HOW SONS VIEW THEIR FATHERS AND WHAT THEY LEARN FROM THEM. BY ATTENDING THE SESSION PARTICIPANTS WILL SEE WHAT SONS FROM MANY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS LEARN FROM THEIR FATHERS SUCH AS LIFE-LESSONS, BEHAVIORS, AND HOW TO BE AN EXEMPLARY MAN.

Track : Workshop 6: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF

WORKSHOP 6 - UNDERSTANDING PARENTS WITH COGNITIVE LIMITATIONS AND IMPACT ON ENGAGEMENT IN SERVICE DELIVERY

Christine Keys, LCSW

THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALLOW PARTICIPANTS TO DEFINE COGNITIVE LIMITATIONS FROM A FUNCTIONAL PERSPECTIVE. IDENTIFYING SUCH LIMITATIONS IMPROVES THE ENGAGEMENT AND SUCCESS OF INTEGRATION OF SERVICE PLANNING TO IMPROVE OVERALL PARENT FUNCTIONING; THEREFORE, RESULTING IN IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN OVERVIEW OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING AND HOW DEFICITS IN THESE AREAS IMPACT EFFECTIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH SERVICES AND/OR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. PARTICIPANTS WILL THEN BE PROVIDED WITH EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE SERVICE SYSTEM AND THEIR FAMILY FUNCTIONING.

Track : Workshop 7: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF

WORKSHOP 7 - INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE- ENGAGING FATHERS

Brook Morris, LMSW

THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALLOW PARTICIPANTS TO IDENTIFY AND UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ENGAGING FATHERS WHEN THERE IS A CONCERN OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND THE IMPACT OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE FAMILY AS WELL AS THE IMPACT OF THE VIOLENCE TO THEIR CHILDREN. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE ENGAGEMENT WITH FATHERS WHEN THERE IS A CONCERN OF IPV AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING HOW THE FATHERS’ OWN TRAUMAS MAY BE IMPACTING THEIR RELATIONSHIPS AND BEHAVIORS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IS SERVICES TO ESTABLISH OR SUSTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CHILDREN.

Track : Workshop 8: Bio Parents, Foster Parents, Caregivers

WORKSHOP 8 - STRATEGIES TO EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING

Marcus Stallworth, LCSW

THIS WORKSHOP INTENDS TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF CO-PARENTING CHILDREN EVEN WHEN RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE BIOLOGICAL PARENTS ARE STRAINED. WE WILL DISCUSS HOW CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO CONFLICT BETWEEN PARENTS CAN IMPACT THEIR GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND OVERALL SELF-ESTEEM. WE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE GATEKEEPER ROLE MANY MOTHERS OCCUPY, AND WE WILL IDENTIFY BARRIERS THAT CAN MAKE PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS CHALLENGING. THIS WORKSHOP WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WORKERS TO LEARN ADDITIONAL WAYS HOW TO DIALOGUE WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK TOGETHER WITH THE WELL-BEING OF THE CHILD AT THE FOREFRONT. WE WILL EXPLORE STRENGTH-BASED, SOLUTION-FOCUSED ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN BE TRANSFERRABLE TO PARENTS WHO ARE NO LONGER ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED BUT HAVE CHILDREN.

Track : Workshop 9: For All

WORKSHOP 9- MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR CHILD’S HEART AND MIND

Doug Edwards

THIS WORKSHOP WILL ASSIST FATHERS IN MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR CHILDREN TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS. FOCUSING ON THE PRESCHOOL YEARS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL WE WILL FIND WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. TOGETHER, WE WILL LOOK SIMPLY AT THE RESEARCH ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND THE IMPACT OF BEHAVIORS AND ENVIRONMENT ON HIS CHILD’S LIFE. WE WILL HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF PREDICTABILITY AND TRUST, LEARNING AND CREATIVITY, AND LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. WEAVING THOSE ELEMENTS, DADS WILL LEARN HOW TO BUILD A GREAT BRAIN.