4th Annual Dads Matter Too Fatherhood Conference

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

1615, Stanley Street, New Britain, CT, 06051, 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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Friday, August 17 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

Central Connecticut State University: Memorial Hall's Constitution Room , 1615, New Britain, CT, 06051, United States.

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the Organizer

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

About Ingrid M. Canady

Executive Director for SERC
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

About Dwight Stitt

Fatherhood Advocate
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/

About Marcus Stallworth, LCSW

Stallworth Counseling Services, LLC

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

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

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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/

About Doug Edwards

Real Dads Forever
Karen Keatley & Nathan Hein
Department of Corrections

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

About Karen Keatley & Nathan Hein

Department of Corrections
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.

About Jon Zane

Social Work Supervisor DCF
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/

About Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad

Executive Director, My People Clinical Services
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.

About Brook Morris, LMSW

Program Supervisor
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/

About Christine Keys, LCSW

Sr. Director, Community Programs: Klingberg
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/

About Nathaniel Pendergrass

Vice President of Man Enough
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

About Roderick L. Bremby

Commissioner of The Connecticut Department of Social Services
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

About Joette Katz

Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families
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

About Peter Troiano

Vice President of Student Affairs

About Connecticut Department of Social Services

https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Child-Support/Child-Support Sponsor Logo

About Man Enough Support Initative

http://www.ccsu.edu/mesi/index.html Sponsor Logo

About Central Connecticut State University

http://www2.ccsu.edu/ Sponsor Logo

About Deprtmant of Children & Families

https://portal.ct.gov/dcf Sponsor Logo

About The Academy for Workforce and Development DCF

https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/Academy/Home Sponsor Logo

About Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative

http://www.ct.gov/fatherhood/site/default.asp Sponsor Logo

About Wellmore Behavioral Health

http://wellmore.org/ Sponsor Logo

11:15 AM
Workshop 8: Bio Parents, Foster Parents, Caregivers

WORKSHOP 8 - STRATEGIES TO EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Marcus Stallworth, LCSW

    Stallworth Counseling Services, LLC

Workshop 9: For All

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

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Doug Edwards

    Real Dads Forever

Workshop 1: PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH PARENTS

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

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Honorable John E. Colella, John Lomax Court Planner, Diana DiTunno MSW, & Tara Sanders

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Workshop 2: PROFESSIONS AND DIRECT SERVICE STAFF

WORKSHOP 2- WORKING WITH INCARCERATED FATHERS

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Karen Keatley & Nathan Hein

    Department of Corrections

Workshop 3: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

WORKSHOP 3 - MOTHERS AS GATEKEEPERS

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Jon Zane

    Social Work Supervisor DCF

Workshop 4: ALL PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND FOSTER PARENTS

WORKSHOP 4 - Working with DCF beyond Fatherhood Engagement

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad

    Executive Director, My People Clinical Services

Workshop 5: PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

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

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Nathaniel Pendergrass

    Vice President of Man Enough

Workshop 6: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF

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

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Christine Keys, LCSW

    Sr. Director, Community Programs: Klingberg

Workshop 7: ALL PROFESSIONALS AND DCF STAFF

WORKSHOP 7 - INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE- ENGAGING FATHERS

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Brook Morris, LMSW

    Program Supervisor

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