Complexities of Non-Custodial Fathering for Low Income Individuals

$27.50 | CE Hours:5.50 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Sweeping changes have dramatically altered the structure of the American family - making marriage less common and fathers less present in their children’s lives.  This CE course draws on the first of a longitudinal series of in-depth interviews with a subset of fathers participating in the Parents and Children Together Responsible Fatherhood (PACT RF) programs to better understand their lives and experiences, including the complexities and difficulties they face as fathers.  These interviews focus on fathers’ childhoods, relationships with their children and the mothers of their children, views on fathering, employment experiences, and participation in the fatherhood programs.

Author:  Holcomb, P., Edin, K., Max, J., Young, A., Valdovinos D'Angelo, A., Friend, D., Clary, E., and Johnson, W.  (2015, June).  In Their Own Voices: The Hopes and Struggles of Responsible Fatherhood Program Participatns in the Parents and Children Together Evaluation.  OPRE Report Number 2015-67.  Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Summarize how the men described the main aspects of fatherhood and the role that fathers should play in the lives of their children.

2.  Explain why even working fathers had difficulty making ends meet.

3.  Evaluate the most common motivation driving the men in the study to be an active father in their children’s lives.

4.  Name, among a myriad of challenges, the most commonly cited barrier to employment.

5.  Identify what was common in the large majority of the relationships and was often directly implicated in the couple’s breakup.

6.  Describe the one common factor across the majority of men that make it difficult for them to fully become the parents they want to be for their children.


CE Outline with Main Points

1. Overview of Fathers in the PACT Qualitative Study

a.  Characteristics of fathers in the qualitative study

b.  Fathers had varying levels of contact with different children

2.  "It's All About the Kids" - The Meaning of Fatherhood

a.  Men see fatherhood as a catalyst for their own life change

b.  Fathers focus on giving their children a better life

3.  "It Was Rough" - Unstable Family Lives During Childhood

a.  Growing up without positive father role models

b.  Supported by their mothers and extended family

c.  Neighborhood influences

4.  "She Makes It Really Hard to be a Dad" - Relationships with the Mothers of Their Children

a.  Becoming a father

b.  Relationships often marked by instability and conflict

c.  Everything goes through Mom: How mothers affected father involvement

5.  "Life's Hard" - Fathers' Interwoven Personal Challenges

a.  Economic hardship: Struggling to get by

b.  Child support challenges

c.  Unstable housing

d.  Additional impacts of incarceration and court involvement

e.  Substance abuse and mental health challenges

f.  Physical health limitations

6.  "I'm a Better Father . . . I'm Taking the Steps that I Need" - Experiences in Responsible Fatherhood Programs

a.  How fathers learned about the program and why they enrolled

b.  What fathers received and valued from their RF program experience

c.  Why some fathers dropped out

d.  Fathers' ideas for RF program improvements



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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