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Readers' Feedback on Effective Facilitation

Posted by Christopher A. Brown

In several blog posts during the past several weeks, I focused on three questions we ask during training institutes on our fatherhood programs:

  • What are the three (3) most vital characteristics of an effective fatherhood program facilitator?
  • What are the three (3) greatest challenges in helping dads to become the best dads they can be?
  • What are the three (3) most critical steps in preparing to effectively facilitate a fatherhood program? 

I asked for your answers to these questions as effective facilitation is central to running effective fatherhood programs.

EF_logo.jpgHere are the top three (3) responses to each question:

  • Most vital characteristics of a facilitator...
    • Honest
    • Non-judgmental
    • Good, effective listener
  • Greatest challenges in helping dads...
    • Lack of motivation/commitment/buy-in from dads (e.g. to the program or a long-term commitment to their children)
    • Lack of willingness to change caused by, for example, rigid thinking and ingrained beliefs
    • Lack of environmental support to change (e.g. from other men and family members)
  • Most critical steps in preparing to facilitate...
    • Know the curriculum/content
    • Know the dads (e.g. conduct a needs assessment)
    • Get dads to come (e.g. recruit through local agencies)

That's fantastic feedback! Thanks to everyone who responded.

To become an effective facilitator (or even more effective than you already are), I encourage you to acquire an Effective Facilitation Certificate™ by registering for and completing our newest online, on-demand training.

You'll learn about: 

  • The characteristics and skills of an effective fatherhood program facilitator.
  • How to prepare to effectively facilitate a fatherhood program.
  • How to spot and address biases in dads that can make them unwilling to change.
  • How to ask effective probing questions, and which probing questions to ask.
  • And much, much more!

Are you doing everything you can to become the best facilitator you can be?

Do you want to improve as a fatherhood program facilitator? Click here to learn more about the Effective Facilitation Certificate™.


Are you a dad looking for help? Please visit our Fatherhood Program Locator™ and enter your city and state on the map to find programs and resources in your community.  

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