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The Buzz Around the Father Engagement Certificate™

Posted by Erik Vecere

National Fatherhood Initiative’s® (NFI’s) new on demand Father Engagement Certificate™ (FEC) training has created quite a buzz. More than 100 individuals across the country who work with fathers in all kinds of settings have registered to get their certificate – many of them already have it. 

NFI launched our FEC training in May of this year, and we have already received an amazing response from individuals who have taken it, representing community action agencies, military departments, correctional facilities, Head Start and Early Head Start organizations, and child welfare agencies.

I was excited to hear that over 125 individuals have already received their certificates and have started to take their fatherhood work to the next level. FEC participants have shared how the training has helped their organizations address key challenges around father-friendliness, program design, recruitment and retention, involving moms, and fundraising.

Here are a few comments from FEC participants:

  • “I thought it was very well structured -- i.e., the 5 distinct sessions, the 4 areas of focus laid out in session 1, etc. -- very cohesive. I think this is a real how-to curriculum.”
  • “The variety of topics were helpful and the background/detailed information helped me (who is a lower level employee instead of a manager).”
  • “[I liked] how well thought out the program was -- great material and ideas from multiple angles.”
  • “[The training] was convenient to schedule when [I was] available. [I found the] referral to the book ‘Switch’ by Chip and Dan Heath [helpful]. I obtained the book at my local library and have gained much wisdom about the process of change. Thank you!”

Additional feedback from FEC participants shows that 94% would recommend the FEC to other fatherhood practitioners.

I am excited to hear from so many who have shared how valuable the FEC has been to their fatherhood work and look forward to hearing more stories related to the application of FEC strategies.

Are you an FEC graduate? If not, learn more here. If so, let us know how you like the training and how you are using it today in the comment section of this post.

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