Call for Papers! 15th Annual New England Fathering Conference

“Rethinking Fatherhood: The 21st Century Dad
March 12 – 14, 2014
Newport Marriott Hotel
Newport, Rhode Island

Share your knowledge, skills and inspiration at the New England Fathering Conference. Submit a workshop proposal by Friday, October 4th 2013 for consideration. You can submit online at: http://www.ct.gov/fatherhood/cwp/view.asp?Q=531970&A=4113 

This educational event brings dads, moms, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, program directors, state and federal representatives, and family advocates together to learn and share information and experiences. We are committed to featuring a talented, diverse array of speakers and presenters who will inspire and challenge attendees. The conference encompasses four arenas: Dads & Family/Community, Dads & Health, Dads & Education andDads & Systems.

The NEFC Planning Committee is searching for professionals who work in the fatherhood field and would like to share their expertise and experience to enhance our work and expand interstate networks. Workshop proposals should be relevant to the following groups: fathers/family men, parents/couples, family service providers, fatherhood practitioners, educators, health professionals, legislators, government representatives, and researchers.  Sessions should address topics including, but not limited to: curricula, program design and implementation, prevention, collaboration/leveraging resources, parenting, co-parenting, healthy relationships, child development, children with special needs, employment, education, health (mental and physical), addiction, incarceration, child support, domestic violence, cultural competence and working with diverse groups, etc.

Each workshop will be approximately 2 hours in length and should provide hands-on information for the participants to use when working with non-custodial parents as well as custodial parents, and also family men who play a paternal role for the children in their lives.  Presenters should make the workshops interactive.  The Committee is particularly interested in workshops targeted to one perspective (i.e., a workshop specifically for dads/family men, or a session to assist practitioners with a certain aspect of programming such as recruitment/retention)