Dads “Dyad” Differently: Fathers in the First Year
Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Course #: W928
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Erikson Institute
Credit Available: CEUs; Social Work CEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 5.0 - Working with Families
Early Childhood providers acquire many skills to be effective in their roles. New perspectives of fatherhood can aid these providers to engage fathers in their work with infants. Dads “Dyad” Differently (DDD) will cover concepts, e.g. ghosts/angels in the nursery, reflective functioning, parallel process, paternal postnatal mood disorders (PPMD), provider assumptions, and the culture of fatherhood. DDD will introduce useful strategies, e.g. metaphors, Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO), Skin to Skin, and Fussy Baby FAN Model, emphasizing fathers’ emotional experiences. Participants will examine their own assumptions to identify challenges to promoting father-infant interactions. The culture of fatherhood as a framework for discussion can help to understand a father’s viewpoint, that is, “cultural relativism.” The use of metaphors will highlight a father’s learning style, which can assist to teach important concepts in ways that are more easily understood and applicable to fathers.
Nicholas Kasovac, MA, R-DMT, IMH-E(II)® is an Infant/Family Specialist from Seattle, WA (formerly of AZ). He is endorsed by ITMHCA and has worked in the field of Children’s Services and Pediatrics, in different capacities, for the last 25 years. Nicholas worked as a Healthy Steps Specialist for over 10 years, providing home visits, developmental screenings, Newborn Behavioral Observation, Fussy Baby Approach, care coordination, postpartum screenings, developmental playgroups. Nicholas provides The DAD Project (Dads and Development) for Swedish Medical Center throughout the metro Seattle area. He is currently developing a prenatal class for new fathers and a series for fathers/toddlers.