Become an accredited
Caring Dads Facilitator

Join the leading, international network of clinicians working at the nexus of domestic violence and fatherhood.

Facilitator Training Eligibility

Caring Dads Facilitator training is appropriate for any professional interested in working with fathers (including biological, step, or common-law fathers) who have who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence, or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviors.

At minimum one accredited Caring Dads Facilitator is required to run the group intervention program. However our best practice model requires two Facilitators per group for optimal fidelity and programming quality.

Our training attendees commonly include batterer intervention program group leaders, child protection workers, counselors working within child and family mental health services, victim advocates, probation officers and their supervisors and managers. Other professionals that are sometimes involved include psychologists, violence prevention educators, substance abuse counselors, healthcare workers, police officers, native leaders, clergy and military personnel.

Course Format

Intensive In-Person Training (2 days)

This component is delivered over 2 days and introduces participants to the principles and values that guide the Caring Dads program. We then move into interactive training on the program material. Role plays are used to demonstrate key exercises and participants have the chance to acquire and practice skills in leading group exercise.

Topics covered include, among others:

○ Caring Dads program goals, principles and values
○ The need for intervention with fathers
○ Child-centred fathering
○ Referral, intake and collaborative case management
○ Mother contact
○ Case reviews
○ Supporting community collaboration

Clinical Consultations (4mths - 1 yr)

This component is delivered online via our distributed learning platform, the Pro-Portal. Each Clinical Consultation session includes a live webinar presentation, a set of self-reflection guides, a selection of best practice videos and an evaluation. This series is designed to offer clinical oversight and support to new Facilitators as they deliver their first Caring Dads groups, and may be completed within a minimum of 4 months, and a maximum of 1 year following the In-Person Training Course.

Training Investment: $1,000 CAD pp

Becoming an accredited facilitator involves both tuition and licensing:

Tuition: $900 CAD

Tuition fees support the Intensive In-Person Training and include a copy of the Caring Dads Manual, lunch and refreshments on both days of training. Any travel or accommodation expenses, where required, are not included. Tuition is a one-time fee.

Licensing: $100 CAD

Annual License fees support access to the Pro-Portal for 1 year. The Pro-Portal is where facilitators and trainers:

○ Schedule Clinical Consultations and access the associated resources.
○ Participate in our Reporting system supported by the University of Toronto. Accredited professionals receive detailed reports for every group or training they run.
○ Access a host of constantly updates resources, including handouts, slides, videos, intake forms, recruitment and promotional materials.
○ Consult, connect and share experiences with other Caring Dads professionals in the forum.


Upcoming Training Dates


Our Vision

Together with our Partner Agencies, Facilitators & Trainers around the world, Caring Dads aims to achieve the following impact on intimate partner violence and child maltreatment by 2020:


Trainer Development

In addition to accrediting Facilitators to run Caring Dads intervention groups, Caring Dads also comprises a "train-the-trainer" model. Caring Dads Trainers fall into two categories:

Accredited Trainers who train new Facilitators at events organized by Caring Dads around the world.

Independent Trainers who work privately, or within organizations, to train Caring Dads Facilitators at independently organized events.

Accredited Trainers

All Caring Dads Trainers start as Facilitators. After successfully conducting a minimum of 2 Caring Dads Groups, and achieving satisfactory program evaluation and quality assurance results, Facilitators are invited to apply for the Caring Dads Trainer Development program. We will need an updated resumé/CV and supporting statement.

In particular candidates should demonstrate their ability to develop ongoing partnerships with child protection agencies, women’s advocate groups and batterer intervention services, particularly where these are not part of your own organization's services.

Tuition last four days and includes post-course clinical oversight which supports new Trainers as you co-deliver a minimum of 1 Facilitator Training with either our Lead Clinical Site Director, or Lead Program Developer. Candidates are remunerated for this Facilitator Training event. Should you achieve satisfactory training evaluation and quality assurance results, you will become an Accredited Caring Dads Trainer.

As an Accredited Trainer you will have a contractual agreement with Caring Dads to deliver Facilitator Training at events organized and sponsored by Caring Dads.

Independent Trainers

Accredited Trainers who wish to offer Facilitator Training events which are sanctioned by Caring Dads but organized independently may decide to become Independent Trainers.

In order to do so, a Trainer must have delivered a minimum of 3 Facilitator Trainings as the sole presenter while achieving satisfactory training evaluation and quality assurance results. Upon achieving Independent status, Trainers enter a contractual agreement with Caring Dads to deliver independent Facilitator Training within the specific geographic location or agency they've identified.


Partner Agencies

Caring Dads Partner Agencies host Caring Dads Trainers and training events.

In addition, we’ve collaborated on program implementation, innovation, research & quality assurance, grants & funding

To discuss how your agency can partner with Caring Dads to move the needle on intimate partner violence & child maltreatment in your community contact our Community Manager, Sarah Webb.