NACSW Online Continuing Education

The Importance of Engaging Fathers in Social Work Practice
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social Workers, Church Leaders, Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1

Mark Robinson, MSW 
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The research is clear. Children do better in every measure of development when there is a responsibly involved father in their lives. This workshop will examine the unique contributions of fathers to the health and productive development of their children. In addition, this presentation will address the challenges that practitioners face in engaging fathers in effective service-delivery.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Review existing research on trends in father absence and consequences of father absence for children.

2. Identify barriers and challenges to responsible father involvement in the life of children.

3. Identify strategies for engaging fathers in child welfare agencies and social work practice.


This workshop will present relevant research and significant data that indicates the importance of fathers' involvement in the lives of their children. In addition, special attention will be focused on the challenges, reluctance, and in many cases, the resistance to engaging fathers in service provision. "The single biggest social problem in our society may be the growing absence of fathers from their children's homes because it contributes to so many other social problems" (Bill Clinton, 1995). When children are falling into the river faster than you can save them, you go upstream and discover that the bridge is broken, putting children at risk of falling into a dangerous situation. If you repair the bridge (fathers), you are working to prevent children from danger ahead. According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes. One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes. In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes. Children who live absent of their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents to:

Live in poverty

Use drugs

Experience educational problems

Experience health problems

Experience emotional problems

Experience behavioral problems

Be victims of child abuse

Engage in criminal behavior

Since the core values of social work support building skills in working with fathers and the research indicates that fathers play a unique and vital role toward successful outcomes in the lives of their children, it is essential that social work practitioners are aware of and educated on how to engage fathers within a variety of practice settings.


Mark Robinson graduated from Syracuse University with a MSW. He designed and implemented a fatherhood program in Syracuse, N.Y. He established RESTORE Inc., a non-profit organization for restoring fathers back to the head of the family through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is currently the Director of Field Education at Lourdes University Department of Social Work in Sylvania, Ohio. He has authored a curriculum titled, Restoration of Fathers.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.