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How do you build a safe and stable home for you and your family when you didn’t experience one as a child and you lack many of the tools necessary to construct a solid structure? That’s the question Good Dads 2.0 answers in this curriculum.

The 15-module curriculum is designed to help any dad (stepdads, grandfathers, and father figures), and especially at-risk dads, build a safe and stable home for their children and family. The curriculum covers a variety of topics through meaningful and thought-provoking questions, multimedia expert testimonials, and educational activities.

Looking to learn more about Good Dads 2.0? Call us at our main offices at 417-501-8867 or email Director of Operations Rhonda Andersen at
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Good Dads 2.0 (GD2.0) Facilitator Training:

The next training opportunity for GD2.0 is May 22 - 26. The GD2.0 Facilitator Training is intended to help those who want to be more effective in their work with at-risk fathers (i.e. noncustodial fathers with a history of poverty, incarceration and/or substance abuse). Facilitators can be mental health professionals, members of the faith community, members of the recovery community, retired professionals who want to give back to the community, and others with an interest in helping at-risk fathers overcome the barriers they face.

Good Dads 2.0 provides up-to-date information and research on recruiting and engaging at-risk fathers, and it addresses common issues they face (e.g. parenting as a single father, stress and anger management, child support issues). Good Dads 2.0 also includes strategies for helping noncustodial fathers reconnect and engage with their children.  Participants in the GD2.0 training will be trained in facilitating fatherhood groups using the GD2.0 Curriculum. 

Good Dads 2.0 includes the best evidence-based approaches that primarily target minority fathers living in an urban setting and adapts them to a more diverse group of fathers living in small and mid-size cities in the Midwest. It is based on the accumulated experience of Good Dads facilitators serving hundreds of fathers from 2018—2022. It may not be as suitable for minority fathers in an urban setting.

Registration for Good Dads 2.0 Facilitator Training will open this spring.

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Learning Objectives:

The Good Dads 2.0 Curriculum is focused on helping at-risk fathers overcome the barriers they face in becoming responsible fathers. Participants in the Good Dads 2.0 Facilitator Training will gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to working with at-risk fathers (e.g. those with a history of poverty, incarceration and/or drug use).

Participants will be able to:

Introduction to Class Facilitation

  1. Describe the goals, format, and content of the GD 2.0 curriculum and the target population for which it was developed.
  2. Develop a contract to guide behavior within the group.


  1. Identify one’s personal values, especially regarding fatherhood and the target population, and recognize how these influence behavior and interaction with participants in the class.
  2. Identify the range of values held by group members and acknowledge the importance of differing values and perspectives in a diverse society.
  3. Describe how a person’s values can change as they mature, experience life, and are exposed to other perspectives.
  4. Explain the relationship of a father’s values on his ability to positively influence his children.

Labels & Manhood

  1. Identify positive male role models within and outside one’s cultural group.
  2. Examine and describe the impact of one’s relationship with one’s father and other men as a child on one’s personal experience as a father thus far.
  3. Identify beliefs and experiences distinguishing the difference between a “boy” and a “man.”

Becoming Self-Sufficient

  1. Identify behaviors and characteristics associated with self-sufficiency.
  2. Analyze personal self-sufficiency and identify ways to become more self-sufficient.
  3. Create a plan for developing healthy independence and self-sufficiency.


  1. Define and explain the basic components associated with healthy communication.
  2. Identify danger signs associated with damaging communication.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate safely about difficult topics.

Conflict Resolution

  1. Identify potential sources of conflict between fathers and the mother(s) of their children.
  2. Identify and explain personal “anger styles” and how to recognize cues one is becoming angry.
  3. Explain and demonstrate ways of resolving conflict without threatening words or actions.

Stress & Anger Management

  1. List and explain stressors common to at-risk, single-parent fathers.
  2. Describe and explain the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma on one’s ability to manage stress as an adult.
  3. Describe the role of the amygdala and frontal lobe in handling stress and anger.
  4. Assess current stress levels and learn stress reduction techniques.
  5. Identify stress management strategies most likely to be successful for different individuals.

Decision-Making & Your Support Network

  1. Explain and demonstrate the process of decision-making, including the assessment of consequences associated with various decisions.
  2. Identify characteristics of supportive relationships and effective ways to ask for help.

Managing as a Single Father

  1. Identify challenges and effective strategies to challenges faced by single-parent fathers providing part-time care for their children.
  2. Explain constructive, age-appropriate ways to deal with a child’s behavior.

Fatherhood Today

  1. Analyze and clarify changing attitudes about appropriate roles and responsibilities for a father.

Impacting Your Children

  1. Identify the influence fathers can have on their children.
  2. Identify the values and behavior they want in their children and ways to nurture these characteristics.

Understanding What Children Need

  1. Identify and explain the stages of development from birth through adolescence.
  2. Identify and assess knowledge of and comfort with tasks and skills involved in caring for children at different stages of development.

You & Your Child’s Self-Confidence

  1. Define and describe the essential components of self-confidence.
  2. Explain attitudes, skills and strategies associated with increasing self-confidence in one’s child.

Helping Children Learn

  1. Explain the importance of play in children’s lives.
  2. Identify ways children learn through play and expand repertoire of activities to help them learn in day-to-day situations.

Understanding the Child Support System

  1. Describe and explain information related to child support laws, policies, and procedures.
  2. Explain the potential benefits of declaring paternity for fathers and their children.

Moving Forward as a Good Dad

  1. Identify obstacles that commonly arise as fathers try to make positive changes in their lives.
  2. Develop strategies for coping with the challenges that often accompany positive changes.

The Good Dads 2.0 Facilitator Kit includes the Facilitator Manual, one of each of the participant modules, and a USB drive with the “Contractor/ Construction Clips.” The Good Dads 2.0 Facilitator Kit is included in the Good Dads 2.0 Facilitator Training registration.  To order additional kits, click here.

Good Dads 2.0 participant modules are available in packs of 10 for each of the 15 modules. Click here to order additional participant modules.

Additional items (Good Dads 2.0 manual or USB drive) may be ordered here.


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Janice Reynolds MS - Janice Reynolds has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Learning Disabilities, and an MS in Guidance and Counseling.  After retirement from a career in public school education, Janice was trained as a facilitator for Good Dads and has taught the Fatherhood Development Curriculum at a number a sites. In addition to helping to train new facilitators, Janice serves in a supervisory and mentoring role for new facilitators.

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Sally Herman RN- Sally Herman is a retired registered nurse, a licensed minister, and a certified Faith Community Nurse. Sally’s involvement in Chi Alpha Campus Ministries of the Assemblies of God spanned over 40 years have prepared well for her work with group facilitation. She serves as a regular facilitator of the Fatherhood Development program with experience at three different sites. She has participated in Good Dads for 3 years, has taught 5 New Pathways classes, and has led facilitator training sessions.  She continues to feel passionate about helping men become better fathers and better men.