Fatherhood Training & Parenting Classes

Welcome to SpoFI’s comprehensive Fatherhood Training & Parenting Classes, where we equip fathers with vital skills for every stage of parenting.

Our offerings include the 24-7 Dad® Basic (AM) and Advanced (PM) classes, addressing core aspects of fatherhood and parenting. Additionally, we provide schedule-flexible courses such as Fathering in 15™, an interactive online program, and Dad2Dad, a process group led by a licensed professional counselor. For fathers dealing with anger issues, our Anger Free Dad course offers effective management techniques. 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers™, based on Dr. Ken Canfield’s research, imparts crucial fathering traits.

We also proudly feature Co-Parenting Classes led by SpoFI board member & CoParenting International Facilitator, Darrel Startin. This class aims to reduce hostility and promote teamwork between parents, respecting each unique situation. Our non-judgmental approach and informative content strive to bridge the gap between two homes. Register now for the next upcoming class.

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Q: What classes are available at SpoFI right now?

A: We are offering the following classes as of Jan. 2024

24:7 Dad AM (Basic)

Designed for all dads including first time fathers or young men who desire to become fathers. This class is well suited for non-custodial fathers as well.

24:7 Dad PM (Advanced)

This class challenges fathers to become the best Dads they can be. The course focuses on self-evaluation, relationships, parenting skills and co-parenting.

Fathering in 15™

An interactive online one-on-one program to build dad skills on a mutually acceptable schedule between the student and an assigned mentor. 

7 Secrets Of Effective Fathers

Available to men who have graduated from both the 24:7 Dad Basic class. Based on interviews with over 10,000 fathers, Dr. Canfield has identified seven character traits that help make fathers more effective in their parenting and relationships.

Anger Free Dad

Teaches effective techniques to manage expectations, reflect on past anger incidents, and lead your family with calmness, improving relationships with your wife, children, and colleagues.

Dad2Dad

A process group that meets with a licensed, professional counselor weekly for six months. This group is for men who have completed both the Basic (AM) and Advanced (PM) 24-7 Dad® classes. Dad2Dad is for men who want to continue their healing, growth and development.

One Heart Two Homes Co-parenting Course

Led by CoParenting International Facilitator, Darrel Startin – Our goal is to lessen the hostility and increase the teamwork between parents by honoring each circumstance, educating in a non-judgmental way, and providing information that will help bridge the gap between two homes. Register now for the next upcoming class.

24-7 Dad® Evidence-based Core Curriculum

Growth & Community with 24-7 Dad®

Classes are forming now. All classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks at our offices with Remote Zoom options available.

SpoFI has partnered with the National Fatherhood Initiative to present their 24-7 Dad® evidence-based curriculum to our community.

24-7 Dad® Basic is designed for all dads including first time fathers or young men who desire to become fathers. This class is well suited for non-custodial fathers as well.

We also offer 24-7 Dad® Advanced to graduates of our 24-7 Dad® Basic classes for fathers who have some experience and seek to become better fathers.

We offer these classes regularly throughout the year at our offices with remote Zoom options available. Classes are kept small to allow for robust discussion and interaction between the fathers.

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The 24-7 Dad®

  • Knows His Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Cares for Himself
  • Knows How to Father
  • Knows How to Parent
  • Builds Healthy Relationships with Family and Community

24-7 Dad® Basic

Many fathers in our community grew up without a father in their home. These men do not have the relationship and parenting tools they need to be effective, devoted fathers. For these men and those who aspire to be fathers someday, this evidence-based class teaches them basic fatherhood, parenting and relationship skills.

SpoFI offers this comprehensive class six time a year at our offices and, when needed, to remote students via Zoom. The class is taught in twelve, two-hour sessions.

Basic and Advanced classes are scheduled sequentially. Both versions are taught twice a week on weekday evenings.

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Topics Include

  • Family History and Its Impact on Fathering
  • What it Means to Be a Man
  • Discipline/Punishment
  • The Father’s Role
  • Communication
  • Working with Mom and Co-Parenting
  • Showing and Handling Feelings
  • …and so much more

24-7 Dad® Advanced

This class challenges fathers to become the best Dads they can be. The course focuses on self-evaluation, relationships, parenting skills and co-parenting. It is designed for fathers who have experience and want to improve fathering skills. Enrollment is open to 24-7 Dad® Basic graduates and by approval by the instructor after reviewing an application.

This evidence-based curriculum is taught in twelve, two-hour sessions in a format similar to the 24-7 Dad® classes.

Topics include

  • Boyhood to Manhood
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Sex, Love and Relationships
  • Competition and Fathering
  • Improving My Communication Skills
  • Fun with the Kids – Fathering and Fun
  • Stress, Alcohol (drugs) and Work
  • And more!
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What do Some of Our Graduates think?

5 Fathering skills I have learned as result of participating in this group are:

  • Taking care of myself
  • Role Modeling
  • Honoring my children from their perspective
  • Stopping and thinking twice
  • Involving my kids more in day to day activities
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Adam Howerton

24-7 Dad®Grad 2022

  • Healthy communication
  • Discipline techniques
  • Patience
  • Showing and handling feelings
  • Sympathy & empathy
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Kaleb Koontz

24-7 Dad®Grad 2023

  • Plan one-on-one dates with my boys.
  • TEACHING THEM TO BE COMPETITIVE BUT HUMBLE.
  • Not taking there power from them.
  • Keeping my promise with not only my boys but friends and family.
  • Being a rock star listener.
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Garrett Skirvin

24-7 Dad®Grad 2023

Fathering in 15™

Fathering in 15™ is an interactive online one-on-one program to build dad skills on a mutually acceptable schedule between the student and an assigned mentor. 

Occasionally the program may be offered to up to three dads at the same time. Fathering in 15™ takes dads through 15 interactive, engaging topics in one hour sessions (Fathering 15™ content takes about 30 minutes. The remaining time is devoted to one-on-one mentoring).

It is accessible on any computer or mobile device!

Topics Include:

  • Family History
  • Handling Emotions 
  • Your Health              
  • Talking with Mom      
  • Fathering Skills
  • Child Discipline   
  • Intimacy 
  • Managing Money
  • Being a Man and Dad
  • Grief and Loss
  • You and Mom
  • Co-Parenting
  • Child Development
  • Sexuality
  • Work-Family Balance
Dads who complete our Fathering in 15™ program with a mentor will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be ready to take our Advanced 24-7 Dad® class anytime in the future.

Dad2Dad

Dad2Dad is a process group that meets with a licensed, professional counselor weekly for six months. This group is for men who have completed both the Basic (AM) and Advanced (PM) 24-7 Dad® classes. Dad2Dad is for men who want to continue their healing, growth and development.

During Dad2Dad, you will:

  • Acquire more tools to develop a positive, supportive and enduring relationship with your children
  • Strengthen emotional regulation and resilience through increased self-awareness and self-worth
  • Become better at being an involved, responsible and committed father
  • Make habits out of the powerful lessons you learned in 24-7 Dad® classes

Anger Free Dad

Discover the path to a peaceful life with the Anger Free Dad, specifically designed for fathers struggling with anger issues.

Learn effective techniques to manage expectations, reflect on past anger incidents, and lead your family with calmness, improving relationships with your wife, children, and colleagues.

Start your journey towards better anger control and enhanced family harmony today with our comprehensive and transformative course.

Classes meet Monday evenings 7-9 PM for 8 weeks

In Anger Free Dad, you will learn:

  • Skills to reduce explosive anger
  • How to set up positive people networks
  • Identify your own hidden expectations
  • Perform practical self-evaluation
  • Review your game film to understand your triggers
  • Find peace for you and your family

7 Secrets of Effective Fathers™

Becoming The Father Your Children Need

7 Secrets of Effective Fathers™ is a 7-week course offered by SpoFI to graduates of the 24-7 Dad® Basic (AM) class. This teaching is based on decades of research by Dr. Ken Canfield, founder of the National Center for Fathering. Based on interviews with over 10,000 fathers, Dr. Canfield has identified seven character traits that help make fathers more effective in their parenting and relationships.

Classes typically meet Wednesdays once a week for seven weeks but this schedule is subject to change. Check our Registration section for the next upcoming class.

Exciting News: The next series of Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers™ will begin Monday, March 25, from 7 to 8:30 pm