Training Description
It goes without saying that an effective facilitator is one of the most important components for a successful fatherhood program. To be an effective agent for change, a fatherhood program must be implemented by quality facilitators.

Delivered by NFI President Christopher Brown, the on-demand Effective Facilitation Certificate™ Training (EFC) training from National Fatherhood Initiative® teaches the characteristics and skills required of an excellent fatherhood program facilitator. It focuses on adult learning styles that affect how your participants learn and engage, and how to properly prepare to effectively facilitate each and every session you lead.

Please note: Students are given 60 days to complete the course.
Topics Covered

  • Part 1 > The Facilitator: Characteristics and Skills
  • Part 2 > The Participants (Fathers): Learning Styles, Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, and Cognitive Biases
  • Part 3 > Facilitation: Your Role, Preparation, and Techniques

Features & Benefits

  • Learn facilitation strategies and techniques honed by NFI's nearly three decades of work with direct-service organizations. 
  • Gain confidence in your role as the facilitator of any program!
  • Grasp adult learning styles to ensure you're delivering information in ways that "speak" to your audience.
  • Receive your Certificate of Completion and web badge after passing a short exam to proudly display your accomplishment!

Who Should Enroll

  • Facilitators of NFI or any other fatherhood programs. 
  • Supervisors of facilitators of a fatherhood program.
  • Anyone looking for professional development around improving their facilitation of any kind of program, especially those attended by fathers (e.g. parenting, substance-abuse, job-readiness, etc.).

Completion Time

  • Minimum 6 hours.

Meet Your Trainer

Christopher A. Brown is the President of National Fatherhood Initiative®. An applied anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience in the fatherhood field, he earned his B.A. from the University of North Texas and his M.A. from the University of South Florida. 

Christopher is the designer of the nation’s most widely-used evidence-based and research-based fatherhood programs and resources, trainer of thousands of fatherhood practitioners, and has been a member of many advisory committees on federally-funded fatherhood initiatives. He most recently served on the advisory committee of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (