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In-Person Workshop

F22-102B #Girldad: Understanding and Cultivating Relationships Between Black Fathers/Daughters (In-Person)

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  In-Person Workshop
David Miller , M.Ed
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes
University of Maryland School of Social Work - Baltimore, Maryland



Although seldom acknowledged in the literature, the relationship between Black fathers and daughters is essential for building and maintaining healthy relationships. This workshop will review current trends, research and highlight critical protective factors among Black daughters. Historically, most scholarly literature about Black fathers has focused on deficits and inadequacies. Too often, draconian narratives about being uninvolved, absent, and deadbeat have been used to describe Black fathers. Although emerging research suggests that Black fathers are more involved than fathers of other races, negative stereotypes continue to lead the public discourse about Black fathers. Finally, it is vital for graduate students, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and human service workers to better understand Black fathers as proactive factors in the lives of Black girls. This workshop will focus on three key areas: 1) the role Black fathers play in promoting healthy social and emotional development within their Black daughters, 2) the importance of elevating strength-based research on Black fathers raising daughters, and 3) best practices for organizations providing services to Black fathers and families.  


David Miller , M.Ed Related seminars and products

Baltimore native David C. Miller, M. Ed., finds himself at the intersection of peril and progress when gauging the economic and social deprivation that impacts communities of color. Miller uses his academic training and innate street skills to lead intergenerational conversations with men and boys focused on fatherhood, parenting, mental health, and managing anger.

Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University, focusing on Black fatherhood with a concentration on fathers raising daughters. Miller is also the lead author of Daddy's & Girl: Understanding the Impact of Black Fathers on the Social and Emotional of their Daughters. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men – Indiana University Press (Pending Fall2022).

Agenda & Learning Objectives



8:30 - 9:00 


09:00 - 10:30 


10:30 - 10:45 


10:45 - 12:00 

Lecture Continued 

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 2:30 

Lecture Continued 

2:30 - 2:45 


2:45 - 4:30 

Lecture Continued 


Questions & Adjournment 




Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

§  Participants will better understand research on Black fathers from a strengths-based perspective.

§  Participants will better understand Black fathers' impact on their daughters' lives.

§  Participants will learn the generational implications of engaging fathers around healthy parenting practices.

Bibliography & References



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Coley, R. (2001). (In)visible men: Emerging research on low-income, unmarried, and

minority fathers. The American Psychologist, 56(9), 743–753.

Connor, M. E., & White, J. L. (Eds.). (2011). Black fathers: An invisible presence in

America. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Cooper, S. M. (2015). Reframing the discussion on African-American fathers:

Implications for positive development of African American boys. Social

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Lemmons, B. P., & Johnson, W. E. (2019). Game changers: A Critical Race Theory analysis of

the economic, social, and political factors impacting Black fatherhood and family

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Nielsen, L. (2007, February 28). College daughters’ relationships with their fathers: A

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Perry, A. R., & Bright, M. (2012). African American fathers and incarceration: Paternal

involvement and child outcomes. Social Work in Public Health, 27(1-2), 187–


Perry, A. R. & Langley, C. (2013). Even the best of intentions: parental involvement and the

theory of planned behavior. Family Process, 52(2),179-192. doi:10.1111/famp.12013. 

Troilo, J., & Coleman, M. (2013). “I don’t know how much more I can take”: How divorced nonresidential fathers manage barriers to involvement? Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers, 11(2), 159–178.

Wilson, L. (2018b). Black fatherhood: This is who we are: A research-based comic. Illustrated

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Wilson, W. J. (2006). The Woes if the inner-city African American fathers. O. Clayton, R. B. Mincy, & D. Blankenhorn (Eds.). New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Yoon, S., Bellamy, J. L., Kim, W., & Yoon, D. (2018). Father involvement and behavior problems among preadolescents at risk of maltreatment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(2), 494–504.

Young, A. A. (2004). The minds of marginalized black men: Making sense of mobility, opportunity, and future life chances. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units . The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed


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