Fatherhood Forum - Elements of Fatherhood

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Lansing Community College - West Campus 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917

5th Annual Fatherhood Forum | Elements of Fatherhood

Fatherhood Forum free event - open registrationA forum for fathers who want to enhance their greatness as a parent.

Registration for the Fatherhood Forum is now closed.


7:45-8:30 a.m.
Registration, Photo Contest, Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:15 a.m.
Warm Up and Engage

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Keynote: Jonathan Lawrence

10:30-11:20 a.m. Workshop Sessions
Sessions repeat in both workshop sessions

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Workshop Sessions

12:30-1:50 p.m. Lunch and Keynote
Keynote: Terrence King

2:00-3:30 p.m.
- Men's Barbershop and Dad's Panel
- Women's Beauty Shop and Mom's Panel

3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Raffle


“Father as Loving Warrior:  The Freedom’s Edge Approach”
Dr. Matthew Helm

What does it mean to be both a warrior and loving father? Unfortunately, most fathers are not living free and fully expressed in their loving hearts.  They have been taught to be strong, powerful, and detached from emotions and that it is not okay to be vulnerable and deeply loving to themselves or others.  The goal of this session is to provide you with a space to feel the fullness of who you are, a conscious father with choice.  This session will also provide you with insight and practical guidance on how you can move in a direction that matters most to you as a father.  Finally, participants will be also be taught techniques in parenting that model “giving the love that heals”.

“Engaging Fathers: What Works?”
Travis Neller, Tory Jackson, Chris Robinson, Cole Williams

Serving and working with fathers effectively can be a tall task to follow. Understanding fathers and how they may parent or interact with their child can be difficult.  However, the importance of including fathers in the work is major as it increases the likelihood of the child(ren) having positive outcomes which is what everybody wants.  Right?  In this session, you will hear from fathers from a variety of different backgrounds share why it is important for fathers to participate in different types of programs.  

“Having a Ball While Helping with Homework: Fathers Parenting Differently & Why That’s Okay”
Dr. Theodore (Ted) Ransaw

Fathers are not often thought of as involved in their children’s schooling. Nevertheless, fathers’ involvement in their children’s educational lives has a positive influence on their future.  This session is designed to encourage fathers, and the mothers who love them, to trust their natural instincts as well as to help fathers articulate the paternal and scientific reasons why father parenting styles are so crucial to the health of their children.  Fathers are not a replacement for mothers, but can add to the long-term success of their child(ren} when they are given space to do so.

“Father Figures”
Jon Slaughter

An engaging discussion on fatherhood merging biblical anecdotes and real-life experiences.

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For more information, contact the Student Parent Resource Center (sprc@msu.edu / 517-432-3745) or the MSU WorkLife Office (worklife@msu.edu / 517-353-1635).