On My Shoulders (OMS) is a strengths-based, experiential curriculum designed to give fathers from a variety of backgrounds effective tools for being strong, effective fathers. OMS is not a parenting class per se, but is an experiential learning process that emphasizes relationship skills, builds self-awareness, addresses emotions, promotes mindful choices (Deciding, not Sliding), and encourages participants to value themselves as fathers and as men in the world.
OMS focuses on core relationship values, such as commitment, respect, and healthy attachment. It also focuses on workable practical skills that make for effective parenting and effective relationships in general. Social science research lends strong support to the idea that improved functioning in one part of life spills over into other areas of life. As such, fathers who work through the On My Shoulders material should see real benefits in many areas of their lives.
View the video to learn more about this fatherhood curriculum.
As an organization, we have found that all our curricula have been working well for groups doing virtual workshops. We offer technical assistance on this subject and many others to help providers get the most out of what they are able to do in the virtual space.
Our workbooks are designed to be an essential part of the learning experience, with many places where participants respond to questions and reflect on themes taught in the curriculum. Over the pandemic, we have discovered that there is no suitable digital replacement for these workbooks.
We have had considerable success encouraging programs providing workshops virtually to provide the physical workbooks to those they serve (e.g., mailing them out, or having people pick them up at a community center, or delivering them by hand). This allows participants to have this crucial resource as well as not be distracted by another digital input while attending a workshop virtually (e.g., via ZOOM).
Colorado Purchasers: You must provide a tax-exempt certificate or pick up your order at our Centennial office. Please call for assistance 800.366.0166.