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S23-108 #GirlDad: Understanding and Cultivating Relationships Between Black Fathers and Daughters

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CEs

100 Children & Adolescents
David Miller , M.Ed
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



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



Registration/Log on 

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:

  • Locate research on Black fathers from a strengths-based perspective 

  • Describe the Black fathers' impact on their daughters' lives 

  • Describe the generational implications of engaging fathers around healthy parenting practices 

Bibliography & References


Baggett, E., Shaffer, A., & Muetzelfeld, H. (2015). Father–daughter parentification and young adult romantic relationships among college women. Journal of Family Issues, 36(6), 760-783. doi:10.1177/0192513X13499759

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 experiences and well-being disparities that impact African-American men and boys. Children, Youth and Families Newsletter.

Fox, G. L., & Blanton, P. W. (1995). Nonresident fathers following divorce. Marriage and Family Review, 20, 257-282.

Jethwani, M., Mincy, R., & Klempin, S. (2014). I would like them to get where I never got to: nonresident fathers' presence in the educational lives of their children. Children and Youth Services Review, 40(1), 51-60.

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 formation. Social Work in Public Health, 34(1), 86–101.doi:10.1080/19371918.2018.1562406

Nielsen, L. (2007, February 28). College daughters’ relationships with their fathers: A 15-year study. College Student Journal, 41(1), 112–121.

Perry, A. R., & Bright, M. (2012). African American fathers and incarceration: Paternal involvement and child outcomes. Social Work in Public Health, 27(1-2), 187–203.

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 by Marisa Iliakis. Retrieved from

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.

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

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 1, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *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.

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