Friday, November 30, 2012



The program takes place every Saturday morning for four weeks. This is part of behaviorism, which would condition the fathers to wake up early and do something beneficial for their families even on a weekend. The Saturday schedule is created so that there would be less stress in their work lives. The meetings in the program are very short in order not to disturb their private lives and also not to stress them.

The guest speakers can inspire people by changing their attitudes, which is from the cognitive perspective. These two people are also humanists, who believe in the value of the human person.

Even though the programs are short and meet weekly, the fathers have tasks to do during the week. These are simple tasks that reveals things about their situation and themselves. These tasks are based on psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives. First, they uncover the current situations and initial reactions that people may not be conscious of. Second, they illustrate goals in life and bring out the best in people.


The first meeting is based on the social learning theory by Albert Bandura. There is an introduction and ice breaker at the start to capture the attention of the fathers. The facilitator introduces and explains the purpose of the program so that the young father can understand what they are doing. The video documentary is a way for the adolescents to observe those who have succeeded and follow their lead.

Allowing them to visualize their plans and dreams is part of the reproduction and motivation of the social learning theory. By giving them freedom to think and imagine what their lives would be in the future, this could encourage them to do better in the present. The tasks would aid in their self-regulation, in particular by self-observation.


The second meeting features a guest speaker who is a specialist in human resources. Bong Austero is very good in dealing with humanistic and cognitive perspectives. The third meeting features the lay preacher, Bo Sanchez. He will include both practical and spiritual insights in his talks.

Both seminars include the four topics and several activities. The approach is a mixture of social learning and self-actualization theories. The social learning theory is part of the cognitive perspective while self-actualization is part of the humanistic perspective.

First, he builds on the tasks that the young fathers have done in the past week. He uses their situations and goals to make his discussion more relevant. Knowing their situation helps them in self-regulation and self-observation. Making them reach for a goal is part of their motivation.

Second, the areas they must develop are connected to the level of needs in Maslow's theory of self-actualization. For academics, they must first finish high school and then attend college. For economics, they should first prioritize basic needs over vices and luxuries. For personal growth, there should be love and a feeling of belonging within the family. The legal responsibilities of a father support the different needs of the family.

Third, real examples are shown by candid stories, graphic illustrations or personal experience. Providing an example can show possible ways to do something and can motivate them to solve their problems. These examples support the modeling part of the social learning theory.

Fourth, the open forum and the tasks create opportunities for self-response. They can ask questions that are relevant to them. The tasks in the second meeting allow them to apply the concepts and examples to their personal lives. For the third week, the tasks use their creativity, reinforces what they have learned, and motivates them to improve their behavior.


The fourth meeting is a culminating activity to motivate the young adolescent fathers to continue with the lessons of the workshop. The activities are based on the social learning theory of Albert Bandura and the inferiority complex of Alfred Adler.

The recap and video documentary reinforces the lessons of the program. Making the young fathers speak of their experience allows them to slowly overcome any inferiorities they have as a parent and as a person. Giving the family a voice and allowing them to speak about the husband and father is a form of motivation and environmental response to the adolescent father. There is a celebration after to relieve some stress and to reward their completion of the program


Any meetings after the program are optional but this can motivate the fathers to improve because they must teach what they have learned. This would require them to model the good behavior they learned in the program. They must also overcome any negative attitudes they have towards fatherhood and face their insecurities. These principles are part of the social learning theory and the psychoanalytic perspectives of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.

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