Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Grabanski


Parenting; Single Parent--education


The rate of single-custodial fathers is increasing (Leininger & Ziol-Guest, 2008). As single-custodial fathers have become more prevalent (Leininger & Ziol-Guest, 2008), programs are needed to provide them with support and information regarding the skills needed to raise children at each developmental stage (Panter-Brick et al., 2014). The purpose of this project is to create a set of group protocols that will provide single-custodial fathers that are living in transitional housing with the skills necessary to raise children at different stages of development.

An extensive literature review was conducted, and information pertinent to parenting programs for single-custodial fathers was collected and synthesized. Families living in transitional housing facilities or homeless families living in shelters were also researched. The literature review revealed that there is limited information regarding parenting programs for single-custodial fathers, specifically for families living in transitional housing facilities. To guide the formation of the protocols, the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) was also thoroughly researched, to ensure an occupation-based, client-centered and evidence-based product.

The final product of this project is a set of twelve group protocols, tailored for single-parents living in transitional housing. Overarching parenting themes that address communication styles, discipline, and establishing rules and routines are included in the final product. The protocols consist of step-by-step guidelines for the facilitator, and include activities, games and discussion questions for the participants. The protocols were developed with the intention that occupational therapists or certified occupational therapy assistants would implement the parenting groups in community settings.