Much time and attention has been placed on understanding mothers’ influence on their children’s mental health. Over the last few decades, with significant shifts in family structure and parenting roles, psychologists have explored the influence that fathers have on the mental health of their children. We now know that there is a link between father attachment and involvement, and children’s mental health outcomes, particularly in relation to behavior problems.
This workshop will look at father attachment and its involvement with improved key early childhood outcomes. It will provide strategies for professionals working with families to encourage positive father engagement to reduce the frequency of behavioural and psychological problems in children.
Understand what the research data is telling us about father involvement
Recognise how father influence is positively correlated with children’s cognitive, social and emotional development
Learn how father involvement can decrease negative child development outcomes
Recognise the effects of how father absence can shape child health and wellbeing
Apply strategies for working with families to encourage positive father engagement
Dr Jonathan Toussaint is an experienced counsellor and educator who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of men and boys. He has worked in the human services and community sectors for over 25 years in both clinical and executive management capacities, and has developed leading edge practices that strengthen the family and community. During this time he has facilitated groups for men and boys and trained professionals to be effective in their work with males. Jonathan is recognised as a leading educator in the field of strength based approaches to individual, family, community and corporate work. Jonathan is a corporate trainer and university lecturer in the field of health psychology, and a practising counsellor and family therapist, allowing him to draw on his wide professional experience. He holds nationally recognised qualifications in training and assessment to effectively deliver course content using the latest learning principles. He has served as a consultant to government, business and industry, and also serves as the Head of Department, Neuropsychology and Behavioural Studies at the Medical Register of Australia.