The changing role of fathers in families has generated considerable scholarly interest in how fathers interact with and influence their children in diverse family contexts. A cultural shift has occurred in the image of fatherhood — from disengaged breadwinner and unemotional disciplinarian, to the ‘new father’ who is expressive, nurturing, and intimately involved in his children’s daily lives.
This interactive workshop will explore how fatherhood is the primary shaper of both their and their children’s development. Tools to engage with fathers, and techniques to encourage children’s socio-emotional and cognitive development, plus strategies to promote and increase father involvement will be presented. Participants will see how they can work in a strength based way with fathers, leading to significant developmental change for men.
Use strengths based approaches when working with fathers
Recognise how to work with fathers to increase their engagement in their children’s lives
Apply the father inclusive practice and the generative framework in engaging fathers
Understand fathers’ influence on a child’s emotional and social development
Learn effective ways for female workers to work with fathers.
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.