Developed by Yorktown Family Services, Mindful Fathering is a 12-week psycho-educational group program for fathers who desire to raise children in a violence free environment or may have exposed their children, of any age, to intimate partner violence. Welcoming men of all backgrounds, orientations and cultures, this evidence-informed, early intervention program helps fathers learn to reduce harm, improve mental health, and make positive changes in their lives and their relationships with children and women.
Goals of this series:
- Develop a personal vision for change by identifying hopes or the future, setting goals, and working together to overcome barriers.
- Explore personal narratives to see how the past affects the present.
- Increase awareness of attitudes regarding masculinity and gender roles that contribute to partner abuse and child mistreatment.
- Increase understanding of the impact of abuse on children and partners.
- Increase responsibility for own behaviors, including abuse.
- Learn effective ways of dealing with anger and aggression, including using mindfulness to help regulate emotions.
- Increase knowledge about child development, attachment, and appropriate expectations.
- Improve parent/child relationships, co-parenting relationships, relationships in general.