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Title: Forestdale Inc. Fathering Initiative Father/Male Accountability


1
Forestdale Inc.Fathering InitiativeFather/Male
Accountability
  • Looking For More Than Just A Few Good Men
  • Presented by
  • Howard L. Wheeler

2
Objectives
  • Provide an overview of the Forestdale Fathering
    Initiative philosophy and services offered.
  • Analyze the disease of family violence symptoms
    and effects on the family system .
  • Identify personal barriers of father/males to
    change abusive behaviors perpetrated.
  • Identify immediate benefits to fathers/males who
    choose to change abusive behaviors.
  • During presentation exchange thoughts, ideas,
    insights and necessary actions needed to
    eliminate the disease of family violence.

3
Program Outcome Objective
  • Improve non-custodial father engagement with
    children.
  • Improve father support with children.

4
Forestdale Fathering Initiative
  • Services Offered
  • Parenting Skills Foundation - 24 sessions
  • Anger Management 12 Sessions
  • Male Accountability Program 12 sessions
  • World of Work Job Readiness 12 sessions
  • Supervised Visitation

5
Program Philosophy
  • Who Am I

6
Disease of Family Violence
  • What is a disease?
  • In human beings, "disease" is often used more
    broadly to refer to any condition that causes
    extreme pain, dysfunction, distress, social
    problems, and/or death to the person afflicted,
    or similar problems for those in contact with the
    person.

7
Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence
  • The Abusive Father/Man
  • Shows extreme jealousy and wants to keep the
    woman isolated.
  • Has an inability to cope with stress and shows a
    lack of impulse control. (This may not
    Necessarily appear outside the home)
  • Has a poor self-image and blames others for
    problems.
  • Shows severe mood swings.
  • May have a history of abuse in his own family and
    may have been abusive in courtship.
  • Presents a history of personal and/or family
    discord unemployment, cruelty to animals, abuse
    of alcohol or other substances, and other
    unexplained behavior.

8
Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence
  • The Abused
  • Spouse/Intimate Partner
  • Shows guilt, ambivalence, and fear over living
    conditions.
  • Feels isolated and untrusting of others, even
    though she may be involved in the community.
  • Is emotionally and economically dependent.
  • Has a poor self-concept (this may not have been
    true BEFORE the relationship).
  • Has observed other women in her family being
    abused or may have been abused as a child.
  • Feels angry, embarrassed, and ashamed.
  • Is fearful of being insane.
  • Has learned to feel helpless and feels powerless.
  • Has unexplained injuries that may go untreated.

9
Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence
  • The Abused Child/Children
  • Higher levels of aggression, anger and hostility
  • Acting out
  • Oppositional behavior and disobedience
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Poor peer, sibling and social relationships
  • Low self-esteem

10
Barriers To Change
  • Denial
  • Habitual Blaming Behavior.
  • Trust Issues.
  • General Inability to look at self.

11
Male Accountability Program
  • Program Focus
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Acceptance of Abuse.
  • Forgiveness Make amends when appropriate.
  • Pro-activity vs. Reactivity.
  • Take Necessary Risks for Change.

12
Male Accountability Program
  • 8 Themes of Curriculum
  • Non-Violence
  • Non-threatening behavior
  • Respect
  • Support and Trust
  • Accountability and Honesty
  • Sexual Respect
  • Partnership
  • Negotiation and Fairness

13
Who Refers To The Male Accountability Program
  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Family Court
  • Faith Institutions
  • NYC Childrens Services
  • Dept of Juvenile Justice

14
Benefits of Change
  • Reduced feelings of shame and guilt.
  • Improved self-confidence and purpose.
  • Health respect for self and others.

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Forestdale Inc.
  • Anistiss Agnew
  • Executive Director
  • Forestdale
  • Fathering Initiative
  • Scott Leach
  • Administrative Director
  • 67-35 112th Street
  • Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375
  • (718) 263-0740
  • www.forestdaleinc.org
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