What is Mindful Fathering?

Mindful Fathering is a 14-week, evidence-informed, early intervention psycho-educational group program developed by Yorktown Family Services. Designed to reduce harm and promote mental health and positive relationships with children and women, Mindful Fathering works with fathers who have exposed their children, of any age, to domestic violence.

Grounded in eight core features, Mindful Fathering helps fathers develop a personal vision for change based on identifying hopes for the future, setting goals and working together.

By using a transformative narrative approach to deconstruct and reconstruct fathers’ narratives, fathers learn they have the capacity and the means to make changes for themselves and for the well-being of their children.

Mindful Fathering’s overall aim is to:

  • reduce children’s exposure to intimate partner violence (also referred to as domestic abuse)
  • reduce the risk of child maltreatment, thus increasing children’s safety and diverting families from further child welfare involvement
  • promote children’s mental health through healthier parenting practices, co-parenting relationships
  • promote healthier relationships between fathers and the people in their lives: their children, the mothers of their children, current and future partners and families, neighbours, colleagues, professionals
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Are you interested in training?

Training can be arranged directly with Yorktown Family Services and customized to meet the interests and needs of individual organizations and/or service networks.

 

Who can deliver Mindful Fathering?

Mindful Fathering is delivered most effectively when organizations and staff are trained to use the program and can meet client and program delivery responsibilities.

Partners & Collaborators

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