Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers

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Overview

Call on men's hidden strengths to help them become responsible fathers in even the most challenging circumstances!

Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers gives you fresh approaches for effective interventions with fathers. Whether by calling on their faith to help them deal with the complexities of fatherhood or offering high-tech interventions on the Internet, these techniques help men find their strengths, maintain their masculinity, and learn to guide, nurture, and discipline with love and responsibility. Instead of thinking of fathers as deficient, the book emphasizes finding fathers’strengths and potentials for growth. It also respects the diversity of parenting styles among fathers from various ethnic, racial, and class backgrounds.

No man wants to be a bad father. Nevertheless, many men in our culture do not know how to care for the children they beget. Trapped by stereotypes of masculine behavior and deprived of positive role models, they find themselves trying to do the challenging work of fatherhood without the necessary resources, information, or support.

Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers offers positive approaches to helping men become responsible fathers, including:

  • designing special techniques and programs to help fathers in prison and other challenging circumstances
  • helping fathers manage anger
  • developing therapeutic support groups for African-American men
  • offering Web-based support for fathers
  • training staff to recognize and respond to fathers’unique needs
  • finding legal tools to support fathers’rights
Reaching fathers has become an ever more urgent priority for practitioners as family structure and family life change. Traditional social-service programs for mothers tend not to work well with men's very different needs and attitudes. Yet very little has been published on successful interventions with fathers. Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers fills that gap and suggests promising new directions for further research in this field. By offering positive, tested ways to help men become responsible fathers, this volume will help you improve their lives and the lives of their sons and daughters.
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Researchers and a few practitioners in the helping professions explore approaches and methods for effective interventions with fathers. They point out that many men are constrained by conventional masculine stereotypes, lack exposure to good parenting skills, and are bypassed by women's and mothering programs. Fathers in prison and other challenging circumstances, managing anger, therapeutic support groups, training staff, and legal tools to support fathers' rights are among the topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Tools for the Trade: Clinical Interventions with Fathers in Family Therapy 23
Ch. 2 Therapeutic Support Groups As a Primary Intervention for Issues of Fatherhood with African-American Men 45
Ch. 3 When a Divorced Father Does Not Visit 67
Ch. 4 Anger Management for Fathers 91
Ch. 5 Parent Education for Incarcerated Fathers 117
Ch. 6 Web-Based Education and Support for Fathers: Remote But Promising 143
Ch. 7 Father Male Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: Training Staff to Work with Men 171
Ch. 8 Turning the Hearts of Fathers: Faith-Based Approaches to Promoting Responsible Fatherhood 191
Ch. 9 Legal Support for the Father-Child Relationship in Disunited Families 215
Ch. 10 English-Speaking Caribbean Immigrant Fathers: The Task of Unpacking the Cultural Pathways to Intervention 235
Ch. 11 Research and Practice on Fathers in High-Risk Families: Exploring the Need and Potential Areas for Collaboration 257
Ch. 12 Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers: A Synthesis 285
Index 295
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