Training Workshops

Brian offers training and professional development workshops on father and family issues.  Contact him if you are interested.

Workshop and Training Opportunities:

It’s a Dad’s Life:  Understanding and Supporting Men in the Journey as Fathers

  • Key strategies and best practices for working with men in agencies and programs are offered.  This workshop can either be a half-day or full-day and provides you with tools for understanding the experiences of fathers and how to best reinforce the value of their role in the healthy development of children.

Working with Moms

  • Moms can understand the vital role a father has in the family.  Though many moms undermine or undervalue his role.  This workshop provides a practical conversation about what moms need to know about dads and how to encourage moms to let dad be more involved.

Father-friendliness:   Assessment and Action

  • It is fine to talk about the importance of father involvement, but without clear steps and strategies all good intentions will fail.  This workshop lets you take some time to assess the “father friendliness” of your organization and practice, and offers opportunity to come up with an action plan for providing services to dads.

Not Just the Moms:  Understanding Post-partum Depression in Men

  • Though often assumed to be an issue many moms face, PPD impacts dads in many ways.  This workshop offers ideas for how dads can best support moms with PPD and offers insight into dads who experience PPD themselves – it is not only a mom’s issue.

Domestic Violence

  • Understanding the impact of violence in the family and taking steps to engage fathers and families struggling with this is a key service you can bring to the community.

One thought on “Training Workshops

  1. In my opinion, the best way for a parent to have the greatest impact
    on their child’s development is to support the other parent’s in
    their role as a parent. When children are exposed to abuse whether
    physical or verbal in any environment it has a significant negative
    impact in all areas of the child’s development. It will affect how they
    see themselves, their world and their place in it. It will affect their
    behaviour, self-esteem and social competence. It may also negatively
    affect their academic performance as well as interfere with their
    ability to live a full productive life as they may repeat what they’ve
    seen at home. Regardless of the relationship status of the mother and
    father, working things out re., negotiating peacefully and not putting
    children in the middle, greatly benifits the overall child’s growth and

    New Canadians go through a number of hardships integrating into
    their new lives, e.g., isolation, employment, affordable housing,
    mental health problems, parenting concerns etc., these may be used
    as excuses for resorting to abuse particularly if it is what they learned
    in their family and be seen as “normal”. At the same time, they may
    not be aware of the community support systems that are in place for
    them and their children. They may not know that they can get help
    from e.g. Family Support Programs and other community agencies to
    get counseling/other supports. Gaining the understanding that abuse
    is wrong and learning new ways to communicate/interact with their
    spouse/partner instead of through violence. They can also get help to
    resolve other family challenges that make their lives stressful.

    As Family Support Practitioners, we have to let parents know that
    they, like us, are their children’s first/best teachers. They are the
    role model for positive interactions, problem solving, and parenting
    effectively thereby influencing the child from early brain development
    in infancy to appropriate behaviour and ability to have healthy
    relationships throughout their lives.

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