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Forestdale Father Initiative Presentation 2

  1. 1. Forestdale Inc. Fathering Initiative Father/Male Accountability “ Looking For More Than Just A Few Good Men” Presented by: Howard L. Wheeler
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Provide an overview of the Forestdale Fathering Initiative philosophy and services offered. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze the disease of family violence; symptoms and effects on the family system . </li></ul><ul><li>Identify personal barriers of father/males to change abusive behaviors perpetrated. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify immediate benefits to fathers/males who choose to change abusive behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>During presentation exchange thoughts, ideas, insights and necessary actions needed to eliminate the disease of family violence. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Program Outcome Objective <ul><li>Improve non-custodial father engagement with children. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve father support with children. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Forestdale Fathering Initiative <ul><li>Services Offered: </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting Skills – “Foundation” - 24 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Anger Management – 12 Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Male Accountability Program – 12 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>World of Work – Job Readiness – 12 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Supervised Visitation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Program Philosophy <ul><li>Who Am I </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disease of Family Violence <ul><li>What is a disease? </li></ul><ul><li>In human beings, &quot;disease&quot; 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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence <ul><li>The Abusive Father/Man </li></ul><ul><li>Shows extreme jealousy and wants to keep the woman isolated. </li></ul><ul><li>Has an inability to cope with stress and shows a lack of impulse control. (This may not Necessarily appear outside the home) </li></ul><ul><li>Has a poor self-image and blames others for problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows severe mood swings. </li></ul><ul><li>May have a history of abuse in his own family and may have been abusive in courtship. </li></ul><ul><li>Presents a history of personal and/or family discord; unemployment, cruelty to animals, abuse of alcohol or other substances, and other unexplained behavior. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence <ul><li>The Abused </li></ul><ul><li>Spouse/Intimate Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Shows guilt, ambivalence, and fear over living conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Feels isolated and untrusting of others, even though she may be involved in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Is emotionally and economically dependent. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a poor self-concept (this may not have been true BEFORE the relationship). </li></ul><ul><li>Has observed other women in her family being abused or may have been abused as a child. </li></ul><ul><li>Feels angry, embarrassed, and ashamed. </li></ul><ul><li>Is fearful of being insane. </li></ul><ul><li>Has learned to feel helpless and feels powerless. </li></ul><ul><li>Has unexplained injuries that may go untreated. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence <ul><li>The Abused Child/Children </li></ul><ul><li>Higher levels of aggression, anger and hostility </li></ul><ul><li>“ Acting out” </li></ul><ul><li>Oppositional behavior and disobedience </li></ul><ul><li>Fear and anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in sleeping patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in eating patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Poor peer, sibling and social relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Low self-esteem </li></ul>
  10. 10. Barriers To Change <ul><li>Denial </li></ul><ul><li>Habitual Blaming Behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust Issues. </li></ul><ul><li>General Inability to look at “self”. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Male Accountability Program <ul><li>Program Focus: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility and Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance of Abuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Forgiveness – Make amends when appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-activity vs. Reactivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Take Necessary Risks for Change. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Male Accountability Program <ul><li>8 Themes of Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Non-threatening behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Support and Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability and Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation and Fairness </li></ul>
  13. 13. Who Refers To The Male Accountability Program <ul><li>Domestic Violence Court </li></ul><ul><li>Family Court </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>NYC Children’s Services </li></ul><ul><li>Dept of Juvenile Justice </li></ul>
  14. 14. Benefits of Change <ul><li>Reduced feelings of shame and guilt. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved self-confidence and purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Health respect for self and others. </li></ul>
  15. 22. Forestdale Inc. <ul><li>Anistiss Agnew </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>Forestdale </li></ul><ul><li>Fathering Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Scott Leach </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative Director </li></ul><ul><li>67-35 112 th Street </li></ul><ul><li>Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375 </li></ul><ul><li>(718) 263-0740 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>