The Canadian Fatherhood National Conference is for anyone interested in engaging fathers in their community with services, programs or resources. Our goal is to help you provide fathers with the knowledge and support needed around the healthy development of their children.
Register for this day for only $175, or include the FRP Canada Conference for a total of $495.
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This event will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) and will call together program workers, clinicians, practitioners, managers, and researchers from across Canada to present and share their work with fathers.
It will connect people by creating much-needed networking around engaging fathers in program and communities. It will inform people by focusing on practical and researched-based father involvement information. It will mobilize people through ideas and the momentum of conversations about fatherhood.
| 9:00 || Welcome |
| 9:15 || Keynote: The Practice, Science and Value to the Commonwealth of Positively Engaging Fathers in the Lives of their Children - by Dr. Kyle D. Pruett |
| 10:15 || Break and Exhibits |
| 10:30 || Workshop Block A - 4 concurrent workshops |
| A1 || IT’S OK THAT FATHER DOESN’T KNOW BEST: the benefits of health mentoring in relations between children and their dads. This workshop will engage participants with the concept of health mentoring in relations between children and their fathers. |
Dr. David Long, grew up in and around central Ontario and moved with his wife Karen in 1989 to grow their family (of now 4 daughters and 1 granddaughter) while teaching sociology at The King’s University. He has developed long standing relations with an array of individuals from diverse communities as well as human/health service agency colleagues through his communityengaged research involvements. His primary areas of research, writing and policy/program development interest focus on cultivating support for a sociologically-informed, strength-based approach to men’s health and well-being in general and fathering in particular.
| A2 || REMEMBERING FATHERS WHEN CARING FOR MOTHER-BABY DYADS : THE FATHER FRIENDLY INITIATIVE WITHIN FAMILIES |
During the workshop we will identify with the participants the barriers that interfere with fathers and men accessing perinatal health services and the conditions that may contribute to welcome and support them. Participants will share their experience of actions for more "father inclusive" and more "father supporting” practice. We will then conclude on how to contribute to improve clinical practice and health policy toward fathers.
Francine Demontigny, R.N., Ph.D., psychology, full professor in nursing at Université du Québec en Outaouais is Director of the Centre for Studies and Research on Family Health Intervention (CERIF), of the Fathers’ Mental Health Team (FAME) and of the Research Group for Men’s Mental Health and Services in the Perinatal Period, and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health.
Christine Gervais, R.N., Ph.D., psychology, professor in nursing at UQO, Diane Dubeau, Ph.D., full professor, psychoeducation, UQO, and
Annie Devault, Ph.D., full professor, social work, UQO are researchers of the CERIF and of the FAME.
Carl Lacharité, Ph.D., psychology, professor at University of Quebec in Trois Rivières.
| A3 || Mindful Fathering ® |
This workshop will describe and discuss Mindful Fathering (MF) a 12 week prevention and early intervention group program designed to help fathers become child centered in their parenting, and develop more effective affect regulation for their anger and aggression.
Dr. Ramona Alaggia, Ph.D. Associate Professor is the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Toronto. She uses her considerable social work practice experience in the areas of children’s mental health, child sexual abuse, and child exposure to domestic violence to inform her teaching and research. Her current SSHRC funded research is examining vulnerabilities and resilience in children exposed to domestic violence. Karen Blake, B.A. Manager, Community-Based Violence Prevention Programs Yorktown Family Services. Twenty-five years experience working in the domestic violence sector with women, children youth and fathers.
David Cho, DTATI, Family and Art Therapist Yorktown Child and Family Centre. Group facilitator of Mindful Fathering
Rodrigo Moreno, Group facilitator of Mindful Fathering Yorktown Family Services
Monica Rendell, MSW, RSW, Social Worker- Core Counselling, Yorktown Child and Family Centre, Group facilitator of Mindful Fathering
| A4 || Addressing the Changing Present: Planning and Policy in Aboriginal Father Involvement |
This interactive workshop, focused on the early years, will look at the changing portrait of fathers and Aboriginal Fathers, with an eye to revealing examples of effective father involvement workshops. Strategies will be discussed for addressing and responding to the needs of fathers.
Joseph Dunn is an educator, researcher and early childhood community development coordinator working in British Columbia
| 12:00 || Lunch |
| 1:00 || There's a Program for That! |
Take part in an engaging and innovative event that will give you a quick glimpse of creative and effective father-friendly practices from across Canada
| 2:15 || Break and Exhibits |
| 2:30 || Workshop Block B - 4 concurrent workshops |
| B1 || To Friend or Not To Friend? |
That is the question. In a digital world, it is important to know the online footprint that we are leaving, and as youth workers, leaders and service providers, we need to be especially careful and respectful about what we share publicly. This workshop conducted by a speaker, author and former lawyer will give you some useful tips and methods that will help you to Be Media Safe - establishing appropriate boundaries, while being respectful and responsible in our digital lives!
Ryan Richardson, B.A., LL.B., As a father of teenagers, Ryan Richardson was concerned about the constant barrage of media messages and the effect they were having. Additional issues including cyber bullying, loss of privacy and oversharing of personal information online presented a unique opportunity to begin open and honest dialogue with leaders, parents, students, seniors and businesses.
Ryan’s goal is to help you create the same open environment with your students and youth group. Ryan brings over 20 years of teaching, legal training/practice and social media marketing to his role as the facilitator and CEO of the Media Safe Corporation. Media Safe continues to work with policing agencies and victim services offices across Ontario.
| B2 || The Involved Fatherhood and Gender Equity Project |
This project was a collaborative effort between White Ribbon and Dad Central. The study explored the positive roles that fathers, organizations working with diverse fathers, and the fatherhood sector in Ontario in general can play in promoting gender equality, healthy, equal relationships, and ending violence against women in all its forms.
This workshop will provide an overview of the major findings associated with this study, implications regarding service delivery and the conceptualization of fatherhood in North American Society.
Humberto Carolo is the Director of Programs at White Ribbon Canada. He works collaboratively with local and international partner organizations and governments to develop educational strategies to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality.
Ian DeGeer is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a researcher and presenter in the area of domestic violence. He was the researcher on the Involved Father and Gender Equity project. He continues to work collaboratively with agencies to understand community-based responses to violence against women.
| B3 || Examining the Blind Spot: Who are the Fathers and Where Do They Fit |
This workshop is an interactive workshop. It will aid participants to examine where they are at and where they want to go regarding engaging fathers in practice. It is intended to leave participants excited to talk about fathers and look at real and possible interventions that can make a difference in their communities.
Rena Kim, Public Health Nurse with a speciality designation in community health nursing - CCHN(C) with Four Directions Community Health Centre. She has been very instrumental in the development and implementation of two of the innovative programs at the Centre : Focus on Fathers and Reclaiming Our Lives, Creating Our Tipis.
| B4 || Engaging Young Dads: Exploring Best Practice With Those Leading the Way Join us for this engaging panel, as we “mine” the expertise of 5 professionals who have been serving young fathers and their families for many years. Some of the questions we hope to answer: 1. What issues are young fathers facing today? 2. What does “Best Practice” look like? 3. What makes a program successful? |
Davidson Elder, Public Health Nurse, Ottawa Public Health
Chapman Uko, Young Fathers Program, Brighter Futures for Parents of Young Children- Ottawa, ON
Karen Caine, RSW, Manager Strategic Community Initiatives, Terra Centre, Edmonton, AB
Roberta Wells, Co-ordinator, Family Outreach Services, Terra Centre, Edmonton, AB
Reg Unrau, Father Support Worker, Abby Dads Program, Abbotsford, BC
| 4:00 || Keynote: Dalton Higgins |
Dalton Higgins is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author who has written five books that interweave the worlds of digital culture, hip hop and popular culture into one potent mix. He is also Canada’s foremost expert on hip hop, the leading youth sub-culture of this generation.
Dalton has been hailed as an important voice on fatherhood for a new generation of diverse, hipster-leaning, technology-driven dads. In his book Fatherhood 4.0, Higgins is credited with kick starting a cool diverse dads movement – a modern day renaissance! As a long time facilitator with the More Than A Haircut fatherhood program, Higgins’s Fatherhood 4.0 book contains candid interviews with some of Canada’s most acclaimed personalities, public figures, intellectuals, entertainers and athletes.
| 4:30 || Wrap up and goodbyes |
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