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Forestdale Inc. Fathering Initiative Father/Male Accountability . “Looking For More Than Just A Few Good Men” Presented by: Howard L. Wheeler. Objectives. Provide an overview of the Forestdale Fathering Initiative philosophy and services offered.

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forestdale inc fathering initiative father male accountability

Forestdale Inc.Fathering InitiativeFather/Male Accountability

“Looking For More Than Just A Few Good Men”

Presented by:

Howard L. Wheeler

objectives
Objectives
  • Provide an overview of the Forestdale Fathering Initiative philosophy and services offered.
  • Analyze the disease of family violence; symptoms and effects on the family system .
  • Identify personal barriers of father/males to change abusive behaviors perpetrated.
  • Identify immediate benefits to fathers/males who choose to change abusive behaviors.
  • During presentation exchange thoughts, ideas, insights and necessary actions needed to eliminate the disease of family violence.
program outcome objective
Program Outcome Objective
  • Improve non-custodial father engagement with children.
  • Improve father support with children.
forestdale fathering initiative
Forestdale Fathering Initiative

Services Offered:

Parenting Skills – “Foundation” - 24 sessions

Anger Management – 12 Sessions

Male Accountability Program – 12 sessions

World of Work – Job Readiness – 12 sessions

Supervised Visitation

disease of family violence
Disease of Family Violence

What is a disease?

In human beings, "disease" 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.

symptoms and effects of family violence
Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence

The Abusive Father/Man

  • Shows extreme jealousy and wants to keep the woman isolated.
  • Has an inability to cope with stress and shows a lack of impulse control. (This may not Necessarily appear outside the home)
  • Has a poor self-image and blames others for problems.
  • Shows severe mood swings.
  • May have a history of abuse in his own family and may have been abusive in courtship.
  • Presents a history of personal and/or family discord; unemployment, cruelty to animals, abuse of alcohol or other substances, and other unexplained behavior.
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Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence

The Abused

Spouse/Intimate Partner

  • Shows guilt, ambivalence, and fear over living conditions.
  • Feels isolated and untrusting of others, even though she may be involved in the community.
  • Is emotionally and economically dependent.
  • Has a poor self-concept (this may not have been true BEFORE the relationship).
  • Has observed other women in her family being abused or may have been abused as a child.
  • Feels angry, embarrassed, and ashamed.
  • Is fearful of being insane.
  • Has learned to feel helpless and feels powerless.
  • Has unexplained injuries that may go untreated.
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Symptoms and Effects of Family Violence

The Abused Child/Children

  • Higher levels of aggression, anger and hostility
  • “Acting out”
  • Oppositional behavior and disobedience
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Poor peer, sibling and social relationships
  • Low self-esteem
barriers to change
Barriers To Change
  • Denial
  • Habitual Blaming Behavior.
  • Trust Issues.
  • General Inability to look at “self”.
male accountability program
Male Accountability Program

Program Focus:

  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Acceptance of Abuse.
  • Forgiveness – Make amends when appropriate.
  • Pro-activity vs. Reactivity.
  • Take Necessary Risks for Change.
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Male Accountability Program

8 Themes of Curriculum

  • Non-Violence
  • Non-threatening behavior
  • Respect
  • Support and Trust
  • Accountability and Honesty
  • Sexual Respect
  • Partnership
  • Negotiation and Fairness
who refers to the male accountability program
Who Refers To The Male Accountability Program
  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Family Court
  • Faith Institutions
  • NYC Children’s Services
  • Dept of Juvenile Justice
benefits of change
Benefits of Change
  • Reduced feelings of shame and guilt.
  • Improved self-confidence and purpose.
  • Health respect for self and others.
forestdale inc
Forestdale Inc.

Anistiss Agnew

Executive Director

Forestdale

Fathering Initiative

Scott Leach

Administrative Director

67-35 112th Street

Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375

(718) 263-0740

www.forestdaleinc.org