Mindful Fathering® series beginning soon! - Yorktown Family Services
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Good news, fathers! A new group series of Mindful Fathering® is starting on Thursday, September 20th!

Mindful Fathering® is a 14 week educational group program for fathers who have exposed their children, of any age, to intimate partner violence or abuse. Welcoming men of all backgrounds, orientations and cultures, this evidence-informed, early intervention program enables fathers to reduce harm, improve mental health, and make positive change in their lives and their relationships with children and women.

Beginning September 20th, the series runs every Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Yorktown Family Services (2010 Eglinton Avenue West, 3rd Floor). Dinner and TTC tokens are provided.

Here’s what fathers have to say after taking the program:

At the conclusion of the program, fathers complete a self-evaluation survey. In their evaluations, 95% of fathers indicated increased knowledge and confidence in their parenting skills, 100% of fathers indicated increased knowledge of how children are affected by being exposed to family violence, and 100% stated that they noted an overall decrease in anger and aggression.  Fathers also say:

“I have learned that taking responsibility for my own actions and being a positive role model is the most important part about being a dad.”

“Men are under a lot of pressure to be strong and tough – I`ve SO let that go – now my wife, kids and I work as a team and we are all way more happy.”

“I learned you choose how you think, feel and behave. I have learned that I have control over my reactions and emotions.”

My family have noticed positive changes in the way I deal with things.”

“I’ve never experienced anything like this before. Sharing feelings with other guys actually feels good.”

“Being with you guys each week helps me understand that I’m not alone.”

“I’ve learned that we are all in the same boat. We want to have our kids back with us and be better parents. That’s good.”

“I’ve learned a lot here with the other guys. They’ve helped me become a better parent to my kids.”

“I’ve learned that you cannot show too much love to your children. I used to think I’d be spoiling them but now I know being hard with them spoils their future.”

If you are a father who may benefit from this program, we hope to see you there! If you know a father who may benefit from this program, we invite you to share this information with them.

To learn more, make a referral, or self-refer, please contact: Karen Blake, Yorktown Family Services at 416-394-2424 x 228 or by email at karenblake@yorktownfamilyservices.com.

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