Absent Fathers, and the Forgiveness Model

The Ramifications of Fatherlessness on Society  

Currently there is no official diagnosis of, or terminology for, an individual who is suffering from the effects of growing up without a father. Yet contemporary research and statistics demonstrate that it is an epidemic, and an issue that is escalating. It is critical that mental health practitioners are equipped with the skills to better inform their clinical practice in how to address paternal absence. Forgiveness needs to be understood as an option in treating patients in the clinical environment.

In the UK 1 million children are growing up without any meaningful contact with their fathers; and the number of single-parent families is rapidly increasing – rising to over 25% in a few decades.  We cannot underestimate the impact and scars of growing-up fatherless on the individual and society. Fatherless children are more likely to be raised in poverty, drop out of school, develop addiction problems, be incarcerated, commit suicide, and show violent behavior according to research.

Benefits and learning outcomes, by the end of this workshop you will know: 

  1. About the stages of the forgiveness model and when to best apply them
  2. What forgiveness is and what it is not within a therapeutic setting
  3. know more about your own process and misconceptions and about forgiveness
  4. Add to your tool box and skill set
  5. Support decisions in difficult and challenging situation
  6. Know more about clinical research in relation to the forgiveness model
  7. Learn the different effects for men or woman who are suffering from the effects of an absent father.
  8. Explore the legacy of ‘absent father’, in which to better understand loss and anger

The forgiveness model.

During the course of the day we will learn about the stages of the forgiveness model by Robert Enright, which has been empirically validated by the American Psychological Association. To learn more about the research behind the model please contact William Fley for further information.

The Presenter: William Fley

Integrative psychotherapist, working in private practice in the New Forest and South downs. Taking the topic from both a personal and clinical perspective, has grown to see the added value of the model in particular in relation to fatherlessness.

Dates of  workshops:

  1. Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, New Forest, SO42 7RY

Sunday 17 February, 10am-5pm, 2019

Sunday 21 April 10am – 5pm, 2019

Sunday 16 June 10am – 5pm, 2019


2. Brighton Friends Room,  Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF

Saturday 22 June, 10am – 5pm, 2019


3. St Mary’s Church, Putney, London SW15

Saturday 18 May, 10am-5pm, 2019



For a registration form or enquiry please e-mail :  william.fley@aol.com

Cost:  £90 (£60 concessions).  Payable by cheque (to ‘Meditation Circle’) or via paypal at www.meditationcircle.co.uk.

This workshop provides 6 hours of certificated CPD.  It is being developed for submission to the BPS ‘CPD Approval Scheme’; and as part of this process is reviewed to ensure that it reflects contemporary learning and practice.

On the New Forest dates we will end on a soundbath.