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Absent Fathers &
The Forgiveness Model

Absent Fathers Professional Development Workshops

Forgiveness belongs within the psychoanalytic relationship.
Forgiveness can be described as follows; " A psychological work in continuation of the labour of mourning, with the power to safe guard the gains of a successful mourning process. It is minimally defensive, developmentally progressive and unconsciously motivated (Siassi, 2007)

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. 


Forgiveness can be described as follows; " A psychological work in continuation of the labour of mourning, with the power to safe guard the gains of a successful mourning process. It is minimally defensive, developmentally progressive and unconsciously motivated (Siassi, 2007)


Absent Fathers


In the UK nearly 1 million children are growing up without any meaningful contact with their
fathers, and the number of single-parent families has rapidly increased over the past 30 years
by nearly 30%. We cannot underestimate the impact and scars of growing up fatherless - how this contributes to both the shaping landscape of identity and leads to further transmission within family systems.. Statistics show that fatherless children are more likely to be raised in poverty, drop out of school, develop addiction problems, be incarcerated, commit suicide, and show violent behaviour. Much of the discourse demonstrate a public heath issue and epidemic.

 

​Benefits and learning outcomes,
by the end of this (AFFM) Absent Fathers & the Forgiveness Model workshop you will: 

 

  1. Know about the stages of the forgiveness model and when to best apply them.

  2. Have clarity on what forgiveness is and what it is not within a therapeutic setting.

  3. Have a deeper understanding of your own process and misconceptions about forgiveness..

  4. Add to your tool box and skill set.

  5. Know more about clinical research in relation to the forgiveness model.

  6. Learn the different effects for men or woman who are suffering from the effects of
    an absent father and know how to identify this within your clients.

  7. 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.. The forgiveness model is a humanistic model that has been empirically validated by the American Psychological Association. It deals with uncovering anger, resentment and revenge. And offers an opportunity for working through painful scarring through journaling, guided meditations and self-compassion. Forgiveness is often complex and a very misunderstood tool which can nonetheless be very transformative.

In this workshop we present the complex variables of the 4 stages of forgiveness and the possibility of forgiving, through key research, discussions and a guided forgiveness meditation.

William Fley

Director, Psychotherapist
(MA, PG.Dip, MBACP Accredited, BSsP)

 

William Fley is a mindfulness teacher and integrative psychotherapist, and has developed the ‘Empowerment Retreat Weekends’ & MNPC (The Mindfulness Network for People of all Colours). William has an MA from Birkbeck College, where his dissertation researched ‘Higher Education and the Equality Act 2010’. He has also taught mindfulness at the Universities of Brighton and London.

Qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist from Roehampton University, William initially worked in the NHS treating bereavement, trauma and working with victims of crime; and now runs a private practice in the South Downs. He is currently undertaking clinical research into the legacy of ‘absent fathers’ and running professional development courses on this subject.

Absent Fathers &The Forgiveness Model (AFFM) Workshops 2019

Cost:  £90 per workshop (£60 concessions)

This workshop provides 6 hours of certificated CPD.
All workshops run from 10am to 5pm

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

Sunday 20th Oct  2019    10am – 5pm

Brighton Friends Room,  Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF

Saturday 2nd Nov  2019 10am – 5pm

St Mary’s Church, Putney, London SW15

Saturday 9th Nov 2019  10am-5pm,