Minnesota Fathers & Families Network
13th Annual Summit
Father Child Relationships in Diverse Family Systems
February 8-9, 2016
Best Western Kelly Inn Plus-St. Cloud, MN
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network (MFFN) recognizes that positive father-child relationships play a critical role in healthy families. The mission of MFFN is to promote healthy father-child-family relationships through informed practice, public policy and institutional system change. MFFN has supported fatherhood practitioners and advocates through professional development activities, including the annual Summit to strengthen the network of fatherhood programs and initiatives throughout the state since 2004.
Join us at this day and half Summit to:
- To understand the impact of father-child relationships on child social-emotional development,
- To understand the important role that men play in helping to counteract negative cultural messages to our children,
- To understand men’s roles in supporting and promoting healthy pregnancies,
- To consider the range of groups with competing masculinities and contesting claims that have impacted the movement,
- To examine the state of fatherhood in Minnesota and provide input on future direction
MONDAY! “On Being a Dad”
Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW
Many men are never taught about emotions or to openly examine their feelings. Still others are not provided with adequate role-models to demonstrate alternative approaches to parenting, so they are left “to do the best they can.” Research supports that those fathers who can accurately identify their own feelings, beliefs and emotions are more likely to have a close and meaningful relationship with their children. Learn from Mark as he explains strategies to help men improve their own emotional well-being as a conduit to improving their parenting skills. Mark is the Founder and Executive Director of the Face It Foundation which provides direct service to men who struggle with depression and anxiety.
TUESDAY! “Healthy Births, Healthy Babies: Fathers as Partners and Protectors”
Bryan G. Nelson, RN, Optum Health & Adjunct Faculty, Metropolitan State University
Recent research identifies the prenatal through infancy periods as a critical time for community professionals to work together to weave a network of support and create a “social womb” for new families that includes fathers as partners. In this presentation learn about the importance of fathers as protective factors for their pregnant partners and their babies, and the transformative nature of fatherhood for men and their families. Bryan is the Director of MenTeach.org which is a clearinghouse of resources and research to promote men in the teaching field.