Fathers and Fathering

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Organised by:

Tavistock Relationships

20 January 2024

Time: 15:00 - 19:30

Price: £80.00 (£60.00 Trainee/NHS/Subscriber)

Location: online


A live webinar with Phil and Carolyn Cowan, Aileen Alleyne, Eugene Ellis and Michael Diamond

A father’s involvement in a child’s upbringing has a considerable impact on their development. Father absence can hinder development from infancy through to adulthood and its psychological impact can be felt throughout the life course. However, in a world where women continue to be placed at the centre of childcare, understanding the experience of fatherhood is an overlooked area in psychotherapeutic theory, research, and practice.

In this live webinar, our speakers will offer a range of perspectives on fathering and fatherhood. Carolyn and Phil Cowan will share their groundbreaking research into including fathers more actively in family services. Aileen Alleyne and Eugene Ellis will each focus on black experiences of fatherhood where intergenerational trauma prevails, drawing on personal, historical and contemporary social insights. Michael Diamond will offer a psychoanalytic perspective on the symbolic function of the father, as well as the actual flesh-in-blood father. The speakers will also share ideas on how to work towards ‘good enough fathering’ with clients in therapeutic practice.

There will be plenty of questions and discussion throughout the day.

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