A father is reeling in the aftermath of his child’s hospitalization. He wants to be strong for both his family and his son, but the confusion and sadness are overwhelming. The situation is a familiar scenario for many clinicians throughout the MGH and one of many situations the MGH Department of Psychiatry’s Fatherhood Project is working to address.
Since its inception in 2010, The Fatherhood Project has continued to grow and expand its programs aimed at helping men become better fathers, become emotionally engaged in a positive manner and learn skills their own fathers may not have had. “We have started the new in-house support program and are now accepting referrals from physicians, nurses and social workers for fathering skills groups,” says Raymond Levy, PsyD, director of The Fatherhood Project. “The sessions are flexible – from a single visit to more in-depth counseling or groups. Fathers of children of any age are welcome, and physicians from any department can provide referrals.”
Levy also has started a 10-week parenting skills program at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. “This is a valuable class because there are a number of studies that have found that, when incarcerated males are about to be released from prison, their primary goal is to become better fathers,” Levy says.
For more information about The Fatherhood Project’s programs, visit www.thefatherhoodproject.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MGH staff who wish to make a referral for patients or families of patients can email or call 617-724-0806.
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