Transformed by the Journey
The impact of groups on fathers of autistic people and families
September 13, 2023
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM/20:00 - 22:00 US Eastern Time Zone (New York Time)
Taught in English
Robert Naseef, Ph.D
Robert Naseef, PhD
Dr. Naseef has a distinct voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. He has spoken around the country and trained professionals internationally in treating autism and supporting families. Along with Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Dr. Naseef is a lead consultant to the Arc of Philadelphia and SAP’s “Autism at Work” program which involves collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. He speaks at conferences nationally and internationally on issues facing families of children with autism and other special needs. He has a special interest in the psychology of men and fatherhood.
This session is designed to engage participants about interventions to support fathers of autistic people. Fathers of autistic people are under-studied in mental and behavioral health, resulting in their needs frequently being misunderstood. Some of the extant research suggests some fathers respond to their children’s needs differently than mothers for a range of reasons that include feeling stigmatized (Gray, 2002; 2003) and concerns about their children’s social and developmental trajectory (Seligman & Darling, 2007). Also, some research indicates that fathers of autistic people experience a unique orientation and adjustment phase to their children’s needs and strengths (Hannon & Hannon, 2017; Hannon et al., 2019; Naseef, 2001; Naseef, 2013) and that securing effective and comprehensive therapeutic services for their children can be a predictor of their healthy adjustment (Garcia-Lopez et al., 2016).
Distinguish between the unique emotional and mental health considerations for fathers of autistic people and other caregivers and family members;
Assess their professional knowledge about the value of group counseling as an intervention to support peoples’ mental and emotional health;
Evaluate their readiness to develop and implement a support group for fathers of autistic people;
Distinguish the stressors on the parental relationship and implementation of coping strategies.
Introduction (5 minutes)
Unique emotional and mental health considerations for fathers of autistic people and other caregivers and family members (15 minutes)
Fathers’ unique contributions to child development (10 minutes)
Family cohesiveness and resilience and divorce statistics (15 minutes)
How to communicate with male caregivers about their needs for support (15 minutes)
Overview of the value of group counseling as an intervention to support peoples’ mental and emotional health (15 minutes)
Fathers’ expression of how the support group model supported them and their families (15 minutes)
Building readiness to develop and implement a support group for fathers of autistic people (10 minutes)
Lessons learned about fathers’/ male caregivers support groups by the presenter (10 minutes)
Questions and Answers (10 minutes)
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DIR 406: Transformed by the Journey: The impact of groups on fathers of autistic people and families
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