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309 | Hope-filled Fathering: A Research-based, Theologically-sound Approach to Strengthen Family Connections through Increased Father Engagement

Family Health, Stepfamilies, Millennials, and Generation Z, Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Michelle Watson Canfield, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




The science of hope has generated new insights and pathways which strengthen relationships and enrich interpersonal bonds. This session will allow licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders to explore the application of research on hope as it influences fathering status, behaviors, and attitudes. Experiential techniques will be presented using measures of commitment, attunement, and joy as positive contributors to hope and fathering satisfaction. The father-daughter relationship will be highlighted with specific strategies to improve the dynamics of that bond and assess the individual, relational, and cultural effects of father absence and presence in a daughter’s life. Additional focus on the father-daughter relationship will include techniques fathers can practice amplifying hope through their “way power” and “will power” within their family system.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the science of hope as it relates to father engagement
2. Apply spiritual principles and biblical foundations to increase hope with Christian clients and their fathers
3. Demonstrate relational strategies that can be incorporated into their clinical practice to support increasing hope in fathering behaviors and attitudes and lead their daughters toward greater optimism
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