Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Forgotten You: Experiences of Fathers of Children With Disabilities

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Spring 2014


Very limited literature exists exploring the experiences of fathers who have children with a disability. This session exposes potentially faulty and damaging clinical assumptions and provides a comprehensive review of evidence- based practices in the disability field, exploring differences in attachment styles, and variation of roles and expectations between mothers and fathers when having a child with disability. It also reinvestigates critical socio-cultural and psychological variables that may explain variation in parenting by fathers of children with disabilities. Clinical practice research supporting mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions to be beneficial for parents of children with disabilities will be provided.


Presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, Spring 2014.