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Brian Russell, MS

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: Canada

Brian is the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario, which is devoted to promoting responsible father involvement in Ontario, Canada and has acted as a catalyst for other provinces and territories within Canada to form their own regional father initiatives. He has taught and trained extensively on understanding fatherhood and ways to engage men as parents. He is also a Marriage and Family Therapist in Toronto. He brings an important perspective to the couple relationship in families, where trust and respect are key elements to building strong families. He is married with three teenage daughters.

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The Father Factor: Exploring the Influence Men Have on the Healthy Development of Children
Men are becoming more and more involved in the lives of their children and this is clearly beginning from the moment they hear they are going to be a daddy. The role of an involved, purposeful father is an important aspect of healthy development in children and therefore, in order to support this, it is vital that we understand the dynamics of the father-child relationship. The Father Factor will focus on how to encourage men to define their role as a father. We will also discuss the unique pathway of bonding and attachment that occurs between dads and kids. The pathway is one of activation and exploration. Further, we will highlight how this plays out in fathering practice and how this impacts a child’s development.