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Absent Father-The legacy of

Professional development course for therapist and mental health workers exploring and understanding the long lasting effects of fatherlessness.
Absent Father-The legacy of

Time & Location

12 Nov, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT

About The Event

The Legacy of Absent Fathers 

Saturday November 12th 

On-line 10am -4Pm (BST)

The effects of fatherlessness echos  throughout  society and in many of our decisions, including that of belonging,  self-esteem, identity, and self-regulation. In this workshop, we explore the often hidden dynamics which have shaped our landscape  rendering us unworthy,  silent and invisible.  Through exploring our narratives, play and mindfulness we can begin to understand the thirst for the ulimate fractured bond begins with self-forgiveness. 

Large-scale studies over the last twenty years have demonstrated that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), including the loss of a father through death, divorce, or distancing, can cause a number of effects on those experiencing ACEs including:

  • Smoking, substance abuse, overeating, and hypersexuality in adolescence.
  • Anxiety, depression, and hypersensitivity to loss as adults.
  • Difficulty finding and maintaining healthy adult love relationships.
  • Increased risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  • Working long hours, as a subconscious attempt to withdraw from relationships.


Some statistics 

In the UK, Nearly one million children are growing up without any meaningful contact with their fathers. The proportion of single parent households has tripled in the past 30 years.

  • Around 5% of men have a non-resident dependent child – around 1 million fathers.
  • Family breakdown costs the UK some £50 billion a year – more than the defence budget.
  • Black Caribbean fathers are the most likely to report not living with their children (32%), followed by mixed race fathers (21%) and Black African fathers (19%) Of fathers who don’t live with their children, 13% have no contact
  • In the US - Nearly 25 million children live without their biological father


  • 70% of adolescents in youth custody come from fatherless homes
  • 60% of rapists are raised in fatherless homes
  • Fatherless children are 11 times more likely to show violent behaviour
  • And are 20 times more likely to go to prison 

Educational achievement


  •   Fatherless children are more likely to score lower than the norm in reading and maths
  •   They are 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  •   They are less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.

Physical & emotional health

  • 80% of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes
  • Fatherless children are 2 times more likely to commit suicide
  • They experience more accidents and a higher rate of chronic asthma, headaches and speech defects
  • Sexual activity and teen pregnancy
  • Children are 9 times more likely to be raped or sexually abused in a home without a biological father
  • 70% of teen pregnancies happen in fatherless homes

The intentions of this workshops are :

  • Gain an understanding for assessment  and treatment plans 
  • Psychological theory and statistics behind absent fathers
  • The developmental stages and effects on adulthood
  • Mindfulness exercise for grounding and self-regulation
  • Professional CPD certificate

Facilitation by : William Fley

William is a clinician in private practice with a speciality in 'Absent fathers' and its effects on adult mental health. A fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Psychological society graduate member and Breathworks Mindfulness trained, he has worked with the NHS as a bereavement counsellor and also working adult survivors of crime. He holds Master's degrees from Birkbeck College, the University of London and Roehampton University. He is the founder of mindfulness network for people of colour which aims to bring awareness of racialized trauma through mindfulness-based interventions and influence accessibility. He continues to pursue his passion to eliminate cultural and other barriers to accessing mindfulness by encouraging cultural awareness and responsiveness.

Cancellation policy: No refunds 

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