ResilienceCon 2019 Invited Speaker
Using Meaning Making to Engage System-Involved Fathers in Treatment and Healing
Dr. Fernando Mederos
Dr. Mederos will speak on his work engaging low income men and men who have challenges such as a history of trauma and/or intimate personal violence and on engaging system-involved fathers in ways that minimize resistance and build on men’s strengths while also identifying risks and emphasizing responsibility and safety. His work also emphasizes culturally- and evidence-based interventions with Latinos.
Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. is an accomplished public speaker and trainer, focusing on transformational events for small and large groups of professionals on strength-based approaches for working with men and fathers. He concentrates on engaging low income men and men who have challenges such as a history of trauma and/or intimate personal violence. This has been useful in batterer intervention programs and fatherhood programs. In addition, he provides specialized training for child welfare on engaging with fathers in ways that minimize resistance and build on men’s strengths while also identifying risks and emphasizing responsibility and safety. Finally, he also provides training on culturally- and evidence-based interventions with Latinos. All training includes instruction and role plays to teach and practice positive engagement strategies with angry/resistant/defensive men. Fernando has provided training throughout the US and internationally in Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Jordan, the Middle East, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In the last six months, he has presented in Connecticut, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas. Dr. Mederos is a nationally recognized activist in the movement to stop domestic violence, having worked with many Federal, state, and nonprofit organizations, including Common Purpose and having served as the Director of Fatherhood Engagement at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.