Original live webinar event presented on April 17, 2019
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Fathers’ involvement in the lives of children has routinely shown to have positive outcomes across social-emotional, behavioral and cognitive domains. With increased attention to the role fathers play in child development, it is imperative clinicians gain knowledge and skills to effectively treat and engage fathers as an integral member of the family system, work toward mitigating barriers and to understand the dynamics of the co-parenting relationship on family cohesion and resilience.

The workshop will offer an overview of fatherhood, working with men as fathers, engaging fathers in practice, barriers to treatment and sustaining father-inclusiveness to support families.

Learning goals:


  • Gain understanding about the concept of responsible fatherhood.
  • Increase knowledge regarding the impact of father presence on child-wellbeing and development.
  • Identify barriers that impede paternal presence.
  • Develop skills for identifying, engaging and creating father-inclusive practice.


Dr. Lena L. Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC

Dr. Lena Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC, has over 15 years of direct clinical practice with children and families.  She is skilled in various areas of mental health, program planning and development, clinical supervision and building strategic partnerships. Her areas of expertise include fatherhood, child-parent psychotherapy, attachment and perinatal mood disorders.

As a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and fatherhood practitioner, Dr. Green has a deep commitment to community working with underserved and marginalized populations. She is devoted to promoting open dialogue around the de-stigmatization of father absence, mental health in men and ensuring that all children have access to both parents in a safe co-parenting environment. Dr. Green’s presentations and research interests are in the areas of clinical practice with men as fathers, perinatal mental health, infant mental health, parent-child attachment, and co-parenting practices in fragile families.

Dr. Green was awarded both the NASW Mid-Career Level Social Work Leadership Award and the Cause Marketing Summit: Awesome Possum Award for Distinguished Leadership in May 2016. She is the founder and executive director of The Akira Center, Inc., a free community based social services program focusing on fatherhood, healthy relationships, and mental health.  In 2011 she joined the Mayor’s Taskforce for Responsible Fatherhood working with New York City agencies to help them infuse “father friendly” activities into their programs and continues to serve on the leadership team developing strategies for father inclusiveness and parent-child bonding.

Dr. Green holds both a Doctoral Degree and a Master of Social Work from Silver School of Social work at NYU, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Post-Master’s Certificates in Advance Clinical Practice from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addicted Clients (TADAC) from NYU.Dr. Green serves on the board for the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, Child Find of America, The New York Branch NAACP, and Community Health Care Network’s Helen B. Atkinson Center in Harlem. Lastly, Dr. Green is an adjunct professor at NYU, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the executive board as the chair of EMBODI (Empowering Males to Develop Opportunities for Independence) for North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter.