Lessons Learned about Fathering and Healthy Masculinity

Possible presenters include Neil Irvin, Executive Director and Patrick McGann, Director of Strategy & Planning.

Look up the “fatherhood crisis” and you will find that researchers during the past 30 years have attributed every major social pathology – violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, unwed pregnancy, suicide, and psychological disorders – to absent fathers. Whether those theories are true or not, it is imperative that we prepare the next generation of young fathers to be fully and healthily present in their children’s lives. This can be accomplished by teaching them healthy masculinity – nonviolent personal and interpersonal behavior, emotional and social intelligence, and the ability to be both assertive and empathic. Through compelling personal stories and examples from MCSR’s work with young men, this keynote presentation explores the rewards of fathers role modeling healthy masculinity for their sons and daughters.

Participants will learn:

1.            Why it is the responsibility of all men to father

2.            How masculinity is part of the “fatherhood crisis”

3.            The value of examining how our fathers taught us masculinity

4.            The attributes of healthy masculinity and how they help us father

5.            How we can help all young men become better fathers


Neil Irvin is Men Can Stop Rape's (MCSR) Executive Director. Irvin recently served as MCSR’s Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Irvin has served as a consultant to the White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, and the Liz Claiborne Foundation.

Patrick McGann, Ph.D. has been involved with Men Can Stop Rape since the organization’s inception in 1997. As Director of Strategy and Planning, Dr. McGann co-authored a sexual assault prevention strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in 2008 and oversaw the development of the HURTS ONE. AFFECTS ALL. public education campaign for the DoD in 2010-2011. He regularly gives presentations across the country on engaging men in the prevention of gender-based violence.