In this episode, we hear from two men who’ve lead a support group for dads of kids with special needs for over 15 years. Impacted by one father’s isolation and struggle as he processed his child’s diagnosis, Don Nikkola, MSW, knew this father was not alone. He partnered with Steve Roeklein, LCSW, to address a big gap in peer support for men. Steven later summarized their approach as follows: validate [what men share], normalize [men’s experience/”you’re not alone”], empower [men to engage and grow]. Hear how this group of fathers helps each other navigate their unique fatherhood journeys.
Learn more about Twin Cities Dads (Helping fathers help their special kids) at https://tcdads.org/
Note: Don and Steve expressed appreciation for Arc Minnesota’s past sponsorship of their group.