DadsDivorce Live: A Man’s Mind: Getting Past Fatherhood Obstacles.

Hosted by DadsDivorce Editor, Rick Ortiz

In this episode of DadsDivorce Live we meet speaker, counselor and writer, Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP, and discuss the background to his upcoming DadsDivorce column: A Man’s Mind. Men must rediscover how to get beyond the obstacles to fatherhood.

 When you think: I wish I had that… Don’t wish it do it. Allow yourself to stumble. Allow yourself to be creative. It’s sad that we feel we have to orchestrate every minute with our children to entertain them. It’s because we as men don’t know what to do with downtime.

Avdoian explains how, as a result of the industrial revolution, fathers have in large part lost touch and contact with their children and how this relationship important to fathers, children, mothers and indeed society at large must learn to redevelop the bonds that children once shared with both parents.

Watch the interview after the jump.



Richard Avdoian is an employee development expert who works with businesses and associations committed to recruit, train and retain highly motivated productive employees. He has worked with clients in over forty different industries providing programs and consulting services in the area of personal achievement, teamwork, and customer service.

Richard Avdoian formed TeamWork By Design, a consulting firm in 1995 and he is a nationally recognized speaker who offers keynote speeches, workshops, and executive & business coaching.

In July, 2003 he received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.) from the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent of all members of the profession.

In October, 2006 he was honored by Niagara County Community College and inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery in recognition for his personal and professional accomplishments and community service.

Drawing on his 26 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, Richard founded the Illinois Men’s Institute and Voyager Experience to challenge and inspire individuals to achieve a healthier balance in life, enhance relationships and reach their full potential.

He received his A.A. degree in liberal arts from Niagara County Community College, B.A. degree in sociology & minority studies and master degree in counseling from Niagara University, New York. He also earned a master degree in social work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

© Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP (2009)

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