About

CCMF Alberta is a place where men are treated with compassion and without prejudice or shaming. Our people meet men where they’re at so they feel heard, validated, and can have conversations that matter to them. We encourage men’s agency and offer them tools with which to build better relationships, better lives, and better futures. We offer somewhere to belong. We believe improving men’s mental health makes them better dads, better partners, safer workers, and more engaged contributing members of their communities.

CCMF Alberta clients are men who are struggling due to intimate relationship breakdown and turmoil. All programs are developed in response to client needs and in consultation with a Registered Psychologist. We provide individual and group peer support (both online and in-person), legal assistance and resources, domestic abuse recovery program, 1-on-1 professional counselling, and other such services. These programs help equip men to manage stressful situations, rebuild their lives after relationships fail, stay connected with children, and minimize the chance of escalation to acute mental health crisis. We believe improved mental health for these men leads to reduced suicide, optimal parenting outcomes, and reduced family violence.

History

Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) Calgary has been operating for five years as the local branch of our National charity, which was incorporated in 2013. We have expanded our services from the original Men’s Peer Support Group to offer professional counselling and a suite of other services.  Examples of our programs include men’s peer support groups, legal assistance and resources, domestic abuse recovery programs, 1-on-1 counselling, and other such services. All programs are developed in response to client needs and in consultation with a Registered Psychologist. These programs help equip men to manage stressful situations and minimize the chance of escalation to acute mental health crisis. Improved mental health for these men includes reduced suicide, optimal parenting outcomes, and reduced family violence. Improving men’s mental health makes them better dads, safer workers, and more engaged contributing members of their communities.

Vision

CCMF Alberta’s vision is an Alberta where the unique needs of men, boys and their families are acknowledged and acted upon.

Mission

CCMF Alberta provides support services for men and their children who are struggling due to intimate relationship breakdown and turmoil, and/or who are seeking healing, personal development, and wholeness.

Values

Compassion

We believe that all human beings who experience difficulty should be treated with compassion. CCMF Alberta is committed to helping men and boys with compassion and without shaming. We strive to lift men and boys by listening first, avoiding negative stereotypes, and helping find effective solutions for problems they face.

Equality

We believe that equality is for everyone – equal rights, equal responsibilities, equal opportunities, and equal treatment for all. CCMF Alberta rejects discrimination of any kind, but our focus is on men and boys. We recognize that adult men and women often require different forms of support and that a blanket approach may not account for such differences. Regardless, we stand ready to extend a helping hand to anyone in need and do our best to make effective referrals where appropriate.

Fairness

We believe in due process. CCMF Alberta stands for due process and recognizes that our justice system is founded on the presumption of innocence. We believe that the presumption of equal, shared parenting is better for everyone. CCMF Alberta supports the efforts of social services agencies and legal organizations in their efforts to identify and serve the best interests of families. We believe that legal and/or social inequality, prejudice and stereotyping hurts everybody.

Truth

We believe in evidence before belief. CCMF Alberta acts based on evidence, not ideology. Our decisions and efforts are anchored in scientific, peer-reviewed studies, not belief systems, accusations or narratives. CCMF Alberta endorses the presumption of equal shared parenting as an evidence-based policy. Recent studies confirm that shared parenting results in happier, healthier, and more successful children. For example, children who have access to both parents perform better in school. They are also less likely to drop out of college, face addiction, become involved with crime, or commit suicide. Therefore, we support implementing the presumption of equal shared parenting into Canadian family law.

Collaboration

We believe that everyone’s opinion matters. CCMF Alberta stands for respectful, open dialogue amongst us and with others. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to speak up and be heard. CCMF Alberta recognizes that rigid adherence to ideologies often stymies productive discussion and inhibits effective collaboration. We believe open conversation is in the best interests of society as a whole.

Engagement

We believe in constructive interaction with stakeholders. CCMF Alberta is committed to constructive, respectful engagement with stakeholders. Our causes – such as mental health, justice, violence prevention, and healthy families – affect everyone, and we strive to cultivate productive relationships with people and organizations who are working toward the same goals.