Duvall Family Studies Conference to be hosted at USFSM


SARASOTA (February 6, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be the site of the 2015 Duvall Family Studies Conference, a biennial symposium created to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners, and practice knowledge and needs to researchers.

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference is a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to foster research-driven best practices within Florida and beyond.

For more information, and to RSVP, visit USFSM.edu/Duvall

“The conference will showcase scholarly research, but also descriptions of work by social work and other human services practitioners, so that the knowledge can go both ways, both to and from research and practice,” said Dr. Jane Roberts, Chair of Duvall Family Studies. “This was Dr. Duvall’s mission.”

The 2015 conference, “Youth: Traumas and Transitions”, seeks to promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment at USFSM emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.

“The theme this year is Youth: Traumas and Transitions,” Roberts said. “The late Dr. Duvall, a former USF faculty member and longtime benefactor, envisioned academic and practice interactions that would be useful in many different disciplines. This year, for example, social workers, teachers, school counselors, and those in child and adult protective services will all benefit from hearing the newest work on such topics as family violence, military families’ struggles, and issues facing children who have experienced loss through death or divorce.”

Dr. J. William Worden, ABPP, Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, will serve as the event’s plenary speaker on Parental Loss: Comparing Death and Divorce. In addition, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor of Criminology at Florida Atlantic University, will give a lecture on Saturday on New Challenges for Addressing Bullying.

“Our two plenary speakers will cover a variety of topics that social workers, therapists and family life educators face on a daily basis,” Roberts said. “USFSM is honored to be able to showcase these speakers and topics to our colleagues, our students, and to the community.”  Friday evening, a free video documentary The Long Journey Home will highlight the angst often encountered among former military “brats” who have frequently transitioned form one community and school system to another and then another.

For more information including a complete schedule and registration, visit the event’s website.  Although there is a fee for those attending the entire conference, the two plenary speakers’ talks and the movie on military kids are free to the public with registration at jmr@sar.usf.edu or by calling 941-359-4604.