The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Initiative is a forum for social work and other counseling/helping professionals in the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond. We offer a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices within all of the human services professions. The 2017 conference will promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work with individuals in need. A Call for Papers can be found in the menu above; please consider submitting your research papers or practical workshops to share with colleagues in academia and in human services practice. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.