Duvall Family Studies Initiative

Screen Shot 2016-11-03 at 12.03.58 PMThe 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 also offer many topics of interest to public school teachers and other educators. An annual symposium brings together scholars and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices within all of the human services professions.

The upcoming annual conference will feature a keynote by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of The Family Acceptance Project at SFSU, associated with San Francisco State University. The 2017 conference will promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work in a manner that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion. The Family Acceptance Project has put research into practice by developing an evidence-based family model of wellness, prevention and care to strengthen families and promote positive development and healthy futures for LGBT children and youth. The project provides training and consultation on family-based prevention and intervention approach across the United States and in other countries, particularly addressing the risks of teen suicide, bullying, and other adolescent stresses.

A Call for Posters can be found below; please consider submitting your research paper or practical work tips as a poster session to share with colleagues who attend the conference. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings to better serve people in need of support.

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Upcoming Events

February 11, 2017 – The Conference has been postponed until 2018. More details to come.
The Evelyn Duvall Family Studies Seminar on Diversity and Inclusion
featuring Dr. Caitlin Ryan , Director of The Family Acceptance Project at SFSU

Click here to learn more about the call for posters and workshops.