Omni Hotel Allocation Exhausted

The official hotel and venue of the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference, the Omni Hotel, has just confirmed it has exhausted its allocation of hotel rooms available for reservation at the special HFCC tariff.

However, rooms are still available to be reserved at a competitive price through the hotel website.

Delegates are welcome to stay at one of many close by, convenient hotels. Please visit TripAdvisor, or any trusted travel site/agent, for nearby hotels.

Some of the nearby hotels include:

Millennium Baltimore Hotel 

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Westin Bonaventure





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The organizers of the HFCC are delighted to announce that the 2013 conference has been approved by California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to licensed psychologists in the State of California. CEUs will be available at no cost to delegates.

In other exciting news, the HFCC is also approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensing clinical social workers (LCSW) and marriage and family therapists (MFT) in the State of California.

Delegates are welcome to email the conference team ( with any queries or to arrange attendance certificates.

Smith to tackle positive youth development

Esteemed Penn State researcher, Dr Emilie Smith, has released details of her not to be missed keynote presentation during the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference.

Dr Smith will adress the crucial topic of “Community Support for Youth and Families”. Smith goes on to say, “Families have such an important role in the development of their children. Substantial research shows that family communication, cohesion, and appropriate structure supports youth and also helps them to make good choices in friends and peers. Community networks can help youth use their time constructively and connect them to others who may demonstrate a positive influence on their behavior. This presentation will explore ways in which families and communities can work together to support positive youth development.”

Dr. Smith has authored numerous papers on youth and family development, with particular attention to children and families of diverse racial-ethnic and social backgrounds. She has received millions of dollars in grants to research and support youth and families with parenting, school, and community-based programs to prevent violence and substance abuse, and promote positive youth development.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 27, the Society for Community Research and Action and she is an Associate Editor of their flagship journal, the American Journal of Community Psychology. She serves as a reviewer for numerous other journals and national grant review committees. She is also on the guiding committee for the State of Pennsylvania in examining quality standards for child-care settings and the scientific committee of the 2013 HFCC is proud to announce her as a keynote speaker at next year’s conference.

Draft Program Released

The program for the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference has been released in draft format for previewing.
Spanning 3 days, 7 keynote speakers, 3 plenaries, 28 open papers, 14 workshops and symposia, and a dozen posters, the 2013 HFCC is the largest and most comprehensive program-to-date.
The scientific committee is delighted to be able to release details of the program earlier than expected. Dr Susan Love, co-chair of the scientific committee, explains –

“We have had such a strong interest coming through for the conference that we definitely wanted to make the program available as early as possible. Delegates were wanting to start planning their week and working through the vast array of presentations on offer”.

The 2013 conference is the 15th annual HFCC and will attract delegates from across the globe.