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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 (info@helpingfamilieschange.org) 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.

Sanders and Kirp to go back-to-back on Wednesday 13 February

The conference program for the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference is being finalised by the scientific program committee and will be released within the next 10 days.

However, key details have already started to emerge about the lineup of the event.

Leading University of California Professor, Dr David Kirp, has just released the details of his keynote presentation at the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference.

Dr Kirp will address the conference on Wednesday 13 February in the main auditorium in a presentation which is sure to captivate. Dr Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, a former newspaper editor and policy consultant, academic, author, and gifted speaker. Kirp has supplied the following:

The Littlest Schoolhouse

A half century of research in neuroscience, genetics and developmental psychology have confirmed that helping families do a better job of raising their children can recast the fortunes of the next generation. Better parenting can break the un-virtuous cycle, the generation after generation of abuse and neglect that can be found across the social class spectrum. That’s why Triple P is such a pathbreaking initiative: it has the potential to make parental support as common as well-baby checkups. But teaching parents how to be the best they can be is only a part of what children need. A system of supports is what’s called for–a “kids first agenda” of cradle-to-college game-changers. This strategy, which will be laid out, is designed to make widely available what all parents want for their children, to treat every youngster as well as we’d want children we love to be treated. That’s the public policy counterpart of the Golden Rule: it’s sound ethics, good for kids and a solid investment for the rest of us.

Kirp will take the stage in the afternoon session of the 13th of February, following the highly anticipaited “Triple P MasterClass” from Triple P Founder, Professor Matt Sanders. The Sanders MasterClass will have a highly practical focus and be of particular interest to clinicians and practitioners working with children and their families. This is the first time Sanders and Kirp have appeared at the same event and the organizing committee is delighted to be able to bring both experts to the 2013 HFCC. Dr Kirp will undertake a book signing immediately following his keynote presentation.

Sanders will return the following morning to deliver his own Keynote presentation – his first ever in the city of Los Angeles.