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.


Garbarino takes on social toxicity

Dr Jim Garbarino has just released the title and abstract of his keynote presentation for the 2013 HFCC:

The Challenge of Parenting in a Socially Toxic Environment

HFCC 2013
February 14
James Garbarino, PhD
Loyola University Chicago

Social toxicity refers to the extent to which the social environment in which families develop and operate is poisonous, in the sense that it contains serious threats to the development of identity, competence, moral reasoning, trust, hope, and the other features of personality and ideology that make for success in school, family, work, and the community. Like physical toxicity, it can be fatal– in the forms of suicide, homicide, drug-related and other life style-related preventable deaths. But mostly it results in diminished “humanity” in the lives of children and youth by virtue of leading them to live in a state of degradation, whether they know it or not.
What are the social and cultural poisons that are psychologically equivalent to lead and smoke in the air, PCB’s in the water, and pesticides in the food chain? We can see social toxicity in the values, practices, and institutions that breed feelings of fear about the world, feelings of rejection by adults inside and outside the family, exposure to traumatic images and experiences, absence of adult supervision, and inadequate exposure to positive adult role models. These feelings and experiences arise from being embedded in a shallow materialist culture, being surrounded with negative and degrading media messages, and being deprived of relationships with sources of character in the school, the neighborhood, and the larger community. This presentation focuses on how parents can respond successfully to these challenges

Early Bird Closes 14 December

The organizing committee of the 2013 HFCC is pleased to announce a revised date of 14 December 2012 as the cut-off date for early bird registrations.

Delegates are invited to register before early bird closes in order to take advantage of significant savings.


Abstracts: Accepted

The scientific committee of the 2013 HFCC is pleased to announce that notifications have been sent to all successfull delegates who have submitted abstracts for next year’s conference.

The conference program is now being finalised and a draft will be available on the website shortly.



Registrations Now Open

***2013 Helping Families Change Conference Registrations Open***

Registrations for the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference (HFCC) are now open. The theme for the 2013 HFCC is: Every family: Enhancing outcomes for vulnerable children, families, and communities.
The HFCC is of interest to practitioners, policy makers and researchers working with families in the health, education and welfare sectors, and to graduate students with an interest in child and family issues. Supplemented by a comprehensive social program, the HFCC offers presentations, symposia, and workshops across a broad range of domains, including:
• Issues, strategies, and innovations related to parenting and family interventions
• Working with high-risk families
• Cultural diversity and the role of technology in parenting and family interventions
• The public health approach to parenting interventions
• The future of the family

Registration is available through the REGISTRATION section of this website