Call for Abstracts

Join us for the 20th Helping Families Change Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from Wednesday 5th February to Friday 7th February, 2020.

The scientific program committee invites submissions of abstracts for presentations, symposia, and posters on a broad range of domains related to children, parents, and families.


We warmly welcome abstracts from researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and professionals that address issues of parenting and parenting intervention, and related topics, including:

  • Prevention of child maltreatment
  • Promotion of self-regulation in children and parents/carers
  • Parenting in the context of trauma and trauma-informed care
  • Working with refugee families
  • Cultural adaption of evidence-based parenting support
  • Engaging with disadvantaged communities and diverse populations
  • Supporting parents of children with chronic health problems and disabilities
  • Workplace delivery of parenting support
  • Professional supervision and peer support
  • Policy and funding issues
  • Implementation, sustainability and system-level change

Abstract deadline: Monday 3rd June 2019

Click Here to see abstract guidelines and submission details.

Insights from the 2018 Keynote Speakers

This year’s Helping Families Change Conference was lucky enough to feature a diverse range of esteemed keynote and invited speakers. A number of them took some time out during the conference to talk about their research and what makes the  HFCC so special.

Dr Barbara Stroud

Dr William Aldridge

Professor Irvin Waller

A/Professor Stephanie Jones

Lieutenant Emada Tingrides


HFCC 2018 presentations available to view

Our HFCC 2018 presenters are graciously sending in their presentations to be accessed as an ongoing resource. To see what’s available from previous years, click on the About tab and select Recent Past Conferences, or click here for Santa Rosa presentations. Enjoy!

HFCC 2018 program and list of abstracts available

To help you plan your HFCC 2018 schedule, click here to download the HFCC 2018 Program at a Glance and HFCC 2018 List of Abstracts.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting program. Looking forward to seeing you there next week!

Announcing our 2018 Keynote and Invited Speakers

We are honored to announce the following exciting line up of esteemed keynote and invited speakers:

  • Professor Matt Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of The University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre. As the founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population based approaches to parenting and family interventions.
  • Professor Irvin Waller, Professor of Criminology and President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance (with the UN Economic and Social Council), is an internationally influential author and speaker. His work promoting evidence-based best practice to stop victimization and fight crime has won international recognition. He has advised governments in more than 50 countries.
  • Associate Professor Stephanie Jones is the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children and youth’s social, emotional and behavioral development.
  • Lt Emada Tingirides has worked for the LAPD for more than 20 years. She coordinates the Community Safety Partnership Project and her work aiming to bridge the historic gap between the community and law enforcement has contributed to the reduction of violent crime in public housing developments in South Los Angeles. Her personal motto is “The impossible truly is possible.’’
  • Rev. Darrell Armstrong is a child welfare and family strengthening advocate, a grassroots community organizer and civic leader. Rev. Armstrong is highly sought after as an inspirational speaker who addresses maternal/paternal child health issues as well as faith-based delivery of social, human and child welfare services.
  • Dr Barbara Stroud is a licensed psychologist with over three decades experience in culturally-informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer of the California Association for Infant Mental Health and a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows .
  • Dr William Aldridge is an Advanced Implementation Specialist at FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also Implementation Science Strategist at Penn State University and on the Board of Directors of the National Prevention Science Coalition. Will’s work includes intensive technical assistance and evaluation research on the active implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention and well-being strategies.
  • Professor Ron Prinz is a Carolina Distinguished Professor in Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Research Center at the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the mental health and well-being of children and families, blended prevention strategies, family and community interventions, and studies to address adverse challenges such as child maltreatment, parental substance abuse, and parenting issues.