CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

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Call for Articles

Winter 2022: Community Partnerships and Collaborations

Submit proposals by Dec. 1, 2021
Article deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

The Winter 2022 issue of CFLE Network will focus on issues relevant to Community Partnerships and Collaborations and the practice of Family Life Education.

According to Block (2018), a community is a place or setting that creates a sense of “connection from which we can become grounded and experience a sense of safety that arises from a place where we are emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically a member” (p. 2). Further, “community exists for the sake of belonging, and takes its identity from the gifts [i.e., diverse strengths], generosity, and accountability of  [members for one another’s well-being]” (p. 30). To paraphrase Block (2018), we create community, so we have a place to focus on the “possibilities of an alternative future for our community … committed to the well-being of all its members” (p. 67). Community is a place where it is safe for members to express doubts and reservations about the proposed alternative future and a place for members to achieve consensus regarding the proposed future and strategies for achieving it.

Community begins, according to Block (2018), by extending invitations to all individuals who share common interest in creating change, in creating a better future for its members. Membership in a community comprises “people who may have little connection with each other, or who may even be on opposite sides of a question, who decide to come together for some common good” (Block, 2018, p. xii). Bringing together people who have diverse gifts and a shared interest in an alternative future can provide, in Block’s words, “the capacity, expertise, programs, leaders, regulations, and [access to] wealth required to end unnecessary suffering and create [the agreed upon] alternative future” (p. 30).

Community can be created in a classroom or in a neighborhood; or among the clients and staff of nonprofit organizations; or among CFLEs, the individuals and families with whom they work, members of supportive organizations, and interested individuals. Recent issues of CFLE Network have spotlighted community partnerships and collaborations that included CFLEs among the membership. The Winter 2022 issue of CFLE Network offers an opportunity for authors of articles in past issues of Network to provide insight into the “internal workings” of the community partnership itself as well as an opportunity for all CFLEs who are members of community partnerships to share information about both the work and “internal workings” of the partnership or collaboration.

More specifically, please consider contributing an article for the Winter 2022 issue of Network on any topic relevant to Family Life Education and community partnerships or collaborations. Examples of potential topics include the following:

  • Describing the formation, internal dynamics, and the work of a community partnership or collaboration to which you belong
  • Describing your professional role within a community partnership or collaboration
  • Describing successful collaborative efforts between community agencies to provide FLE services
  • Developing or providing pertinent services such as programs, classes, support groups, online databases, newsletters, and so on for individuals or families or other members of the community, as part of a community partnership or collaboration

Preference in manuscript selection is given to those authored by CFLEs. However, we accept manuscripts authored by individuals who do not have the CFLE credential but do have expertise related to the issue theme when the manuscript content is relevant and beneficial to CFLEs.

The CFLE Network includes five regular columns: CFLE in Context, Research Update for Practitioners, Family Life Education in Practice, CFLE Voices From the Field, and Perspectives. Two other columns, an Ethics Case Study, and the Book Review, appear on a less regular basis. Additional information about each column is included in the Network author guidelines (https://bit.ly/3jrodw2).

Authors, if you intend to submit, please contact [email protected] by Dec. 1, 2021. The submission deadline for articles is December 15, 2021.

 

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