Call for Proposals: 2022 FLE Summit

Evolving Best Practices in Family Life Education

The 2022 Family Life Education Summit is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022. This will be a virtual event to focus solely on family practitioners at all experience levels working with and for families.

The summit will be approved for contact hours of continuing education credit.

Call for Proposals

The 2022 submission system is now closed. The deadline to apply was April 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

NCFR seeks proposals to the 2nd Virtual Family Life Education Summit that address any aspect of Family Life Education (FLE). Proposal authors should be familiar with the 10 FLE content areas, and may draw upon the content, context, and/or practice of FLE (See Figure 1). Examples of context include family as an ecosystem, and lifespan development. Issues that are relevant to the practice of FLE include ethical practice, family law and policy, and FLE methodology, i.e., program development, implementation, and evaluation (Darling, Cassidy, and Rehm, 2019).

Foundations of family life education model
Figure 1. Foundations of Family Life Education model (view full size)

Proposals can also address topical considerations including resilience, stress and coping, and the need for collaboration and adaptation (both on the part of the provider as well as in programming) in response to the pandemic, and escalating financial, cultural, and political influences.

Consideration will be given to submissions that include the following:

  • A clear conceptual framework grounded in theory or supported by literature
  • Lived experiences in providing Family Life Education including, but not limited to those prompted by our rapidly changing, culturally diverse world.
  • Program successes and lessons learned, especially those "a-ha" moments that aided in enhancing service delivery to clients.
  • Evaluation of delivered programs or capacity for future implementation

Successful proposals will include creative presentation methods and interactive strategies for engaging participants. Session options include 60 minutes and 75 minutes.

Potential topics include:

  • Realms of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Advocating for Family Life Education
  • Collaboration and networking
  • Cultural engagement
  • Domains of Family Practice model
  • Family life coaching
  • Family resource management
  • Grant writing
  • Adapting Evidence-based programs and practices
  • Marketing and promoting FLE programs
  • Parenting education
  • Program development
  • Program evaluation
  • Program implementation
  • Addressing racism and promoting equity and social justice
  • Virtual Family Life Education
  • Relationship & marriage education
  • Being a Family Life Education entrepreneur
  • Sexuality education
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Working with diverse populations

Proposals are due by Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. 

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2022 Virtual Family Life Education Summit Task Force

Anita Armstrong
Debra Berke
Mary Bold
Kelly DaCunha
Chinatu Gladrich
Joyce Mayberry
Karen Shirer
Barbara Sweeney