2023 Family Life Education Virtual Summit

Unleashing the Power of Family Life Education: Increasing our Impact

The 2023 Family Life Education Summit is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2023. This is a virtual event to focus solely on family practitioners at all experience levels working with and for families.

Unleashing the Power of Family Life Education: Increasing Our Impact

Family Life Educators perform critical work in empowering and supporting families. The programs and services they offer make important and significant contributions to the well-being of individuals, families, and society. The practice of FLE, however, may be one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Everyone who works with families needs to know the value of this preventive and strengths-based approach to equip families with the knowledge, skills, and tools that can contribute to healthy and happy families. Let’s unleash the power of Family Life Education!

The 2023 Family Life Education Virtual Summit will provide an opportunity to advance Family Life Education by sharing successful efforts and practices and exploring strategies for expanding its reach and influence.

Proposal submissions will be accepted beginning in February. Read more below.

Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation

Let’s Talk About It. How to Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Our Work Families

Kimmery Newsom
Kimmery Newsom

Kimmery Newsom, Ph.D., LCMFT, LMFT, CSATP, CFLE

This presentation will outline how to have conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and difference. In our work as Family Life Educators, it is imperative that we learn how to facilitate and integrate these conversations into our work with families. Many of the families we encounter are impacted by issues of racism and discrimination, which affects how families function in society. It is our job to become allies and increase our awareness of how we can increase our collective knowledge of DEI. During this presentation, I will introduce you to working definitions of each aspect of DEI, how DEI affects our work with families, and how to talk with families about their racialized experiences. Additionally, we will discuss allyship and what it means to develop an understanding of cultural differences to continue to work on creating a culture of inclusivity. Let’s talk about it!

2023 Call for Proposals

2023 Call for Proposals

The 2023 Family Life Education Virtual Summit will provide an opportunity to advance Family Life Education by sharing successful efforts and practices and exploring strategies for expanding its reach and influence.

NCFR seeks proposals to the 2023 Family Life Education Virtual Summit that address any and all aspects of Family Life Education including the 10 FLE content areas. Proposals on any aspect of Family Life Education are welcomed but we are especially interested in presentations or workshops focused on the following topics:

Best Practices

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Advocating for Family Life Education

FLE Methodology: Operating a Family Life Education Business or Program

  • Funding and grant writing
  • Program development
  • Identifying evidence-based programs and practices
  • Program implementation
  • Approaches and techniques for program and service delivery including coaching
  • Program evaluation
  • Marketing – Establishing your business and building your brand

Working with Specific Populations

  • Fatherhood
  • Immigrant and refugee families
  • Youth / high-risk youth
  • Military families
  • Grand families

Specific Areas of Programming

  • Parenting education
  • Financial well-being
  • Relationship & marriage education
  • Human sexuality education
  • Grief and loss

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the Proposal Content - The submission includes clear articulation of the proposal content.
  • Evidence Base - The submission includes clear rationale and is supported by credible sources. The submission includes at least 3 reliable & relevant resources that support the proposal (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, needs assessment, organizational websites, etc.)
  • Application to the Practice of FLE - There is a strong connection to practical implications, application, and recommendations.  The content is relevant to the day-to-day practice of the FLE practitioner.
  • Opportunities for Audience Participation - The session reflects opportunities for audience participation (e.g., Q & A for presentation / activity for workshop).
  • Contribution and Innovation - The presentation has the potential to stimulate new knowledge and/or contribute to innovative practice.
  • Implementation Capacity - The work/information presented has been adequately implemented, demonstrates opportunities for expansion, and is sustainable. The proposal doesn’t just share ideas about how something might be done but includes information that shows a successful history of implementation.
  • Presenter Qualifications - The presenter has the necessary knowledge and experience to present about the topic.

Excellent = 3 points; Good = 2 points; Fair = 1 point; Poor = 0 points
Maximum score = 21
Minimum score required = 12

What is Family Life Education?

What is Family Life Education?

Family Life Education is the professional practice of equipping and empowering family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and strengthen interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach.

The skills and knowledge needed for healthy family functioning are widely known:

  • strong communication skills
  • knowledge of typical human development
  • good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem
  • healthy interpersonal relationships

The goal of Family Life Education (abbreviated FLE) is to teach these skill and knowledge areas to family members across the lifespan and foster positive individual and family development so families can function optimally.

Becoming Certified

Family Life Educators can obtain the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The CFLE credential is the nationally recognized standard in Family Life Education and validates a professional's experience and knowledge as a Family Life Educator. Learn more.