CFLE Network Newsletter
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.
Editor: Elizabeth L. Morgan, Ph.D., CFLE
Writing for Network: Authors interested in contributing an article to CFLE Network should first review the full author guidelines (PDF).
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Call for Articles
Spring 2021: Action Research and Program Evaluation
Submit proposals by March 1, 2021
Article deadline: March 22, 2021
We invite you, CFLEs in active practice, to share your experiences related to providing Family Life Education (FLE) services to individuals and families in your community. Specifically, we invite CFLEs who have not published in CFLE Network before to submit a 250- to 500-word response to a writing prompt relevant to the theme of Action Research and Program Evaluation.
Both action research and program evaluation provide the means for CFLEs to meet their ethical and professional obligations for assessing and improving the quality of the FLE-related services they provide.
- Action research is usually conducted by one individual or a small group of individuals to enhance the effectiveness of educational services provided by the individual(s) conducting the research, according to Frances Rust and Christopher Clark (2003; How to Do Action Research in the Classroom; Heinemann Press; https://bit.ly/2JMddgY).
- Program evaluation, in contrast, is conducted to assess and improve program delivery and program outcomes associated with the broad array of services provided by an agency or other group of service providers, according to Alisha Hardman and Donna Peterson (2020; "Evaluation of Family Life Education Programs: 3-Part Series"; National Council on Family Relations webinar; https://bit.ly/2Tk0Bie).
We need authors to describe how to conduct action research and program evaluation, share their experiences conducting action research or program evaluation in their FLE settings, discuss relevant programs or classes they have developed and/or provided to FLE or other practitioners, share strategies for communicating the outcomes of action research or program evaluation with various audiences (e.g., colleagues, clients, agency board or advisory committee members, funding entities, policymakers), formally (workshops, seminars, professional conferences) or informally (staff meetings, online or in-person discussion groups), in writing (funding proposals, progress reports, annual reports, advocacy statements) or in person.
Although preference in manuscript selection is given to those authored by CFLEs, we accept manuscripts authored by individuals who do not have the FLE certification but do have expertise related to the issue theme when the manuscript content is relevant and beneficial to CFLEs.
Contact Network Editor Elizabeth Morgan by email with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include two or three sentences summarizing what you wish to cover.
Find a writing prompt here.
Please review the complete author guidelines below.
Summer 2021: Families and Health
Submit proposals by June 1, 2021
Article deadline: June 15, 2021
This issue of CFLE Network will focus on describing the role of FLE in preventing and ameliorating both physical and mental health care issues; providing education and supportive services (e.g., support groups, stress-reduction activities, self-care measures for caregivers) to families with members who have chronic health care conditions; addressing the roles of cultural competence and cultural humility in educational and prevention services associated with physical and mental health care; supporting educators caring for and teaching children with chronic or acute health conditions in early care and education and other academic settings; and, helping families access preventative mental and physical health care services.
Please consider contributing an article for the Summer 2021 issue of Network on any topic relevant to Family Life Education and preventative or support services provided for families and their members. Examples of potential topics include the following:
- Describing the mental and physical health benefits for individuals, families, and communities associated with preventative care.
- Educating policymakers, funders, and others about the role Family Life Educators can play in preventing and ameliorating both physical and mental health care issues.
- Discussing strategies for integrating practices related to cultural competence and cultural humility in educational and prevention services associated with physical and mental health.
- Delivering FLE services related to promoting mental and physical health to families and their members in affordable, equitable, and accessible settings.
Fall 2021: Grief and Loss
Submit proposals by Sept. 1, 2021
Article deadline: Sept. 15, 2021
This issue of CFLE Network will address grief associated with clear or ambiguous losses experienced by families and their members. Ambiguous loss, studied extensively by Pauline Boss, a family therapist and NCFR fellow, refers to family members being lost physically without verification of death; lost psychologically, as with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia; or, most recently, to losses associated COVID-19, such as missed family events, missed school events, or missed opportunities that will not return such as attending funerals or annual events (Boss & Tippett, 2020; Ambiguous Loss Resources; https://www.ncfr.org/resources/resource-collections/ambiguous-loss-reso…). Ambiguous loss does not allow for closure: “Because there is no closure, grief is ongoing, sometimes for a lifetime” (2015; Helping Families Learn to Live With Ambiguous Loss; https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-webinars/helping-families-learn-live-ambiguous-loss).
Please consider contributing an article for the Fall 2021 issue of Network on any topic relevant to Family Life Education and grief associated with clear or ambiguous losses experienced by families and their members. Examples of potential topics include the following:
- Describing your professional experiences working with families coping with clear loss due to the anticipated or unexpected death of a family member.
- Describing your professional experiences working with families coping with ambiguous loss due to divorce, remarriage, adoption, foster care, birth of a child with a disability, immigration, or other unclear loss.
- Developing or providing pertinent services such as programs, classes, support groups, online databases, newsletters, and so on for families coping with clear or ambiguous loss.
Email Beth Morgan, Ph.D., CFLE, CFLE Network Editor, at [email protected] with questions or for more information.
Future Issue Themes
Winter 2022 – Community Partnerships (Intent to Submit Deadline: Dec. 1, Submission Deadline: Dec. 15)
Copyright and Permissions
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Permissions are available by contacting NCFR. NCFR reserves the right to deny any permission at its sole discretion.
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