Benefits of Membership
The NCFR journals
JMF has been the premier journal in the area of marriage and family for over 75 years. Peer-reviewed articles reflect the latest research on family formation, family dynamics and interaction, relationships, challenges and changes. View a sample issue of JMF. Editor: Kristi Williams
FR emphasizes relationships across the life cycle and research with implications for intervention, family education, and public policy. This journal provides an applied focus for practitioners, educators, and policy professionals. Editor: Jason Hans
JFTR, which was introduced in 2009, explores family and relationship theory and features original contributions in all areas of family theory as well as integrative and theory-based reviews of content areas, book reviews and review essays. All members who subscribe to another journal receive complimentary electronic access to JFTR. Editor: LIbby Balter Blume
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NCFR Annual Conference — The Great Family Get-Together
Stimulating and enlightening — that describes the NCFR annual conference. Grow professionally, establish new contacts, and build lasting relationships.You'll find major presentations by leading professionals, break-out sessions of all kinds, and informal networking. Submit a proposal and you could get to present your research.
NCFR members receive significantly discounted conference registration rates.
Member newsletters and updates — content you can use
NCFR Report, our quarterly member magazine, features a "Family Focus" section with contributed articles on key topics, for members only. CFLE Network is the CFLE newsletter that includes book reviews, best practices, and news from CFLEs around the world. Our "Zippy News" e-newsletter provides weekly updates and announcements on the latest from NCFR and the family field.
Online resources — ideas, information, opportunities
The NCFR website helps members stay connected with each other and the profession. Find resources for family research, education, and best practices, as well as announcements about membership, local affiliate chapters, the NCFR Annual Conference and other events. The NCFR website will lead you to online discussion groups you can join and to our online member directory to connect you with your colleagues.
The Resource Library allows you to find and share resources important to family researchers, educators, and students — everything from curricula, book reviews, and articles to conference presentations, video, and best practices.
Members get exclusive access to NCFR-produced resources. You'll also receive a discounted rate on our webinars.
Staying in touch, building networks
NCFR is composed of 10 sections, each about a particular topic of interest. You'll communicate with your fellow section members throughout the year about your interest areas (via member forums). Many presentations at the annual conference are determined by section review. Leadership positions and volunteer opportunities include becoming an officer, a proposal reviewer, or focus group leader.
CFLE credential: the standard for family life educators
Certification is provided to family life educators through the Certified Family Life Educator credential. The NCFR CFLE curricular requirements have been incorporated into degree programs at more than 125 colleges and universities.
NCFR has a long tradition of recognizing achievement in academics, research, and service. Major awards include Fellows recognition, CFLE Distinguished Service, and the Felix Berardo Mentoring Award. Many more awards are directed at students, especially at the Section and Affiliate level. Many include cash or travel stipends. See more about awards and recognition.
Advancing your career
Here are even more ways you can grow professionally through NCFR:
- Put your books on our member bookshelf
- Review job listings in our online Jobs Center
- Graduate with NCFR honors recognition
- Learn about grants, other conferences, calls for papers and more news
NCFR affiliates: your local connection
State/regional and student affiliate councils give NCFR a local flavor. Stay in touch with members in your area through conferences, events, and communications. For students: 25 student affiliates offer a great option to build your resume and connect your academic experience to real-world opportunities.
Membership options that fit you
- Professional membership levels with choice of journals
- A new professionals option for those who graduated within the last two years
- Special rates for students and emeritus members