401: CLOSING PLENARY SESSION - Playing With Light: Making the Invisible Visible, Derek Peterson, M.Ed., Principal Director, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience - Unifying Solutions

Derek Peterson; Deb Berke; Xiaoran Sun; Amie Kahovec Allen; Erin S. Lavender-Stott; August Jenkins; Anthony G. James Jr.; Scot Allgood; M. Elise Radina
9:30 AM
10:45 AM
Salon D
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About the Session

Conference Attendance Hours: 1
NBCC CE Hours: 1


Session Sponsored by: Utah State University

Pre-Address Agenda:
Welcome from Debra L. Berke, Ph.D., Wilmington University, 2022 NCFR Program Chair

Welcome from the 2022 Conference Host, Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota: Xiaoran Sun, Ph.D.

Presentation of the Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal From a Feminist Perspective Award to Amie Kahovec Allen, M.S., University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Presenter: Erin Lavender-Stott

Presentation of the John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo Award to August Jenkins, Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Presenter: Anthony James

Welcome from the Plenary Sponsor: Utah State University: Scot Allgood

**Post-Address Agenda ** Looking Ahead to the 2023 Conference: M. Elise Radina, Ph.D., Miami Univ.-Ohio, 2023 NCFR Conference Program Chair

Great art, we are told, is in the eyes of the beholder. By the same measure, we are all beholden to our own worldview. The way we understand ourselves, our work, our families, and our relationships, is through a personal canvas we have painted over the course of our lives. These worldviews are difficult to alter, and it may feel like we must paint over our canvas to understand another person’s perspective. In this plenary, Derek Peterson will use his innovative and individualized teaching methods to open attendees’ eyes to other worldviews and help us paint a better canvas in their lives. This integrative approach will help attendees in their work to understand youth development through an artistic lens and, in turn, strengthen families. It is only once we can see the full palette of colors available to us, and have mastery of the ways to paint, that we can truly make the invisible visible when it comes to families.


  • The audience will experience a unifying story to see complex systems.
  • The audience will connect their story to their own personal experience.
  • The audience will measure parts of their full color narrative through the Support Card™; and teach others to see through a full color human development lens.
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