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Karen Benjamin Guzzo

The National Council on Family Relations' (NCFR) membership has elected Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Ph.D., as a new member-at-large on the NCFR Board of Directors.

Stephan M. Wilson

The National Council on Family Relations' (NCFR) membership has elected Stephan M. Wilson, Ph.D., CFLE, as a new member-at-large on the NCFR Board of Directors. 

APR Update: Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

In keeping with the theme of multiculturalism for this issue of the newsletter, I have chosen the CFLE Content Area 1 – Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts as a focus for this column. Several recent happenings in my life have reinforced my high regard for the importance of this Content Area and its objectives.

Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion
Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

APR Update: To Flip or Not to Flip?

A traditional approach to teaching and learning has been to assign learners to read subject matter content (e.g., book chapter or article) on their own time prior to coming to class. Flipping this traditional approach not only calls for students to read subject matter content on their own time, but also expects them to watch, listen, and process content presented (e.g., lecture or demonstration) by podcast and/or vodcast.

Book Review: "Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America"

This second edition of Black Fathers built upon and continued the tradition of the first edition by looking into the soul of Black America and seeing the integral role that the Black father plays. 

Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion
Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
Parent Education and Guidance

Book Review: "Chaos and Its Influence on Children's Development: An Ecological Perspective"

Chaos and Its Influence on Children's Development: An Ecological Perspective, is one in a series of books sponsored by the American Psychological Association to showcase important topics in psychology. This text provides an interdisciplinary perspective on how chaotic environmental settings influence human development from infancy through adolescence.

Content Area
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan

Book Review: "Cognitive Development: An Advanced Textbook"

This text is written with an advanced undergraduate course, or early graduate course, in mind and consists of eight well-written and thorough chapters from Bornstein and Lamb's, Developmental Science, 6th edition, along with new introductory material.

Content Area
Family Science Education
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan

Book Review: "Diversity in Family Constellations: Implications for Practice"

This book is based on the editors' personal experiences working with families throughout their careers in social work and the field of wellness. Family constellations are operationalized as a "union of a group of people under the umbrella of family experience."

Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion
Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
Internal Dynamics of Families

Book Review: "Interracial Families: Current Concepts and Controversies"

Sociologists George Yancey and Richard Lewis remind readers that the American context is evolving both demographically and interpersonally. Interracial Families explores attraction, dating and family formation in an emerging environment that is less socially bounded and retaliatory about personal choices than even in the recent past.

Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion
Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
Interpersonal Relationships

Book Review: "I Want to Make Friends"

I Want to Make Friends combines a children's picture book story with a focused parenting manual for guiding social skill development in young children ages 3-6. The story is engaging for the young child and teaches both the child and parent about effective strategies for interacting with peers and forming friendships. It is a good example of a children's book that addresses both the child and adult audience and their different needs.

Content Area
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Parent Education and Guidance

Book Review: "Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach"

This well-organized, clearly written, easily understood book leaves few unanswered questions for parents of ADHD children, as well as the clinicians who treat ADHD children or anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of ADHD.

Content Area
Family Health
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Parent Education and Guidance

CFLE in Context: A Framework for Best Practices in Family Life Education

Family life education is relevant across the lifespan, is inclusive of all types of families, and is designed to meet the needs of the target audience. However, given the diversity of families, it is often difficult to determine the true needs of an audience and many audiences may be hard to reach. Therefore, we advocate for the need for evidence-based practices, which often are called best practices.

Content Area
Diversity and Inclusion

CFLE Directions: NCFR Events Promote and Support Family Life Education

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has been actively involved in events and activities that promote and support the profession of family life education. In addition to hosting our first webinar, we sponsored the Family Life Education Month Contest and held a special session focused on family life education and the Affordable Care Act at the NCFR conference.