The NCFR board made the following statement at the NCFR annual meeting on Nov. 8, 2013 (revised Nov. 23, 2015).
The Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extends the Constitutional right of civil marriage to same-sex couples across our nation.
(The statement originally was made June 29, 2015, and was revised Nov. 23, 2015.)
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.
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.
Evaluation is a word that can instill fear in many family life educators. We may feel threatened and insecure – afraid that an evaluation will show that we are not doing a good job. Fortunately, the trend toward evidence-based programs has made us all more aware of the need for quality program evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Author Ellen B. Braaten has written a practical and readable book about the mental health issues most frequently seen in children.
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.
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.
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.
A thorough compendium of writings on the topic of sexuality, the third edition of Speaking of Sexuality is meant to serve as a thought-provoking conversation-starter for the sexuality education classroom.
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.
Read an excerpt from Jean Illsley Clarke's book, Who, Me Lead a Group? and learn more about the ways in which adults learn.
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.