Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference

December 16, 2010

The University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee in partnership with the Evelyn M Duvall Endowment is holding its biennial Duvall Family Studies Conference.  The theme for the conference is “A Community for the Ages: Evidence-based Practices”.  The conference will be held on campus (located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida)  from February 17 – 19, 2011.   This is a “rebirth” in that the last time the conference was held was in 1992. 

Thank you USF…   It is going to be great.  I encourage you to visit the website, which can be found at www. www.sarasota.usf.edu/academics/CAS/DuvallConference.php and seriously consider attending.  Am I a little biased?  You bet!  I will be the keynote speaker.  I am very excited and look forward to this great event. 

This conference is going to be a great step at bridging the gap that exists between the different fields addressing family issues.  While we use the services of dedicated professionals in the world of separation, divorce, domestic violence, custody of children and other related situations, for the most part we don’t seem to know each other’s world.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the mental health professional was fully aware of what happens in the brutal world of litigation?  If the attorney, during a consultation on a domestic violence matter, had full knowledge of the social impact his/her handling of the situation it was likely to create?  Sociology, criminology and psychology all interact with the legal field in one way or another.  Yet, we don’t spend a whole lot of time together. 

In addition, the academic is about to have a date with the practical!  So much research is done, so many reports are written, yet the practitioner is often times too busy to put time aside on the schedule to read, absorb, understand and implement those programs that would be based on solid evidence. 

It is true that attendance at a conference is costly, in that time is money.  In my opinion, this will be worth the time; not to mention the great location!   Come and get the “reader’s digest” version of great research.  Come and interact with a group of dedicated people.  Together, we can make a difference for the foundation of our society:  the family.

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