International Commission on Couple and Family Relations
ICCFR

2021 Conference: Online

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COUPLE AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Coping mechanisms and innovative responses from support systems
What we have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic

The 67th Annual Conference of the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations (ICCFR)
In cooperation with: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS, MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER

Dates:
– 22 October 2021: Conference Dinner, Boston, USA
– 08, 15 and 22 November 2021: Online Sessions of the Conference

Background

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel worldwide, we have regretfully decided to cancel the larger part onsite conference and to have an online conference instead.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families have proven to be the cornerstone of their communities and the sources of greatest support for individuals, couples and children. However, the closure of educational and care facilities has meant the loss of contact with friends and peers for children, as well as for their parents. Home-schooling, often paired with working from home, has posed great challenges, especially for those families whose financial resources have been reduced. Families and individuals are affected by and respond to the crisis differently, and families that were already struggling are likely to feel those consequences and the loss of supportive structures most acutely. Social inequalities, especially in education, seem certain to be amplified by the pandemic and governmental responses to it.

The Conference

This conference seeks to answer questions about what the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for couples and families, as well as for service providers. Questions such as:

  • How does the pandemic affect children and those who care for them?
  • How did government responses to the crisis affect families’ and children’s well-being?
  • How can families and individuals be better prepared for these challenges?
  • Required service delivery innovations during the pandemic crisis – what worked or did not work
  • Do couples and families manifest the resilience to survive and recover?
  • How has the pandemic affected families that are living separately, divorcing or engaged in co-parenting and what are lessons learned to inform co-parenting best practices for the future?
  • What part does social cohesion play in overcoming the worst effects of the crisis?

In each of the online conference session there will be two inputs by experts from different parts of the world, allowing participants to share experiences and learn new skills.

Program: You will find the programme here.

Registration: Please register here.

Contact: ICCFR Administrator, Ingrid Cranfield: administrator@iccfr.org