International Commission on Couple and Family Relations

Conference 2021: Programme



Session 0: Online – Introductory Keynote by Katharine Hill

In her video, Katharine Hill first outlines the surprising benefits that have accrued from the COVID-19 pandemic, including greater closeness among many families and communities and opportunities to appreciate what is close to hand. She then looks at the other side of the coin: the problems and challenges that have afflicted many individuals, couples and families – domestic abuse, isolation and loneliness, poverty and lack of access to education and to the socialising that is one of the great pluses of attending an educational institution. Her talk is illustrated with examples and quotes from research conducted both by Care for the Family and by other organisations.

Session 1: Monday, 08 November 2021 at 5pm GMT/UTC

The impact of the pandemic on families and family support systems

  • Robert Simon, San Diego, USA: The Impact of the Pandemic on Family Support Practitioners
  • Sarah Hawker, Rome, Italy: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Self-esteem of European Families, Couples and Individuals
Session 2: Monday, 15 November 2021 at 5pm GMT/UTC

Domestic violence: The pandemic inside the pandemic

  • Beverly Upton, San Francisco, USA: Gender-Based Violence: The Pandemic inside the Pandemic: The View from San Francisco
  • Imelda Diouf, Johannesburg, South Africa: Gender-based Violence (GBV) – A Pandemic within a Pandemic: A South African Perspective
Session 3: Monday, 22 November 2021 at 12pm GMT/UTC

The impact of the Covid pandemic on the family law court system

  • Caroline Harnois, Quebec, Canada: The Impact of the Pandemic in “La Belle Province”
  • Catherine Por, Hong Kong: The Impact of the Pandemic in Hong Kong
Dinner in Boston, MA (USA): Friday, 22 October 2021

Keynote speaker: Hon. John D. Casey, Chief Judge of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court