2022/23: 68th ICCFR annual conference, Newport, Wales, and webinars
ICCFR is pleased to announce its 68th annual conference, to be held in Newport, Wales, in May 2023.
The theme of the conference:
The family offers a lifetime foundation to build resilience and elasticity
Dates of the conference: Friday 12 May 2023 (evening) through Sunday (morning) 14 May 2023
Venue: Newport, Wales, UK
Our hosts: Our conference will be held in the headquarters of the noted UK charity Care for the Family. The venue is a superb building with state-of-the-art tech facilities, conference rooms and break-out rooms.
Chair, Dr. Robert Simon, Forensic Psychologist, USA
Vice-Chair, Sarah Hawker, Vice President, Italian National Association of Family and Marriage Consultants
Theme: The theme of the conference, The family offers a lifetime foundation to build resilience and elasticity, acknowledges the impact recent world events have had and are still having on families. Families have been challenged to maintain an environment in which members can cope, adapt, transition, celebrate and even grieve when the larger community has been generally unstable. The ICCFR conference will examine the strengths and weaknesses of families during these difficult times.
The Keynote Speakers for the Conference will offer a cross-cultural, international point of view on the subject of the family’s role as a critical environment in which resilience is cultivated.
- Friday, 12 May, 2023, the Welcome Session will feature Dr. Ruby Chau, a renowned international social researcher currently with the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Chau’s topic is: Policy Changes and the Family’s Capacity in Dealing with Changing Needs: insights from the Chinese government’s recent policies on increasing fertility rate and reducing homework .
- Saturday, 13 May, 2023, the featured Keynote Speaker is the Director of our Conference Host, Care for the Family, Katharine Hill. Ms. Hill is a former ICCFR Board Member and practiced Family Law before transitioning into her role at CfTC. She is a prolific writer and speaker on the topic of family relationships. Her topic is: The family – a learning place for building resilience.
- Sunday, 14 May, 2023, the featured Keynote Speaker is Anne Hollonds, Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner. Anne has extensive experience as a psychologist in family counselling, mental health, child protection and domestic violence. Previously Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for 23 years Anne was Chief Executive of organisations focused on research, policy and practice in child and family wellbeing. Her topic is: How a child rights-based approach can help us to make better policies and services for children and their families.
Why should you attend? In keeping with multidisciplinary philosophy of ICCFR, professionals in the fields of psychology, family law, social services and any other discipline working with families in these challenging times are encouraged to participate. As an attendee, you will have the benefit of hearing inspiring keynote speakers, gaining useful information and joining in stimulating discussion and debate on the latest and most innovative international approaches to couple and family services.
Recordings of the Keynotes will be available after the Conference for no charge.
Registration fee: The cost for the conference is 150 GBP and includes a hosted reception and light refreshments on Friday evening, two coffee/tea breaks and lunch on Saturday and a coffee /tea break on Sunday morning.
Travel Scholarships and Bursaries are intended only for those who do not have the means to attend ICCFR conferences otherwise. This will principally apply to candidates from developing and cash-poor countries. However, exceptions can be made in cases of particular need. For further information, complete the website contact form and request information on Travel Scholarships and Bursaries.
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Venue address and contact details
Venue and accommodation information relating to the 2023 Conference in Newport, Wales
Cultural attractions in and around Newport
Conference attendees will be able to enjoy fascinating cultural experiences, for example a visit to the first-century Roman ruins in nearby Caerleon, which feature a magnificent amphitheatre and the only Roman legionary barracks still on view in Europe.
Call for Workshop Presenters
Call for Presenters for the May 2023 Conference, Newport, Wales