ICCFR Annual Conference

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.  Mrs. Hill is a former ICCFR Board Member and practiced Family Law before transitioning into her role at Care for the Family. 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 Ryszard Praszkier, an experienced author, practitioner, and academician. Dr. Praszkier has merged decades of practical experience in the field of social innovation with his passion for academic research, combining theory with practice and sharing a global perspective through extensive writing on methods for achieving lasting social change. His topic is: What makes families resilient.

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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2023 Conference details


12 – 14 May 2023


Care For The Family Headquarters
Newport, Wales

Tovey House, Cleppa Park, Newport NP10 8BA

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