Learn the Art of Mid-Range Modeling // New CFLE-Approved Programs // Family Research in China

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National Council on Family Relations

NCFR Weekly Zippy News

May 8, 2019

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  1. Kaplan to Present at 2019 UN Day of Families Program
  2. 2 New Programs Receive CFLE Approval
  3. Families in China are Focus of Latest Journal of Marriage and Family
  4. NCFR Webinars: Learn the Art and Science of Mid-Range Modeling
  5. Conference Discounts and Opportunities for Students
  6. Reflections on Receiving the President-for-a-Day Award
  7. Member News: Hamon Recognized for Excellence in Service-Learning
  8. On the Bookshelf: Fathering in Cultural Contexts: Developmental and Clinical Issues
  9. Free Resources to Explore Careers in Family Science
  10. Zippy's Video of the Week: Kindness in the Skate Park
  11. New Employment Opportunity

United Nations
Kaplan to Present at 2019 UN Day of Families Program

KaplanMay 15 is recognized annually as the International Day of Families. Each year, the United Nations observes this day with a special program at its headquarters in New York. 

This year's theme is “Families and Climate Action” and one of the featured presenters will be NCFR member Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D. Dr. Kaplan will present on the implications for promoting climate change awareness and action from intergenerational perspectives.

This year's observance on Thursday, May 16, is open to the public, and will be live streamed from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET on the U.N.'s website.

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2 New Programs Receive CFLE Approval

ISU and UCONCFR welcomes the the human development and family studies undergraduate program at Indiana State University and the human development and family relations undergraduate program at the University of Colorado Denver as the latest two programs to meet the criteria for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential.

Additionally, eight degree programs recently renewed their CFLE-approved program status for an additional 5-year period. This approval allows graduates of these programs the opportunity to apply for CFLE certification without taking the CFLE exam. Congratulations to all of these schools!

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NCFR Journals
Families in China are Focus of Latest Journal of Marriage and Family

New Early-View Articles Study Families in Thailand, Japan, Italy, and Germany

JMFThe Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), published by NCFR, has been the leading research journal in the family field for more than 75 years.

The June 2019 issue is now available for subscribers. It features a special focus on families in China, as well as articles on intergenerational family relationships, leaving the family home, and more.

Additionally, new early-view articles are available, including:

JMF subscribers can access articles by logging in to the NCFR website and visiting the journal access webpage.

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Spring NCFR Webinars
Learn the Art and Science of Mid-Range Modeling

Tuesday, May 21 // 11 a.m. - noon CT

A mid-range model takes a theoretical framework and applies it to a particular content area or phenomenon, or uses findings in a particular content area or of a particular phenomenon to develop a theory. This technique can incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods of reasoning to help use research to guide our theories. It can be used with any software.

In this upcoming NCFR webinar, presenter Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., will go through the process of creating mid-range models within the discipline of Family Science. Dr. Adamsons will also cover questions to ask, different possible approaches, and testing methods. The webinar will focus on both conceptual and methodological skills.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

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Don't miss out on next week's webinar: The Fundamentals of Dealing With Missing Data (May 16)

2019 NCFR Annual Conference
Conference Discounts and Opportunities for Students

Family Science students will want to be in Fort Worth, Texas, from Nov. 20-23 for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference to hear exemplary presenters, learn the latest research, and make connections with other family scholars and professionals.

Students will receive a registration rebate when they sign up to be a student aide. Students can also take advantage of a special conference rates and discounted hotel rooms. Register by June 13 to get the best registration rates.

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NCFR Awards
Reflections on Receiving the President-for-a-Day Award

By Gizem Erdem, Ph.D., LMFT

Gizem ErdemNCFR is my scholarly home and every annual conference is a reunion with friends and colleagues. The 2018 conference was even more special because I had the privilege of receiving the 2018 NCFR President-for-a-Day Award of the Affiliate Councils and I shadowed NCFR President Anisa M. Zvonkovic for two days.

Anisa was genuinely interested in hearing about my research and ideas about social justice issues, diversity, and culture, as well as my career path as a junior scholar – but more importantly she had the gift of balancing acceptance and positive regard with mentoring and feedback for future professional growth.

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Apply for the 2019 President-for-a-Day Award — Applications due by Saturday, June 1. See full details

Member News
Hamon Recognized for Excellence in Service-Learning

HamonRaeann R. Hamon, Ph.D., CFLE, was presented with the inaugural Excellence in Service-Learning Faculty Award at Messiah College, which recognizes a faculty member who has contributed to service-learning both on campus and in the larger community.

Dr. Hamon has included an elder mentor program as part of her Psychology of Aging course for more than 25 years. This program encourages students to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with their mentor, while applying course content to real life.

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Members! We want to hear how you are working to understand and strengthen families. Share news and announcements about yourself or other members using our online form.

On the Bookshelf
Fathering in Cultural Contexts: Developmental and Clinical Issues

By Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Ph.D. and Elif Dede Yildirim, Ph.D.

fathering bookThis book compares how men from across diverse cultures of the world think about fathering — and how their thinking affects child development — through a broad range of theoretical and conceptual models, including attachment theory, masculinity, and parenting typologies.

The authors use an interdisciplinary approach to highlight the changing nature of fathering, and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of father interventions.

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NCFR members: Have you written or edited a book that was published in the past year? We'll include your book in our Resource Library, along with one announcement in Zippy News, which puts it in front over 13,000 readers interested in the family field. Learn more...

Free Career Resources from NCFR
Explore Careers in Family Science

Graduates of Family Science programs are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for work that strengthens families. To further ensure graduates will find career opportunities and be recognized as strong job candidates, NCFR and its members have developed several resources:

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Zippy's Video of the Week: Kindness in the Skate Park

You wouldn't expect a group of middle schoolers hanging out at a skate park to demonstrate an act of kindness to a stranger. But that's exactly what happened in this week's video.

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Employment Opportunities

Employers: Get your job opening included in Zippy News by posting it in NCFR's online Jobs Center!

Graduate Student Assistantship
Mississippi State University

The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University seeks a full-time graduate student to serve in a paid assistantship for 20 hours per week, beginning Aug. 16, 2019. Responsibilities include collecting, analyzing, and presenting data; developing educational tools; giving presentations to a variety of audiences; writing literature reviews; and assisting with grant applications, course lectures, and administrative duties, as appropriate.

The successful candidate must be a full-time, degree-seeking student (Ph.D. level preferred) in the MSU School of Human Sciences – either in the agricultural and extension education or human development and Family Science program.

Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

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