Conference Offers Resources for Strengthening Families

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Department of Child and Families Studies will present the 21st Families Alive Conference, September 15-17.

This year's conference, "Inspiring and Enriching Lives" will feature speakers, presentations and workshops for parents, educators and community professionals designed to strengthen families, improve relationships and enhance educational opportunities.

Author and parenting expert Alfie Kohn will deliver the keynote address at a free presentation at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Dee Events Center. Kohn will present "Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason." Following his presentation, Kohn will be available to sign copies of his books. The event is presented by the Annie Clark Tanner Lectureship Fund.

The conference will also feature presentations by former NBA star Thurl Bailey, Brigham Young University family life professor Alan Hawkins and University of Washington sociology professor Pepper Schwartz.
Bailey, who will present "Family Matters" to the conference on Friday, will share his inspirational message on how to win, regardless of the odds or disappointments. 

Hawkins will present "The Federal Healthy Marriage Initiative and the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center." In 2003-2004 he was a visiting scholar with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families. He serves as a member of the national team developing the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, an online clearinghouse of information to support and sustain healthy marriages.

Schwartz is a relationships specialist and author of 14 books, who developed the Personality Profiler, a compatibility survey used by She will present "Love Matters: An Optimistic Look at the American Family."

Conference participants will have 30 workshop sessions to choose from, addressing topics related to education and educators, parents and family, and interventions and advocacy.

The cost to attend the conference varies depending on credit hours desired. For more information about the conference, costs or registration, visit

Chloe Merrill, Child and Family Studies professor
(801) 626-7110 ·

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 ·