WSU Hosts 27th Families Alive Conference

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University’s Department of Child & Family Studies will host the 27th Families Alive conference, an online three-day event focused on strengthening and improving relationships, Sept. 16-18.  

“Families Alive has provided members of the Weber State community with insights on children, households and families for decades,” said Dan Hubler, Child & Family Studies associate professor and conference chair. “Attendees range from professionals in the human services and education fields, university students and community members who want to learn more about helping households and families to thrive.” 

This year’s conference theme is “Communities Collaborating to Thrive.” Author, educator and activist Peter Lovatt, also known as Dr. Dance is one of two keynote speakers. Lovatt is the co-creator of Movement in Practice, a technique for using movement to enhance the human experience. He also established the Dance Psychology Lab, where he studies how movement changes the way people think and solve problems. The community can watch him in action during a free pre-recorded Boogie on the Brain session, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. by clicking this link: Families Alive

Public speaker, corporate trainer and author Gale Gorke will also join the conference for a keynote address. Gorke is a veteran public school educator who spent 40 years using brain-based learning principles to inspire and motivate students. A kinesthetic, or tactile learning expert, her motto is, “The best way to learn is through play.” Gorke leads Kids Kan, an international organization that specializes in curriculum design.

The keynote speakers will join other local and national family and education experts to speak during breakout sessions in three categories: community partners and professional development; social and emotional development; and families and households thriving together. Topics include building relationship skills, developmental parenting, relationship science and more.

Registration is open to all, and prices vary depending on credit. For currently enrolled WSU students registered for 12-17 credit hours, the cost is $30. 

The Families Alive Conference is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies in collaboration with the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education and O.C. Tanner Corporation.

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Daniel Hubler, Child & Family Studies associate professor, conference chair
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