Conference Offers Resources for Strengthening Families

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Department of Child and Families Studies will present the 22nd Families Alive Conference, September 25-27.

This year’s conference, “Empowering and Strengthening Lives” will feature speakers, presentations and workshops for parents, educators and community professionals designed to strengthen families, improve relationships and enhance educational opportunities.

Journalist and author Jane Clayson Johnson will deliver the keynote address at a free presentation at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Austad Auditorium, Browning Center. Johnson will present “Valuing What is Most Important.” Prior to her presentation, Johnson will be available to sign copies of her recently published book “I Am a Mother.” Johnson is the former host of the CBS Early Show and currently serves as an ambassador for the March of Dimes Foundation.

The conference also will feature presentations by President of the National Institute on Media and the Family David Walsh and Bronx Community College, City University of New York professor and author Kathleen Stassen Berger.

Walsh, who will present workshops on “Culture and Confusion: Helping Teens Navigate Adolescence,” and “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need It and Ways Parents Can Say It,” will share his keynote address on “Raising MediaWise Kids.” Walsh founded the National Institute on Media and the Family, based in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1995. Psychologist, educator, author and parent of three, Walsh has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children and teens.

Berger will present “Baby Bullies, Bad Boys and Mean Girls.” Berger has written three developmental texts that are currently used at nearly 700 colleges and universities worldwide. Her research interests include adolescent identity, sibling relationships and employed mothers.

Conference participants also will have 25 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 options, which include university credit, continuing education units or non-credit. For more information about the conference, costs or registration, visit

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Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
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Paul Schvaneveldt, Child and Family Studies professor
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