WSU to Present Families Alive Conference

OGDEN, Utah –Jim Fay, an acclaimed innovator of practical teaching and parenting techniques, will headline a conference focused on improving families Oct. 13–15 at Weber State University.

The 23rd Families Alive Conference, with the theme “Strategies for Resilient and Successful Families,” features an opening-night address that is free to the public.

In addition to keynote presentations, the conference will include separate workshop tracks designed for educators, people involved in intervention and advocacy, and parents and families.

The conference is designed to help people learn creative ways to enhance the lives of adults, children and families; gain powerful methods of problem-solving, teaching and advocacy; and experience fun techniques to energize and strengthen relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Keynote speakers include Fay, cofounder of the Love and Logic Institute, and Ellen Galinsky, president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute.

The conference opens Oct. 13 with an address that is free to the public. Fay will present “How to Discipline Kids Without Losing Their Love and Respect” at 7:30 p.m. in the Browning Center Austad Auditorium. A book-signing period will follow. The opening address is sponsored by the Annie Clark Tanner Lectureship Fund.

Conference activities Oct. 14–15 take place at the Shepherd Union Building. Registration and a fee are required.

Fay will deliver the Oct. 14 morning keynote, “Good Character is No Accident.”Ellen Galinsky will present the afternoon keynote, “Mind in the Making,” followed by a book signing. Oct. 14 also includes a Nurturing Hand award luncheon.

The conference continues Oct. 15, highlighted by a morning keynote address by Jim Bird, an acclaimed child psychologist and Department of Child and Family Studies professor at WSU. Bird will discuss “When Parents Change Their Own Behavior: What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gosling.” Workshops follow the morning keynotes both days.

Fay’s career includes more than three decades as a teacher, administrator and professional consultant. The best-selling author also has been a presenter in the fields of parenting, positive discipline and classroom management.

Galinsky’s most recent book is “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.”Among her activities at the Families and Work Institute, Galinsky codirects the National Study of the Changing Workforce, a study updated every five years, and When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness.

The conference can help people bolster their families and their individual lives, said Chloe D. Merrill, chair of the conference and professor and chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies. “They can gain new teaching and/or advocacy models and strengthen their relationships through this conference,” she said.

“One of the big things is we’re bringing in people — both national and local people renownedin their fields — who are very family-oriented and that have done a lot of research in multiple areas to help families become more resilient,” Merrill said. “To get that all in one place in one conference, and have 25 different workshops led by great community resources, is rare.”

The conference costs $75, including the Oct. 14 luncheon; $40 for the keynote presentations only; and $25 for the luncheon only. University and WSU Continuing Education Unit credits are available for additional fees.

The Families Alive Conference is sponsored by the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education and the Department of Child and Family Studies.

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