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TxCFR 2018 Annual Conference

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Thursday and Friday, April 5th-6th, 2018

THEME: Promoting Healthy Families: Strengths & Challenges.



The 2018 TxCFR Annual Conference will be held at the Springhill Suites Dallas Plano/Frisco.

Spring Hill Suites Dallas Plano/Frisco

8401 Angels Drive, Plano, TX 75024

888-236-2427 or 469-362-7773

Reservation Information:

Reserve a room for the 2018 TxCFR Conference by calling the hotel at one of the numbers listed above. Be sure to inform them that you are attending the 2018 Annual Texas Council on Family Relations Conference on April 5th-6th, 2018. The TxCFR Conference room rate is $___ per night (Single King or Double Queen Suites) and includes the following amenities:


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  • Complimentary breakfast offering a hot, fresh and healthy buffet daily
  • Complimentary appetizers during our evening reception hour Monday-Thursday
  • Complimentary shuttle within a five mile radius of the Hotel
  • Complimentary high-speed internet access in the guestrooms and meeting space
  • Complimentary Self-Parking


Thursday, April 5th

8:30 am – 11:00 am


Amy L. Curtis, LBSW-IPR, LPC-S, Director of Counseling, Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc.

Family Strengths and Challenges Through a Lens of Trauma, Grounded in Attachment Theory

The Center for the Study of Social Policy has outlined five protective factors to strengthen those we serve; building parental resilience, enhancing social connections, providing knowledge of parenting and child development, giving concrete support in times of need and strengthening the social and emotional competency of children. Yet, how we respond in moments of need and stress are often impacted by our attachment patterns. Attachment patterns are intergenerational. How a parent responds in moments of stress is often how the child will learn to respond. Attachment begins in infancy and can be further impacted by traumatic events that occur in our lives.

Pre-conference fee is $40.00. A Continental Breakfast will be served.

CEUs will be included in the CEU cost for the conference.



Thursday, April 5th


Friday, April 6th




Opening Plenary: 

Mervil Johnson, MPA / Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Strengthening Families from the Inside Out: A Collaborative Model – From 2011 thru 2015, Workforce Solutions was awarded a four-year 8.4 million dollar grant by the Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. This represented the largest single grant awarded to Tarrant County’s Workforce board designed to enhance positive outcomes for children through interventions engaging fathers and other parents of primarily low-income children in Tarrant County. This pilot program consisted of a holistic service design featuring services to strengthen parenting skills, enhance economic stability and improve communication and relationships between parents as they cared for their children. This presentation will describe the service model used, outcomes achieved and lessons learned.

Closing Plenary:

Norma Perez-Brena, Assistant Professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University.

The Sociocultural Context of Family Resilience. – Her work examines the combination of sociocultural characteristics that generate resilience in families, in general, and Latino and immigrant families, in particular. She is also the Director of Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families, an intervention program aimed at strengthening adolescent parents’ relationship, coparenting, and job readiness skills. Dr Perez-Brena’s presentations will provide a broad perspective on what builds resilience in the face of various sociocultural stressors, and discuss the important role of the family and culture as two major mechanisms through which resilience is developed.



TxCFR invites exhibitors such as practitioner/providers, vendors/businesses, and non-profits to join us at the 2018 TxCFR Conference and share about the products, services, and offerings you have available to help promote healthy families in Texas. We especially want to encourage Universities to join us (by way of a reduced exhibitor fee) at the conference because these academic institutions are training the family leaders of today and tomorrow.

Exhibitor Fees:

  • Non-Profit Exhibitor – $100.00
  • For Profit Exhibitor – $50.00
* Exhibitors that are NOT registering for the 2018 TxCFR Conference should use the radio button selection in the “Fee” section of the Registration page, while Exhibitors who are registering for the conference should register for the appropriate level in the “Fee” section, and then add the Exhibitor fee in the “Items for Sale” section of the Registration page.



(After March 29, 2018)




PROFESSIONAL FEE (Includes Active TxCFR Membership)



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Registration (Including Exhibitors*)


TxCFR_Icon-ProposalTxCFR invites new and established professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students, to promote healthy families by partnering with schools by submitting a proposal to present at the 2018 TxCFR Conference. Submissions related to the conference theme are encouraged. Other family-related topics will be considered. Proposals may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Research Papers -multiple presentations in a breakout session
  • Workshop – a 1-hour interactive, experiential presentations
  • Roundtable Discussions – thoughtful discussions on family and school related topics
  • Poster Session – a poster summarizing results/implications of family and school related research

Click Here to Submit a Proposal for the 2018 TxCFR Conference

Outstanding Student Poster Competition Guidelines

Promoting Healthy Families: Family Strengths and Challenges

April 5th & 6th, 2018

The Texas Council on Family Relations (TxCFR) invites students to submit poster presentations for consideration at the 2018 TxCFR Conference. Posters addressing the conference theme of Family Strengths and Challenges, are encouraged, however, all posters within the field of family science and that meet the eligibility requirements are welcome. The following cash prizes will be awarded at the conference following the student poster session:

1st Place: $100

2nd Place: $75

3rd Place: $50

Eligibility: To be eligible for the competition, students 1) must be an undergraduate or graduate student and must be either the first author or the sole author on the poster presentation, 2) must register for and attend the 2018 TxCFR Conference on April 5th & 6th at the SpringHill Suites Dallas—Plano/Frisco, and 3) must follow the required guidelines for poster submission.

Posters must reference scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles to be considered for this competition. Posters may feature comprehensive reviews of literature, research proposals, or completed research studies. In addition to these basic requirements, posters will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness in terms of relevant background research and theory
  • Clarity in written and oral communication
  • Structure and organization
  • Potential implications for practitioners or researchers that are current and significant

Deadline: Poster abstracts submissions must be received by December 15th, 2017. Students must present their poster at the 2018 TxCFR Conference during the student poster session. Judges will be present during the session, and winners will be notified at the end of the student poster session.

Visit to submit by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on December 15th, 2017!

Submission Requirements: Be prepared to provide this information at the time of online submission:

  • First and Last Name
  • University Affiliation (Where Student is Currently Enrolled)
  • Classification (Undergraduate Student or Graduate Student)
  • Student’s Email Address*
  • Student’s Contact Phone Number*
  • Title of the Poster
  • Abstract (120 Words or Less)

*Student’s contact information will not be published in the conference program and will only be used for the purposes of the student poster competition.

If you have questions about the poster competition, please contact Keilah Villarreal at [email protected].

Click Here for a Student Poster Competition Form


For more information about the TxCFR 2018 Annual Conference contact:


TxCFR 2018 Conference Chairs: 

Keilah Villarreal <[email protected]>

Newquist Jennifer <[email protected]>

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