A Highlight of This Year’s Upcoming Family Science Conferences

As the saying goes, it isn’t always what you know, but who you know. Conferences can be a great way to meet people in your field, gain professional development, and network. It’s important to build your network as a professional, especially if you are still a student or anticipate looking for career opportunities. Conferences can also be beneficial to broaden your knowledge about your field, with a focus on more specific topics than you may have received in your coursework. Below we have listed a few conferences related to youth and family sciences that are occurring this year.

Family Life Coaching Association (FLCA) 2nd Annual Conference

When is it?  June 13th-14th, 2019

Where is it?  The Friday Institute of North Carolina State University’s  Campus, Raleigh, North Carolina

How much is it? $0-$125

What is it?  Family Life Coaching Association( FLCA) is a newly founded organization with a mission to create a research-based, globally recognized credentials, training standards and networking opportunities. FLCA will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Conference  where several keynote speakers will share their ideas and thoughts. ‘Taking Care of Business: The Profession of Family Life Coaching’ is their theme this year.


2019 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference

When is it? November 20th-23rd, 2019

Where is it? Fort Worth, Texas

How much is it? TBA

What is it? This conference, held by NCFR, will focus on family relationships, with a theme of “Family Sustainability: Contextualizing Relationships Within Evolving Systems”. NCFR is a group of people that are within the field of family science, such as researchers, demographers, marriage and family therapists, parent/family educators, K-12 teachers, and more. The overall goal of this conference is to “embrace and extend the theme of family sustainability to all families, with relationships as the focus”. It is open to educators, family professionals, students, and NCFR members. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Southeastern Council on Family Relations (SECFR) 2019 Conference

When is it? April 11th-13th, 2019

Where is it? Bentonville, Arkansas

How much is it? $65-$75

What is it? This is a conference where family professionals and educators come together to listen to keynote speakers, or view different presentations. This year’s theme is “The Evolution of Relationships: Changing Social Roles”. Students (undergraduate and graduate) are welcome along with professionals and educators pertaining to family relations. This conference has been approved for 6.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

2019 Family Science Association Teaching Family Science Conference

When is it? June 3rd-4th, 2019

Where is it? Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue, Hawaii

How much is it? $300-400

What is it? The Family Science Association (FSA) is an independent organization that contributes to the family science community through their annual conference and their journal “Family Science Review” This year’s conference has a goal of learning about how to work with people of differing abilities, ages, ethnicities/races, genders/sexual orientations, religions/spiritualties, and socioeconomic statuses. This is a conference for educators, professionals, and students.


2019 Groves Conference on Marriage and Family

When is it? June 19th-21st, 2019

Where is it? The Hilton Garden Inn, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

How much is it? $250-$475

What is it? Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, located in historic Kennett Square, Pennsylvania will offer a wide variety of ways to understand, prevent, and combat childhood adversity. The conference will focus on how children and parent’s health is correlated with one another as well as ways professionals in the field of family coaching can use scientific methods to provide the best service to families.


2020 Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting

When is it? March 91th-21st, 2020

Where is it? San Diego, California

How much is it? TBA

What is it? The SRA is a community of researchers that strive to better the lives of youth with adolescence research. This conference is for anyone with an interest in adolescence research, which could be educators, professionals, or students. Last year, the conference contained topics with empirical, theoretical, historical, and methodological research pertaining to adolescence. More details will be announced in the months to come.

Conferences related to but not directly family science conferences:

American Psychological Association (APA) Convention 2019

When is it? August 8th-11th, 2019
Where is it? Chicago, Illinois
How much is it? $80-595

What is it? The APA is an organization that represents psychology in the US<, with members that are students, clinicians, educators, and more. The APA Convention is a great way to be shown new ideas in psychology, learn more about various topics in psychology, or network with other professionals. Over 1000 sessions about research, leadership, and specific topics in psychology are offered, along with 300 continuing education programs for CEs. Students, educators, and professionals from around the world are encouraged to attend if they have an interest in gathering more depth about the field of psychology.


American Counseling Association 2019 Conference & Expo

When is it? March 28th-31st, 2019

Where is it? New Orleans, Louisiana

How much is it? $110-$695

What is it? This is an annual conference held by the American Counseling Association (ACA). ACA’s mission is to encourage professional development, or advocate the profession, of counselors with this event. This conference is open to educators, students, and a range of different counselors to attend. The event has 500 sessions and offers up to 23.5 CEs (continuing education credits).  


American Sociological Association (ASA) 2019 Annual Meeting: Engaging Social Justice for a Better World

When is it? August 10th -13th, 2019

Where is it? New York, New York

How much is it? $121-490

What is it? “Engaging Social Justice for a Better World” is this year’s theme for the American Sociological Association (ASA). ASA’s meeting will encourage participants to collectively engage with one another and will provide numerous sociological works to its participants in distinct ways. Apart from the diverse knowledge sharing, exhibits, careers centers, and tours will be available during your stay.


National Communication Association (NCA) 105th Annual Convention: Communication for Survival

When is it? November 14, 2019 – November 17, 2019

Where is it? Baltimore, Maryland

How much is it? Registration costs TBA

What is it? The National Communication Association will be hosting its 105th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland with this year’s theme, “Communication for Survival” which will provide the importance of having a voice and what it means to families, communities, and people around the globe. The conference will also expect its participants to bring awareness to current movements and adversities the world is presently facing.


Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) 2019: Social Science Advocacy Day

When is it? April 30th-May 1st, 2019

Where is it?  Washington, DC

How much is it?  $25

What is it? COSSA’S Social Science Advocacy Day 2019 will focus on  making the Capitol Hill meetings as seamless and impactful as possible. This spring event will include a  session featuring a special guest speaker, a half-day of intensive context setting and advocacy preparation, COSSA’s annual Celebration of Social Science Rooftop Reception  and a full day of meetings on Capitol Hill. Both Graduate and Undergraduate students are encouraged to register. Students can receive a discount by emailing to jmilton@cossa.org along with their COSSA member organization, degree program, university,anticipated year of graduation and field of study.

The Society for Research in Child Development 2019 Biennial Meeting

When is it? March 21st-23rd, 2019

Where is it?  Baltimore, Maryland, USA

How much is it? $25-$435

What is it? The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will be hosting the 2019 Biennial Meeting from March 21-23 this year.This meeting will focus on reflecting SRCD’s commitment to interdisciplinary research, diversity, and an international perspective. SRCD welcomes submissions from researchers at all career stages including both graduate and undergraduate students.Translational submissions from investigators around the globe in all disciplines related to the field of child development are  welcomed as well.