Duvall Family Studies Initiative

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The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Initiative is a forum for social work and other counseling/helping professionals in the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond. We offer an annual symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices within all of the human services professions. The 2018 conference will promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work with families, particular youth and adolescents, who have experienced depression and/or suicidal thinking. This year’s conference will be a one-day event, February 24, and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn next to the USFSM campus.  Students are invited to submit a poster for showing throughout the conference day. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings as well as outcomes of actual practice evaluations or innovative ideas.


2019 Family Studies Conference Information

The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Initiative offered the 9th recent family studies conference February 24, titled Youth: Trauma and Transitions, featuring Dr. Karen Swartz, Associate Professor and Psychiatrist with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Swartz is also the founder and director of the Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program. Clinical social workers, faculty engaged with Duvall, and other counseling professionals attended the daylong seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn next to USFSM campus. The keynote address by Dr. Swartz, titled Adolescent Depression:  Diagnosis, Treatment, & Community Education,was delivered to over 60 seminar attendees, most of whom work directly with adolescent clients and their families. Other workshops included the topics of grief and loss, transitions among service delivery points, and family treatment for mood disorders.

Continuing education credit was awarded to licensed psychotherapists in both social work and mental health counseling. Evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as “could have been an all-day seminar on Dr. Swartz alone!” others noting that “all the workshops were relevant to my work, with cutting-edge knowledge and current clinical data that will help me work with kids and their families.”

The Duvall Initiative is a forum for social work and other counseling/helping professionals as well as educators in the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond. The annual symposium brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices within all of the human services professions. The 2018 conference promoted the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work with families, particularly youth and adolescents who have experienced depression and/or suicidal thinking. USFSM students also attended and several students worked as program assistants. Workshops following the keynote included session chairs from Fordham University, Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, and independent practitioners who work with adolescents and other family members.

The conference committee is grateful to Dr. Evelyn M. Duvall, former USF professor and the generous benefactor of the Duvall endowment which allows us to offer cutting-edge family studies events.

Click here for information on the 2019 Evelyn Duvall Family Studies Conference, to focus upon opioid usage and other addictions and clinical treatment.


How to Submit

Students may submit poster proposals to:

Dr. Jane Roberts
Duvall Initiative Chair
jmr@sar.usf.edu
(941) 359-4604
Mail drop C-263, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, (2nd floor) USFSM.

Click here to access the Duvall professional/scholarly article archive.


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