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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2020

It’s OHCFR election season! It is the goal of OHCFR to have a diverse Advisory Board that represents professionals in a variety of family-serving capacities. Serving on the OHCFR Advisory Board is a unique opportunity to collaborate with family scientists and practitioners across the state, promote the field of family science and extend the reach of NCFR for Ohioans. Sound interesting? Know someone who would be a perfect fit for one of the positions? Here’s your chance to get involved! This election cycle has the following open positions:

President-Elect
Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2022
** MUST have been a member of the OHCFR Advisory Board for at least one year prior to nomination/election of the office of president-elect. **

  • Assume the position of President in Jan. 2023 (2year term)
  • Serves in the President’s absence, incapacitation, or resignation
  • Serves as program chairman if an annual meeting of the affiliate is held & provides the incoming President-Elect with the annual meeting planning procedure
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the President
  • Becomes Past President in Jan. 2025 (2year term)

Professional & New Professional
Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2023
** New professional is defined as a person who has received their degree in the last five years. **

  • Serve as contributing members, assuming duties assigned by the president

Student Board Members (2 positions)
Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2022
** Student members may be undergraduate or graduate students and have student status at the time of their election to the board. **

  • Works with Advisory Board to help address the needs & interests of student members
  • Helps recruits students to the organization

According to OHCFR Bylaws, board members must be Ohio residents and members of the National Council on Family Relations. Advisory Board members must attend 50% of the scheduled meetings. Within the year, there are two in-person meetings and two conference calls. In addition, Advisory Board members are expected to perform responsibilities that comply with the objectives of OHCFR/NCFR.

PLEASE NOMINATE YOURSELF OR ANOTHER OHCFR MEMBER. You may nominate multiple people. Send your nominations to:

[email protected]

Submissions are due by Friday, October 9, 2020, at 11:59 pm.
Nominees will be contacted to notify them of the nomination and to inquire if they are willing to accept and run for the position.

OHCFR members will be asked to vote between October 16 and November 2.

The OHCFR Advisory Board THANKS YOU in advance for nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the vacant positions!

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FREE Workshop – 8/14

**PAX Tools for Professionals**

9am – 12pm EST

Register HERE

Child Care Associates, Prevention Specialists, Case Managers, Social Workers, Youth Care Providers, Extension Staff, Youth Leaders or Students in a related field – – this is for YOU! OHCFR is excited to partner with the Paxis Institute to offer this FREE online workshop to those in Ohio who are working with and supporting youth and their families!

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Participants will identify how to teach behavior as a skill-set resulting in youth self-regulation.
  2. Participants will be able to describe nine evidence-based Tools and how they overlay with the ten evidence-based Kernels and Cues from PAX GBG. (GBG = good behavior game)
  3. Participants will be able to determine how PAX GBG and PAX Tools support one another as a community-wide, environmental prevention strategy

!!! CFLE continuing education credit APPROVED (2.5 hours). FLE Content Areas include: Parent Education & Guidance, Interpersonal Relationships, Internal Dynamics of Families and Human Growth & Development.

PRESENTERS:

Kathryn Tummino, BA, OCPS, PAX Tools Manger, PAXIS Institute

Carmen Irving, MA, CFLE, Director of Development, PAXIS Institute


member ** SPOTLIGHT ** – Gloria “GLO” Redding, MLS

We love learning (and sharing) about our members!

Meet Gloria “Glo” Redding. Her passion to connect with families to enrich lives and support the next generation has been evident in her life’s work. In this edition, we highlight her rich history and many contributions to the field.

+ Where did you get your education, and in what field?  

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  Master of Liberal Studies – Human Ecology   Bachelor of Science – Home Economics 

+ What was your most favorite or relevant class and why? 

Family Systems Theory – I have always been interested in human development interactions and the behaviors within the family unit. I know now that family values play a major role in actions within personal social environments.  As a young child, I noticed certain roles and rules within my core family, extended family, and friends that paved the way for expectations and personal life goals.             

What inspired you to go into the field / what got you into this work? 

My family interactions were very interesting, and I always found myself observing and trying to figure out my family dynamics and other human relations.  

+ What are your particular interests within this field?  

How family values actions are taught and established with the family.  

+ How long have you been working with families? In what other family-related positions have you worked?  

I have worked with families professionally for over fourth years. I began babysitting but we won’t count that.   

GLO: Generating Learning Opportunities, LLC   Founder / CEO ● Author   Education & Family Life Consultant ● Trainer ● Speaker http://www.glolearning.com                  

The Ohio Department of Education (retired)        

Family and Community Engagement Outreach Administrator   

Office of Safe and Supportive Learning Environments 

Assistant Director, GEAR UP Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction/Career Technical Education   

Middle/High School Transformation Team 

Ohio Schools to Watch, Co-Coordinator 

Consultant, Career-Technical Education 

The Ohio State University    

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences  Extension Associate, Personnel Unit/Recruitment and Retention 

Minority Student Retention Associate 

College of Human Ecology, Human Development and Family Science, Adjunct Professor 

Young Scholars Program – Academic Affairs  Assistant Regional Program Director  

Columbus Health Department  

Franklin County WIC (Women Infants and Children’s Program)  

Nutritionist, Outreach Worker   

+ What is your current position? What does your job entail / what are your responsibilities in your role? Who do you generally work with (children, adolescents, adults, families, etc.)? How did you come to be part of this organization?  

I am currently the CEO, Founder, Education and Family Life Consultant of GLO: Generating Learning Opportunities. I began this company out of my need to give back to the community.  GLO is an expansion of my life commitment to engaging and empowering families, educators, and communities. I provide training, speaking, consulting, coaching, and outreach and program development.  This role allows me to contribute my wisdom, knowledge, and passion for family values, academic achievement that can lead to personal success.   

My work is with families, educators, and communities with a focus on education/academic achievement, parenting, family life, and personal development.  I work with social service agencies, schools, companies, churches groups and individuals serving parents, families, and children. My interactions are with families facing challenges that include, court ordering parenting, divorcing couples, foster parents, single parents, reentry programs and those who just want to gain additional knowledge.  My primary clients are women age 18 – 45 who are seeking to enhancement life strategies.   

+ How did you come to be part of this organization?  

I began this company out of my need to give back to the community.  I candidly offer perspectives from my professional work experience, education, research, family advocacy, and personal parenting experience. 

+ What do you find troubling or frustrating about your position? 

I know that we live in a society of injustice and inequality towards those in need. Many individuals did not have the opportunity to establish basic family values, which simply means that life will be more challenging without a good foundation from which to build.  

 I could be more empowered with additional staff, resources, partnerships, and sponsors. A college intern would be helpful.  

+ Do you have any funny/heartwarming/memorable experiences from your time with this organization that you would like to share?  

After each one-on-one or group encounter, I leave inspired that someone has gained knowledge and additional family life skills. I often say that we should not hold people accountable for what they just do not honestly know about family relations and human development.  

+ Overall, what has been your best experience(s) working in this field, or what do you feel is the best part of doing what you do?  

I am motivated when I am sharing information in a class or workshop and I see that light bulb comes on – that moment when a person gets it. This is a life-changing moment for my clients and rewarding for me.  

+ Overall, what has been your biggest accomplishment? 

Completing my book – “Generating Learning Opportunities”, even in spite of the many obstacles.  It allowed me to reconnect with my clients specially and use my experience to encourage them to push on toward their goals.   

Ohio State University – The Young Scholars Programming (1988) –  this leadership experience allowed me the opportunity to lead our new team. We implemented programs to increase enrollment of minority college-eligible students in ten cities across Ohio. This included managing program design, administration framework, budget, staffing, and policy development. The program included academics, internships, parent programming, mentor for each student, and community volunteer programs. These efforts grew statewide student enrollment from 200 to 2,000 students resulting in increased high school graduation and college enrollment.  

+ What do you still hope to accomplish with your work?  

I would like to connect with more parents who have responsibility for our precious next generation. The rules have changed, and we have to get the word out to them.  

+ If you could do your “dream job” in the field, what would that look like? 

I’m doing it now, but it would be enhanced to touch the lives of more people.  

+ Do you have a mentor or was there someone who really helped you out in this field?  What was it that they offered to you? 

Dr. Barbara Newman, my former advisor, and professor of Human Development in Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University and Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Development 

and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island 

Upon entering The Ohio State University, she recognized that neither of my parents graduated from high school and sensed that I would need support. She mentored and advised throughout undergrad and informed me that I was going to go on to graduate school. She provided guidance and support to not only me but many students over the years.  

+ What advice would you give to a student considering going into the Family Science major? 

Have a real passion and patience for family dynamics and interactions.  Be focused on how you can help through personal interactions, research or administration.  

+ What advice would you give to a new generation of graduates going into the field? 

The same as above in addition to knowing that you may start out embedded with assessing needs, and maybe even walking with families through life-changing processes. You have to be passionate, a diverse thinker and understand resource management.  

+ What is a “must-read” book for those interested in Family Science? 

Generating Learning Opportunities by Gloria Redding – it provides an insight into a real-life situation with ideas and solutions.   

+ What is your most used or go-to Family Science resource?  

Google with an open mind – for any and every subject  

+ To what professional organizations do you belong? 

National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) – Emeritus Member 

Central Ohio Parent Leadership Training Institute (COPLTI) 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (DST) 

National Society for Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) 

Dive Movement  

+ What do you like to do in your free time? 

bible study, traveling, reading, sewing, home decorating, healthy cooking  

+ How do you practice self-care? What is your favorite way to de-stress?  

exercise (walking and Zumba), music, time with family and friends 

What do you do to effectively balance your work and family? 

Ongoing I attempt to create a spiritually, mentally, and physically balanced life.  

+ Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your work, or your family?  

My book, experience, research, career, life, and living demonstrates the power of good, strong, family values. 

GENERATING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES 

Family Values with Actions That Lead to Academic Achievement 

Family Values Lead to Academic Achievement 

Respect 

Dependability 

Responsibility 

Self-Sufficiency 

Assertiveness 

Strong Work Ethic 

Actions That Support Academic Achievement 

Love 

Open Communication 

High Expectations 

Parental Involvement 

Daily Homework 

I strongly believe that OSU Family Science, Education, and other higher education social sciences could provide a great service to research ways to engage in the healing of our families in our communities,  

*ORDER YOUR BOOK TODAY!   “Generating Learning Opportunities ”  www.glolearning.com

https://glolearning.com/the-book/

 


the ballot is now OPEN – Advisory Board election 2019

Greetings!

Voting is now open for the following Ohio Council of Family Relations Advisory Board positions – Professional Member (2), Student Representative (1), and Secretary-Treasurer (1). Voting will be open from Oct. 21 – Nov. 1, 2019. Please take the time to read through the nominee’s qualifications (see bios below) before casting your vote!

 link to ballot – https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8f86gjJjQfBwarP

Bios:

Professional Board Member #1 (January 2020 – December 2020)

Anita Armstrong – Ohio Department of Education: She serves as the Head Start Collaboration Director for the State of Ohio, where her role is to facilitate and enhance coordination and collaboration among the federal, state and local entities that serve Ohio’s most vulnerable children and their families. Her passion for education, families, and children has been expressed throughout her career in direct service and leadership roles within various government, non-profit, and school-based settings. Anita is a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program at Creighton University.

Professional Board Member #2 (January 2020 – December 2022)

Stephanie Blessing, M.Ed. – Bowling Green State University: An associate teaching professor in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program at Bowling Green State University. In addition, Stephanie serves as the HDFS internship coordinator and specializes in developing strong university-community partnerships. Stephanie spent seven years in the field providing intervention services for young children with disabilities and supporting diverse families in Lucas County.

Anita Armstrong – Ohio Department of Education: She serves as the Head Start Collaboration Director for the State of Ohio, where her role is to facilitate and enhance coordination and collaboration among the federal, state and local entities that serve Ohio’s most vulnerable children and their families. Her passion for education, families, and children has been expressed throughout her career in direct service and leadership roles within various government, non-profit, and school-based settings. Anita is a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program at Creighton University.

Student Board Member (January 2020 – December 2021)

Kayla Bindus – Kent State University: A graduate student studying Human Development and Family Studies. Her current studies are focused on Caregiving Youth, specifically children between the ages of 8-18 who are providing care to family members for any number of reasons. She has a passion for working with children and after graduation hopes to work in a hospital setting with families.

Hannah Harnichar – Kent State University: A junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Honors College and plans to attend graduate school to pursue School Psychology. Originally from the Youngstown area, she
would ideally like to work as a school psychologist in local schools whose students are directly affected by the opioid epidemic, poverty, etc.

Ross “Chad” Nunamaker – Wright State University: A PhD candidate, with a concentration in early childhood education, studying how the self-perceptions, beliefs, and practices of early childhood professionals intersect. Chad has had a wide variety of experiences working with children, families, teachers, academics, and researchers with experience as a toddler lead teacher, child development consultant, curriculum director, kindergarten program lead, teacher and parent educator, higher ed faculty member, and researcher among other roles. He is committed to helping teachers and parents of young children learn how to be developmentally supportive and informed on infant, toddler, and early childhood mental health.

Gwendolyn West – Kent State University: Since starting her master’s degree she has worked professionally as a Certified Lactation Counselor, as an activities director for aging adults, in academia as a graduate assistant, as a lead infant teacher, and she had just started her next adventure as a support group facilitator for victims of IPV. Gwendolyn has spent most of her life in HDFS fields and looks forward to facilitating student and professional growth in human science fields. She is especially interested in family education and breaking the stigma of poverty that limits high-quality support for low-resource families. She looks forward to serving the OHCFR community from the newest student members to the highest level professionals, and everybody in between.

Secretary-Treasurer (January 2020 – December 2021)

Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE – Ohio State University Extension: a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Lucas County (Toledo). She has served as a Professional Board Member for OHCFR and is interested in serving the organization as the Secretary-Treasurer.

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Call for nominations – 2019

Greetings OHCFR Members,

It’s OHCFR election season! It is the goal of OHCFR to have a diverse Advisory Board that represents professionals in a variety of family-serving capacities. Serving on the OHCFR Advisory Board is a unique opportunity to collaborate with family scientists and practitioners across the state, promote the field of family science and extend the reach of NCFR for Ohioans. Sound Interesting? Know someone who would be interested in one of the positions? Here’s your chance to get involved! This election cycle has the following open positions:

Secretary-Treasurer (2-year term: Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2021). Responsibilities include
• Preserving records of minutes of annual OHCFR meetings and/or Advisory Board meetings.
• Being responsible for Advisory Board correspondence and submission of the financial part of the annual report.
• Keeping a list of current membership in OHCFR
• Paying all bills authorized by the president as well as receipts.
• Arranging annually for the audit of financial records

2 Professional Board Members, (one to serve a 3-year term: Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2022 & the second a 1-year Term: Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2020). Responsibilities include
• Working with the Advisory Board to address the needs and interests of members
• Assuming duties deemed necessary to enhance the board’s goals.

Student Representative (2-year term: Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2021) shall:
• Serve as contributing, voting members of OHCFR’s Advisory Board.
• Work with the OHCFR Advisory Board to address the needs and interests of student members.
• Provide ideas and assistance with recruiting students.

According to OHCFR Bylaws, Board members must be Ohio residents and members of the National Council on Family Relations. Board members must attend 50% of the scheduled meetings. Within the year, there are two in-person meetings and two conference calls.

Please follow the link below to nominate yourself or another OHCFR member. You may fill out this form as many times as necessary if you desire to nominate multiple people. The nominee will be contacted to notify them of the nomination and ask if they are willing to accept the nomination and run for the position. Submissions are due by September 29, 2019, at 11:59 pm to
https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvIrkYEtSiH3bSZ. OHCFR members will be asked to vote between October 16 and November 1.

The OHCFR Advisory Board thanks you for nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the vacant positions.


VOTE NOW – bylaw changes

Greetings!   Voting has officially opened for the  Ohio Council of Family Relations bylaw changes. There are two proposed revisions (explained in detail here). Voting will close on March 18th –please take a minute to cast your vote!  

LINK: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cU4UfyaTcxc4KBn


Upcoming FREE WEBINAR – 3/19 – Depression: A Family Matter

10 – 11a.m. EST

Families often recognize depressive symptoms better than clients who have depression themselves. Thus, families are important forces of care, comfort, and coping! This presentation aims to explore depression of a family member within the family system, signs and symptoms, and ways of support. Resources and information will be made available on how to assist families when they have a loved one who has a depression diagnosis.

Register here!

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of depression 
  • Participants will learn pragmatic ways to support family members with depression
  • Participants will explore the impact of depression on the entire family

Presenters:

  • Rachel P. Jacoby, LPCC, NCC, CFLE, CTP
  • Clark Ausloos, LPC, LPSC, NCC

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

If you missed it on the OHCFR discussion board, please see below  –

At the December OHCFR advisory board meeting, two revisions were proposed to the bylaws.  The bylaws with proposed revisions are included for review for the next 30 days. As per OHCFR bylaws, we are providing revisions 30 days prior to a vote on them. The revisions (additions) are highlighted in yellow in THIS copy of the OHCFR Bylaws.  They are also summarized below.

 

Article VI, Section 1: add section D to the president-elect shall also…

D.  have been a member of the OHCFR Advisory Board for at least one year prior to nomination and election to the office of president-elect.

Article VI adds Section 7 points A-D.

Section 7: The position of media coordinator shall be an appointed position. The media                coordinator shall

A.  serve as a contributing member of the OHCFR Advisory Board

B.  attend the Advisory Board meetings

C.  oversee the posting and updating of information on OHCFR media sites

D.  work with members of appropriate ad hoc committee(s) to meet the needs of OHCFR

 

You will receive a ballot electronically to vote on these revisions on or around February 15, 2019. The revisions will go into effect if 2/3 of the voting members indicate their approval within the two week voting period.

If you have questions, contact Audrey Kraynak, OHCFR President, at [email protected] Be sure to put OHCFR in the subject heading.

Please share your thoughts or comments about the proposed revisions.

Thanks.

Audrey Kraynak

OHCFR President 2019-2020


member ** SPOTLIGHT ** – Anthony James, Miami University

Member ** SPOTLIGHT ** – Anthony James, Miami University

 

The focus of this month’s member spotlight is Dr. Anthony James, Associate Professor and Director of the Family Science program at Miami University (view his full vitae here) . He believes in the power of professional development and connection and has a passion for marginalized families and positive youth development… and soccer! Dr. James is an asset to the field of Family Science and NCFR.

 

+  What is your current position? What does your job entail?

  • Currently, I am an associate professor in the department of family science and social work at Miami University. I also serve as the director of the family science program.
  • My employment at Miami University is categorized into four areas: teaching, research, service, and collegiality. The majority of faculty, at my campus (Oxford), teach 2-3 classes a semester and engage in research or creative activities such as publishing 1-2 empirical articles a year.

Where did you get your education, and in what field?

  • I attended Lincoln University (MO) for my undergraduate (sociology) and the University of Missouri for my MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies.

What inspired you to go into the field?

  • Generally, a deep desire to help marginalized families. Specifically, I initially chose this field to learn how to become qualified to be a administrator in a social service agency. Eventually my love of teaching and research replaced that desire, so I stayed in higher education.

Do you have mentor or was there someone who really helped you out in this field?  What was it that they offered to you?

  • Several! My graduate school advisor, Dr. Mark Fine, was critical in helping me think about things like how to develop a program of research. Several colleagues at Miami University (e.g., Drs. Kevin Bush, Amity Noltemeyer, Rose Marie Ward, Kate Kuvalanka…among others) helped me develop as a teacher and scholar and navigate the world of being a pre-tenured faculty member. Dr. William Bill Allen has helped me with being engaged the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Though those were also great things and no doubt helped me along the way, most of all I truly valued (and continue to value) each of these folks as friends.

What are your particular interests within this field?  If you do research, what are some of your recent research projects about? 

  • First, I’m interested in relational person↔ context interactions that instantiate positive youth development. I’ve looked at this across several contexts (e.g., spirituality/religion, schools, family). Secondly, I’m interested in relational family↔context interactions that help marginalized families move from surviving to thriving. I’m currently working on an edited volume (Cognella Press) that uses a systems perspective to examine different aspects of African American family life.

What has been your best experience(s) working in this field, or what do you feel is the best part of doing what you do?

  • There is so much, but I truly appreciate the opportunity to engage with a community of scholars on issues that give all individuals families a chance at thriving. I am constantly reinvigorated when I go to conferences or read through journal articles or follow certain folks on social media and see all of the work colleagues in my field are doing to help individuals and families. And with modern technology, a simple email allows me to reach out to these great scholars (or for them to reach out to me) and we can collaborate on ideas that hopefully promote the well-being of others. To me, that is pretty cool!

What has been your biggest accomplishment?

  • Professionally…
    • Getting promoted and obtaining tenure.
    • Becoming incoming deputy editor of Journal of Family Theory & Review.
    • Becoming a consulting editor for Journal of Research on Adolescence.
    • Getting elected chair of the Ethnic Minority Section of NCFR.

+ What do you find troubling or frustrating about your position?

  • Broadly, academia is undergoing several changes that threaten some aspects of protection and academic freedom. It is my belief that the protections are critical to development and maintenance of a healthy democracy. That they are under attack in several states suggest that there may be some powerful individuals who do not value living in a society that truly gives all its members a chance at reaching their full potential.
  • On a much smaller scale, it can be frustrating to deal with the let downs of research and service. As I’ve said, my goal is to help families but humans and families are complex and there are not panaceas that are going to eliminate all inequality. It is especially frustrating to see people who are really working hard at creating a good life continue to fail or not be able to rebound from past failures. That is disheartening but I’m also hopeful that we can build a society that provides more access to thriving, particularly among marginalized individuals and families.

What do you still hope to accomplish with your work?

  • My pragmatism forces me to hope that my work provides contributive insight into the relational person/family ↔context that helps individuals/families thrive. I know that may seem small, but again this work is quite hard and complex. So any help I can provide on that front is an accomplishment.

+ How has the field changed since your entry?

  • One area where I think the field as changed is being the development of tools to impact the daily lives of real people and families. There is this stereotype, which at many levels can be true, that faculty members are cloistered in the ivory tower and have no clue about what may be happening “in the streets”. I think modern technology, and being more active in professional organizations, have helped the field be more of an active agent in demanding change. Though it wasn’t perfect, one example was how many organizations produced position/policy/research statements about the separation of immigrant children from their families and how that effects the psychosocial well-being of the family members. Such examples are how professional organizations, like NCFR, can help issues “go viral”, put pressure on decision-makers, and create some change that potentially reduce the oppression and marginalization of individuals and families.

+ What do you feel is the future of Family Science in Ohio?

  • I think the future of FS in OH is two-fold. First, there has to be a stronger connection between active family life educators and OHCFR. Secondly, that relationship can blossom into external relationships with communities, legislators, and institutions. What this allows is a movement of resource and knowledge across different levels of decision making that directly effect individuals and families. No one person or institution can know all the content related to helping individuals and families thrive. So building systems that allow the free movement of information and resources will be key to helping to promote thriving among Ohioans.

What advice would you give to a student considering going into the Family Science major?

  • I would first ask the student to peruse the website family.science to get a better understanding of what family science professionals do. If the students is still interested, I would hope to talk to the student about differences in prevention vs. intervention work and which of the two may be more suited to their interests and skills. Finally, I would ask the student to develop a relationship with a faculty member who is actively engaged in a family science professional organization.

+ What advice would you give to a new generation of graduates going into the field?

  • First, I would advise the novice professional to either develop or not lose connection with a family science professional organization. Too often, these organization can be research/faculty heavy, but as I said before…there needs to be strong systems in place that connects all of the components involved in helping individuals and families. Secondly, I would strongly encourage graduates to not forget the content they learned in their theories and research methods courses. These are tools that are going to be important in helping families in their career, in a systematic way.

What is a “must read” book for those interested in Family Science?

  • I’m a little biased so I lean heavily towards theory. There are several good theory books that provide a great entry into family science and thinking about the many ways people go about helping families (e.g., Allen & Henderson, 2016; Boss, Doherty, LaRossa, Schumm, & Steinmetz, 2009; Fine & Fincham, 2013; White, Klein, & Martin, 2015; note: A simply google search of each set of names with “and family theory” should populate a given text).

What is your most used or go-to Family Science resource? 

  • Besides the texts listed above…I would also suggest the three journals produced by the NCFR (i.e., Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal of Family Theory & Review) and the resource library found on NCFR’s website.

To what professional organizations to you belong?

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • American Humanist Association

What do you like to do in your free time?

  • Hang out with my immediate family….engage with my friends….read…travel…listen to inspiring talks on my way to work (e.g., TED Talks)…watch television (usually sports).

+ How do you practice self-care? What is your favorite way to de-stress?  

  • Regular dates with my wife. Integrating myself into a community of caring people. Watch a lot of soccer! Domestic…Go FC Cincinnati (orange & blue); International….Go Man United (Red Devils)! J

What do you do to effectively balance your work and family?

  • I try to not answer emails in the evening or on weekends. I also try to not work, with the exception of writing. I try to write as often as possible. I also incorporate my family into some of my work by explaining what I’m working on and asking for their feedback. I also acknowledge that feedback in my manuscripts. Lastly, regular weekly meals with my immediate family. These dinners are refreshing and keep me connected to the most important folks in my life. Oh, and I’m lucky that my family likes soccer!

the ballot is now OPEN – Advisory Board election 2018

Greetings!

Voting has officially opened for the  Ohio Council of Family Relations Advisory Board and will close on December 2nd. There are four Advisory Board positions open: President-Elect, and three Student Representatives (see bios below).  Please take two minutes to cast your vote!
Bios:
(note, one president elect)
Scott Tobias, PhD, CFLE (President – Elect)

Scott Tobias is an assistant professor Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State – Stark. In his position he has the opportunity to teach a variety of courses which help students to gain an understanding and competence in Family Life Education. He serves as the current Chair of the Family Life Education Advisory Board for the National Council on Family Relations, and formerly served the committee as the Student / New Professional Representative. Additionally he has served as Secretary / Treasurer of the Advancing Family Science Section of the National Council on Family Relations

(note, one student rep for one year)

Athena Koumoutzis, Kent State University (student, January 2019 – December 2019)

Being a Student Representative for the Ohio Council of Family Relations would be an honor. I graduated from Kent State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life Education and am currently finishing my master’s degree in the same field with a specialization in Gerontology. My passion for research, practice, and education has propelled my educational and career goals regarding family relations. For several years, I worked at a nonprofit agency that instructed, created programs, and advocated for individuals and families afflicted by substance use disorder. It was through this work that I first noticed the many individuals, of all ages, who were assuming caregiving positions because of nonnormative events, which sparked my interest in investigating the effects of caregiving on young adults and families. I believe that my past and present experiences can enrich the atmosphere and goals of the Ohio Council of Family Relations. As a student representative, I would work hard to collaborate and strategize with the other members of this organization. My commitment to the wellbeing of families makes me a great candidate for this position.

(note, two student reps for 2 years)

Rachel Jacoby, The University of Toledo (student, January 2019 – December 2020)

 Rachel Jacoby is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), and Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP), who specializes in working with children and families.  Rachel obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University and a master’s of arts degree in Mental Health Counseling at Bowling Green State University. She is currently a doctoral student and graduate assistant at The University of Toledo in the Counselor Education program.  Rachel has been able to gain leadership experience over the years as an active member in several professional organizations. Rachel’s leadership experience includes membership in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bowling Green chapter, as the past corresponding secretary; Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Alpha Omega chapter, as the past awards chair and current secretary; Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), as the co-chair for the graduate student committee and the ACA student representative; and as the current secretary and membership committee chair for Northwest Ohio Counseling Association (NWOCA).  In addition to her academic and leadership experiences, Rachel continues to work with individual clients at Julia Burrow, MD & Associates. Rachel identifies the importance of working closely with families and schools, in order to provide the best care for her clients. Rachel enjoys working with individuals on a personal and collaborative level. She utilizes an integrative approach of evidence-based, existential and humanistic counseling techniques, in order to ensure that quality care is being provided to her clients. Rachel has been able to gain additional training in play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, autism, and trauma. Additionally, Rachel maintains an interest in working with children and families who are impacted by the foster care system or have been adopted.

Sydney Shank, Miami University (student, January 2019 – December 2020)

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National Council on Family Relations
The Ohio Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations