The Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Conference is a biennial symposium that brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices within Florida and beyond. The 2013 conference, “Supporting Family Development”, seeks to promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research. A Call for Papers can be found in the menu above; please consider submitting your research papers or practical workshops to share with colleagues in academia and in human services practice. The priorities of the Evelyn M. Duvall endowment emphasize collaborations among university researchers and community practitioners who can utilize family studies research findings.

The Duvall Family Studies Initiative will again offer a Winter symposium to bring academic research findings to human services practitioners. A definite plus: Florida in February!

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Continuing Education units (CE's) are free of charge; those attending two workshops or presentations each day will be awarded 3-4 CE's per day of the conference (values vary). There is no need to register for CE's in advance.


A Model of Collaboration: Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign in Manatee County

Clinical Considerations for Caregivers of GLBT Youth

Family Roles in the 21st Century: Promoting Egalitarian Relationships

The Creative Storytelling and Listening Workshop - A Pedagogical Tool for Family Practice and Education

Meeting the Needs of Latinos in Family-Oriented Programming

Time Travel: Healing the Inner Adult

Voices of immigrant families

Professionals Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF )

New Clinical and Research Findings about the Disturbing Relationship Problems of Today's Women

Providers’ perspective of mental health recovery: Attitudes that impact hope

Status of Working Mothers who have utilized Maternity Leave

Saliendo Adelante: A Holistic Approach to Connect Migrant Farmworker Families to Community Services

What if we got it wrong? State of the art and cutting edge treatment that heals emotional wounds.

Paper Sessions

Who’s Taking Care of the Caregiver?

Preliminary Findings of a Model of Support to Dementia Caregivers

Impact of the Work-Family Conflicts on Turnover Intention and The Division of Household Labor

Media-Multitasking and the 21st Century Family

Medical Home Strengths and Challenges for Children with Disabilities.

New York Times Best-Selling Author WALLY LAMB

Friday, February 15 | 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Selby Auditorium

Book signing to follow

Photo by Elena Seibert
Wally Lamb is the author of the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed, as well as the novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both #1 New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.


University of Connecticut (BA from the School of Education)
University of Connecticut (MA in English)
Vermont College (MFA)


The Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota is proud to offer preferred rates to those attending the Duvall Family Studies Conference for February 14, 2013 - February 16, 2013.

Please use the USF Sarasota-Manatee site to book your room.

Hampton Inn & Suites

975 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34239
PH 941-355-8140
FAX 941-359-2939

2013 Preferred Rates

Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton – Airport is pleased to extend the following rates valid for 2013:

1/27/13 – 4/14/2013
4/15/13 – 12/31/13

These rates are Net, Non-commissionable and exclusive of tax, current tax rate is 12%. This rate letter does not constitute a contract. We appreciate your business and look forward to a rewarding 2013! Please review the rates and keep a copy on file for your records. When calling to make a reservation for this negotiated rate, be sure to mention you are looking to make reservations for University of South Florida. The rates outlined above are for corporate travel only. Should you have any questions, contact the Hampton Inn & Suites Office at 941-355-8140.

Company Name: USF – Sarasota Campus
Corporate ID: 6910004

Features and Amenities

Newest hotel in Sarasota County

  • Free On the House® hot breakfast
  • On-Site Convenience Store
  • Complimentary Business Center and Services including Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • LEED® Certified Hotel (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Complimentary Business Center and Services
  • Outdoor Heated Pool, Patio area includes Complimentary grills for guest use
  • Fitness Center on site
  • Complimentary Shuttle within 5 mile radius of hotel
  • Points of Interest: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Arts, Ringling Circus, St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key, Asolo Repertory Theater, Van Wezel Performing Arts
  • Complimentary Evening Social, includes Beer, wine, soda and appetizers (M-TH, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
  • Trip Advisor reviews the Sarasota/Bradenton, FL market.

Book the USF rate online today!

Family Professionals: Opportunities for Collaboration

Social workers, therapists, and family life educators all share a common goal: strong, self-sufficient, and happy families. There are numerous opportunities for family professionals to work together for the betterment of families. Dawn Cassidy, Director of Education at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), will share information on the Domains of Family Practice Model which provides a way to differentiate professional roles and encourages appropriate collaboration among the fields.

Dawn Cassidy, a Certified Family Life Educator, is the Director of Education for the National Council on Family Relations where she administers the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program. She has a M.Ed. in Work, Family, and Community Education from the University of Minnesota. She is co-author with Lane Powell, Ph.D., CFLE, of “Family Life Education: Working with Families Across the Lifespan” the first undergraduate textbook focused specifically on family life education. She and Carol Darling, Ph.D., CFLE, of Florida State University, are currently working on a third edition.

March 22, 2012 Seminar

Dr. Jane Roberts presented clinical data and therapeutic practice considerations for “Hoarding Behaviors: Reactive Attachment and Family Relations”. This was offered as a keynote address to community practitioners in Lakeland, FL.

July 23, 2012 Seminar

Monday, July 23rd - The Duvall Family Studies Initiative was hosted by Tidewell Hospice to offer a seminar entitled “Cross-Cultural Considerations in End-of-Life Care”, presented by Prof. Silvia Blanco, MSW, LCSW.

April 13, 2012 Seminar

Friday, April 13th - A panel of expert professionals discussed “Technology and Its Effect Upon Today’s Family”. The workshop was held at USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium, offering Continuing Education Units (CE’s) to area social workers, mental health and rehab clinicians, and marriage and family practitioners.

February, 2011 Conference

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Evelyn M. Duvall Endowment, held the biennial Duvall Family Studies Conference in February, 2011.


Johanne Valois Shoffstall, founder of Parenting Coordination and Mediation Services, Inc., is an attorney licensed by the Florida Bar since 1994. For over 15 years, she has been a litigator practicing exclusively in the field of family related matters, including parenting issues, property division, also known as equitable distribution, alimony, child support, domestic violence and more.

Johanne Valois Shoffstall is a member of

  • The Florida Bar (Family Law Section)
  • United States Federal Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Hillsborough County Bar (Family Law Section)
  • American Inns of Courts (Family Law Chapter)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and its Florida Chapter

She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and is qualified as a Parenting Coordinator in accordance with section 61.125, Florida Statutes, which took effect October 1, 2009.

Over the course of the last 16 years, she has litigated hundreds of family law cases, involving countless family issues, including high conflict parenting issues, equitable distribution, child support, alimony, domestic violence and attorneys fees.

Johanne Valois Shoffstall firmly believes that education about the various interdisciplinary fields related to the various aspects of family issues is necessary for people to become and remain empowered to maintain control of their lives. While the law provides for some relief in many situations, the courts should be used as a last resort.


The theme of the conference, A Community for the Ages, showcased research and practice innovations that address individual or family well-being at any stage of development. Conference speakers from across the U.S. as well as the Sarasota region promoted and explicated evidence-based practices, especially interdisciplinary efforts. The conference brought together scholars, practitioners, educators, policymakers, advocates, and local and national organizations to enhance the integration of theory, research, and direct practice.

The conference featured presentations and workshops reflecting scholarly work or practice-based projects pertaining to work with children and families within almost any venue. The conference offered papers, posters, and workshops from various disciplines and from a broad range of topics including but not limited to

  • Criminology
  • Family Interventions
  • Social Justice
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Administration or Business
  • Collaborations Among Practitioners or Agencies/Organizations

Attendance and Presentation

Registrations included faculty from the USF System as well as from neighboring universities (University of Central Florida, Eckert College at St. Petersburg Florida). Six states were represented by speakers (Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, New York) and 116 participants attended the conference. University researchers as well as community practitioners and administrators offered workshops and seminars. Certificates of attendance were awarded to students for use in their portfolios or resumes. Evaluations of the conference were overwhelmingly positive and yielded important ideas for future symposia.

Events Programming

The USFSM Faculty and Support Staff continue to plan upcoming conference events. See the Call for Papers and Event Information to answer any questions about upcoming symposia.