UNT's international parent education conference covers issues ranging from infants to grandparents

Experts from across the world will delve into parenting topics focusing on everyone from infants to grandparents in the University of North Texas' International Parent Education Conference, considered one of the nation's most prominent conferences on parenting.

Educators, counselors and parents are invited to the conference, presented by the Center for Parent Education in UNT's College of Education and now held every two years. The conference schedule includes such topics as:

  • Infants' attachment to caregivers

  • Challenges and support for rural custodial grandparents

  • Fathers' influence on the spiritual development of daughters

  • Potential of Spanish language TV in educating families about how to get to college

  • Work-life balance issues of graduate students

A preconference symposium will be offered for the first time this year to help attendees develop research and evaluation skills and form collaborations with other professionals involved in family research and evaluation. Registration information is available on the Center for Parent Education Pre-Conference website.

Keynote speaker Velma McBride Murry will address "Parenting in a global society: challenges and opportunities" at 8:30 a.m. April 25 (Thursday). McBride Murry has conducted research on rural African American parents and youth for 20 years and has studied the impact of racism on family functioning. Her research resulted in the development of the Strong African American Families Program, targeted toward preventing early onset sexual behavior and substance abuse.

At Vanderbilt University, McBride Murry is the director of the Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities, co-director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core and professor and Betts Chair of education and human development.

The Conference on Parent Education has met annually on the campus of UNT for 19 years and now meets every two years. The conference brings together regional, national and international scholars, policy makers, parent and family educators, early childhood interventionists, family support professionals, school and parent liaisons, students, and child and family advocates.

The Center for Parent Education at UNT supports parent and family educators, family support professionals and students through research, education, involvement, and child and family policy inquiry.

-Ellen Rossetti, News Promotions