About Duvall Family Studies

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 2019 conference will promote the most effective and up-to-date findings of family-related research and practical day-to-day work with families, particularly those experiencing effects of the national and local opiate drug crisis. This year’s conference will be a one-day event, Saturday, February 23, and will be held at Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus.  

The engaging keynote speaker Saturday morning is Leah Hill, a pre-med graduate student and Baltimore area health department clinician who is studying the effects of opioid epidemic in her native Baltimore, but also her personal experiences as a child and young adult. Local and regional treatment centers will offer treatment guidelines and an overview of their programs to familiarize area mental health clinicians and case managers with available resources.

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 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Evelyn M. Duvall Endowment, is pleased to announce its annual Duvall Family Studies Conference: Releasing the Chokehold: The Opioid Crisis in the Nation and at Home.  We are seeking student poster presentations that address individual or family well-being at any stage of development but particularly addressing diversity, social relationships, or family experiences of addiction and opioid use. The poster proposal should be submitted to Dr. Jane Roberts, the Duvall Chair, by February 1. This conference aspires to bring together scholars, practitioners, educators, policymakers, advocates, and local and national organizations to enhance the integration of theory, research, and direct practice. A regionally recognized community leader and practitioner will present local knowledge and resources.

We welcome student posters from any discipline and from a broad range of topics including, but not limited to: 

Students may submit poster proposals to Dr. Jane Roberts, Duvall Initiative Chair, via email at jmr@sar.usf.edu or in print to mail drop C-263, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, (2nd floor) USFSM.

Dr. Jane Roberts jmr@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4604

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

The daylong conference offers 5 (five) CE’s, or continuing education units, to Florida Section 591 professionals.

Registration fees will be $35 following the early registration period ending February 15.


Releasing the Chokehold: Addictions and the Impact

8:30 a.m: Coffee and Light Breakfast. Welcome to Campus: Dr. Holbrook & to Conference: Dean Rose
9:00 a.m: Welcome and Keynote Panel: Multicultural Perspectives; Leah Hill, Loyola University, AA: Janet Baker & Carol Kruse

10:30 a.m: Break

Professional Panel: National Opiate Crisis

11:00 a.m: Moderator Det. Carl Jones, Electronic Forensic Unit Detective, Narcotics Anonymous Member, Mark Schmidt, USFSM Psychology Program, Samantha Kolb, LCSW, Centerstone Behavioral Hospital/Addictions Center, Samantha Kolb, LCSW, Centerstone Behavioral Hospital/Addictions Center

12:30 p.m: Luncheon

Workshop: What We Need to Know from the Grass-Roots Up

1:30-3:00 p.m: Workshop Leader: Sara Smith, LMHC, Miami Rescue Mission, Jane Vittitoe, LCSW, Johns Hopkins Endocrinology & Addictions Practitioner

3:00-3:15 Break

Youth, Parents, and Lifelong Aspects

3:15-4:45 p.m: Youth, Parents, and Lifelong Aspects

5:00 p.m: Reception: Main Rotunda

Download Schedule (PDF)

How to Submit

Students may submit poster proposals to:

Dr. Jane Roberts
Duvall Initiative Chair
(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.


Relief & Resources: A Guide to Relieving Caregiver Stress

A quick guide for tips and ideas to reduce "caregiver burden" or stress in caregiving at home has been developed by Dr. Jane Roberts and Dr. Wilma Davidson of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The guide, free of charge up to 30 copies, can be requested by contacting Dr. Roberts at jmr@sar.usf.edu and leaving your name, contact information, and postal mailing address. 

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