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 promoted 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 upcoming 2020 conference will be a one-day event, Saturday, February 29, and will be held at Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus.  

The engaging keynote speaker for 2019's Saturday morning was 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 offered 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.

Caregiver Guide
If interested in a copy (or more) of our Relief and Resources: A Guide to Relief of Caregiver Stress please contact Dr. Roberts. jmr@sar.usf.edu

Contact Information

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.

2020 Family Studies Conference Information

The 2020 Conference will center upon interdisciplinary work in the helping professions.  Please watch for information about the conference:

Saturday, February 29
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Selby Auditorium

The engaging keynote speaker for the 2019 conference was 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 who also spoke of her personal experiences as a child and young adult. Local and regional treatment centers offered treatment guidelines and an overview of their programs to familiarize area mental health clinicians and case managers with available resources.

Students are always 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.

 


Resources:

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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