The Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling is the annual conference of the Institute for School-Based Family Counseling.
The Symposium is co-sponsored by the University of San Francisco Center for Child and Family Development and is made possible in part by grant funds. The home of the Symposium is at Brasenose College, Oxford; the conference has also been held at Robert Black College, Hong Kong University in 2007 and 2011 and at Universitat de Barcelona in 2009.
2013 Oxford Symposium at Brasenose College, Oxford
The OXFORD SYMPOSIUM is an invited, residential, international conference limited to around twenty-five Members—a number small enough to promote cohesion and a high level of participation in this intimate think-tank setting. The program begins on the Sunday afternoon and ends after lunch on the Friday and is organized along similar lines each year. The proceedings are held in English.
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Developing our International College of Stakeholders in School-Base Family Counseling
SYMPOSIUM MEMBERS are invited by recommendation and through online searches for journal articles and research and service projects in School-Based Family Counseling. Whether or not a prospective member is able to come to the conference in a given year, the invitation to the Oxford Symposium opens the door to an ongoing process of information exchange and collegial discussion.
THE INVITATION is thus not simply a request to attend a conference—it is also a call to establish and participate in a community, extended worldwide, of stakeholders in School-Based Family Counseling. We greatly value these relationships within our International College and we give priority in the conference invitation cycle both to returning Symposium members and to prospective members already in contact with us.
School-Based Family Counseling:
Transforming Family-School Relationships
The Institute for School-Based Family Counseling exists to promote the development of School-Based Family Counseling as a discipline through culturally informed programs educating mental health professionals, educators, and the general public on the nature and value of School Based-Family Counseling.
The University of San Francisco Center for Child and Family Development is committed to the academic, psychological, social and spiritual development of children and families through teaching, research and direct service programs in School-Based Family Counseling; the purpose of the Center is to provide children and families (particularly under-served children and families) with a variety of culturally sensitive family counseling services.
THE MISSION of the Oxford Symposium and its sponsoring organizations is to create an internationally available and culturally competent information exchange and reference point. The handbook School-Based Family Counseling: Transforming Family-School Relationships edited by Dr. Brian Gerrard and Dr. Marcel Soriano is in preparation. Building community at the same time as building a body of knowledge, principles and best practice, the handbook will consist of chapters solicited from within our International College of stakeholders in School-Based Family Counseling.