From News Release, July 14, 2015:   Hundreds of professionals who focus on families will be attending the Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice starting Thursday evening (July 16) on the campus of Andrews University near South Bend, Indiana. The annual meeting brings together family counselors, social workers, educators and staff from the denomination’s Family Ministries Department.

Dr. Stanley Scott, a research professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, will be the keynote speaker. His research focuses on the prevent of marital distress and divorce, commitment and couple development in romantic relationships, cohabitation dynamics and their role in relationships and family outcomes. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Scott has been a guest on Mad About Marriage, the television program produced by Faith For Today for outreach on secular channels. He has published many articles in professional journals and is the author of several practical books, including A Lasting Promise: The Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage (2014) and The Power of Commitment: A Guide to Active, Lifelong Love (2005). He played a key role in developing the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) for the United States Army to prevent marital conflict and related problems among Army personnel and their families.

Also speaking will be Pastor and Mrs. Roger Hernandez, who are staff members for the denomination’s Southern Union Conference. In addition, there will be many workshops and seminars through Sabbath afternoon (July 18). The group will worship together in the seminary chapel on Sabbath morning.

There is a registration fee with a discounted rate for members of the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals. In addition to the association, other cosponsors of the event include the university, AdventSource, and the Family Ministries Departments of both the General Conference and its North American Division.

More information about the conference is available by Email at acfrp@andrews.edu.