Structure and Governance in 1972–73

In the 1973 revision of the NCFR Constitution, the role of the Sections was enlarged, giving them more control over their own activities, establishing their own qualifications for membership, and planning programs in addition to the Annual Conference. The Sections took the responsibility of electing their officers, preparing their bylaws, and establishing a dues structure. The chair of each Section became a Board member. Sections had to have membership of 5% of the total NCFR membership to continue in action. Other constitutional changes included the following: The Secretary’s term of office was 2 years. The President-Elect would become finance chair and […]

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1973 Conference: Family Style and Personal Freedom

The 1973 Annual Conference was held at the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, Canada,  October 16–20. The theme was “Family Style and Personal Freedom.” Lee Axelson was the program chair. Marguerite and Frank Fidler were local arrangements co-chairs. Nine hundred fifty-three persons attended—the largest number to date for the conference. The government of the Province of Ontario sponsored the NCFR reception, held in the Sheraton Grand Lobby Ballroom. The 1973 pre-conference workshop on Theory Construction was sponsored by the Research and Theory Section. Plenary speakers were William Dyson of the Vanier Institute on the Family, Murray Straus, and Robert Francoeur. The Sections offered programs and the following […]

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Leadership in 1972–73

Murray A. Straus, the 30th President of NCFR, was a professor at the University of New Hampshire in 1972 and was especially well known for his seminal work in the area of family violence and for his work on family measurement techniques. In his Presidential Address, he made the following observation: Gut level communication, leveling, letting it all hang out may actually be only a modern psychological version of the old medical practice of bloodletting—harmless but useless in some cases and in general, and even fatal in other cases.

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