Founded in 1978, the Texas Council on Family Relations is a nonprofit, nonpartisan state affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). We are a council of professionals from various backgrounds working to promote the overall health and wellbeing of Texas families. Our backgrounds are as diverse as our great state. We are family life educators, parent educators, college/university faculty, researchers, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists just to name a few. We have a joint mission of promoting healthy families through prevention, education, and collaboration.
We are here to serve our fellow Texans through our annual TxCFR Conference for practitioners and researchers, by working directly with Texas families every day, and by making ourselves available for legislators and citizens seeking research-informed, evidence-based information about topics related to families. Contact us if we can be of assistance.
Please see our current bylaws for information about our operations.
The NCFR Mission
Founded in 1938, the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research, practice and education. Our overall goal at TxCFR is to facilitate the NCFR mission within our state.
The mission of NCFR is to provide a forum in which family researchers, educators and practitioners:
Share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships.
Establish professional standards for the field of family life.
Promote family wellbeing.
TxCFR is dedicated to the promotion of healthy individuals and families in Texas. TxCFR seeks to provide Texas researchers, educators, practitioners, and students:
A forum to promote research, education, and best practice with a goal of addressing the needs and problems of Texas families.
A forum to encourage and assist in the development of legislation and services for families.
A network of consultation and cooperation in exchange of ideas, information and concerns on family issues among organizations and individuals working with Texas families.
Certified Family Life Educators
Many of our members are Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE), having earned the credential from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). This designation indicates that they have demonstrated competencies in 10 content areas related to families and have also fulfilled certain professional development and practice hours, depending on their level of certification.
Family life education (FLE) focuses on healthy family functioning primarily utilizing a prevention approach from a family systems perspective. CFLEs may specialize in a specific area, such as marriage enrichment or parent education. However, a CFLE has demonstrated knowledge and understanding in all 10 of the NCFR family life education content areas. There are two ways to obtain the CFLE credential:
Recent graduates of a CFLE-approved academic program may apply through an abbreviated process through NCFR.
Individuals who have not graduated from a CFLE-approved program may be eligible for certification through NCFR's Exam Application Process.
If you are interested in learning more about the CFLE credential, take a look at our infographic below or read about the credentialing process at the NCFR website.
TxCFR Annual Conference
Each spring, TxCFR hosts a two-day conference in Texas. Attendees have the opportunity to gain knowledge and upgrade skills through a variety of session formats including research presentations, skill-building workshops, roundtable discussions, and panels. Sessions are oriented to cutting-edge research, practice, theory, and ethical decision making. Keynote speakers include leading researchers, policymakers, authors, and practitioners. Ample time is available to meet and network with colleagues who share similar interests.
Professionals at all career levels are encouraged to attend and present. Students are encouraged to participate in an annual competition (subject to guidelines available on the TxCFR website). Continuing Education Credits available as appropriate (CFLE, LPC, LMFT, or MSW).
See our list of past conferences.