2015 Oxford Symposium

The 2015 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling will be held at Brasenose College, Oxford from August 9th to 14th, 2015.

oxford_brasenose_domeLimited to around 25 members

Objective and Overview

The Oxford Symposium is an international, residential conference limited to around twenty-five invited members. Oxford Symposium members are experienced practitioners, researchers and theorists worldwide working at the leading edge of School-Based Family Counseling. With its origins in a synthesis of School Counseling and Family Counseling, School-Based Family Counseling has a multi-systems approach designed to promote academic success and personal growth in children and families. The objective of the Symposium is to make visible the "invisible college" of international experts in School-Based Family Counseling and to provide opportunity for information exchange, co-operation and collegial networking.

Symposium Members come from diverse professional disciplines and include: counselor educators, social workers, school administrators, counselors and principals, psychologists, family therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, experts in counseling theory and practitioners in social psychology, public policy and the law.

oxford_churchThe international college of Oxford Symposium members now includes representatives from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2015 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling is an intimate residential think-tank with the number of members kept small enough to promote cohesion and a high level of participation.

Symposium Members may present or co-present a formal paper (45 minute presentation), either individually or jointly or as part of a panel: between fifteen and nineteen presentation slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Papers may be presented on any aspect of School-Based Family Counseling, including: interventions, aspects of theory, program descriptions and outcome research, applications of the model to the reduction of school and family violence, and individual case studies. Symposium presenters may write a formal paper, either ahead of the conference or subsequently, and may elect to submit the paper to the editorial board of the International Journal of School-Based Family Counseling.

At the Oxford Symposium, more than half of the participants are returning Symposium members. Returning members make for cohesion in the group, greater enjoyment of the conference (both professional and personal) and an ever greater sense of community within our worldwide network of stakeholders in School-Based Family Counseling. The success of the Oxford Symposium is further demonstrated by ongoing national and trans-national collaboration between Symposium Members in teaching and research.

Conference Organization and Schedule

The conference 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.

Use this link to our Past Symposia page.

View each year's program details of the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling since 2003, including the full schedule of presentations and the cultural program.

2015 Oxford Symposium Members and their Guests will live in residence at Brasenose College and will share all meals together in the recently refurbished sixteenth century Great Hall. Located at the heart of the mediaeval city of Oxford, adjacent to the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre, Brasenose was founded in 1509 and is one of the oldest of Oxford University’s thirty-nine colleges.

During the mornings Symposium Members will meet in session for presentations and discussion while Guests will attend a specially arranged morning cultural program. During the afternoons Members and Guests will together tour selected Oxford colleges and institutions; the Symposium cultural program will include private visits to parts of colleges not normally accessible to the public as well as a visit to one of the spectacular English country houses in the vicinity.

Accommodations and Conference Facilities

oxford_brasenose_entranceThe Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling contracts with Brasenose College for the provision of conference facilities and accommodations.

Symposium Members and their Guests will reside in rooms vacated for the summer by Brasenose undergraduates. The eighteenth century rooms in Old Quad are bright and well furnished with some period features and antique pieces. Some twin-bedded rooms are available for couples in New Quad. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, the majority with bath and shower. Internet connection is available.

Lecture Room 11 in New Quad is reserved for use by the Symposium. This lovely, light, oak-paneled Victorian room has high ceilings and large stone-mullioned, leaded-light windows affording pleasant views across the quad. A range of AV facilities is available to Symposium presenters wishing to use Powerpoint, OHP slides or video.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attending the 2015 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling is:

Group Discount
Symposium members (group of two or more, individual rooms) $400 discount for the second and each subsequent member

Shared Room Discount
$100 discount per shared room

  • Symposium member - USD $2,195
    Symposium members attend the morning formal conference sessions and usually (but not in every case) deliver a presentation (individual or co-presentation).
  • Symposium guest - USD $1,595
    Symposium guests do not attend the morning formal conference sessions.

Symposium registration rates cover the cost of the Symposium for Members and accommodation and all meals (including wines) and cultural program for Members and Guests; Symposium Members and Guests pay their own travel expenses; registrants are allocated places on a first-come, first-served basis; until the registration deposit has been paid we are unable to hold a registrant place as confirmed and may continue to issue invitations to the Symposium and allocate an unconfirmed place to another registrant.


Symposium Members make an initial deposit of $495 at the time registration is confirmed:

  • a second payment of $850 by February 15th, 2015
  • and a final payment of $850 by May 15th, 2015

Registration payments for guests of Symposium members are due in full by May 15th.


  • Registrations paid are refundable in full up until May 25th 2015
  • Registrations paid are nonrefundable after August 3rd 2015
  • Registrations canceled between May 26th and August 3rd 2015 will be subject to a refund declining by 10% each week, ie. 90% is refundable if canceled by June 2nd, 80% if canceled by June 9th and so on.


For further information or if you would like to recommend a colleague to the invitees' list, please email the conference coordinator, Sheena Sattarpour, MA, MFTi, at

Guidelines for Authors, Researchers and Presenters

Authors may submit material for either or both the online International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling and the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling.

Submissions to the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling

Papers and articles not necessarily fully meeting the criteria for submissions to the International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling but having theoretical or clinical merit may be presented at the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling. Oxford Symposium presenters may subsequently be invited by the editorial board of the International Journal to revise their material for submission to the Journal.

Submissions to the International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling

Papers and articles may be submitted at any time by email attachment (MS Word document) to Submissions are subject to review by the Editorial Board, an international group of scholars, educators and clinical practitioners. The Editorial Board will subject submissions to a blind review (without disclosure of the author's identity to the reviewers) based on the following criteria:

  1. Papers may be theoretical, research-based, public-policy oriented or clinical in nature, and will be focused on and relevant to School-Based Family Counseling;
  2. Conformity with the American Psychological Association's criteria for publication in its Publication Manual (2005) and adherence to its professional and ethical standards;
  3. The editorial board may recommend editing or other changes to authors and invite resubmission upon revision. The decision of the Editorial Board is final; the Institute for School-Based Family Counseling may publish or reject submitted papers or articles with or without giving a reason.

Detailed guidelines for submissions to the International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling >>