We strongly encourage the students to join at least one professional organization. We advise students to join the National Council on Family Relations which is the largest organization in the field of family studies.
We also strongly encourage students to attend national and regional professional conferences.
Advantages of being a member of a professional organization include: knowing and connecting with professionals in the field, receiving a professional journal, job/career opportunities listings, etc. Participation to professional meetings strengthens your professional development by increasing your knowledge through attending different sessions, knowing and connecting with professionals in the field, and exposes you to job/career opportunities. Conference participation and presentation also improves your resume. It indicates that you are participating actively in the field and you connect with other scholars.
All of the listed professional organizations sponsor at least one national or international conference each year and many also host regional meetings. To find more information follow the links provided above.