Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

What is the purpose of the Oxford Institute?

The Oxford Institute is organized as a small international gathering of practicing mental health professionals, educators, graduate students, and others who share an interest in excellence in education and clinical practice. The Oxford Institute combines a professional development event with a “cultural immersion” experience. 2024 marks the 23rd year of the Institute in the UK.


How large is the institute?

The Institute has remained by design a small event. For 2024, we are limiting the size of the Institute to 50 participants. This size allows the Institute to offer a unique personal and professional experience. If you are seeking the anonymity of a large conference, the Oxford Institute may not be for you. The institute is a truly international event and provides a “networking” opportunity with colleagues from around the world. In past years, educators, clinicians, and students from throughout the USA, the UK, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, Bahamas, China, Taiwan, and Ukraine and attended and presented at the Institute. Each year, the Institute includes a number of returning participants.


Who may attend?

The Oxford Institute is open to graduate students and professionals in psychology, social work, counseling, marriage & family therapy, and other “helping professionals” in related fields who share an interest in family counseling/therapy education, training, supervision, practice issues, as well as international practice issues. The Institute welcomes spouses, family members, and travel companions.


I would like to present a program in Oxford, how do I go about submitting a proposal?

Presentation proposals are “peer-reviewed” by the Oxford Institute Program Committee. Program presentations must relate to some aspect of couple or family therapy training, education, and practice. We also consider topics that relate to couple and family counseling supervision, school counseling, substance abuse treatment and recovery, working with special populations, ethics, and family issues relating to cultural considerations. The Institute strives to balance professional learning opportunities with cultural immersion experiences. As such, program presentation space is limited, and program selection is selective. However, every effort is made to accommodate participants who wish to share their knowledge and expertise. In addition to content sessions, the Oxford Institute also offers a “poster session” for presentation and informal discussion of clinical and research topics.

Prospective presenters should email the proposal submission form, along with other registration forms included in this packet to for review by the program selection committee. In the event a program is not practicable due to time constraints, etc. – we will attempt to combine program proposals that share a common theme, including panel presentations on critical issues. All presenters MUST register for the Institute. Presenters will be acknowledged in final program materials of the 2024 Oxford Institute.


What does the institute registration fee include?

The basic registration fee includes access to all scholarly presentations, cultural immersion field trips, and social events. The housing registration options include six nights of housing in modern campus residential facilities at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, daily breakfast in the St. Hilda’s College dining hall, and access to all Institute programs and events. The cost of airfare, ground transportation to Oxford, lunch and dinner, and incidental expenses are not included in the institute registration fee.


What if I wish to extend my stay and travel on my own?

In past years, many participants have engaged in independent travel before and/or after the Institute – often with other Institute participants. The Institute organizers have traveled extensively throughout the UK and Europe and will be glad to offer suggestions and facilitate connections with other Institute participants who share common interests.


I don’t want to be just a “tourist,” will I have a chance to meet and interact with people from England and other countries?

Absolutely! – you will have numerous opportunities to meet and interact with people who live in the UK, as well as Institute participants from other countries. A number of long-standing friendships and professional relationships trace their origins to the Oxford Institute.


I have additional questions, who should I contact?

If you have any questions concerning the Oxford Institute, travel to the UK, and/or suggestions for independent travel before or after the Institute dates, please contact Dr. Brian Canfield at .