General Information

About the Oxford Institute                       

Steeped in history and tradition, the ancient university city of Oxford is the ideal setting for this international gathering of professionals. The UK offers international access and a unique setting for studying professional and intercultural issues, with a focus on family, couple, marriage, and relationship issues.   

Participation in the Oxford Institute is open to educators and practicing professionals who wish to expand their clinical and research knowledge, as well as graduate students who wish to incorporate a study-abroad experience into their professional training. The Institute includes formal presentations, panel discussions, seminars, and exploration of the city of Oxford, and optional day trips to London and the English countryside.

 St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

One of the riverside colleges of the University of Oxford, St. Hilda’s College is situated near the Magdalene Bridge – a short walking distance to the Oxford High Street and attractions of the Oxford city center. The unique and scenic riverside setting of St Hilda’s College and the historic university city of Oxford contribute to making the Oxford Institute a personally and professionally rewarding experience. Since housing space is limited, early registration is recommended to secure an available participant slot.

Health and Safety

In planning the 2022 Oxford Institute, the organizing committee has made health and safety of all participants a priority. Standard housing will be provided in the residence halls of St. Hilda’s College, with each participant occupying a private single (unless dual occupancy with a partner or family member is requested.) Additionally, throughout the Institute we will adhere to the health and safety policies and protocols of St. Hilda’s College and Oxford University.

We are anticipating that the COVID-19 will be of minimal concern by the Summer of 2022. However, should there be a continuation or resurgence in the pandemic, or any problems related to international travel to the UK, the Institute will provide a 100% refund on any registration cancellation request received by 15 April 2022.

Continuing Education Credit – Upon request, institute participants will receive a continuing education certificate verifying 24 clock hours of continuing education credit (including 3 hours in the area of “ethics”, 6 hours in the area of “diagnosis”, and 6 hours in the area of “supervision”).

Approved Co-sponsorship Limitation. NBCC approval of a co-sponsorship relationship applies only to the Oxford Institute through the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). No other NBCC approval is issued concerning other programs.

Presenting at the Oxford Institute

Presenting at the Oxford Institute has been a professional “milestone” for many past participants. Professionals who have an interest in presenting a scholarly presentation, workshop, or poster session relating to couple, marriage, or relationship, or family issues are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Oxford Institute Program Committee for peer-review consideration (Details may be found in the registration section at the end of this packet). Presenters must be practicing professionals, researchers, or hold academic appointment. 

Graduate students may submit a poster session proposal – or co-present with a professor or established researcher. Presentation proposals will be accepted on a “rolling acceptance” basis until presentation slots are filled. Accepted presenters will typically be notified within 30 days of registration submission of their program application acceptance. Institute programs include poster sessions and 75-minute presentation formats. Presentations that expand clinical skills, illuminate original research, and offer interactive/experiential opportunities are given acceptance priority. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee. Questions about program proposal submissions may be directed to