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Connect with your children in a way they need

February 16, 2009

The Colorado State University Center for Family and Couple Therapy poses this question to parents in its Wednesday, Feb. 18 workshop: 'Have you wondered how to better help your kids cope with normal life?' A simultaneous workshop for children asks the question, "Why is my family different from other families?"

The Center for Family and Couple Therapy, or CFCT, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Applied Human Sciences, will offer a series of adult seminars and children’s workshops on enhancing relationships.

The next seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18.  The children's seminar begins at 5:45 p.m. and the adult seminar begins at 6 p.m.

Because you care

Nuturing relationships in families is work.  When we learn skills for cultivating healthy, loving relationships with our children, there is a greater chance that our children will carry this legacy forward and foster loving relationships in their lives.  

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, choose either or both seminars: 

The parent seminar is from 6-7 p.m. in Gifford 101Connect with your kids! will be presented by Jenn Matheson, Ph.D. The seminar poses the questions: "Have you wondered how to better help your kids cope with normal life? Do you sometimes feel frustrated that you don’t have enough quality time with your kids in a way that they need?"

Matheson, an assistant professor and family therapist, will share special techniques that therapists use when working with children to help you and your children feel more connected and experience less conflict around everyday issues.

The children's workshop is from 5:45-7:15 p.m. in Gifford 132Celebrating our families and understanding other families will be presented by the CFCT faculty and graduate students. This workshop poses the question: Have you ever struggled with how to explain to your child why their family structure is different from others, or why someone else’s family arrangement might be different from theirs?

In this workshop, children will learn to feel pride in their own families as well as appreciate the diversity of other families. Above all, children will learn that it is love that makes a family.  

Workshop details

Children’s workshops are designed for children ages 3 ½ - 8. The cost is $20 per child and $10 for each additional sibling. 

Adult seminars are appropriate for adults without children and those who are parents. The cost is $10 per adult or $15 per couple. Discounts are available for adult-child combinations and multi-evening packages. 

How to register

Please contact Ashley Harvey at (970) 491-3011 or e-mail her

Upcoming seminars

See the University Event Calendar for a listing of upcoming seminars.  

Contact: Ashley Harvey
Phone: (970) 491-5182