News Archive : Marriage and Family Therapy

July 31, 2014 - 12:38pm
Dr. Jacob Christenson, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy and clinical director of Mount Mercy’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic has been named a member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) editorial board. JMFT is a periodical of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and circulates world-wide to over 35,000 readers. As part of the five-year term on the editorial board, Christenson will write approximately four reviews per year.
July 21, 2014 - 12:29pm
A 1990s large-scale study by San Diego medical doctor Vincent Fellitti and Dr. Robert Anda of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked childhood trauma to poor adult health. These childhood traumas have been dubbed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and are based on factors of abuse, divorce, imprisonment and substance use. ACEs have been at the forefront of many recent community conversations as social service organizations discuss what can be done locally to break this damaging cycle.
December 17, 2013 - 12:10pm
Preparing for the holidays can be nerve-wracking due to the heightened call of time and attention. Numerous activities occur within a short period of time: parties, shopping, cooking and family gatherings. When impractical expectations are combined with poor coping strategies, the result can be stress, anxiety or depression. Student Therapist Deanna Engrav of Mount Mercy’s Gerald & Audrey Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic offers the following tips to help cope with the season’s potential stressors:
November 13, 2013 - 9:57am
Jacob Christenson, Ph.D, assistant professor and clinical director for Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, will speak at Bridgehaven’s Building Family Connections Conference on Saturday, Nov. 16. Christenson’s lecture will focus on the importance of nurturing a child’s inherent strengths. “I welcome all youth caregivers and parents to enjoy this event,” said Dr. Christenson. “Attendees will certainly learn new ways of thinking and new communication tips for fostering a child’s success.”
September 25, 2012 - 1:10pm
Mount Mercy University's Clinical Director for the Marriage and Family Therapy program Jacob Christenson, Ph.D., will serve on a new research advisory council for Tanager Place and their newly launched Research Center.
March 22, 2011 - 6:12pm
Mount Mercy University will host an information session on its Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The event will include an overview of the program, a question and answer session with current students and faculty, information on financial aid, and door prizes.

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