October 7, 2014 - 10:25am
National Depression Screening Day, an initiative of Screening for Mental Health, is held every year during Mental Health Awareness Week in an effort to connect individuals with the help needed to overcome depression. This year’s screening day is Thursday, Oct. 9 and Mount Mercy University’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic will offer the public free, confidential depression screens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment needed.
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.
MFT student at the Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
April 2, 2014 - 10:17am
Almost all adults can recall some instance of brushing up against a bully during childhood. These kids usually took on the role of the tough guy who shoves kids to the end of the line at school, or perhaps a gossip who spreads vicious rumors about her peers.
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.”
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
October 3, 2013 - 11:26am
The Gerald and Audrey Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at Mount Mercy University opened to clients last week. The clinic offers low-cost mental health counseling services to the public, while providing hands-on, supervised training for graduate students in Mount Mercy’s marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. Mount Mercy offers the only program in Iowa that is training entry level MFT practitioners, and this clinic is the only Iowa MFT clinic that is fully staffed by student therapists who are under the supervision of licensed MFT therapists.

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