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Aurora Staff

e-dition - Oct. 20, 2006

Aurora Family Therapy Centre staff pictured here are (back row, left to right): Sandy Sydor, Resident in Training; Linda Cantelon, Therapy Program Director; Randy Rehbein, Therapist; Marilyn Boyd, Executive Director; (front row, left to right): Alys-Lynne Furgal, Director of Administration; Peggy Degagne, Office Assistant; and, Tanya Elez, Therapist.

Free Family Checkup:
Aurora Family Therapy Centre

Families are invited to participate in a free Family Checkup at the Aurora Family Therapy Centre from now until the end of June.

Launched during October’s National Family Week, the Family Checkup is a free initial appointment for families with children of any age to help them learn how well they work and play together.

At the Family Checkup, parents, children, and teenagers meet with Aurora Family Therapy Centre staff to affirm strengths and identify potential trouble spots.

Through brief questionnaires and a kid-friendly age-appropriate activity, families get a chance to look at how they spend time together, how they problem solve, communicate and listen, and how they have fun as a family. Each family is unique, and the checkup helps parents look at how they function on their own and as a team.

“It’s an opportunity for a family to receive feedback on their strengths and identify anything the family might want to work on to improve family dynamics,” said Marilyn Boyd, Aurora Family Therapy Centre Executive Director and Training Program Director.

Reaching Out to Families

Aurora Family Therapy Centre’s participation in the Family Checkup program reaches out to families and educates them about the services offered by the centre.

“We want families to be aware of their strengths and to build upon them, and to develop a better understanding of how they function and what they can work on together,” Boyd said. “We know from research that children experience positive emotional and behavioural development when there are warm, trusting relationships with parents, flexible yet consistent discipline practices, family time with children, less marital conflict, and attention to parental mental health issues.”

“Taking care of one’s family is the best investment you can make,” said Linda Cantelon, Therapy Program Director. “Make an appointment at Aurora Family Therapy Centre and take the first step toward better understanding your family’s health with respect to your family life.”

To arrange a Family Checkup or for further information about Aurora Family Therapy Centre, please call so 204.786.9251. Aurora Family Therapy Centre is located in Sparling Hall and offers confidential family, couple and individual therapy to University of Winnipeg staff and faculty. This benefit is partially covered through the University’s benefits package.


To learn more about the Aurora Family Therapy Centre at The University of Winnipeg, visit their website.

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