Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Applied Human Sciences is hosting a series of monthly seminars this fall for adults and children to explore important issues of family life.
The RELATE seminars are part of the Center for Family and Couple Therapy at Colorado State, which works to promote positive parent-child and couple relationships.
"The main motivation is sharing various strategies to promote healthy relationships in our community," said Toni Zimmerman, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Faculty will lead the adult seminars and both faculty and graduate students, who are part of the couple and family therapy program, will conduct the children’s workshops.
Seminars available Oct. 15:
– "Strategies for Strengthening Connections in Your Couple Relationship" will be given by Ashley Harvey, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In this seminar for adults, Harvey will address attachment theory and how it applies to adult romantic relationships. She will explore common cycles of distress and offer suggestions for becoming more connected in intimate relationships. This seminar will take place from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Gifford, Room 101.
– "How to Deal with Bullies and Not Be One" is a children’s workshop taught by the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The instructors will explore how to manage being bullied and how to avoid becoming a bully. Children will learn strategies to effectively respond to behaviors such as name calling, teasing and physical aggression. This workshop will be held from 5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Gifford, Room 132.
Seminars available Nov. 19:
– "What You Most Need to Know about Balancing Work and Family" is presented by Toni Zimmerman. Zimmerman will address issues of balancing work and family in today’s society and explore successful strategies for managing work, parenting and couple relationships. This seminar will take place 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Gifford, Room 101.
– "Learning about Diversity" is a children’s workshop taught by faculty and graduate students. Instructors will explain the many factors that make people different such as language, gender, skin color, culture and religion. This workshop will focus on helping children understand, interact with and respect many different people. This workshop is from 5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Gifford, Room 132.
Adults with and without children are invited attend the seminars. The cost for adults is $10 per adult and $15 per couple. Children from ages 3-and-a-half to 8 years old are welcome to attend the children’s workshops, and the cost is $20 per child and $10 for each additional sibling. There is no limit to the number of seminars participants may attend. Discounts are available for advance registration for more than one.
To register or for more information about the seminars and workshops, contact Ashley Harvey at (970) 491-3011 or e-mail at Ashley.Harvey@colostate.edu.