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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Professionals Connecting with Professionals

Ask the Experts by The Family Center 

Q: What are my options, as a professional working with individuals and families, to grow my network of referral sources?

A: It can certainly be hard to connect with other professionals. Trying to fit that in to an already busy schedule can be daunting.

The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods can help. Its online resource listing of the Association of Professionals (AOP) members has providers’ profiles listed, along with easy ways ...

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Indoor Play Option for Little Ones

Ask the Experts by Kristen Young

Q: The weather is turning cooler and I'm a bit anxious about the upcoming long winter days and trying to keep my little ones entertained and socialized. I also would like to meet some other parents with children the same age as mine - are there any options around here?

A: You are not alone! Those infant and toddler years can feel a little isolating for parents during the cold months. But the energy level of the kids doesn't wane • so finding activities and ...

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Suicide: The Silent Epidemic. What Do We Know? What Can We Do?

Ask the Experts by Gail and John Urso

Q: Why should I see the documentary film "Death is NOT the Answer" that will be shown at the War Memorial on Wednesday, September 27th?

A: Over 43,000 people will die by suicide in the United States in 2017. That is one person every thirteen minutes. Many of us have been touched by suicide either through the death of a loved one, a friend, or a colleague. They say that every death by suicide touches over 100 people. It's in the best interest of the community ...

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Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions

Ask the Experts by Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc. (TTI)

Q: Can you tell me about the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training sessions that will be offered through The Family Center this fall - who should attend and what can we expect if we do?

A: Just like First Aid and CPR training provide people with the skills to help someone experiencing a physical health crisis, Mental Health First Aid is a course, designed for lay people, to provide the skills needed to reach out to a person ...

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Fall 2017 Program Offerings from The Family Center

Q. I've attended past Family Center programs and value its educational opportunities that are provided to our community. Can you tell me what is planned for the fall?

A: The Grosse Pointe community has a number of helpful organizations that offer various types of enrichment and educational programs throughout the year. You will have no trouble finding something that fits into your schedule and your interest.

In addition to The Family Center, SOC (Services for Older Citizens), The War Memorial, ...

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Finding the Best College for Your Academic and Financial Situation

Ask the Experts by Harry H. Gemuend, III

Q: I know there are many things to consider, but what would you say are the top two factors to consider prior to my child applying to college?

A: Finding the best fit for your son or daughters social and academic needs is difficult. Couple that with several myths surrounding affordability (i.e. out of state being too expensive, eligibility of financial aid) and the process becomes even more frustrating.

Academic preparedness and positioning your family'...

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Helping Children Improve Language Skills in Social Situations

Ask the Experts by Michelle Harr and Amy McIntyre

Q: My son does well when he is with his speech therapist, but doesn't seem to be able to manage his communication disability in social situations. How can I help him?

A: This can be frustrating but hang in there! Children first need to master goals in an individual setting and then begin to transfer these skills into other environments. Often children need some assistance in transferring these skills into social situations, as well as a number ...

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Help for Caregivers: the Creating Confident Caregivers Program

Ask the Experts by Carolyn Van Dorn

Q: I am taking care of my aging mother who has dementia and have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious - like I'm not doing things right. What might be available to people in my situation that could help me feel secure in taking care of her?

A: Yours is a very common reaction. Most people in your stage of life worry about giving their parents the best possible care, just as your parents likely did when you were growing up.

Many communities have options - through ...

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Groups for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Ask the Experts by Maurya Kay

Q: My son recently told us he was gay. My husband and I are very supportive and accepting, but would like to know what groups might be available to him/us as we move together on this path?

A: As we discover that our children will evolved and be shaped differently than we might have imagined, we can sometimes fear we might all be judged by our community to be an "other" rather than "one of us." This may be a reason many individuals struggle with their own, their ...

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Is "Life Insurance for Less" Really a Good Deal?

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp CLU

Q: I've seen several ads for touting life insurance for less if I call an 800 number. I know I need life insurance, but is this the way I should go?

A: My initial response to this question is that you should do what is the most comfortable or convenient for you. If you don't have the time or the inclination to meet with an agent, then perhaps this is for you.

But before you do, here are some things to consider:

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Refocus and Improve Your Mood

Ask the Experts by Marla Ruhana

Q: I often feel depressed as I don't seem to have enough time to complete projects or be with family and friends. I'm drawn to social media and worry I'm missing out. How can I refocus?

A: This is a real problem for many. Sadly, social media often consumes too much of our time.

Insignificant distractions can do irreversible damage. The key is learning to manage our distractions by implementing increased focus and self-awareness.

Technology can become a rut, a ...

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Social Isolation in Seniors

Ask the Experts by Kris Scarfone and Kristin Whitney

Q: With summer upon us I feel as though my mother needs to get out of the house more often and possibly go on a vacation. She seems to staying home more, putting off dinner invitations and saying "no" to social engagements. What can I do to help?

A: Identify reasons why your mother may be isolating herself and commit to encouraging and helping her get out of the house to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Schedule an appointment with your ...

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EMDR Therapy Can Reduce the Trauma of Bad Memories

Ask the Experts by Rebecca L. Palen

Q: The other day one of my friends told me about a therapy called EMDR that helps you when you feel stuck inside really bad memories. What is EMDR?

A:  Memories have a huge influence on the quality of our lives. We are wired for survival and use our past experiences to help us navigate through life. Many of us experience anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD and more, as a direct result of unresolved bad memories. Sometimes we know what caused them, sometimes ...

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