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January 25, 2010 Judy Hughes
(502) 852-6171
judy.hughes@louisville.edu

Therapy groups starting for mother-child worriers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Don’t worry. Be happy. That familiar refrain sounds good, but it’s not that easy for mothers and children prone to worrying. To help, the University of Louisville is launching group-therapy sessions for moms and their preadolescent children.

The UofL Healthy Parents-Healthy Kids Laboratory helps parents identify stressors that worry them and their children and figure out ways to reduce anxiety.

Its new therapy sessions for mothers and their children aged 7-12 will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for eight Mondays at the Psychological Services Center, 210 Davidson Hall, on UofL’s Belknap Campus. The start date will be determined once participants have been recruited. The cost is $50 for both mother and child for the eight-week therapy.

In separate but concurrent sessions, parents and children will learn about the signs of worry, relaxation techniques to cope with anxious feelings and ways to keep their worries from building to the overwhelming stage. They also can share their experiences with other mothers or children who have similar concerns.

Clinical psychology doctoral students will lead the groups under the supervision of a UofL psychological and brain sciences faculty member.

Families also will receive booklets, including materials tailored to the children, to help them at home.

For more information or to sign up for the therapy sessions, contact Sarah Williams at 502-852-6352 or sarah.williams@louisville.edu

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