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Sharing Our Knowledge With You

As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE. Browse our behavioral health resources for psychoeducational content grounded in the latest research and developed for you by our expert clinicians. Here, you will find our popular Tips of the Month and Clinical Science Insights publication series, you can hear podcasts and watch webinars on a variety of themes, read topical articles from our therapists and learn about our latest publications.

What's Behind the Bickering?

Tip of the month - Couple

Couples researcher John Gottman, Ph.D., was asked in an interview what the number one issue is that couples fight about. His answer? Nothing. Couples, he said, fight about nothing. Listen to the 1-minute interview above and hear it for yourself.

Anxiety: Benefits and Drawbacks | Webinar

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Thomas Alm, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute, discusses how our brains evolved to be primed for threat but how often our level of response doesn’t match the threat we are facing. He talks about the benefits of anxiety as well as the drawbacks when our anxiety interferes with living a valued life across the lifespan. Dr.

Sick and Tired: Marriage in the Face of Illness | Webinar

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Featuring Tamara Sher, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Professor at The Family Institute, this webinar addresses the chronic strains and stressors of both living with a romantic partner who has a serious illness and being a person with a serious illness who is married. We call this webinar "Sick and Tired" to connote the stressors associated with each role:…

A Simple Way to De-escalate Couple Conflicts

Tip of the month - Couple

You probably never thought about lowering your voice during an argument. You probably never heard about the power of reducing your volume when tempers flare and emotions spill over. Here's what you need to know:

How to Preserve Your Kids' Love for Sports

Tip of the month - Family

Whether it's soccer, baseball, gymnastics or any of the sports our children participate in, we want them to enjoy athletics. We want them to have a good time pursuing the activity they love. But the joy of competitive sports — whether during elementary, high school or college years — easily dissipates when youth find themselves unduly stressed by their own perfectionism, a…

Coping with Unhealthy Perfectionism

Article

Perfectionism is an illusion that can cause people to suffer. Unhealthy perfectionism includes the relentless pursuit of exceedingly high — if not impossible — goals, combined with significant distress around failing to meet these goals. If you find yourself suffering from perfectionism, consider the following tips based on research and experience: Paralyzed by what you have…

How to Show Your Partner that You Care

Tip of the month - Couple

In our primary relationship, we all want to be understood. We want our partners to "get" us. Whether we're upset or joyful or sad, whether we're disappointed, excited, or discouraged, we want our partner to accept and understand what it is we're feeling. But it turns out that more important than empathic accuracy — when our partner has an accurate read on our emotions — is …

The Marriage Benefit

Clinical Science Insight

It has long been understood that there is a connection between long-term relationships and health. There is also a reciprocal relationship between marriage and health, where not only is marriage affected by illness, but the quality of marriage can actually influence the course of an illness. Dr. Sher explains why it's important to include the spouse/intimate partner in both…