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Nurturing and Strengthening Relationships Under Challenging Conditions

Adler University recently hosted a special webinar series to share insight on navigating a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. In three of the webinars, Adler University Chicago Campus faculty and students shared advice for maintaining strong relationships—as couples, as parents, and across generations—during the pandemic. The webinars explored how we can support each other and stay connected to one another, whether separated by quarantine or isolating together in the same house.

In “’Trapped’ at Home with your Partner? How to Strengthen Relationships During Isolation,” Kristina S. Brown, Ph.D., LMFT, Program Director for the Couple and Family Therapy department, and one of her students, Helen Wyatt, discussed the added stress and challenges to relationships brought on by the pandemic. They shared insight on how to use structure, fun, and gratitude to combat these stressors and support each other during this time. Watch the webinar.

Couple and Family Therapy students Kayla Harris and Trisha Andrews joined Dr. Brown for a webinar on parenting. In “’Trapped’ at Home with your Kids? Dynamics of Parenting in a COVID-19 World,” they offered advice for parents who are teaching and caring for their children while isolating at home—emphasizing the importance of consistency, flexibility, and playing to each person’s strengths as parents. Watch the webinar.

In “The Power of Connectedness Between Generations,” Mark Bilkey, Psy.D., Associate Chair of the Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs, shared how we can use this time to connect with others, especially older adults, who might be isolated or lonely. The webinar covers the physical and mental benefits of social connection and how it forms the foundation of Alfred Adler’s teachings. Watch the webinar.