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University of Kentucky Family Center hosts annual Relationship Checkup just in time for Valentine’s Day

By Stephanie Swarts
Special to KyForward

Imagine having a car and not taking it to the shop for a service checkup. Whether it has 5,000 miles or 150,000 miles on it, service checkups and tune-ups are necessary to keep the car running smoothly and extend its life. Just like a car, human relationships need a checkup every once in a while to keep a couple moving forward.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the University of Kentucky Family Center will offer its fourth annual Relationship Checkup. These checkups are offered to couples living in the Lexington area and are open to married couples, dating couples, engaged couples and same-sex couples.

The checkups are free and will be offered from Friday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 17. Appointments can be made by calling the Family Center’s office at 859-257-7755, by visiting their website or via email at Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and welcomes six new students to the two-year program each fall.

“Their training requires them to obtain practicum experience — they work with clients in the same way that a medical resident works with patients,” said Tracey Werner-Wilson, director of the UK Family Center.

The students’ coursework prepares them to work in the real world. All of their clinical training is conducted in observation rooms and is reviewed individually or in a group setting by their supervisors. Students are required to achieve a total of 300 hours of practicum.

Along with offering students a great way to gain experience in real-life sessions, the Family Center provides in-house services for families seeking help.

The UK Family Center offers couple, family and individual therapy addressing a variety of needs other than relationship issues. The center can help with stress and anxiety, child therapy, family stress and transition, bullying, death, and transitions into grandparent care. Child and family therapy sessions at the center use play as the modality.

The Family Center addresses the needs of citizens in the broader community, yet also offers services to university faculty and staff members. The center has a contract with the university, called the REFER program, which provides faculty and staff with five free therapy sessions in the Family Center.

This Valentine’s Day, along with buying your significant other treats and gifts, suggest a relationship checkup to help your relationship run a little smoother.

Stephanie Swarts writes for UK Now

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