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A new year is a great time for a fresh start in relationships. Maybe you need help understanding boundaries with friendships, a roommate, or at work; maybe you’re a parent struggling to communicate with your teenager; or you need some advice about healthy dating.

UNC Greensboro’s Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI), a program launched in 2017 through a partnership between UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) and the Phillips Foundation, will kick off its brand-new series of online relationship workshops Jan. 4, 2019.

Relationship Boosters are free, online relationship education programs presented by the HRI E-Learning Center that run January through May. The programs are live every first and third Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. EST, but the videos will be available after the air time through the HRI E-Learning Center. Participants who virtually attend the live programs will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters, including asking questions during a Q&A session at the end of the program.

“We know it can be hard for some people to make it to in-person relationship-building programs,” said Dr. Christine Murray, professor in CED and director of HRI. “We’re excited to launch the online Relationship Boosters as a way to make information about healthy relationships more accessible to people from their home or office.”

Murray, along with Dr. Esther Leerkes, associate dean for research in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences; Dr. Julia Mendez Smith, associate professor of psychology and chancellor’s fellow for campus climate; and Dr. Levi Baker, assistant professor of psychology; will offer practical tips and information for building healthier relationships across a range of topics.

Joy Kelly, UNCG doctoral candidate for a doctor of philosophy in counseling and counselor education, and three UNCG alumni: Rachel Hutto, owner of Be Still Counseling in Greensboro; Dr. Allison Pow of Allison Pow Counseling in Greensboro; and Anita Faulkner with Family Solutions in Greensboro and Burlington; are also on the speaker list.

“It’s wonderful to see various UNCG folks coming together through HRI to help translate research and professional knowledge about relationship- and family-related topics to help people in the real world,” Murray said.

The online workshops can be accessed from any location – not just Guilford County. Advanced registration is required by reserving a free ticket through the series website.

Murray encouraged students, faculty, staff, and the community to sign up early:

“The start of 2019 is the perfect time to help people who may want to work on strengthening their relationships as one of their New Year’s resolutions.”


Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications
HRI logo courtesy of Christine Murray

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