AUNE Professor and Alumna Give Advice on Surviving the Family Holiday

Megan Murphy, Associate Professor of MFT ProgramMegan Murphy, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, was quoted in an article in the Chicago Tribune about teaching your family to cope with eccentric relatives during the holidays. “Making Merry with the Family Oddball ” ran in the November 29 issue of the Tribune.

By the time children turn twelve, they are often embarrassed by weird-acting relatives, Murphy said. She has suggestions for showing kids how to handle these people and also how to protect children from a relative’s destructive behavior.

AUNE’s Downing on TV
Rebecca Downing, MEd ’05, was interviewed by Seth Stutman of WWLP-22 News in Chicopee, Massachusetts, for a story called “Navigating Family Conflict,” which aired November 23. Downing gave suggestions on how to deal with family stress during the holidays, including working on communication skills such as listening, taking care of yourself and just saying “no” to requests that are too stress-inducing.

Downing, who earned a master’s degree from AUNE’s Department of Applied Psychology, has a practice based in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct faculty at AUNE.