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Week of October 24, 2011

Institute for Human Adjustment series meets outreach goals

It was standing-room only this summer as an Institute for Human Adjustment (IHA) psychologist presented a public program on longevity and positive aging at the Ann Arbor Public Library Mallett’s Creek branch.

The public interest in the session demonstrated that the inaugural Adjustment Matters Community Forum Series — one of several IHA programs designed to serve the university and the broader community — offered positive proof that the institute is reaching its goal of aiding the general public, leaders say.

The forum series is returning in November. “It was a wonderful turnout and a very positive reception for the first series,” says Brenda Foster, IHA assistant director. “This year we have a range of topics addressing typical life adjustment issues, accessible to the university and community.”

The series opens Nov. 2 with the return of “Creative Longevity and Positive Aging,” presented by Todd Favorite, director of the Psychological Clinic, one of the three centers within IHA. The forum will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch. Favorite will focus on the impact of psychological stressors as people adjust to changes in life after years of dedication to careers and families.

“”We’re trying to put a little bit of something for everyone in the series. The series is an opportunity for us to educate and inform the community about a range of topics related to adjustment,” Foster says. The IHA was established in 1937 with an endowment from Horace H. Rackham and Mary A. Rackham Fund. The institute’s founders sought to establish clinical programs, training programs and research activities that promoted well-adjusted individuals. Today, the institute is assisting individuals, couples and families with difficulties in adjustment, learning and communication; providing educational opportunities for providers-in-training; and conducting research.

The institute is comprised of three centers:

• The Psychological Clinic (, which offers flexible therapy approaches to address depression, anxiety, procrastination and relationships. Couples treatment and group therapy for social and performance anxiety also are offered. Services are for adults 18 and older.

• The University Center for the Child and Family (, which provides mental health services for children, teens and families. Groups also are offered for children with social skill difficulties, and attention deficit and autism disorders.

• The University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy ( offers speech, language and literacy evaluation and therapy to adults with aphasia and children and teens with language disorders and language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia. 

The series continues Nov. 9 with Parenting on Purpose: A Mindful Approach; Jan. 11 with Strategies for Academic Success; Jan. 25 with Strategies for Managing Screen Time; and Feb. 8 with Life After the Kids Leave. The programs are presented from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch.

For more information call 734-615-7853 or go to



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