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Cultivating Resiliency in the Midst of Uncertainty


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The Family Center’s mission to provide resources and preventative education to empower families to successfully navigate life’s social, emotional, and physical challenges has never been more important. Throughout 2020-2021 we will be responding to the global health crisis with programs and resources that help families build resiliency. You may have heard this word tossed around quite a bit lately, but maybe you aren't exactly sure what it means.

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant sources of stress - such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. 

Doesn't that sound like something we could all use more of right now?!

We’ve designed this page to be your "one-stop shop" for programs and resources to help you cope with the realities of today’s world, and to learn tools that increase your ability to deal with life’s stresses in the future. A
biding by current guidelines to keep our community safe, all our programs are virtual and available on-demand. Check back often for new resources and follow us on Facebook!

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Winter Programs

Building Emotional Resilience During Crises

Presenters: Dr. Miriam Engstrom & Lianne Lyne 

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Many of us have been contained in our homes for months shifting our relationships to the outside world and each other. As the spread and far-reaching impacts of Covid-19 dominate world news and social media, we see the simultaneous spread of stress and anxiety about the disease and the health and economic impacts, causing strong emotions that can exacerbate an already extremely challenging situation. In this fireside chat, Psychotherapist Dr. Miriam Engstrom and Executive Coach Lianne Lyne discuss what they see people struggling with most, answer questions, and share practical suggestions and tools drawn from a variety of modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), positive psychology, and mindfulness to help you build resilience and gain a sense of control and hope.

Dr. Miriam Engstrom, PsyD, LLP is a psychotherapist who encourages, supports, and facilitates the process of personal growth and change. She believes in straightforward and honest communication. Dr. Engstrom has experience working with adults, children, families, and couples, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is trained in a number of therapies, including Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Client Centered, and has additional training in bipolar disorders, substance abuse, DBT, crisis intervention, and EMDR for the treatment of PTSD. Learn More

Lianne Lyne 
is an executive coach who is passionate about helping people develop Mental Toughness - closely related to character, resilience, and grit, and a significant factor in enhancing performance, creating wellbeing, and developing positive behaviors. She helps her clients achieve long-term positive shifts in their performance by helping them gain a deep understanding of the way they experience the world and get to the very core of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Lianne has coached global executives in top 20 Fortune 500 companies, leadership teams of startups and everywhere in between. Learn More 

Additional Resources

"Why the Word for 2021 is Resilience" - Forbes

Grosse Pointe News Ask the Expert Column by Lianne Lyne
"How to Build and Maintain Close Relationships Virtually"

Family Matters e-Newsletter Article by Lianne Lyne
"Feeling Burned Out? You're Not Alone"

Landing a Great Job in Challenging Times

Presenter: Jim Colson
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Resilience described the U.S. job market and economy in 2020. Despite April’s sudden 22 million drop in employment, over 12 million jobs were restored by December and 2021 projections point to continued job growth and a V-shaped recovery. The first quarter of a new Calendar Year is the ideal time to find a new position, especially with the help of a proven 5 Step Job Search Process. Tune into this instructive webinar to learn how to perform a self-assessment, target your best opportunities, network with peers, contact hiring managers, and position yourself as the best candidate. Participants can schedule a no-charge 60 minute assessment of their current job search plan and receive feedback for success.

Jim Colson has an MBA and 42 years experience in IT Sales and Management and a strong commitment to helping others. He shares his personal experience as well as his expertise in the current job market and as an executive in the Great Lakes Region. 


Brain Development & The Power of Getting to Neutral:

A Primer for Resilient Parenting in the Midst of Uncertainty

Presenter: Dr. Alex Riegel
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One of the greatest scientific tools of the 21st century has been our increased ability to view the human brain in fine detail. As a result, we have learned an incredible amount about how the brain develops, how it is structured, and how it works. This knowledge is an incredible gift for everyone raising a child. By understanding brain development, one can adjust one's parenting style accordingly. In this pre-recorded dialogue, Dr. Riegel and The Family Center's Executive Director Patty Sunisloe discuss brain development and parenting styles, during which Dr. Riegel will also discuss "the power of getting to neutral".


Alex Riegel is minister of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. He is a certified enneagram instructor and certified Mediator. He has a strong interest in interpersonal and organizational communication. As a Spiritual Director, his focus is on the psychology of the self as it pertains to spiritual study and practice. He can be reached at

Additional Resources

Make Playtime a Priority!

Joining your child in play can sometimes feel daunting or difficult, but putting in as little as 15 minutes of pretend play will help to strengthen your connection with your child. Play has also been proven to relieve stress, improve brain function, stimulate the mind and boost creativity. Children learn through play and by joining them in their most natural occupation you are able to further this learning. Click on this Play Handout for fun and easy tips on how to add more play to your child’s day. 

By: Lauren Vanderlist, Occupational Therapist, Bright Connections Occupational Therapy Learn More

American Psychological Association

"Building Your Resilience"

Family Matters e-Newsletter

"Understanding the Developing Brain" By Dr. Alex Riegel


Grosse Pointe News Ask the Expert Column by Dr. Alex Riegel

"When Behaviors Don't Line Up With Expectations"

Grosse Pointe News Ask the Expert Column by Lisa Khoury, Ed. S.

"Coping with Uncertainty in the New School Year"


Helping Students Successfully Navigate the School Year, Academically and Beyond

Presenters: Mary Beth Garvey and Anne Moigis
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This fireside chat focuses on helping families successfully navigate the school year. Working with your child’s unique learning style, and your family’s inherent strengths, local therapists Anne Moigis, LPC, and Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW, explore ways to foster resilience and develop healthy routines and coping skills.

Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW, is a Clinical Therapist who works with children, adolescents and adults. Focusing on the inherent competencies of family members, the goal of her therapeutic work is to minimize stressors, while enhancing individual’s natural strengths and reinforcing family resiliency. Treatment includes developing adaptive behaviors and coping skills, establishing healthy support and relationships, successfully managing life-cycle transitions, improving communication, and resolving interpersonal or familial conflict. Learn More


Anne Moigis is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in holistic student planning. She helps teens discover their unique talents and gifts using a systematic approach to better envision how they would like to contribute to their community and what they need to do to make that contribution possible. Learn More


Grosse Pointe News "Ask the Expert" Column

"How to Help Your Teen with the College Planning Process" By Anne Moigis

Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers - APA



Understanding the Effects of the Pandemic on Kids

Presenters: Dr. Ashley Falco & Ashton Taylor, LMSW

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Dr. Ashley Falco and therapist Ashton Taylor discuss the most common mental and physical health issues they are seeing in their practices during the pandemic and share practical tips on how to deal with their effects.

Ashton Taylor is a licensed, Master’s Level Social Worker, specializing in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. She is passionate about helping children and families meet their therapeutic goals and does so by incorporating a wide range of treatment methods including CBT, DBT, play therapy and behavior modification. In addition to her clinical work, Ashton is the Psychotherapy Supervisor at the Columbus Center at Henry Ford Behavioral Health.

Dr. Ashley Falco is a senior staff physician for Henry Ford Health System and lead pediatrician at Pierson Pediatrics. Dr. Falco is committed to providing comprehensive medical care to patients and families from birth through young adulthood adhering to the standards of the Patient Centered Medical Home, with emphasis on prevention, nutrition and developmental counseling. In her free time Dr. Falco is busy running after her own children, ages 3 and 5.

Grosse Pointe News "Ask the Expert" Column
"Helping Children Through Pandemic-Related Stress" 
By Dr. Ashley Falco

Grosse Pointe News "Ask the Expert" Column
"I'm worried about how my kids are dealing with our current situation..." By Frank Wilberding


Thank You Corner Studio & The War Memorial!

This fall we were excited to partner with Corner Studio and the War Memorial to offer free community wellness classes outside under a giant 100' x 40' tent overlooking Lake St. Clair. We hope to bring you more classes like this in the future!

Special Thanks to our Instructors Page Heenan and Carmie Buhalis!

Page Heenan has a passion for sharing the teachings of meditation and yoga. She founded Inner Space Studio to offer support to others in their quest to live life more fully, release stress, and awaken to their true potential. Her classes are mindful of spiritual tradition and thoughtfully crafted based on years of study. Learn More


Carmie Buhalis is a 200-hour RYT yoga instructor and the owner of Yoga Express, a mobile yoga studio, bringing yoga to offices all around Metro Detroit. Her mission is to lovingly guide you through her classes, so you can experience the peace, love and transformation that comes from practicing yoga.  Learn More

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