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Education: Learn more about degree programs at Pfeiffer for working adults

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults offered at Pfeiffer University during brief information meetings to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Thursday, Aug. 13.
These meetings will take place on the university’s Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd., just minutes from uptown.
Participants will have an opportunity to interact with current students, faculty and program directors to ask questions about admission requirements and program curriculum, and to obtain information about the six undergraduate and 10 master’s degree programs offered through the university’s Schools of Graduate and Adult Studies.
Pre-registration for classes began Monday, July 6. The fall semester starts Tuesday, Aug. 25. For additional information and to learn more about what programs are offered, please call 704-521-9116, then dial 0 or visit: http://www.pfeiffer.edu/info.
Pre-marital counseling
Before engaged couples or those contemplating marriage buy the wedding rings or order the cake, they are encouraged to explore their strengths and differences in a safe, supportive and constructive environment. The Pfeiffer University Marriage and Family Therapy Institute (the Pfeiffer Institute) will offer premarital counseling sessions from 7:30-9 p.m. on Thursdays from July 30-Sept.3.
The sessions, which will also include an online assessment, will help couples to prepare for and enrich their prospective union through a series of discussions focused on resolving conflict, strengthening communication skills, exploring how family origin is important, managing stress, financial planning and budgeting, establishing personal goals, understanding and appreciating personality differences and more.
Dr. Faith Drew, clinic director for the Pfeiffer Institute, said there are no prerequisites for the session, only a willingness from couples to thoughtfully participate with the hope they are able to successfully and effectively improve their relationships.
“It is my experience that some relationships are unsuccessful because couples are unaware of their differences and lack the skills necessary to constructively resolve those challenges,” Drew said.
“By taking the time to communicate and identify similarities and differences, goals, expectations and, most importantly, the reasons you were attracted to one another in the first place, it is possible to avoid the frustration couples might eventually feel.”
Last fall, Pfeiffer opened the Pfeiffer Institute, a counseling clinic and community resource that provides support for individuals who need one-on-one confidential counseling or for couples, families and/or groups who may be seeking relationship tune-ups, marriage and family restoration.
Help for a vast range of emotional, behavioral and personal challenges is available at a nominal fee of $25 per session, or on a sliding scale for the underserved.
The cost to register for the entire six-week premarital workshop is $80 per couple. The Institute is located at 4805 Park Rd., Ste. 250 (next door to McAlister’s Deli), and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. To register for the workshop or for more information about the Pfeiffer Institute, call 704- 945-7324 or visit www.pimft.com.

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