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Internationally Renowned Family Therapist to Lead Armour Family Lecture
March 3, 2009

Richard L. Cameron
(478) 301-5500

MACON -- Dr. Florence Kaslow, an internationally renowned leader in family therapy and family psychology, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series. Theme of this year’s lecture series, to be held March 24-25, is “Multicultural Family Therapy: Around the World and Home Again.”

An international advocate of family therapy, she is a founding member and the first president of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). Each year, family therapists from around the world meet in a different country for the annual IFTA conference and learn about working with families in divergent political, cultural and ethnic settings.

Dr. Kaslow is the director of the Florida Couples and Family Institute in Melbourne, Fla. She has held academic appointments at the Harvard University Medical School, Duke University Medical Center, Florida Institute of Technology, the Mercer University School of Medicine, Hahnemann Medical University and Villanova Law School. Dr. Kaslow has edited, written or co-written more than 30 books and 55 book chapters and more than 180 of her articles have been published in professional journals.
The Lecture Series begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in the Mercer School of Medicine Auditorium, where Dr. Kaslow will speak on “Family Therapy Around the World.” This presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

The lecture series will continue on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reservations are required by contacting Karen Hall at (478) 301-4048 or Registration and payment of $75 is due by March 18.

About the Armour Family Lecture: The lecture is made possible by a gift from retired faculty members Dr. Mary Anne Armour and Dr. Rollin Armour. Dr. Mary Anne Armour came to the School of Medicine in 1982 when the first Medical School class entered. She retired as associate professor in 1998. While at Mercer, she established with colleagues the medical student program in family and psychological issues and served as co-director of the master’s program in Family Therapy and Family Services, which she founded at Mercer in 1983. Dr. Rollin Armour, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts, retired in 1998 as professor in the Department of Christianity, College of Liberal Arts.

About Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon and Savannah): Mercer University’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The School only accepts Georgia residents into its medical degree program. Students entering Mercer University School of Medicine will be graduated from a school that utilizes a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. In August 2008, the inaugural class of 30 students began study at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah at Mercer’s second full, four-year doctor of medicine program. The School also offers master’s degrees in public health, family therapy, family services and nurse anesthesia.

About Mercer University:
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