Low-cost family counseling at ASU Clinical Psychology Center

January 19, 2016

The Family Check-Up, a highly successful family-counseling program, is currently being offered at a reduced cost to families with children between the ages 2 and 18 at the Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Center.

The Family Check-Up is a strengths-based family intervention that empowers parents to make positive changes in order to promote the well-being of their children and family.

Children of parents who participate in the program experience reduced problem behaviors, improved emotion regulation, reductions in substance use, and decreased risk for obesity. Positive outcomes of the program for children also include heightened self-esteem and positive coping, as well as improved academic performance.

Several studies and more than 30 years of evidence show that the Family Check-Up is effective in as few as three to six sessions. The data-driven, evidence-based program is proven to reduce children’s problem behaviors by improving parenting practices and strengthening family relationships.

Scheduled sessions will take place at the Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Center, located just east of Rural Road at 1100 E. University Drive, in Tempe, at days and times that are convenient for interested families.

To schedule a Family Check-Up, call the center at 480-965-7296.

ASU’s Clinical Psychology Center is a training site for doctoral students in clinical psychology. The mission of the center is to provide excellent training while providing outstanding service to the community.

For more information about the Family Check-Up or to schedule counseling, call the center at 480-965-7296.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

'Secret Life of Stars' premieres in 3-D at ASU

January 19, 2016

A new 3-D astronomy show, "The Secret Life of Stars," is premiering at Arizona State University's Marston Exploration Theater at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

The show takes audiences on a journey through the birth, life and death of stars, exploring white dwarfs, planetary nebulas, supernova explosions, neutron stars, pulsars, and the ultimate fate of massive stars, black holes. supernova explosion Simulation of a bipolar supernova explosion with color corresponding to density (top) and a composite image of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory (bottom). Image credits: Ellinger & Young, ASU (top) and NASA (bottom). Download Full Image

This live-narrated 3-D show will answer questions about where stars come from, how they form, what happens when they die and why humans are made of stardust.

“The Marston Exploration Theater is the next-generation planetarium,” said theater director Ric Alling. “It’s a state-of-the art, 3-D experience combined with live narration.”

The supernova images in the new show were developed by ASU associate professor Patrick Young and feature simulations of supernova explosions performed on the Saguaro supercomputer.

The supercomputer, located on the ASU Tempe campus, is capable of 50 trillion mathematical operations per second.

“ASU is at the cutting edge of simulating how supernovae explode,” Young said. “This is the only place where the public can see the raw data of our simulations and experience supernova explosions in an immersive 3-D environment. It’s pretty dramatic.”

The Marston Exploration Theater is in the school's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4) on ASU's Tempe campus. This show will also be featured at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for students.

For more information about the show, tickets, location and parking, visit sese.asu.edu/public-engagement/3-d-astronomy.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration