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Welcome and Announcements
Managing Holiday Conflict
Holidays for Newly Marrieds
Additional Resources
Aptitude Testing
Growth Group
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Dear Friends,We are continually adding content to our website that highlights services to families, individuals, churches, schools, children, adolescents, etc.  In this newsletter edition, we bring you links to relevant, informative articles.

Featured Articles:
  1. How can you survive the stress of spending time with families during the holidays?  We can provide valuable resources and coping strategies in this article.      
  2. Newly married couples experience unique challenges during their first holiday season. This article provides Do’s and Don’ts on how to negotiate this new territory.
  3. Additional resources as compiled by CFI to address holiday stress and managing conflict with family.
  4. Announcing: Aptitude Testing and Growth Group at CFI.

Managing Holiday Conflict

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The holiday season is full of memories and positive experiences, but can also include an increase in stress, particularly family stress. 

Dr. Dale Doty discusses tips for managing family stress.  He also includes Biblical correlates for protecting your needs during the holidays. Take a look at

the full blog article: click here.

Holidays for Newly Married Couples: Do’s and Don’ts

honeymoonOne of the first dilemmas that a newly married couple encounters is the decision about where to spend the holidays. His family or Her family? 

This dilemma can be a source of conflict for a newlywed couple. However, with a little proactive planning, a couple can avoid conflict, maintain positive relationships with both families and continue to build new happy holiday memories

To read Mr. Chris Giles’ complete article, which includes a useful list of Do’s and Don’ts, click here.

Holiday Articles

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 CFI has archived a number of articles related to reducing stress around the holidays.  Please take time to read through our additional resources . 

Announcing Aptitude Testing Services


aptitude flyer We are proud to announce Aptitude Testing services for college-bound students and individuals considering career and education changes.  We  can provide direction and consultation to help you find a path that matches your natural, God-given abilities and aptitudes.

Growth Group

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Christian Family Institute is proud to announce the formation of a Growth Group led by Mr. Joe James.

This Growth Group is considered optimal for people who:

  • Are engaged in individual therapy but need or want a little more care
  • Find them selves “stuck” in therapy
  • Are coming to the end of their individual therapy and need a little more support
  • Need social support
  • Find individual therapy too costly

Click here for more info.

If we can be of service, please contact CFI to set up a time to consult with one of our counselors.  To view our full range of services, please visit

Tim Doty, Psy.D. on behalf of
Christian Family Institute

Our Staff includes:
Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.
William B. Berman, Ph.D.
G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed.
Eric L. Clements, M.S.
Salley Sutmiller, M.S.
Lois K. Trost, M.S.W.
Timothy D. Doty, Psy.D.
Krista Caveny, M.A.
Jennifer Giles, M.S.
Chris Giles, M.S.
Amanda Harrington, Ph.D.
Joseph James, M.A. 
Stephen Harnish, M.D.
Paul Cochran, M.D.


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