News and events

Advanced Training in Strength-Based Therapies
Event on February 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Family Institute at AFS will present an in-depth comparison of narrative, solution-focused, collaborative and motivational interviewing approaches to therapy on Friday, February 20, 2015. Sue Panger will present with Phyllis Lardinois, Eve Lipchik and Shawn Smith. Participants in this program will be able to compare and contrast the major strength-based approaches to psychotherapy, discuss potential variables for differential application of each model utilizing case discussion and identify key factors in the systemic application (couples and families) of each model. The event costs $50 per person (a box lunch will be served), and offers 6 continuing education hours for psychotherapists. To register or for more information, contact Mary Boatman, AFS, at (414) 345-4482.

Aurora Family Service
3200 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Posted on March 30, 2013

From Kenosha News: Both women and men tend to discuss marital problems with friends of their own gender and negative comments can have an impact on unsteady marriages. “Those kinds of comments sort of bolster the idea that they should leave that marriage,” Panger said. “I encourage my clients to find friends who love them both as a couple, who want to see the best for the family and who will hear them without judgment. Finding those friends who really love you both is imperative for support.”

Posted on October 22, 2012

"Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that we were seeing you and other times it feels like years ago our lives intersected at such a troubled time for us. We're doing well, our relationship is strong, more ups than downs, and we have the tools now to confidently work through the downs together. We both agree, we would not be where we are today without your help." - Ana & Andy
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Kenosha News consults Sue on comfort foods and family
Posted on February 14, 2012

From the article: According to Kenosha psychotherapist Sue Panger, “Comfort food is about hearth and home. For one thing, sharing food is how we love our families." Sharing our experiences while engaging in one of life’s basic necessities — eating — "creates a common bond." "Sharing a meal creates an opportunity for a child to listen to how a parent has worked through the difficulties and issues presented by everyday life; it teaches the child how to ‘practice competence’, that is, learning to prepare for adulthood."
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Retreat Announcement: "Living Well Through Difficult Times" on Sunday, Sept. 26

Posted on September 5, 2010

Sue Panger & Associates welcomes individuals, couples, friends, parents and young adults over 18 years of age to a retreat at the Kemper Center focused on strengthening relationships that matter, skills to manage "doomsday" thinking, and how to become a positive influence in your life and in the lives of others. The retreat will be held on Sunday, September 26th.

Sue Panger recently featured in Kenosha News

Posted on August 8, 2010

Sue was interviewed by the Kenosha News for an article about the importance of discussing money and finances before heading into marriage. “Many people are afraid to look at how they spend money," Sue says in the article, but "We really need to take a close look at one another before we take a look at devotion to one another.” 
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Sue participates in expert panel on achieving mental health parity

Posted on July 12, 2010

The Journal Times reports: "New federal and state legislation forces insurance companies to cover mental health services as they would other medical services. But that's just a place to start, said panelists at a mental health parity symposium at Gateway Technical College, 1001 Main St., Tuesday morning. Counselor and therapist Sue Panger, owner of Sue Panger & Associates, said she looks at her patients' nutrition and activity levels to try and improve their mental health outcome. She said many patients started out on medication, but were able to stop taking them as they developed more multi-faceted lives."