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Clinic named in honor of retired professor (Released: 6/17/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut has honored the lifelong work of professor emeritus Frederick G. Humphrey of BRATTLEBORO, VT, by naming the Center for Marital and Family Therapy in his honor.

The clinic, located in the School of Family Studies, is now the Frederick G. Humphrey Center for Marital and Family Therapy. Staffed by faculty and graduate intern therapists, the center offers services including individual therapy, family therapy, marital or relationship therapy and therapy for sexual, parenting or child-rearing problems.

Humphrey, a professor of family studies, joined the UConn faculty in 1965 and retired in 1991. He started the Marital and Family Therapy training program and was its first director. He taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, developing courses in human sexuality and marital therapy.

Humphrey studied human sexuality under Masters and Johnson in St. Louis. He has been a certified sex therapist and a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Humphrey received a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and trained and worked at the Marriage Council of Philadelphia.

He has been a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 1960, serving on the National Board of Directors for eight years as president, vice president and secretary. He also was president of the Connecticut division of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. Humphrey began the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy where he is now an associate editor.

Humphrey headed the AAMFT's ethics committee for six years and was instrumental in creating national accreditation standards for Marital and Family Therapy programs.

He is a Vermont Justice of the Peace, a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Guilford, Vermont and was recently elected a town selectman there. He is also president of the Guilford Historical Society.