Family matters: Meet Ifeany Apeh

Since 1972, the Family Therapy Training Institute of Aurora Family Service has been preparing mental health professionals to guide families through turbulent times. Meet our new family therapists as they approach their August 17 graduation date.

Ifeany Apeh, or “Dr. Fine” as he is well-known, is a compassionate fellow whose connection to people is spontaneous.  He considers this to be a gift that has wired him to impact and be impacted through his work in family therapy.

Inspired by his mother, who used all her savings and sacrificed much for his education, Ifeany wanted to share his family value of being there for others.  After searching for institutions that would help him realize his dreams, Ifeany chose the Family Therapy Training Institute at Aurora Family Service.  “Aurora’s family system is outstanding,” he explained. “I was looking for holistic, and I found it here.”

“Families are facing a lot of challenges,” Ifeany said, “but what stands out is a lack of knowledge and adequate resources to address the economic instabilities of marginalized families in our society.  I would like to use my knowledge and skills to develop and be a voice for them.  I want to support diaspora Africans and go back to the motherland Africa in the future.”

What advice does he have for someone considering a career in family therapy? “Try to be yourself and focus.  Finding your niche is so important, and the faculty is very good at giving you the tools you need.”

Aurora Family Service helps families overcome challenges, changes and crisis to live well again. We achieve stability and strength for families through counseling, parenting, elder care, financial, career, health and community services.  For more information, visit our website, follow us onFacebook, or call 1-414-342-4560.

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