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About Christine Ubben

Hi everyone! I'm a licensed professional counselor, and I work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, separation/divorce, parenting issues, life transitions, grieving, and other concerns. Please visit my website at and give me a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment! I offer Saturday appointments and reduced fees upon request. Thanks for visiting!

FREE Seminar: 10 Things Women Should Know When Contemplating Divorce

Christine UbbenI recently met Stacey Brown of Edward Jones in Rosemount who clearly has a passion for assisting women with their financial goals. On October 20 from 6:00-7:30 pm, Stacey and a local attorney will be presenting a seminar for women related to finances and divorce. If you can’t make it to the October 20 seminar, it will be offered again on November 9.

Stacey Brown
Edward Jones
3420 150th Street West, Suite 103
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone – 651-322-2905
Fax – 866-462-9483

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Christine Ubben, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: 952-288-4091

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We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan 90 minute Web-based Workshop on June 4, 2009, 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

I value the education offered to the community via the University of Minnesota Extension office and the Working Family Resource Center. I came across information for an upcoming “webinar” for parents living apart who are interested in creating a parenting plan to meet the needs of their children. Best of all, it costs only $15, it’s held over the lunch hour, and you can participate from your computer!
Check it out:

“We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan”
Thursday, June 4, 2009
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Offered via Webinar – participate from your computer!
Cost: $15 – Register by June 3

Excerpt from the Working Family Resource Center flyer:

When families change – through separation, divorce, re-marriage or a paternity action, a whole new set of challenges arises for parents and their children. Decisions need to be made about where children will live, how parents will share parenting time, rules, activities, education and many other elements of daily care.

We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan is a 90 minute workshop developed by the University of Minnesota Extension – Parents Forever program. It gives parents a roadmap to help them develop a parenting plan that meets the needs of their children. Participants who attend the webinar will receive a copy of the 52 page booklet We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan at no charge.

Here’s the brochure: We Agree Parenting Plan Webinar 06-04-2009

For more information, contact the Working Family Resource Center at “” or 651-293-5330.

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Christine Ubben, M.A., L.P.C., Licensed Professional Counselor

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“Children: The Challenge”, book review by Christine Ubben, Licensed Professional Counselor

children-the-challengeChildren: The Challenge, by Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, delivers to parents multiple techniques and guidance on childrearing. In each chapter, the author fully describes a common childrearing problem and then offers his advice and strategy in handling the problem. For example, he provides guidance to parents on matters such as punishment and reward, maintaining a routine, respect for the child or others, the power struggle, tone of voice, and overprotection. Each chapter is very short and covers only one issue at at time thereby making it a very easy and quick read. It can be read in its entirety, or it can be used as a reference guide.

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Christine Ubben, M.A., L.P.C., Licensed Professional Counselor


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Dinosaurs Divorce, a Guide for Changing Families by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown

dinosaurs-divorce-bookThe author delivers an exceptional understanding of divorce through dinosaur characters. Prior to the story, a list of divorce words and their definitions are provided for comprehension purposes. Thereafter, with the aid of brief scenarios and charming illustrations, children learn about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that occur among the family members before, during, and after divorce. Additionally, the author provides children with an understanding of meeting new stepparents and living in a blended family.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very insightful for children and assists them in recognizing their own thoughts, feelings, and behavior surrounding divorce. The scenarios in the story are common and applicable to present day occurrences. The illustrations are fun and capture the essence of the story. The book is helpful for children of preschool through elementary ages.

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