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Adult Workshops & Services 

Warren Township Youth Services provides a variety of parenting and adult groups. None of the programs provide certificates of completion and no one is mandated to receive services. Limited childcare is offered for some program and must be requested at the time of the registration. If you have any questions about residency or the group material, please call 847-244-1101 ext. *401. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. +The fee allows a spouse or co-parent to attend the parenting group for the listed dates. Need-based scholarships available.

All groups are held at 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee. 
​​A MONTLY SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD

CHADD-- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD is a national non-profit group dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting those dealing with ADHD. CHADD of Northern Illinois holds monthly support and informational meetings for anyone living with ADHD, their caregivers, spouses/partners, educators, professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about ADHD. The group is facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, LPC, NCC and Eric Tivers, LCSW. For topics and info visit https://www.meetup.com/CHADD-Northern-Illinois/. Group meets every First Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at Youth Services.


​​PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Navigating as a parent in today’s technology rich world is confusing. It is common to struggle with providing web accessible devices and balance protecting kids from the potentially harmful effects of using them. Join us for a presentation on topics that include creating boundaries with mobile devices, watching for potentially dangerous apps, what expectation of privacy should my child have, dealing with inappropriate content and online social conflict. After the presentation will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Tony DeMonte is currently the Director of Technology and Media Services for Wilmette Public School District 39 in Wilmette, Illinois. He has been a champion of incorporating technology into instruction. He is also a local resident, married with four children where he has navigated his own personal challenges on the topic.
  
Day: Th Date: October 11 Time: 6:30-8 pm Fee: None               
Location: Woodland Middle School
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME- Helping Children with Separation

Starting school, preschool or day care is a major milestone for both children and parents. A child’s first separation often creates feelings of excitement, anxiety, fear and stress. Parents often have mixed feelings as well and this ambivalence can add to a child’s hesitancy or reluctance to separate. This workshop will help parents prepare themselves and their child for the separation. This workshop offers guidelines for parents to help the separation experience go smoothly. Parents will leave knowing that what they do will either help or hinder the separation process. In addition, strategies will be shared for helping parents who may be struggling with separating from their child.

Presented by Lauren Bondy, LCSW, Co-Founder of Parenting Perspectives.

Day: Th Date: October 18 Time: 6:30-8pm Fee: None  Childcare: 1-12                                Location: Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee

 


Cosponsored by 
PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD— How to better understand and help your child

This 3-week group provides parents a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, role of attachment, practical strategies for parenting and tips that can help their children. Parents are encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies at home. This group is open to parents of children formally diagnosed with anxiety or whose worrying impacts their life. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.

Day: Th  Date: 10/25-11/8 Time: 6:30-8 pm Weeks: 3 Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR
Location: Youth Services
 
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TEEN MENTAL HEALTH— THE BIG PICTURE
Underderstanding the Cultural and Social Factors that Impact Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide

Professor Anna S. Mueller, Ph.D., of The University of Chicago Department of Comparative Human Development, will discuss the cultural factors and specifically the “social roots” of youth mental health challenges and suicide. Dr. Mueller will discuss the importance of shared beliefs, values, social connections and involving youth in suicide prevention. The discussion will also address such issues as isolation and connectedness and actionable strategies to make our children more resilient.

This workshop is open to both parents and professionals. Free CE Hours will be available for social work.

Day:Date: November 6  Time: 7-8:30 pm Fee: None
Location: Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. Oplaine Rd., Gurnee, IL 60031

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Programs Not Currently Scheduled


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID-- Fall Dates Not Set
This workshop teaches parents, teachers, coaches, scout leaders or anyone who regularly interacts with youth to know how best to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencinga mental health/addiction challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and planned responses. Lunch will be provided. Presented by LCHD staff.
Day: F Date: 4/20/18 Time: 8:30 am-5 pm  Fee: $35
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL
Cosponsored by Lake County Health Department

THE 7 PRINCIPLES THAT MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WORK—Based on the Research of Dr. John Gottman
This presentation is an overview of Dr. John Gottman's 7 Principles that make relationship work. Dr. Gottman is the USA's leading relationship researcher, who has studied couples for nearly 45 years. His 7 principles summarize what he found makes relationships work, as summarized in his New York Times Bestselling book. Each principle involves exercises that help couples put it into action in their daily lives. 

The program be presented by Adam Krieger, LCSW and may be attended by individual or couple.
Day: W  Date: TBA Time: 6:30-8 pm  Fee: None Childcare: 2-12 Location: Youth Services

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PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD— How to better understand and help your child
This 3-week group provides parents a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, role of attachment, practical strategies for parenting and tips that can help their children. Parents are encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies at home. This group is open to parents of children formally diagnosed with anxiety or whose worrying impacts their life. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.
Day: W  Date: TBA Time: 6:30-8 pm Weeks:Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR

PARENTING THE ADHD CHILD— A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child 
    
This 4-week program presents information about ADHD, embracing its strengths, common challenges and useful approaches to parenting. Parents will be encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies in the home. Facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, MS, LCPC, NCC.
Day: Th Date: TBA  Time: 6:30-8  pm Weeks: 4 Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$50 NR

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PARENT TO PARENT—A comprehensive program for parents of children with ADHD

Do you feel lost when it comes to ADHD and its related issues and concerns? Upon completion of this training, you will have a comprehensive map showing you how to effectively manage ADHD-related issues and advocate for your child.

Course Description
Designed by parents for parents, this 14-hour, multisession, interactive training program is delivered by certified Parent to Parent teachers. Their experience and perspective are provided to educate parents new to ADHD or those struggling to navigate its many challenges. Interaction with other parents will alleviate the isolation that parents of children with ADHD often feel. Such a comprehensive offering is not found anywhere else. A certificate of completion is available to fulfill court-ordered or parenting class requirements

The course includes a state-of-the-art curriculum with the training provided by an experienced, certified Parent to Parent Teacher. Each of the sections covers an area of information absolutely essential to the successful management of ADHD. And best of all, the training is from a parent's perspective, brought to you by experts who have faced the same struggles, questions, and challenges you face. In addition to the classes you will receive a Parent to Parent Workbook full of helpful articles, tips and worksheets to use in your own family.

SESSION 1: Overview of ADHD
SESSION 2: Probable Cause and Assessment
SESSION 3: Comprehensive Treatment: Medication and Psycho-social Treatment 
SESSION 4: Obstacles to creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment. 
SESSION 5: Strategies for creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment
SESSION 6: Supporting Your Child at School: How ADHD Affects Learning
SESSION 7: Supporting Your Child at School: Requesting Support for Your Child.
SESSION 8. Supporting Your Child at School: Educational Rights

Registration: This program was developed and is supported by Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and does require membership in CHADD to participate in this training. The membership in CHADD is a seperate fee. There are no additional fees for the other parent (fees are per couple). Please bring a bag lunch both days.

Day: TBA Date: TBA Time: 9 am – 5 pm  Hours: 14                                                                    Material fee per couple*$20/$60 NR   Location: Youth Services 
CHADD Membership is Required. If you are not a CHADD Members, you will be asked to bring a check to the first group made out to Warren Township Youth Services in the amount of $50.00. Youth Services will take care of submitting the membership application.  


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