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Adult & Parenting Workshops

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.
Warren Township Youth Services provides a variety of parenting and adult groups and workshops. 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.
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: 2/16-3/2 Time: 7-8:30 pm Weeks: 3

Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR

PARENTING THE ADHD CHILD— A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child      NEW START DATE
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, LPC, NCC.
Day: Th Date: 4/6-4/27 Time: 7-8:30 pm Weeks: 4

Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR

We wish to welcome...
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 Group meets every Second Monday of the month from 6:45-8:30 pm at Youth Services.

FAMILY INTERVENTION CONSULTATION— Helping families impacted by substance issues This free
consultation is designed to provide parents with practical information about child, adolescent or partners substance abuse. Barb Adams will address any issues or concerns related to signs and
symptoms of substance abuse, strategies for talking to your teen/partner, referrals and related issues. Township residents only. The service is facilitated by Barb Adams, MA, CADC, who can be
contacted at 847-244-1101 ext. *408.

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. No classes the week of March 27-31 .


S.O.S.— Understanding School Offered Services
For parents of a toddler needing an assessment or those preparing a college-bound teen with a transition plan, this workshop provides a guide through the maze of educational jargons, acronyms, and programs required by federal law. Want to know how a Section 504 Plan differs from an IEP or how RTI and PBIS are related under IDEA?

Does your child’s teacher talk about impulsivity, anxiety, or executive functioning deficits? This workshop will answer those questions and more. We’ll see how school systems use evidence-based interventions to address these special needs. Presented by Phillip DeRuntz, M.Ed. of Student Advocacy Specialists.
Day: Date: Jan 23 Time: 7-8:30 pm  Fee: None  Childcare: 2-12 Location: Youth Services

The 7 Principals that make Relationships 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 will include an opportunity for participants to practice 2 of these exercises with the guidance of a Gottman Certified Therapist and Master Trainer, Dr. Michael McNulty.
Day: Date: Feb 6 Time: 6:30-8:30pm  Fee: None            Childcare: 2-12 Location: Youth Services
SCREENAGERS Understanding Trends in Teen Use of Opiates and Prescription Drugs   
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Day: W Date: Feb 22  Time: 6-8 pm Fee: None               Location: Woodland Middle School, 7000 W. Washington St., Gurnee
Sponsored by MTC, Woodland Middle School, Woodland PTA and Youth Services

Utilizing research done by Carol Dweck in her book Mindset, we discuss the benefits of a “growth mindset.” Then, we give practical strategies for how you can encourage your children to pursue challenges and view mistakes as opportunities for growth.

This presentation is  appropriate for parents and teachers of students from preschool to adulthood. In addition, the speaker will also discuss the role of Executive Functioning Skills and practical strategies for encouraging time management, study and organizational skills, which are so critical for academic success. This presentation is recommended for parents and teachers of student in grades five through twelve.
Day: W Date: March 15 Time: 7-8:30 pm  Fee: None
Location: Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’ Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Cosponsored by Warren-Newport Public Library

CREATING CALM: Practical Skills for Setting Expectations and Creating Structure for Young Children.
Are bedtime, transitioning away from fun activities or going to school a challenge. At this workshop parents will be introduced to practical concepts and tools to help with some of the daily challenges you might have with your young child. This workshop is focused on helping parents reduce conflict, melt-downs and chaos that occurs in the home, while improving your child’s self-management and your confidence. Parents will leave with material and ideas that they may be able to implement immediately.
Day:Date: April 26 Time: 6:30-8 pm  Fee: None  Childcare: 1-12 Location: Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee
Cosponsored by Gurnee Park District

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Childcare must be requested at the time of registration. All workshops are open to the general public (residents and non-residents) at no charge.