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 programs and must be requested at 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 are available.
All groups are held at 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL 60031, and virtually (unless otherwise noted). 

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CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Hyperactivity Disorder logo

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD is a national non-profit group dedicated to educating, advocating, and supporting those dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (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, please visit the Northern Illinois CHADD Meetup page.
Group meets every First Monday of the month from 6:15-8:00 pm via Zoom.


QPR. Question. Persuade. Refer - Regrettably, this event has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide

QPR is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you have a conversation with someone having thoughts of suicide. You will be trained to recognize suicide warning signs, approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate services, and connect the person to resources that will help.

Similar to CPR, QPR is intended to educate and empower all people to make a positive and effective difference in the life of someone in a mental health crisis, regardless of background or experience.

Facilitated by Janet Manson, MSW, CAADC, MAC in collaboration with the Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Date: TBD            Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm (CT)           Location: Zoom           Cost: FREE

Please click here for an alternative free training offered on February 28th in Libertyville.


Understanding Special Education Law:

Be an active and informed partner in the IEP process

This workshop will address such issues as legal rights to services, participating as a member of the IEP Team, how to monitor your child’s success, and more. This interactive workshop will review the preparation, participation, and follow-up of IEP meetings. Presented by attorney Neal Takiff at Whitted Takiff, LLC.

Date:  Wednesday, March 6th, 2024               Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (CT)               Location: Zoom            Cost: FREE

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Sensory or Behavior:

Understanding why a “behavior” (like tantrums, aggression, etc.) may be occurring and what caregivers can do to support their child.

Families and others working with children often deal with "challenging behaviors", but where do these come from?  We'll discuss how a child's response to their environment, frustration with communication and not understanding an activity may impact these "behaviors".  Strategies will be shared to support sensory regulation, improve interactions, facilitate communication, and understand expectations.

The workshop is open to the general public/caregivers and it is presented by Sarah Rosten, Speech/Language Pathologist at Pediatric Interactions.  

Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2024                 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (CT)                  Location: Zoom            Cost: FREE

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Previous Workshops/Programs

Polishing ADHD Coins

Applying Coin Theory to Our Understanding and Treatment of ADHD

Dr. Lin Lu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University, will introduce coin theory and neurobiology behind the ADHD brain. Dr. Lu will review the symptoms and diagnosis of ADHD and discuss an approach to treating ADHD that builds on the individuals' strengths. In addition to a new framework, Dr. Lu will also discuss the real-world challenges experienced by these individuals and practical skills and treatment recommendations. 

This workshop is open to both professionals and the public. Dr. Lu is an engaging speaker and expert on the subject of ADHD and neurodiversity. 

Dr. Lin Lu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University, will introduce coin theory and neurobiology behind the ADHD brain. Dr. Lu will review the symptoms and diagnosis of ADHD and discuss an approach to treating ADHD that builds on the individuals' strengths. In addition to a new framework, Dr. Lu will also discuss the real-world challenges experienced by these individuals and practical skills and treatment recommendations.  

Date: TBD               Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm (CT)           Cost: FREE

Location: Youth & Family Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL 60031


Parents as Allies: Talking with Your Teen About LGBTQ+ Identities

This webinar will provide an overview of gender and sexual identities and show parents how to talk to their teens about these sensitive topics. You will learn the common language used to describe sexual and gender identities (including pronouns) and provide strategies for parents to engage their teens on this and on allyship, whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not.


Disconnected: How to Reconnect with Your Adolescent Child

A two-part parenting group for parents of middle school and high schoolers

Do you feel disconnected from your child and want to rebuild the bonds? We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we can certainly try to recapture the connection.  As our children grow up, they naturally begin to disconnect from us. The last few years have proved to be more trying than the average growing pains.  With social media, the pandemic, and a multitude of other variants, parents can feel more and more removed from their teens. Our kids still need us, but they may not be able to communicate it effectively.  

Join us as we explore how we can begin to bridge our way back to a healthier relationship.

This group will focus on:

•    The developmental stage of an adolescent.
•    Recognizing patterns in communication style, e.g. it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
•    Recognizing unmet needs; your own and your child’s.
•    Identifying your parenting style. 
•    Practical ways to implement what you’ve learned and
•    The opportunity to share your experiences and concerns with other parents.

In this in-person 2-day parenting group, you will have the opportunity to meet other parents who share similar concerns. We hope to create a safe environment in which you can feel comfortable exploring this complex topic of raising a child in today’s world. This group will be facilitated by Warren Township Youth and Family therapist, Kasia Freeman, LPC. For any questions, please contact her at 847.244.1101 ext. *405 or email Kasia.

Dates: TBD           Time: TBD          Location: TBD          Cost: TBD          Weeks: 2


PARENTING THE ADHD CHILD
A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child

Join us for this 4-week program as we discuss the particular joys and frustrations of parenting a child or teen who deals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Sessions will focus on understanding the strengths and challenges of the ADHD brain. Tips and tools for positive communication and ways to encourage the child/teen to use their strengths to address their challenges will be discussed. Other topics will be tailored to the needs of the parents/grandparents/caretakers in the group. Potential topics include: Getting a diagnosis, medication, therapy v. coaching, working with schools, motivation, emotional regulation, and friendships. Presented by Lisa Alexoff, LCPC from Aspire Counseling, Consulting, and Creative Solutions, LLC in Gurnee.

Day: W     Dates: TBD     Time: TBD

Weeks: 4     Cost: $20 R / $50 NR ~ Registration is per couple ~     Location: TBD


PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD

How to better understand and help your child.

This 2-week group provides parents with a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, the 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 worries impact their lives. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.

Day: W     Date: TBD     Time: TBD

Weeks: 2     Cost: $10 R / $30 NR ~ Registration is per couple ~     Location: TBD


Nutrition and Your Child's Development

This free presentation by Healthier Tomorrows will discuss the importance of balancing blood sugar through diet and lifestyle to decrease inflammation and optimize the brain and cognition, setting your child (and yourself) up for success as they age. The workshop is presented by a Registered Dietitian and Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional Jessica Smosna. Jessica steers away from the diet mentality and focuses on a food-as-medicine and a "good, better, best" approach to educate and motivate clients to thrive and grow.

Date:  TBD     Time: TBD      Location: TBD       Cost: FREE


Mental Health First Aid for Youth

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Date:  TBD      Time: TBD      Location: TBD      Cost: FREE


Supporting Social-Emotional Development:

A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

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SCREEN TIME: A parent’s guide on setting realistic limits and knowing when there’s a problem

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KEEPING YOUR CHILD ENGAGED IN (VIRTUAL) SCHOOL

Responding to their high frustration and low motivation.

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LEAVING OUR PETS ALONE

An animal expert's advice on helping your pet cope with change

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Effective Limit Setting – It is Easy as A,B,C,D

Effective Limit Setting Handout

No Worry Guide to Raising the Anxious Child

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Understanding Special Education Law: 

Be an active and informed partner in the IEP process

Special Education Law Handout

Helping Young Children Handle Big Feelings - 10/27/2022

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