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 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, IL 60031 and virtually (unless otherwise noted). 


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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 6:15-8:00pm at Youth Services.


QPR. Question. Persuade. Refer

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.A group of people in a meeting discussing something

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, no matter your background or experience.

Attend a Warren Township QPR workshop and learn how to support your family, friends and colleagues in need by effectively employing the three steps of QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer. Workshops can discuss how to help adults or youth

Please email Becky De Rosa or call 847.244.1101 ext. *403 for more information.


PARENTING THE ADHD CHILDA picture of a brain that contains a lot of information

A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child.

This 4-week program presents information about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including embracing its strengths, understanding common challenges, and useful approaches to parenting. This program will also address the current challenges of virtual learning and physical distancing amidst the pandemic and will also provide useful strategies for these challenges. Parents will be encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies in the home. Parents will not only develop a better understanding of the disorder, but will learn practical interventions by Lisa Alexoff, LCPC from Aspire Counseling, Consulting, and Creative Solutions, LLC in Gurnee.

Day: Monday  Date: 10/4 - 10/25  Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Weeks: 4     Fee: $20 R / $50 NR    Location: Via Zoom

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PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD

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This 2-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: Tuesdays & Thursdays     Date: Sept. 28th & 30th and Oct. 5th & 7th 2021      Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Fee: $20 R*/$40 NR  Registration is per couple         Location:  Via Zoom

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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 them.
We will learn 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.

Sample Questions Discussed:
- What is the difference between sex and gender and what does “nonbinary” mean?
- How, when, and why should I use they/them pronouns?  What if I don’t know someone’s pronoun or use the wrong one?
- How can I support my child (or their friend) when they “come out?” 

Lizzy Appleby, LCSW directs the Pride Youth Program, which supports more than 250 LGBTQ+ youth and their families across the North Shore. She also presents annually to New Trier’s sophomore health classes in partnership with LGBTQ+ student leaders. Lizzy grew up in Wilmette, graduated from New Trier, and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She is deeply committed to working with north suburban communities to ensure that all individuals are celebrated for their authentic selves, and to building a more welcoming, inclusive and kind world.

Day: Wednesday    Date: October 20th 2021      Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm      Location: Via Zoom     Fee: FREE

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