Mental Health and Adolescence: Do I Need to Worry?
September 19, 12:00-1:00 pm, Wheaton
Ever wonder if the novel behavior you see in your adolescent is just a phase or sign of something bigger? Join Social Workers, Donna Kozica and Gary Luckey, as they discuss adolescent development, mental health and the impact this has on parenting.
Emotion Coaching: Teaching Children Compassion and Empathy
September 26, 12:00-1:00 pm, Wheaton
Social Emotional learning is a keystone to success in other areas of life. Your sons or daughters mastery of this is a critical part of healthy development. Join Dr. Michael Maniacci as he discusses how children’s ability to identify and process their own emotions is related to their ability to empathize with others.
Setting Expectations in a New Era
October 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, Wheaton
Ever feel as though it is a lot more complicated to set expectations for your children than it was for your parents to set them for you? You are probably not alone! Today’s parents are faced with ever changing challenges as they try to help their children navigate society. Join Social Workers, Donna Kozica and Gary Luckey, as they discuss the sometimes frustrating, but important task of setting developmentally appropriate limits in an ever-changing world.
Twitter, Technology and Teens
October 10, 12:00-1:00 pm, Wheaton
Tweeting, Flashmobs, Creeping, Geo-caching, Google-stalking, Tagging, Sniping, KIK, Snapchat, Campers, Claymores, Reddit,
Plus 1 .... There’s a whole new dictionary and a whole new world of opportunity to share with your kids! Join District 200 technology expert, Eric Slaughter, as he familiarizes you with some of the more popular of these, pointing out both the benefits and possible pitfalls they present for you and your teen.
Drugs 101…What a Parent Needs to Know:
September 16, 7-8:30 pm, WWSHS LLC
The cultural landscape in which your adolescent lives can be mysterious and frightening for a parent. One way to negotiate this is by being informed. Please join Linda Lewaniak from Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health as she presents the most recent information on drugs that our kids are exposed to in their day to day environments.
Having the Difficult Conversation…
“What do I say and how do I say it”
October 21, 7-8:30 pm, WNHS Room 802
Communication is an essential component of healthy families but many times it’s a task easier said than done, particularly around the topic of drugs and alcohol. Sally McCarthy, Behavior Specialist for District 200 will draw on her many years of experience as a social worker to help parents think about how to have those difficult conversations with their adolescent.
Setting Developmentally Appropriate Limits for my Student… “But everyone else is doing it!”
November 11, 7-8:30 pm, WWSHS LLC
Ever think that you are the only parent in the world that has expectations, especially around drug and alcohol use? Join the High School Social Workers as they discuss the ever demanding task of establishing and maintaining appropriate limits that not only makes your life more manageable, but also helps your adolescent to transition into young adulthood.