Child & Adolescent Workshops & Groups

All groups and workshops are available for both residents and non-residents (NR). Warren Township residents are welcome to apply for needs-based scholarship if unable to afford the full fee. The group therapist may request a pre-interview prior to the start of the group and the family will be contacted in these cases. Please feel free to contact our office if you have specific questions about the group. All groups and workshops are held at Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031 unless specified otherwise.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Needs-based scholarships available for Township residents - 847-244-1101, ext. *401.
Some groups may require a pre-interview. 


FRIENDSHIP GROUP - Group will not be running this fall but will be scheduled in the Spring of 2022. 

Social skills and experiential group
This popular group addresses the needs of children who wish to improve and develop their skills at making friends and communicating. In a fun and interactive environment, the children develop skills such as listening, conversing, compliments, and introductions.

In addition to participating in a social skills group for 60 minutes, group members will also participate in the CHALLENGE GROUP scheduled just before or after the Social Skills group. With many or all of the same youth from the social skills portion of the group, children learn to overcome fear and how to work as part of a team. The Challenge Group will be run by a highly trained experiential therapist.

This Children greeting a trainer by doing elbow bumps and wearing a maskgroup is ideal for children who struggle with making friends or maintaining those relationships. Pre-interview may be requested. We will be practicing safe distancing, checking temperatures and other measures to ensure everyone's safety and well-being.

Grades: 3-5 & 6-8      Day: TBD     Dates: TBD   Time: TBD     Weeks: TBD

Fee: TBD       Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee IL
*Need-Based Scholarships are available for township residents who need assistance.


ART EXPRESSIONS - FULL

Change can be overwhelming for all of us. Over the past couple of years, children have dealt with changes to their school and social environment, the loss of loved ones, the anxiety of returning to school and so much more. It can be difficult to figure out what feelings are present throughout the whole process. The Art Expressions group will focus on self-expression using a variety of art materials in hopes to gain further insight into their emotions. 

Examples of directives that may be used during this group would be:A variety of brushes and paint

  • Creating a visual “road map of change” that they have experienced using collaged images
  • Use paint to express the feeling that comes along with change. This could be anxiety, excitement, or fear.
  • Create an image using colors that calm you; materials can range from paint, drawing or collage.

This group will be facilitated by art therapist Natalie Wolfe, MA, LPC, ATR-P. Natalie Wolfe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Provisionally Registered Art Therapist.  Natalie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University.

Grades: 3-5 & 6-8      Day: Wednesday    Dates: 9/29 - 11/3   Time: 6:00-7:00 pm (3rd-5th) - 7:00-8:00pm (6th-8th)   Weeks: 6

Fee: $30 R* / $70 NR             Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee IL
*Need-Based Scholarships are available for township residents who need assistance.


EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAM - This program is on hold due to reasons beyond our control

Experiential programs help children develop specific coping skills or new experiences. The focus is not recreational (although hopefully they have fun) but real-life learning. Because of the potential of injury and the importance of group cohesion, the client must have the ability to actively participate in the activities and manage their behavior. The program is often effective for youth in therapy but may be beneficial to those not currently receiving other services. If you have any questions about the program or if your child is an appropriate match, please contact Katy Padula, LCSW, at 847-244-1101, ext. *410.

EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM

Equestrian Program stock photo of young girl hugging horse from riding positionThe staff at Youth Services is happy to announce the start of our experiential program being offered to youth in our counseling services and teen centers. This program will be facilitated by Katy Padula, LCSW and Youth Services staff. The goal of the Experiential Therapy Program is to provide a safe fun environment to promote skills needed to foster individual coping, problem-solving, and personal leadership through unique interactive activities. Because horses are large, powerful animals, they can be particularly useful in representing big life challenges and for helping people build confidence or overcome fears. Youth will engage in mounted activity on horseback and grooming, while learning to better communicate, problem-solve and accomplish goals. This activity will take place and be facilitated by the staff at Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest, with the assistance and participation of Youth Services clinical staff. Warren Township staff will transport and drop off at Warren Township Gurnee Teen Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee, IL 60031.

Two Groups:  

Freedom Riders Group: In this program, participants will learn about themselves and other through horses. By engaging in mounted and non-mounted activities with the horse and discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This program is ideal for individuals who wish to better assert themselves, build confidence, learn to work cooperatively with peers and expand their social skills. This activity is limited to 6 youth.
Grades: 6-8
Registration: TBD  

Horses for Healing Group: In this program, participants will learn about themselves and others through horses. This program is largely focused on teens who have experienced trauma or loss. By engaging in mounted and non-mounted activities with the horse and discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns, participants will learn to overcome fear and build confidence. Horses can teach self-awareness, honest communication, trust, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, assertiveness, nurturance, and more. They have the ability to mirror human body language and provide us with metaphors and lessons about ourselves to help facilitate change. This program is ideal for individuals experiencing grief/loss, parental divorce, and T/trauma. This activity is limited to only 6 youth.
Grades: 9-12
Registration: TBD  

**Call for information and registration at 847-244-1101, ext. *410. Katy will provide a brief screening to help determine if the program is the correct fit for the child’s needs.  All registrations will be reviewed and assessed to determine if appropriate for the program. 
Based on therapists discretion, priority is given based on clinical needs.


Previous Groups 

STRESS LESS GROUP

Learn how to better cope with stress.
It’s a high-stress and demanding life for teens today and for many youth social distancing makes things more challenging. Using evidence-based material from a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction model and other experiential activities, this program helps teens learn to shift their thinking from an impulsive reaction to stress to a more helpful and mindful response. Teens can have difficulties in some key areas: perceptions and appraisals of stress, emotion-regulation, meta-cognitions, feelings of being out of or lacking control, attachment or pushing away pain and suffering, and attention and focus. The skills learned in this group guide them when they feel emotionally overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and depressed to face challenges through the lens of mindfulness. The mindfulness based program has the potential to shift and improve these areas in a teen’s life and as a natural outcome improve one’s quality of living.
This group not only helps with learning how to better deal with stress in general, but it also creates a safe way to interact with other youth online and reduce isolation. The group will be facilitated by Cindy Cardenas, MA, LPC at 847-244--1101, ext.*409.

Grades: TBD  Day: TBD Date: TBD Time: TBD  Weeks: TBD  Location: TBD
Fee:
TBD

WHY CAN'T I GET THINGS DONE?                         

Understanding how clear goals and motivation work together to help teens get through the challenges of being a high schooler.
This three part workshop will help teens identify and create meaningful goals and find the motivation to overcome obstacles.
This workshop is for your teen if: 

  • They struggle to complete simple tasks and fulfill responsibilities
  • They wonder what’s the point of school or even bother doing their work
  • They’re struggling to find motivation in the moment and to plan for the future

**This series will meet one evening a week for three weeks.
The group will be facilitated by Julie Crowe-McCarthy. Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Career Counselor with over 10 years experience working with teens and young adults to develop success strategies in school and life.

Grades: TBD  Day: TBD Date: TBD Time: TBD  Weeks: TBD  Location: TBD
Fee: TBD 


SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS:

Mindset, Motivation, & Action Plans for a successful school year
This workshop will kick start the school year with fun activities and strategies related to goals, motivation and mindset. Participants will be asked to think about what a great school year would look like for them while learning tips and tricks to staying connected and focused during the year, even when the thrill of a new year wears off! Everyone will walk away with specific goals, personal values related to school and friends and strategies to manage time and avoid procrastination.

The workshop will be facilitated by Julie Crowe-McCarthy Ms. Ed, NCC, LCPC and Becky De Rosa, LPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA. Julie is a Professional Counselor and Certified Career Counselor with over 10 years’ experience working with teens and young adults to develop success strategies in school and life and Becky De Rosa is a Youth and Family therapist at Warren Township. 

We will be practicing safe distancing, checking temperatures and other measures to ensure everyone's safety and well-being.

Grades: TBD  Day: TBD   Date: TBD  Time: TBD Fee: TBD
Location:
Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee