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). 

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


ThTwo kids holding iPad in front of their faces hiding their face. is presentation will provide a reasoned, scientific, and practical set of strategies for parents concerned about their child’s screen time. It will help parents recognize the benefits of screen-based technologies and how they can leverage them to benefit their children. This presentation will provide real-world strategies for finding a balance between screen-based and other activities for kids and take a realistic view of the risks of excessive screen time.

Our presenter, Randy Kulman, Ph.D., is the founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids, an educational technology company that specializes in using video games and interactive digital media to teach executive-functioning and academic skills.

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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:  Every Tuesday  Date: From October 18th to November 8th   Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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

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Helping Young Children Handle Big Feelings


This workshop will address your child’s emotional and social development, emotional awareness, self-regulation, respoChild sitting and pouting while playing with other childrennding to anxiety and the development of calming behaviors. Presented by Adriana Argueta, LCPC, parents will learn about their child’s milestones and practical skills to help with their young child’s growth. This workshop is primarily meant for parents of children 0-5.

Day: Thursday    Date: October 27th, 2022    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm     Fee: FREE      Location: Via Zoom

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



Previous Programs

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

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.

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

PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD

How to better understand and help your child.

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: TBD   Date: TBD   Time: TBD

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