The teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges for families. Day to day ups and downs are a normal part of adolescence, making it difficult to distinguish when there is a concern. In this period of great change teens may feel misunderstood, angry, alone, anxious, moody and confused while facing concerns about their identity, emotional development, social media use and alcohol and other drugs. Providing accurate information about teen tough topics can reduce your child’s confusion or shame and break through the communication gap. How parents respond and can make all the difference in having a healthy or destructive relationship.
Tough Teen Topics: Social Media Safety at 6:30 pm
This panel discussion begins at 6:30 and will address digital technology safety for teens. Panelists will include Robert Berlin – Dupage County States Attorney, Cpl. Frank Bibbiano, DuPage County Sheriff’s Department and Detective Rich Wistocki – Naperville Police Department and TeenSafe.
Tough Teen Topics: Anxiety, Parties and Depression at 7:00 pm
This presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. Learn about the current social trends in the alcohol and drug issues affecting youth today. Learn your responsibilities as a parent and how to negotiate the parent / teen relationship. Gain tips to secure a positive future for your child from our impressive panel of experts:
Judge Christopher Stride (above right) was the presiding judge in a landmark case of a couple found guilty of allowing their son’s friends to drink at a homecoming party in their basement. Two teenage guests were killed in a car crash shortly after leaving the home. Judge Stride called the Hutsells’ actions “a mistake that will resonate for a lifetime.”
Patrick McGrath PhD has extensive training, and expertise in the area of anxiety and stress disorders . He is the director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and co-director of the School Anxiety Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. McGrath is the author of the stress management workbook, Don’t Try Harder, Try Different, as well as The OCD Answer Book.
Justin Wolfe LCPC, CADC, CRC is a clinical therapist in the Adolescent Addiction services program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital. Wolfe has experience in working with the doubts, insecurities and feelings of teens that can become overwhelming in the teen years, feelings that can lead to destructive behaviors.
Serving as our moderator is Linda Lewaniak LCSW CAADC Program Director of Integrated Services at Eating Recovery Center, Insight. Lewaniak has built a trusted private therapy practice treating adults, adolescents and children suffering from addiction, anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis and family issues
CPDUs are available.