The teen years pose 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 and confused while facing concerns about their identity, emotional development, drinking and drugs. Providing accurate information about teen tough topics can reduce your child’s confusion or shame and break through the communication gap.
Panelists will include:
Judge Christopher Stride 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 in 2006. Two teenage guests were killed in a car crash shortly after leaving this underage drinking party. This case had major implications for today’s social hosting laws.
Patrick McGrath has extensive training, experience and expertise in the area of anxiety and stress disorders. He is director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and co-director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. McGrath is the author of a stress management workbook “Don’t Try Harder, Try Different,” and “The OCD Answer Book.”
Justin Wolfe is a clinical therapist in the Adolescent Addiction Services program at Linden Oaks Hospital. She has presented at numerous conferences on substance abuse prevention and treatment.
Linda Lewaniak, the senior director of Integrated Treatment for Insight Behavioral Health/Eating Recovery Center, will moderate this panel on how to best protect our teens’ well-being.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. March 22 in the auditorium at Glenbard South, 23W200 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. CPDUs are available.