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Speakers & Events in the Western Suburbs


Dr. Adam Russo:  Fostering Resilience in Students & Supporting Post-Secondary Success

Wed. Jan 29 - 7pm

Downers Grove North High School - Library

Adam Russo is the Chairman & CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services.  Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Social Work from Smith College.  Adam formerly served as an administrator at a local behavioral health facility and subsequently founded Edgewood Clinical Services in 2004.


Over the past several years, Adam has spoken hundreds of times to many organizations (including the school districts of Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Lisle, Wheaton, IL) and the Illinois Association of School Workers about how to best motivate, discipline, and challenge young people so they may thrive in their adult life.  He was a speaker at TEDx Naperville on The Importance of Failure, and wrote a book called Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child into a Successful Adult that is available on iBooks and Amazon.


Partner Events in the Western Suburbs

The Avery Coonley School - "Creating the Future" Lecture Series 

Dr. John G. Duffy - "Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety"


Thursday,February 20 


The Avery Coonley School, 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove

Tickets are $10 - Open to the Public

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The Avery Coonley School invites the public to join them for an evening with psychologist, best-selling author, speaker, and national media personality Dr. John G. Duffy. Dr. Duffy will discuss issues related to teenage anxiety and depression, drawing from his latest book, Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. 

Motivent Total Health

Youth Workshops Supporting Emotional Wellness


777 Oakmont Lane, Suite 1600B, Westmont

Mondays ages 11-14

Thursdays ages 7-10

$360 for 6-week series

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Navigating social media and this digital age presents challenges to parents and children alike.  To address these issues, Motivent is a non-profit organization that provides interactive workshops to help youth learn healthy ways of coping in our fast-paced, technology-driven world.  Youth can share their own stressors and seek guidance from trained professionals and their peers in a safe, nurturing place. They will learn strategies for how to deal with overwhelming feelings, how to stay calm and improving self-esteem. Areas of focus are: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

District181 Foundation

SCREENAGERS Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience
Documentary Film and Discussion with Filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:30am, The Community House 

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm, The Community House​ 

Delaney Ruston, M.D., a filmmaker and physician, uses a personal lens and professional eye to help parents flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. In her new film SCREENAGERS Next Chapter, Ruston sets out to uncover how we understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society. And how we can empower teens with skills to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

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Glenbard Parent Series

Lee's Three Habits:  A Workshop for Stronger Relationships and Greater Happiness

Dr. Paul Cornona

Wed. Jan 15, 7-8:30pm

Glenbard West

Telling, talking and taking don’t make us happier — asking, listening and giving do. Ask, listen and give. These three simple habits strengthen our relationships with others, and stronger relationships (not more fame, fortune or achievement) are the real keys to greater happiness. The Lee’s 3 Habits system helps motivated people build stronger relationships and achieve greater happiness

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13 Things Mentally Healthy Parents Don't Do:  Raising Self-Assured Children & Training their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning & Success

Amy Moring, LCSW

Wed. Jan 29, 7-8:30pm

College of Dupage, McAninch Arts Center

Psychotherapist Amy Morin is here with a simple approach to help bolster mental muscle and help all become their best selves . Morin reveals what not to do- the types of unhealthy thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that hold adults back from raising mentally strong children.

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The Secret Sadness of Depression

Andrew Solomon

Tue. Feb 11, 7-8:30pm

Glenbard West

Award winning writer and lecturer Dr. Andrew Solomon examines depression in both personal and scientific of terms. Drawing on his own longtime struggle with depression and interviews with fellow sufferers and doctors , Solomon reveals the subtleties, the complexities, and the agony of this disease.

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Self-Awareness, Self-Compassion, Self-Care

Cathy Adams, LCSW, CPC

Wed. Feb 12, 12-1:30pm

Community Consolidated School District #93 Administration center

Cathy Adams is here to empower parents to take care of themselves and trust their instincts, This talk will remind parents of their importance and help them to reconnect to the joys of parenting. Here are the strategies to become a grounded and intuitive parent. Accepting your children for who they are is the key to their self worth. Adams gives us permission not to be perfect and to take the time to find ourselves again.

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Teen Support Group - Spring 2020 Session

Thursdays 7-8:30pm (1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2)


Deadline to Register 1/8/2020

Location: NAMI Dupage Office, 115 N County Farm Rd., Wheaton

NAMI DuPage in partnership with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer a peer support group free of charge for high school teens dealing with mental health issues like sadness and anxiety.  There is nothing like being in a room with others who know what is like to live with similar concerns.  Co-led by a NAMI peer leader and Good Samaritan Clinician, workshops provide a safe space of peer support and learning.* . For the success of the support group, there is a capacity for 10 teens.  This is a “closed group,” in which registration and screening of participants is required to determine appropriate placement.  Future teen support group sessions will also be posted, so this is not the only session they will offer. 

Register HERE