Mental Health Matters

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and families, we are transforming our caring-adult education program from D34 ParentConnect to Mental Health Matters. We have heard from you that this is the most important topic to our families! Look for a variety of topics, presenters and formats.

Unraveling Parenting Myths with Doug Bolton

Made possible by The Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation

Children are struggling emotionally in unprecedented ways, and often, families struggle to know how to best support them. Unfortunately, many modern parenting practices and beliefs interfere with children's emotional development.

In Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, the Debra Gelfand Children’s Foundation invited Psychologist Doug Bolton to speak to D34 families on Monday, May 6, at 7pm at Attea Middle School (2500 Chestnut Ave). Dr. Bolton identifed the myths that create unnecessary pressure on families and shared strategies to help refocus your caregiving energy on the things that support wellness in your children and yourself.

Doug Bolton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of School Consultation for Formative Psychological Services. He spent over 20 years as a psychologist and principal at North Shore Academy, a K-12 therapeutic school in Highland Park. Dr. Bolton provides consultation, supervision and professional development to caregivers, educators, and clinicians throughout northern Illinois to create communities that help foster child and adult resilience.

Presentation Slides:

English    Spanish     Mongolian     Korean

2023-24 Programs

Mental Health Matters: For D34 Parents, Guardians & Caregivers

Watch Unraveling Parenting Myths with Doug Bolton

Part 1
Part 2

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