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Depression affects millions of people, including adolescents. Recent surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression, which can lead to substance abuse and suicidal thoughts or actions. Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, will host a workshop about teen depression on Friday, October 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Designed for teens, parents, and health professionals, “Voice of Depression: The Unique and Honest Perspective of Teens and Their Parents: A Workshop to Share Challenges, Strategies, and Resources,” will feature experts in the field of suicide prevention and treatment. Erika’s Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization based in Winnetka that raises awareness of adolescent depression and mental health for young people, is sponsoring the seminar.
Erika’s Lighthouse representatives Peggy Kubert, MA, LSCW, executive director, and Heather Steward, LSW, director of programming and communications, will facilitate the discussion. Teens from the Winnetka-based organization, along with David Clark, Ph.D., assistant dean for clinical research and professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, also will speak.
Panel members include: Thomas Golebiewski, Ph.D., LCSW, a psychotherapy private practitioner; Al Ross, MA, LCSW, youth, family, and community coordinator for Family Service of Glencoe; David Schreiber, MD, executive director of Compass Health Center in Northbrook; and Mary Waldon, MSW, LCSW, a professional from Change Therapy in Winnetka who specializes in change-oriented psychotherapy for teens, young adults, and their families. These experts will share the latest information on topics including suicide, stress, anxiety, psychopharmacology, dialectic behavioral therapy, and substance abuse.
Registration is $100 ($125 the day of the event) and continuing education hours will be offered to social workers, counselors, therapists, and teachers. To register, call (847) 635-1934 or visit www.oakton.edu/all.