Working with Schools

As part of our mission to develop healthy individuals, strong families, and thriving communities, we work with local schools in a variety of ways to support students and enhance their educational experience.

Referrals for Counseling Services

School social workers do an excellent job of supporting students, but when a child could benefit from additional counseling services or an entire family could use support, YFC therapists are ready to help. Our counselors often work in collaboration with teachers and school social workers to better support our child and adolescent clients, but only if we have client and/or parental consent to do so.

For more information about our counseling services, please call our Client Services Coordinator at (847) 367-5991 ext. 13.

Speaker Programs for Parents and School Professionals

YFC’s clinical staff offers one-hour speaker programs on a variety of mental health topics. Each program includes information presented by experts, a question-and-answer period, and a suggested reading list for additional information.

For parents, we offer:

  • Supporting Children Through the Divorce Process
  • Supporting the Child with a Special Needs Sibling
  • Peer Relationships
  • Supporting Your Child Through Grief and Loss
  • Self-Injury Awareness and Prevention

For professionals, we offer:

  • Self-Injury Awareness and Prevention

To schedule a program or request a specific presentation, please contact Catherine VanDamme at (847) 367-5991 ext. 13 or jmoravek@counselingforall.org.

In-Class Workshops

Bullying Prevention Program

This two-day program is designed to help schools change the mentality around bullying by teaching acceptance and appropriate responses to bullying behavior.

YFC staff work with middle-school students to increase the acceptance of diversity. Our program offers exercises and interactive discussion designed to raise awareness of what bullying is and how it is harmful; increase empathy for others; and strengthen common bonds across cultures and differences. We teach a range of positive responses that bystanders, victims, parents, and teachers can use to defuse bullying situations, and strategies for preventing bullying from escalating into more serious scenarios.

For more information about YFC’s Bullying Prevention Program, please contact Catherine VanDamme at (847) 367-5991 ext. 13 or cvandamme@counselingforall.org.

Growing Friendships Workshop

This one-day workshop is designed to help elementary school students better understand conflict cycles and learn how to successfully resolve personal disputes.

YFC staff leads students through age-appropriate exercises designed to help them understand that communicating openly, admitting personal mistakes, and expressing feelings are essential to maintaining healthy relationships.

For more information about YFC’s Growing Friendships Workshop, please contact Catherine VanDamme at (847) 367-5991 ext. 13 or cvandamme@counselingforall.org.