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We know parents have limited time, so we've turned to local mental health professionals to help all of us Learn from Experts in short videos.  Check out the entire series on the CATCH YouTube channel or click below on the topic that's most interesting to you.

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NEW: School Refusal

What do you do when your child won't go to school?

If your kid really struggles to get to school or won't go day after day after day, you may be dealing with school refusal and some underlying mental health issues.

In CATCH's newest Learn from Experts video series, Toni Boos, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Compass Health Center, Northbrook, shares insights and parenting tips on what school refusal really looks like, the reasons behind it, how parents and caregivers can support their kids, and finally how NOT to accommodate the refusal behavior.


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School Refusal
(September 2020)

Did you know that when a child struggles to get to school, stay there, or go there in the first place, that's called school refusal?

It's often an indication  of underlying mental health issues. 

In this edition of CATCH's Learn from Experts, Toni Boos, PsyD, Compass Health Center, Northbrook, explains the signs of school refusal, how parents should respond and support their child, when to seek professional help, and how to find the balance between pushing a child and accommodating them.


Eating Disorders
(June 2021)

An eating disorder is about much more than a person's desire to change their body. In fact, it's a way of coping with deeper emotional pain and is very much a mental illness.

In this edition of CATCH's Learn from Experts, Sarah Halvorson, LMFT, Director of Clinical Services, Ascend Consultation in Heath Care - Chicago, Northbrook answers questions about diagnosis, treatment, and more.


Exploring Anxiety in Kids & Teens (Ages 5-18)
(March 2021)

Anxiety is widespread these days, but all cases are not created equal. There's typical anxiety that is quite manageable and then there's a range of anxiety disorders which are more serious, diagnosable, and treatable with therapy and/or medication. How do you know the difference and how do you handle each one? Let's Learn from Experts! In this installment of CATCH's video series, Dr. Amber May, Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist, The Bloomberg Institute, Northbrook, answers these questions and more to help parents understand their child's anxious behavior, how to respond to it, and when to get professional help.


Family Survival Guide for Pandemic Holidays
(December 2020)

Are you wondering how you're going to get through the holiday season during a pandemic? Check out the Family Survival Guide for Pandemic Holidays in which Lizzy Appleby, AM, LCSW, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, shares ideas on how to frame the holidays and set up your family for a season that is relaxed and meaningful.


Practicing Gratitude
(November 2020)

Practicing gratitude is scientifically proven to improve your physical and mental health, help you sleep better, and enhance your relationships. However, it's more than listing the things for which you are grateful. In this installment of the CATCH series, Learn from Experts, Empowerment Coach Judith Joy explains how to start a meaningful gratitude practice for yourself, how to engage your kids in the experience, and how to incorporate it into your Zoom Thanksgiving.


Teens, Depression, & Suicide (Ages 12-18)
(October 2020)

Depression and suicide rates are on the rise especially in the midst of a global pandemic. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Erica Leibrandt, LCPC, RYT, Sound Mind Counseling, answers questions about teenage depression, symptoms, treatments, active and passive suicidal ideation and more.


COVID Risks at School (Ages 5-18)
(August 2020)

As students return to in-person learning throughout the 2020-21 school year, there are many questions about how best to reduce the risks of COVID-19. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Dr. Marcy Zirlin, Immediate Care Physician, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northbrook resident, answers questions about managing lunch time without masks, selecting in-person activities, the effectiveness of a face shield, and how to sneeze safely!


Our Stay-At-Home Summer (Ages 3-8)
(July 2020)

A summer close to home with little ones in the midst of a pandemic brings a list of unique challenges. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Dr. Leigh Weisz of Coping Partners guides parents of children ages 3-8 on how to establish a summer routine when there isn't one, what to do about consequences, and how to get kids to open up about how they are really feeling.


Our Stay-At-Home Summer (Ages 7-13)
(July 2020)

Summer 2020 tossed everyone's plans out the window and kept families closer to home than usual due to COVID-19. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Jennifer Welbel, LCPC, North Suburban Center for Anxiety, talks about managing unscheduled time, setting and enforcing families rules around socializing, getting kids to transition off electronics and more hot topics.