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Video: D300 Parent University on “School Anxiety, Avoidance and Refusal”


Parents and guardians can view a video recording of the August 26 D300 Parent University on School Anxiety, Avoidance and Refusal: Parenting Strategies that Help by clicking here

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that children with untreated anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss  important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Anxiety disorders can occur concurrently with depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). School stress can start as early as kindergarten and can turn the joy of learning into a daily struggle resulting in school avoidance and school refusal.

Join District 300 and the Illinois Parent Education and Resource Center for an engaging presentation with Kathleen Berger, LCSW and Clinical Supervisor of the School Anxiety/School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Kathleen, a passionate and experienced practitioner in the field of social work, will guide attendees how to recognize the difference between normal, temporary fears and when to suspect an anxiety disorder. Kathleen will discuss symptoms, factors that contribute to school anxiety, emotional and cognitive development, and the demands on children. Most importantly, Kathleen will share proven parenting strategies to bring a child back to emotional health, including how to communicate effectively and explore further treatment options (if necessary).

Kathleen is co-owner of the Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs. In her clinical practice, Kathleen utilizes a wide array of techniques and modalities to provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults addressing family and peer conflict, oppositional or risk taking behaviors, stage of life issues, anxiety, depression, behavioral and substance abuse issues. 

Join us for what is sure to be an informative evening. There will be ample time for a Q&A session after the presentation.

This is a free presentation. District 300 kindly asks interested attendees to register for the event by visiting: