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Finding The Balance: Creating Opportunity For Youth To Succeed In Chaotic Times

Join Audrey Grunst, LCSW & CEO of Simply Bee, alongside fellow colleagues in the mental health space as they are interviewed by The Carter Education & Community Foundation about Finding The Balance: Creating Opportunity For Youth To Succeed In Chaotic Times. This conversation is open to all ages. It will be focused on actionable steps and tangible skills to help teens grow and to find acceptance within themselves, even amidst the uncertainty of life.
 
Learn how to:
  • Help your child (and yourself) to build resilience 
  • Create boundaries that stick
  • Provide support and create safe spaces for teens to share about their emotional experiences and mental health
  • Successfully help teens move towards independence in adulthood
 
Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an hour of casual and insightful conversation with experts in the field.
 
Be sure to pre-register to get access to the zoom link -- and come with questions because there will be an opportunity for live Q&A with the panel!

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Self-Care Sundays: A 3-Part Workshop Series For Middle School Girls

This fall we are bringing back our Self-Care Sunday series!

The middle school years can be a  challenging time for many teens as they develop their own identities and interact with those around them. Self-Care Sundays was created in order to help teens navigate these years with a sense of confidence, self-esteem and healthy habits to take care of their well-being.

Facilitators Emily Plesnicar, MA, Stephanie Bersh, RYT-200, and Stephanie Smith, Health & Nutrition Coach will combine their expertise to provide tangible self-care strategies. Through the use of hands on activities (and a take-home gift each week), your child will develop a deeper sense of self, build daily mindfulness practices, and learn stress management techniques—all to support growing a strong mind, strong body, and strong heart.

Workshop Details:

Who: 6th-8th grade girls

When: First 3 Sundays in November | 4:30-5:45 PM

  • Week 1: 11/7 - Self-care for stress
  • Week 2: 11/14 - Intention Building
  • Week 3: 11/21 - Increase Confidence

Where: Heather's Gym, 504 1st St, Libertyville, IL 60048

Cost: $120.00 (includes a hands-on activity and take-home gift each week)

*Cannot sign up for individual sessions, no refunds for missed days

*For inquiries about additional age groups please email [email protected]

Register Here

Interest List For Boys Workshop Series

It is always our mission to provide valuable workshops, content and opportunities for all. If you have a son who would be interested in a similar event or group (activities and topics would be relevant to the age-group and current needs), please complete this form to be added to our 2022 workshop interest list.

3 Ways to Improve Your Financial Mindset

Talking about finances can be challenging and uncomfortable. It's a topic that can invoke shame, overwhelm, fear and even guilt.  It often feels easier to just avoid the topic altogether, but this only contributes to more negative feelings in the long run.
That's why Angel Arnold, LPC, and Audrey Grunst, LCSW, teamed up to create this free webinar focused on ways to improve your financial mindset. Angel & Audrey take an in-depth look at the mental and physical side of our relationship to finances that often gets ignored. 
The goal of this webinar is to help you build awareness around how finances are in relationship with your overall wellness. Angel & Audrey will help you learn:
  1. How finances affect your mental and physical health
  2. The importance of financial tools
  3. Skills to cope with anxiety while working to attain your financial goals
Tune in and start building an intentional and productive financial mindset. 
*Disclaimer: We are not financial advisors. The content in this webinar is for educational purposes only. In order to make the best financial decision that suits your own needs, you must conduct your own research and seek the advice of a licensed financial advisor if necessary.

Get Access To This Free Webinar Here

Ask Us Anything

Calling all community members! Join LEAD's Executive Director, Andy Duran, and Audrey Grunst, LCSW & Owner of Simply Bee for another Ask Us Anything.

This is an opportunity for you to get anonymous, free, and candid insight from two experts in the field of substance use and mental health. When we say 'Ask Us Anything', we mean it: nothing is off limits! Andy & Audrey will be talking all things teens, substance use, adolescent mental health, why young people do what they do, and how parents can have effective relationships with their teens. 

 

This event will be happening on November 2nd from 7:00-8:00 PM virtually on Zoom.

Registration is required.

 

Register Here

Renewing Optimism: How Young Adults Can Process The Past & Move Into The Future With Hope

 
If you’re a teen or young adult who’s spent the last 14+ months navigating feelings of loss, isolation, stress and anger, listen in to this short discussion between Kerry Strzyzewski, LPC and Audrey Grunst, LCSW.
Our goal is to help you understand that it's ok to grieve what was lost. Be it your senior year of high school, prom, athletics, graduation, etc...your body has likely been holding on to stress.
It's time to learn how to release and let go of the past so you can gain momentum forward and reconnect to the things that once brought you joy and purpose. Or perhaps you're ready to shed your past and find a new passion but don't know where to start - either way, this discussion is for you.
Kerry & Audrey share ways to reflect, grow and continue on with strength as we all step forward into the light at the end of the tunnel. They will guide you with tips to process the struggles of 2020, reconnect with yourself, and move forward with newfound (or perhaps rediscovered) sense of hope.

 

Webinar Access Includes:
  • Short Video Discussion
  • 5 Day Challenge Activity: Pick 5 journal prompts & complete one/day

Get Access To This Free Webinar Here

Ideas For Frustrated Parents: A Free Webinar

As a parent do you feel stuck in the constant pull between rehashing the past and looking into the future filled with worry? Trying to help your kids navigate the unique challenges they've faced, while managing all of your own emotions and experiences has been hard - to say the least!

Listen in for tips on how to avoid frustration & stress and work toward a more productive and positive home environment.

Gain insight and skills from these 3 questions:

1.) What should parents do when they're feeling overwhelmed with their kids being stuck inside?

2.) What are strategies for parents to utilize with their kids?

3.) How can a parent manage or talk about screen time with their child/teen?

Ready For More?

Fill out the form below to get access to Part 2 of this webinar.

Supporting Transgender Youth: A Free Webinar  

Have you ever found yourself wanting to speak up as an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community but are unsure of how or what to say? Perhaps you've struggled with the fear of saying something that isn't inclusive or inadvertently offensive and therefore, not spoken up at all.
We get it, there can be confusion around the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and what the most inclusive and supportive terms are for your loved ones or friends within the community.  If you are a parent, professional, family member or friend of a transgender youth and you're looking to increase your awareness and support as an ally, be sure to grab this resource. 
Therapists Katie Klein, of Simply Bee and Megan Sayre, of Sayre Counseling share on the importance of using inclusive language, ideas for how to create safe spaces both physically and emotionally, as well as community resources for transgender youth and families to access. Join them in an important conversation amongst therapists as they share the positive health impacts for trans youth who have even just one accepting and inclusive person in their life.
Our hope is that this webinar gives you a some introductory tools and resources to be an ally to those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Get Access Here

How To Talk About Race: A Community Discussion

Alongside our panel of experienced professionals in their fields of expertise, Simply Bee moderator Kristen Smith, LCSW helps to examine not only the mental health impact of this topic; but also the social and emotional outcomes this key issue has amongst members of our community.
Our goal is provide an open minded discussion as our panelists' each share their social impact stories and why race myths carry heavy consequences that perpetuate further divide in our community.
Empower yourself by engaging in this discussion and learn how to be more comfortable with discomfort.
Panelists:
  • Dr. Donna Baptiste, Ed.D, LCP, LMFT,  Department Chair & Clinical Professor

    The Family Institute at Northwestern University

  • Shermin Kruse, Attorney, Professor of Global Transactions, Management Consultant, Tactical Empathy Specialist, and TEDx Producer

  • Warren Scherer, Assistant Dean of Students

University of Wisconsin-Madison Public Health Department

  • Ryan Wallace, Associate Pastor for Faith Formation

First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville

Get Access Here

How To Increase Teen Self-Esteem: A Free Webinar  

Join Nicole Walsh, LSW and Audrey Grunst, LCSW as they discuss the staggering statistics of why self-esteem in teens is so critical to not only mental health, but physical health as well. Did you know...
75% of girls with low self-esteem report that they engage in self destructive behaviors
40% of boys report exercising regular so that they can increase their muscle mass
7 out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up to their peers in terms of their looks, relationships or academic performance
Whether you are a teen, a parent or a professional who works with teens, this resource is a must grab! Nicole & Audrey share practical tips for how to increase the four key areas of self-esteem: self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-love and self-care.
Webinar Access Includes:
  • Video
  • PDF Slides
  • Activity ideas for professionals working with teens
  • Journal Prompt Worksheet

Get Access Here

Mental & Physical Wellness Post Partum: Hear From The Experts

How to Have a Values-Based Positive Postpartum Experience 

Hosted by Audrey Grunst, LCSW and Rachel Miller, PT, DPT

Curious what are the two most important things to do immediately postpartum? Or maybe you're wondering about the most common physical and/or mental health issues that new moms face.

If you've had a baby in the past year or are a soon-to-be new mama wondering about these things and more, we've got you covered!

*In case you can't make this time, an access link will be sent to you upon registration*

Register Now

Check Out Our Past Events

2020

  • Conflict Resolution Hawthorne Middle School
  • Stress Management Student Workshop New Trier High School

2019

  • Being a Resilient Student Vernon Hills High School
  • Mental Health Week Libertyville High School
  • Healthy Lifestyle Fair Vernon Hills High School
  • Healthy Relationships Presentation Oak Grove School
  • Resource Fair Stevenson High School

2018

  • Back to School Anxiety Workshop Warren Township High School

2021

  • Facing Forward D65
  • Committing To Wellness Little Scouts Preschool
  • Growing A Resilient Mind D68

2020

  • Perfectionism in the Classroom D109
  • Anxiety Management in the Classroom D109, D28
  • Overcome Overwhelm D65, D28, Fusion Academy, D21
  • Connecting Through The Screen D128, D25, D225, D67
  • Circle of Control D36

2019

  • How to Feel Good All Day Teacher Workshop Warren Township High School
  • Decision Making Workshop For Counselors Warren Township High School 
  • Practicing Failure With a Purpose Public School Counselors Chapter Annual Meeting

2018

  • Experiential Workshop on Decision Making Strategies Fusion Academy
  • Self Esteem and Body Image Training for Teachers Glenbrook North

2017

  • Anxiety Management in the Classroom Glenbrook North

2020

  • Resiliency Workshop Glenbrook North
  • Psychology of Sports Panelist 320 Festival
  • 5 Ways Soccer Prepares Athletes For Life - Seminar for Athletes & Parents Campton United Soccer Club

2019

  • Play Like It's Your Last Day Warren Township High School

2018

  • Improving Game IQ Purdue University Northwest Volleyball
  • Performance Pressure Warren Township High School

2021

  • More Peace, Less Stress Yoga & Breathing Workshop

2020

  • Mother of Young Children Presentation MYC Libertyville 
  • Mom's Against Worry Podcast Dr. Karen Cassidy Podcast Guest

2019

  • Women & Wellness Event Orinoco Fitness

2021

  • Mental Health Action Day Walk Powered by MTV Entertainment Group
  • Finding Strength: How To Mentally Cope During COVID-19 Park Ridge Public Health Commission & Public Library

2020

  • Screenagers Panel Discussion Gorton Community Center
  • New Year New Connections Networking Event B. Bungalow
  • How to Be Successful Without the Burnout Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Chronic Pain and Mental Health Arthritis Foundation Medical Honoree
  • Coffee Chat for Parents CATCH
  • Ask Us Anything LEAD

2019

  • Raising Resilient Kids Gorton Community Center
  • Ask Us Anything LEAD (April & October)
  • Fresh Start Incubator Panel Lake Forest
  • Women of InfluenceTranel Financial Group
  • Safety Town Gorton Community Center
  • Practicing Failure CATCH
  • National Eating Disorders Walk
  • Panel Discussion of 'Angst' Documentary Libertyville High School

2018

  • RECLAIM: Personal Development Retreat for Young Adults Gorton Community Center
  • The Mask You Live In Gorton Community Center
  • Parenting in Today's Stressful World CATCH

2017

  • RECLAIM: Personal Development Retreat For Young Adults Lake Bluff

2021

  • Overcome Overwhelm: Parent Edition D67, D65

2019

  • Decision Making: How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Choices (February & March) Warren Township High School

2018

  • Raising Teens and Tweens: Common Parenting Pitfalls Lake Forest Middle School
  • Raising Resilient Kids Libertyville High School & Vernon Hills High School

2020

  • How To Maintain A Healthy Self Image As A Therapist In The Eating Disorder Field Eating Disorder Network

2019

  • Practicing Failure With a Purpose LCCA
  • Overcoming Perfectionism in Female Athletes AMITA
  • Strategic Decision Making LCCA

2017

  • Self-Injury Treatment Provider Networking Breakfast: Anxiety Treatment and Self-Injury AMITA
  • Treating Eating Disorders and Self-Injury With a Sense of Urgency & Compassion AMITA

2021

  • Living In The Moment - Mindfulness Workshop For Adults Workshop

2020

  • Nourish Yourself Webinar Series
  • Mastering Anxiety During COVID-19 Dayhouse Coworking
  • Parent Academy Webinar Series

2019

  • Stand in Your Power Workshop (January & February) Hawthorne Elementary School
  • Embody Love Movement Workshop Black Cat Yoga
  • Renew Retreat For Professionals Heartwood Center
  • Self Care Sunday Daily Method
  • Binge Eating Support Group Private Simply Bee Support Group

2018

  • Confident Decisions in College Selection Conference D225

2017

  • Youth Stress in Northbrook: Stories, Conversation and Information Northbrook Youth Commission
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