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Ther­a­py Fun­da­men­tals: Learn, Grow, Thrive

Psy­choe­d­u­ca­tion­al Group

This group is open to adults cur­rent­ly wait­ing for per­ma­nent assign­ment of a ther­a­pist and those engaged in care look­ing to expand their supports.

What to Expect:

  • Inter­ac­tive psy­choe­d­u­ca­tion­al ses­sions cov­er­ing essen­tial ther­a­py topics
  • Prac­ti­cal tools and strate­gies for per­son­al growth
  • Dis­cus­sions aimed at enhanc­ing under­stand­ing and skill-building
  • A wel­com­ing envi­ron­ment to learn and con­nect with others
  • Light snacks will be available.

Atten­dance can be on a week-to-week basis based on your interest.

Who Can Attend

  • Adults (18+) on the wait­list for therapy
  • Indi­vid­u­als receiv­ing KYC ser­vices look­ing for addi­tion­al sup­port and to expand their knowl­edge and skills


Every Mon­day at 3PM4:30PM


Ken­neth Young Cen­ter
1001 Rohlwing Road
Office: 152
Elk Grove Vil­lage, IL 60007 

Reg­is­ter to Attend

To sign up, please call or text Luka Wilk, Adult Cri­sis Ther­a­pist, at 224.507.5964. If unavail­able, kind­ly leave a voice­mail with your name, date of birth, and phone num­ber, and a response will be pro­vid­ed promptly.




July 012024

Path to Wellness

  • Explore ther­a­py’s ben­e­fits and per­son­al growth journey.
  • Under­stand how ther­a­py can help guide through life tran­si­tions and over­come challenges.
  • Learn prac­ti­cal tools and tech­niques for improv­ing well-being.
  • Learn how trau­ma can impact indi­vid­u­als’ readi­ness to engage in ther­a­py and their abil­i­ty to ben­e­fit from ther­a­peu­tic interventions.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­enc­ing life changes or who are feel­ing over­whelmed by stress, those seek­ing per­son­al growth and self-dis­cov­ery oppor­tu­ni­ties, and any­one inter­est­ed in explor­ing the ben­e­fits of ther­a­py for men­tal health improvement.

July 082024

Under­stand­ing Stress

  • Explore the impact of stress and learn stress man­age­ment tools.
  • Iden­ti­fy per­son­al stres­sors and devel­op effec­tive cop­ing strategies.
  • Incor­po­rate relax­ation tech­niques and mind­ful­ness prac­tices for stress resilience.
  • Learn­ing how past stress­ful expe­ri­ences and present trau­ma can increase the like­li­hood of feel­ing stressed and get in the way of effec­tive stress management.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­enc­ing chron­ic stress or feel­ing over­whelmed by life’s demands, those inter­est­ed in learn­ing about the effects of stress on phys­i­cal and men­tal health, and any­one seek­ing prac­ti­cal strate­gies to bet­ter man­age stress and improve over­all well-being.

July 152024

Anx­i­ety Management

  • Explore the nature of anxiety
  • Cope with wor­ry and stress through relax­ation techniques.
  • Iden­ti­fy trig­gers and symp­toms of anx­i­ety for effec­tive management.
  • Rec­og­nize how anx­i­ety can be root­ed in trauma.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Peo­ple strug­gling with fre­quent feel­ings of anx­i­ety and stress, indi­vid­u­als look­ing for prac­ti­cal strate­gies to man­age and reduce anx­i­ety symp­toms, and any­one inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about the con­nec­tion between thoughts, emo­tions, and anxiety.

July 222024

Cop­ing with Depression

  • Under­stand and man­age low moods and depres­sive symptoms.
  • Dis­cov­er self-care prac­tices and activ­i­ties to live bet­ter with depression 
  • Build resilience and fos­ter hope through sup­port­ive dis­cus­sions with peers and professionals.
  • Learn how trau­ma can be con­nect­ed to depres­sive symp­toms and influ­ence the abil­i­ty to take care of yourself.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of depres­sion, such as low mood or lack of moti­va­tion, those seek­ing addi­tion­al sup­port and cop­ing strate­gies for man­ag­ing depres­sive symp­toms, and any­one inter­est­ed in build­ing resilience and find­ing hope in chal­leng­ing times.

July 292024

Defense Mech­a­nisms

  • Explore com­mon defense mech­a­nisms and their role in cop­ing with stress and conflict.
  • Under­stand how defense mech­a­nisms influ­ence thoughts, emo­tions, and behavior.
  • Learn healthy ways to man­age stress and devel­op more help­ful cop­ing strategies.
  • Learn how trau­ma can shape defense mech­a­nisms and impact their effectiveness.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als seek­ing to under­stand their own cop­ing mech­a­nisms and behav­iors, those inter­est­ed in explor­ing unhelp­ful pat­terns of think­ing and react­ing, and any­one look­ing to devel­op health­i­er ways of man­ag­ing stress and conflict.

August 052024

Grat­i­tude & Positivity

  • Rec­og­nize the impor­tance of grat­i­tude and pos­i­tiv­i­ty in enhanc­ing over­all well-being.
  • Learn prac­ti­cal tech­niques for rec­og­niz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for grat­i­tude and fos­ter­ing a pos­i­tive mindset.
  • Apply grat­i­tude and pos­i­tiv­i­ty prac­tices in dai­ly life to pro­mote emo­tion­al bal­ance and resilience.
  • Learn how trau­ma can impact one’s abil­i­ty to expe­ri­ence grat­i­tude and cul­ti­vate positivity.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­enc­ing neg­a­tiv­i­ty or stress, those inter­est­ed in build­ing resilience, and any­one aim­ing to cul­ti­vate a more opti­mistic outlook.

August 122024

Cog­ni­tive Distortions

  • Change neg­a­tive thought pat­terns and unrav­el overthinking.
  • Learn cog­ni­tive restruc­tur­ing tech­niques for a more pos­i­tive outlook.
  • Prac­tice mind­ful­ness and ground­ing exer­cis­es for increased self-awareness.
  • Learn how trau­ma can con­tribute to cog­ni­tive dis­tor­tions and influ­ence one’s per­cep­tion of reality.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Peo­ple strug­gling with neg­a­tive think­ing pat­terns and self-crit­i­cism, indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in learn­ing tech­niques to chal­lenge and change unhelp­ful thoughts, and any­one look­ing to enhance self-aware­ness and devel­op a more pos­i­tive mindset.

August 192024

Resilience Build­ing

  • Under­stand the con­cept of resilience and its impor­tance in fac­ing life’s challenges.
  • Explore fac­tors that con­tribute to resilience and strate­gies for enhanc­ing resilience.
  • Share per­son­al sto­ries of over­com­ing adver­si­ty and sup­port one anoth­er in build­ing resilience.
  • Rec­og­nize how trau­ma can chal­lenge resilience and influ­ence one’s abil­i­ty to over­come adversity.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Peo­ple fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant life chal­lenges or tran­si­tions, indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in learn­ing how to bounce back from adver­si­ty and build inner strength, and any­one look­ing to con­nect with oth­ers and gain inspi­ra­tion for nav­i­gat­ing tough times.

August 262024

Set­ting Boundaries

  • Explore the impor­tance of set­ting bound­aries in rela­tion­ships and self-care.
  • Under­stand the role of bound­aries in main­tain­ing healthy inter­per­son­al con­nec­tions and emo­tion­al well-being.
  • Learn prac­ti­cal strate­gies for iden­ti­fy­ing and assertive­ly com­mu­ni­cat­ing per­son­al boundaries.
  • Under­stand how trau­ma can affect one’s abil­i­ty to estab­lish and main­tain healthy boundaries.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als strug­gling with bound­ary issues in per­son­al or pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships, those seek­ing to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion and assertive­ness skills, and any­one inter­est­ed in enhanc­ing self-aware­ness and build­ing health­i­er rela­tion­ship dynamics.

Sep­tem­ber 032024


Effec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Skills

  • Devel­op assertive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.
  • Explore effec­tive con­flict res­o­lu­tion strategies.
  • Strength­en rela­tion­ships through communication.
  • Learn­ing how trau­ma can impact com­mu­ni­ca­tion pat­terns and inter­per­son­al relationships.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als seek­ing to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion in per­son­al or pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships, those inter­est­ed in assertive­ness train­ing, and any­one aim­ing to enhance their inter­per­son­al skills.

Sep­tem­ber 092024

Goal Set­ting & Motivation

  • Learn how to set goals that are real­is­tic and attainable.
  • Dis­cov­er strate­gies to stay moti­vat­ed and inspired on the jour­ney of per­son­al growth.
  • Explore tech­niques for over­com­ing obsta­cles and set­backs that may arise along the way.
  • Learn­ing how trau­ma can influ­ence goal-set­ting behav­iors and moti­va­tion levels.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als seek­ing direc­tion and moti­va­tion, those inter­est­ed in achiev­ing per­son­al growth, and any­one look­ing to pur­sue their aspi­ra­tions effectively.

Sep­tem­ber 162024

Con­nect­ing Your Past to Your Present

  • Learn about uncon­scious process­es and child­hood experiences.
  • Under­stand the influ­ence of past expe­ri­ences on cur­rent thoughts, feel­ings, and behaviors.
  • Gain insights to improve per­son­al growth and connections.
  • Learn how trau­ma can shape uncon­scious process­es and child­hood expe­ri­ences, impact­ing present-day thoughts, feel­ings, and behaviors.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als will­ing to learn about the role of uncon­scious process­es in behav­ior, those inter­est­ed in explor­ing the con­nec­tion between past expe­ri­ences and present-day strug­gles, and any­one seek­ing insight and self-awareness.

Sep­tem­ber 232024

Fam­i­ly Dynamics

  • Explore the foun­da­tions of fam­i­ly therapy.
  • Iden­ti­fy dif­fer­ent types of fam­i­ly dynam­ics, such as enmeshed or dis­en­gaged, and their impact on individuals.
  • Learn prac­ti­cal strate­gies for improv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, set­ting bound­aries, and fos­ter­ing health­i­er fam­i­ly relationships.
  • Learn how trau­ma can influ­ence fam­i­ly dynam­ics and relationships.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in learn­ing about fam­i­ly sys­tems and rela­tion­ship dynam­ics, those seek­ing tools to nav­i­gate com­plex fam­i­ly interactions.

Sep­tem­ber 302024

Mind­ful­ness & Compassion

  • Prac­tice being kind to our­selves and grow self-com­pas­sion and understanding.
  • Build up emo­tion­al strength, get­ting bet­ter at han­dling tough feel­ings with ease and steadiness.
  • Under­stand how trau­ma can inter­fere with mind­ful­ness prac­tices and self-compassion.

Who May Ben­e­fit: Indi­vid­u­als fac­ing stress or anx­i­ety, those inter­est­ed in mind­ful­ness prac­tices for self-aware­ness and emo­tion­al reg­u­la­tion, and any­one seek­ing to cul­ti­vate com­pas­sion and resilience.

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