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Kane County Health Matters is a series of presentations and conversations organized by our team of public health professionals at the Kane County Health Department and local health experts covering a wide range of topics such as common health conditions, general health, behavioral and mental health, and wellness. 

Kane County organizations, we welcome yo
u to join our podcasts or webinars and share your insights! For more information, email: healthmatters@kanecountyil.gov​ ​

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Upcoming Events

Click on title to register and obtain Zoom link. The Kane County System of Care also offers free monthly children's mental health trainings​ that anyone involved in the wellbeing of children is welcome to attend.

Watch Me Grow! Supporting Children Through the 5 Domains of Child Development
July 24, 2024 at 7pm. Register Here
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Early Childhood (prenatal to age 5) is an amazing and critical time in the life of a human being. The foundation for our future self is created and evolving at a very rapid and exciting pace. This workshop, led by children's mental health consultant, Tammy Livingston, LCSW, I/ECMH-C, will offer a glimpse into the 5 areas of development that are most impacted in the first 5 years of life. The domains are: Cognitive (ability to think and learn), Adaptive (self-help skills), Communication, Physical and Social Emotional Development. Participants will learn how to support a child through the use of Developmental-Focused Parenting that focuses on knowing what each area of development is and offering a child an environment that is warm, responsive, encouraging and communicative. We will also explore how this style of parenting will lay the foundation for a young child’s school readiness, social competence and mental health.

Parents, caregivers, teachers, day care providers, social workers, and anyone influential in the lives of young children are invited to attend this free webinar, and Spanish translation will be provided. 

Start The Year Off Strong: 5 Essential Skills to Raise Students Who Can Weather Life’s Storms​
August 22, 2024

12pm link: https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/82331387584​
7pm link: https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/82860513613

Raising Successful Kids.pngDevelopmental psychologist Dr. Aliza Pressman will kick off the 2024-25 school year with a plan of action to start the year strong.

​Her book, “The 5 Principles of Parenting” doesn’t presume to tell you how to parent with ‘my way is right’ advice because the science is clear: There’s no one “right” way to raise good humans. Pressman distills the science to a handful of strategies every parent can use to get things right often enough: Relationship, Reflection, Regulation, Rules, and Repair.

No matter how you were raised, how your coparent behaves, or how your kids have been parented up until now, you can start using “The 5 Principles of Parenting” to chart a manageable course that’s aligned with your values and your children’s unique temperaments. Whether you’re in the trenches with a toddler or a tween (because, spoiler alert: the tantrums of childhood mirror the tantrums of adolescence), it’s never too late to learn to use these 5 principles to help your kids build the resilience they need to thrive. By becoming more intentional people, we become better parents. By becoming better parents, we become better people.

Dr. Aliza Pressman is a developmental psychologist with nearly two decades of experience working with families and the health care providers who care for them. She is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Behavioral Health Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is cofounding director of The Mount Sinai Parenting Center. Aliza is also the host of the hit podcast, Raising Good Humans. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University.

Past Events

April 24, 2024: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children​
Passcode: wC4J*C80

March 20, 2024​: Substance Misuse and Overdose​

March 13, 2024: Impact of Trauma on Children

February 28, 2024: Parent Discussions on Substance Use Prevention​
Passcode: &a6KUvwQ​

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NEW! Episode 7​: Mental Health Wellness Made Simple with ​Marissa Raglin​
In this episode, we sit down with Marissa Raglin, the owner of Simplifying Therapy and a Licensed Clinical Professional Therapist with years of experience working with children and families. Based in downtown Elgin, Marissa is dedicated to making mental health education accessible to all, collaborating with local organizations to bring vital information to the community. We discuss the significance of self-care and its impact on mental well-being, offering practical tips for maintaining good mental health in our fast-paced lives. Marissa introduces a couple of mindfulness techniques, explains the role of therapy in managing mental health conditions, and identifies the most effective types of therapy for various diagnoses. Additionally, we explore how to find the right therapist, strategies to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and Marissa's advice for those hesitant to seek help for their mental health challenges.

Episode 4: Smiles for the Future: Nurturing Children's Dental Health with Well Child Center​

Episode 3: Together in Birth: Community Doulas Empowering Families​

Episode 2: Parenting During the Holidays with our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants

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