School Mental health symposium 1.26.18

Creating a Culture of Resilience, Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents


8:00 Breakfast - sponsored by Amita Health- Alexian Brothers Health System

8:30 Welcome -Renee Erickson and Kelli Hartweg

Keynote - Doug Bolton

9:30 Session 1: Supporting Students, John Frampton & Flora Lazar 

Community Conversation*

11:10 Session 2: Supporting Families, Anita Mandley 

Community Conversation*

12:40 Lunch provided courtesy of the Transition Action Network Member Districts

1:45 Session 3: Supporting Staff, Brenda Nelson

Community Conversation*

3:25 Closing Presentation, Activity, and Q&A


* The format for the Sessions 1, 2, 3 will consist of a 45 minute presentation, then facilitated table conversations with colleagues


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Doug Bolton

Doug Bolton, Ph.D. is the principal of North Shore Academy (NSA), a K-12 therapeutic school in Highland Park. He has worked at NSA since 1998, spending his first 7 years there as a school psychologist. His interest in children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges began in the mid 1980’s when, just out of college, he began working in residential programs and therapeutic schools as a direct care staff member. His passion for this work led him to the University of Vermont where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and his internship and post-doc at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is the father of three and currently lives in Evanston with his wife (a professor of Psychology at DePaul University) and two youngest children.

John Frampton

John Frampton, Psy.D. is a co-founder of FPS, and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that specializes in working with adolescents and adults with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs. Dr. Frampton has over 15 years of experience serving clients in private practice, school systems as a psychologist and building administrator, and as an instructor.

Flora Lazar

Flora Lazar, PhD, LSW is a social worker and writer with experience working with the mental health needs of adults and children. Flora completed a psychotherapy fellowship at Live Oak, a group psychotherapy practice specializing in LGBTQ affirmative, trauma informed, and multicultural practice. She was a Fellow at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and has worked closely in and with schools. Flora was the founder of a national program to combat bullying in schools and has twenty years of experience working on research and public policy related to the emotional and academic needs of children and families.

Anita Mandley

Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, is an integrative psychotherapist practicing at The Center for Contextual Change, in Skokie, Illinois. Anita works with clients with Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders and a variety of self-injurious behaviors. Her treatment interventions include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Touch for Trauma, Imagery, and expressive therapies. She is currently excited about seeing the transformative impact on her clients of her recently developed Integrative Trauma Recovery Group, ITR, a group therapy process designed specifically for adults with Developmental and Complex PTSD.

Brenda Nelson

Brenda Nelson, DSW, LCSW, is the Prevention & Wellness Coordinator at Libertyville High School, a role she has held for the past three years. She worked as a special ed social worker and then Student Assistance Program Coordinator for at Barrington High School for a total of 13 years. Prior to working in schools, Brenda worked in a variety of roles in hospital mental health including adult and adolescent inpatient, assessment and referral, consultative services, and emergency housing for homeless, mentally ill adults. She has had a private practice since 2011. Brenda received her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, her MSW from Loyola University Chicago and her doctorate from Aurora University/George Williams College. Her dissertation focused on the mindfulness curriculum, Learning to BREATHE, as a social-emotional learning intervention for adolescents in schools.

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