Learn from Experts

We know parents have limited time, so CATCH is providing quick answers to big questions in a new video series, LEARN FROM EXPERTS, featuring advice from local mental health professionals.


Check out the entire series on the CATCH YouTube channel or click below on the topic that's most interesting to you.


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Teens & Depression 

As friends and neighbors in Northbrook deal with the heartbreak of a teen's suicide, many are asking questions about how to talk about it, how to identify depression, and how best to support one another and our children.  In this installment of Learn from Experts, Erica Leibrandt, LCPC, RYT, Sound Mind Counseling, shares her experience of surviving suicide along with practical advice for parents.

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Family Survival Guide for Pandemic Holidays December, 2020

Are you wondering how you're going to get through the holiday season during a pandemic? Check out the Family Survival Guide for Pandemic Holidays in which Lizzy Appleby, AM, LCSW, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, shares ideas on how to frame the holidays and set up your family for a season that is relaxed and meaningful.

Practicing Gratitude
 November, 2020

Practicing gratitude is scientifically proven to improve your physical and mental health, help you sleep better, and enhance your relationships. However, it's more than listing the things for which you are grateful. In this installment of the CATCH series, Learn from Experts, Empowerment Coach Judith Joy explains how to start a meaningful gratitude practice for yourself, how to engage your kids in the experience, and how to incorporate it into your Zoom Thanksgiving.

 Teens & Depression
(Ages 12-18)
 October, 2020

Depression and suicide rates are on the rise especially in the midst of a global pandemic. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Erica Leibrandt, LCPC, RYT, Sound Mind Counseling, answers questions about teenage depression, symptoms, treatments, active and passive suicidal ideation and more.

COVID Risks at School
(Ages 5-18)
August, 2020

As students return to in-person learning throughout the 2020-21 school year, there are many questions about how best to reduce the risks of COVID-19. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Dr. Marcy Zirlin, Immediate Care Physician, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northbrook resident, answers questions about managing lunch time without masks, selecting in-person activities, the effectiveness of a face shield, and how to sneeze safely!

Our Stay-at-Home Summer
(Ages 7-13)
 July, 2020

Summer 2020 tossed everyone's plans out the window and kept families closer to home than usual due to COVID-19. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Jennifer Welbel, LCPC, North Suburban Center for Anxiety, offers advice to families with children ages 7-13 on topics ranging from managing unscheduled time to setting and enforcing families rules around socializing to getting kids to transition off electronics.

Our Stay-at-Home Summer
(Ages 3-8)
  July, 2020

A summer close to home with little ones in the midst of a pandemic brings a list of unique challenges. In this installment of Learn from Experts, Leigh Weisz, PsyD, LCPC, Coping Partners guides parents of children ages 3-8 on how to establish a summer routine when there isn't one, what to do about consequences, and how to get kids to open up about how they are really feeling.