Register for 16th Parent University Event

 ,   Add to calendar
 Western Springs  See map

Register Today!

Parent Community Network (PCN), a network of area parents and community members, announces the release of the brochure and registration form for the 16th annual Parent University.  The community event will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Lyons Township High School, South Campus (4900 S. Willow Springs Rd., Western Springs, IL).

Parent University, an informative educational half day  event, held annually since 1998, is not to be missed for parents and educators. It typically draws between 175-250 attendees. The agenda is again filled with inspiring speakers discussing current issues facing today’s parents and youth from pre-school through high school.  

Parents and educators attend the keynote session and then can choose up to 3 additional breakout sessions to attend. There are also tables set up in the snack room where attendees can visit community resource groups as well as network together.  

Char Wenc, a nationally recognized speaker and author in communication, parenting and creating cooperative environments at home, at work, and in the classroom will be the keynote speaker.  Her session is titled, “Parenting is Not for Wimps”.

Parent University attendees can then choose 3 sessions fom the following interactive breakout sessions:

  • Motivating Your Child With Ease - Melissa Black Ford

  • What is and is not Normal in Teenage Emotions and Behaviors? - Chris Mazzarella, Psy.D., LCPC

  • Seven Doors Of Happiness - Mary McGovern

  • Materials and Time Management-Tips and Tools for your Teen! - Suzanne Petree and  Elizabeth M. Pyle 

  • Top Ten Positive Parenting Strategies for Peschoolers -  Dana J. Burke, M.S.Ed., BCBA & Jennifer G. Schuler, LCSW

  • Anxious No More: How Parents Can Help -  Lynn  Surin Lawrence, MA,Education

  • Positive Peer Relationships in Middle School and Beyond - Karen Williamson, Ph.D

  • The Wired Child: Parenting Kids in Today’s Techie World - Nancy Kratz, PhD

  • What You Need To Know About Drugs In The Suburbs -  Kimberly Groll, MS, LPC, CADC, CAMT

  • Impact Of Fathering - Michael Maniacci, Psy.D  

  • Social Coaching for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum - Christopher Simler

  • Family Matters: Handling Allowance, Designing Chores, and  Delegating Responsibilities - Dana J. Burke, M.S. Ed., BCBA, & Jennifer G. Schuler, LCSW

  • Ten Tips for Building Resilience in Children -  Karen Jacobson, MA, LMFT, LCPC & Lauren Bondy, MSW, Certified LifeLine Practitioner

  • Birth Order and Personality - Michael Maniacci, Psy.D       

  • Parenting for College Readiness - Desiree C. Novak, Associate /Director

  • Straight Talk – How to Talk to your Kids about Sex - Barb Barrett, R.N., BSN  

  • Creating Healthy Relationships with Kids: How to Discipline with Love -  Margie Salyer, LCPC   

  • Tears, Tantrums and Battles: Preventing Power Struggles -  Karen Jacobson, MA, LMFT, LCPC & Lauren Bondy, MSW, Certified LifeLine Practitioner  

And NEW this year: A Parent Forum to share, discuss and ask questions on Middle School issues.

Parent University will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. The cost is $20 (pre register by 1/24/13) or $25 at the door. This includes all sessions, and well as continental breakfast & light snacks donated by local businesses. Child care for children age 3-10 will be provided by Grand Avenue and is available for $7 (must pre-register).

Registration forms can be obtained through your local school or downloaded from PCN’s website
). This site is the source for additional information on Parent University as well as articles, book recommendations, newsletters and a discussion forum. Visitors to the site can subscribe and receive periodic updates directly to their email account. 

Volunteers are needed before as well as on the day of Parent University. If you can help, or want to offer a suggestion or merely want to be added to our mailing
list, send an email to: pcn4lt@yahoo.com or

PCN and Parent University rely entirely on donations and volunteers so if you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the event, please contact us as well.


Parent Community Network (PCN) is a volunteer group
made up of parents, educators and community members from the Lyons Township area,
who share the goal of ongoing parental education and support for each other to raise healthy, well adjusted, substance abuse-free and violence-free children.

Through Parent University (PU) and other educational programs, newsletters and social media, Parent Community Network’s (PCN's) mission is to enhance communication, sharing of information and support among parents, schools, and other community groups in promoting and creating a healthy and safe environment for our youth.

PCN encourages parents to learn, connect and talk with one another and their children, keeping the lines of communication open. 




More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »