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POSTPONED: Project 440 Presents Meeting the Needs of Your Child During Stressful Times

POSTPONED: Meeting the Needs of Your Child During Stressful Times

UPDATE: At this time, COVID-19 social distancing recommendations have been implemented and we have suspended all large public gatherings. We regret to inform you that the Project 440 SEL event scheduled for March 18 is postponed. We will reach out when a new date has been set.


Please join Bannockburn School District 106, Deerfield Public Schools 109, North Shore School District 112, and Township High School School District 113 for an evening of education, insight, and conversation! 

Meeting the Needs of Your Child During Stressful Times will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Highland Park High School auditorium (433 Vine Avenue, Highland Park). 


6:30 PM - 7:20 PM

Introduction from DHS Graduate Haley Epstein 

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Breakout Sessions: 

  • Tips on Parenting Your Anxious Child with Dr. Andrea Mazza 
  • How to Raise Resilient Children with Jacqueline Rhew  
  • What you've never been told about Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD with Dr. Adam Rubinstein

The event will include speakers and breakout sessions to provide parents with additional tools and resources to support their children during stressful times. For more information about the breakout sessions, please see the information below. 

This event is free to the public, but registration is required. To RSVP, please visit

Project 440 is a collaboration between Bannockburn School District 106, Deerfield Public Schools 109, North Shore School District 112, and Township High School School District 113.


Speakers and Topics

Haley Epstein - Introduction

Bio: Haley is a second year college student who graduated from Deerfield High School in 2018. After giving her first presentation in January of 2019, Haley has spoken at various schools and events about mental health and hopes to reduce the stigma as well as encourage people to "start the conversation."

Introduction Description: I'm not here to give you words of wisdom or solve the problems within our society or community. I'm here as a daughter, sister, niece, friend, student, someone you can relate to and to tell you my story with mental health. I'm here to tell you that it's okay to start the conversation, and that it's okay to not be okay.


Jacqueline Rhew - Breakout Session

Bio: JACQUELINE (JACKIE) RHEW, LCPC, CADC has co-authored The Successful Parenting Workbook: create your custom plan for raising an independent child into adulthood, along with several other publications in her over 25 years of treating the whole person. Jacqueline’s expertise lies in a multitude of areas such as school refusal, eating disorders, self-injury, substance abuse, gaming addictions, grief issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Jacqueline has served both adolescents and adults by using specific techniques and teachings through individual, family and group therapy. Jacqueline has had proven success through the use of dialectical behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, exposure-response prevention, and relational therapy during the therapeutic process. She is an expert in her field specifically consulting with schools, family agencies, and mental health hospitals.

As the co-founder of the Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs, she is an expert in her field and is called upon by hundreds of school districts both locally and internationally for consulting staff in order to better serve their youth. Jacqueline serves as a clinical liaison for AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. She previously served as Assistant Director for the School Anxiety/School Refusal Program; a program she was instrumental in creating and developing. Jacqueline has facilitated 300-plus workshops for professionals and parents, both locally and nationally on topics ranging from anxiety, school refusal, parenting, and self-injury. She continues to be a sought after keynote speaker due to her expertise in her field. She has been featured on Chicago ABC and CBS for her exemplary work and insight. She was interviewed on the treatment of adolescents struggling with avoidant school behaviors as well as bullying. Jacqueline was recently interviewed and quoted on parenting by several newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, and the Chicago Parent.

Breakout Session: How to Raise Resilient Children 

Session Description: Parents will be provided with the essential tools to build resiliency in children at any age. It is never too early or too late to learn these strategies! This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their stress and anxiety, as well as promote motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child.  Factors that contribute to school anxiety and avoidant behaviors, as well as ways to early identification of maladaptive coping responses, will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence. 


Dr. Andrea Mazza - Breakout Session

Bio: Dr. Mazza is a clinical psychologist, and one of the founders and directors of the Center for Anxiety & OCD in Deerfield—an outpatient practice specializing in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD, depression, and related disorders. She graduated from Temple University in 2008 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology where she trained under the direct mentorship of Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of youth anxiety disorders. Dr. Mazza worked as a diagnostician and therapist on the largest multi-site pediatric anxiety treatment outcome study (Child / Adolescent Multimodal Anxiety Study (CAMS)), laying early roots in her specialty. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where she conducted individual, family, and group therapy with children and adolescents, with a continued emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders. Following her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Mazza worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of Doctoral Practicum Training at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, where she spent three-and-a-half years before founding the Center for Anxiety & OCD.

Dr. Mazza has presented at national research and clinical conferences and has co-authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of Anxiety Disorders in youth. She is a member of Beyond OCD (formerly OCD Chicago), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

When she is not in the office, Dr. Mazza can be found having dance parties with her two young children, trying new restaurants with her husband, catching up with family and friends, and cheering on the Cubs!

Breakout Session: Tips on Parenting Your Anxious Child

Session Description: Anxiety is the number one mental health problem facing children and adolescents today with up to 31% of youth meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are not only highly treatable but also preventable. We as parents play an important role in facilitating healthy coping in our children. This, however, is easier said than done! Sometimes anxiety can be exceedingly stubborn, or it can present in discreet ways making it difficult to detect. Further complicating matters, what is most helpful to the anxious child is often the opposite of what our parental instinct tells us to do. This lecture will give parents tools to detect subtle (and not-so-subtle) manifestations of child and adolescent anxiety and help parents differentiate developmentally typical anxiety from problematic anxiety. Finally, parents will learn how to circumvent common pitfalls when responding to their child's anxiety and gather practical, evidence-based tips that can be used starting today.


Dr. Adam Rubinstein - Breakout Session

Bio: Adam Rubinstein, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Rubinstein’s Vernon Hills office is an integrated mix of Primary Care Medicine and Consultation treatment for Addiction, Mood Disorders, ADHD and Chronic Pain. These health issues spare no demographic; one can’t tell which patient in the reception area has diabetes vs which has ADHD or addiction to Heroin. 

He is a Past President of the Condell Medical Staff, Past President of the Board of Advocate Condell PHO, and was the first Medical Director Primary Care Co-Lead of Advocate’s Behavioral Health Service Line. Dr. Rubinstein is on the Board of the Lake County Opioid Initiative and is co-Medical Director of its Health Professionals Committee. 

Dr. Rubinstein composed the brain receptor portion of Lali’s law, signed by President Obama in 2016, and is a consultant for two pharmaceutical companies committed to treating addiction, not contributing to the problem. He’s appeared locally on Fox 12 News, other TV news outlets, SiriusXM Radio with Judith Regan and US Army Radio. He has lectured to psychiatrists, primary care physicians and the NBA Retired Players Association. 

Breakout Session: What you've never been told about Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD

Session Description: The prevalence of Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD among school children is rising, and contributes to poor school performance and drop-out in the short term, as well as drug addiction, long term disability, and suicide in the long term.  Despite widespread awareness and advances in treatment for these conditions, they continue to pose seemingly insurmountable challenges for educators, parents, and students. Why are we failing to meet the mental health needs of those we know, love and teach? In this session, we’ll examine the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of these illnesses separately, but more importantly, as a cluster and across various sub-types.  We will take a multi-dimensional approach to understand these illnesses across the life span that includes genetics, family history, brain functioning, and the environment. We will also discuss approaches to treatment and prevention, with emphasis on psycho-pharmacological intervention. The goal is for attendees to gain a deeper understanding of how these illnesses are linked to enhance their ability to recognize and advocate for children and adolescents with these conditions (or those who may be at risk).