Youth & Family Counseling now offers the nationally-recognized Rainbows peer support program for children experiencing grief and loss as a result of painful life events.
Rainbows, an international organization, provides a bridge to emotional healing for children confronting death, divorce or other painful family transition. Nearly 69 percent of children in the United States live in families coping with some type of loss. Since the inception of Rainbows, nearly one million children and their families in 49 states and 17 countries have benefited.
The YFC program is open to children ages 6 to 11 who are dealing with any kind of loss, including divorce or the death or prolonged absence of a loved one.
The program meets from 7 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday for 12 weeks. Each session is conducted by a team of licensed therapists trained to lead Rainbows groups. Through hands-on activities including art, games, journaling and group discussion, children learn to share their feelings and experience emotional healing.
The program includes four parent meetings (Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10), providing an opportunity for both parents to learn how to support their child’s needs. The first Rainbows session runs from Sept. 24 to Dec. 17; there is no meeting Nov. 26. The parent meetings are once a month at the same time as the session for children. A YFC therapist will facilitate these sessions with a topic and open discussion.
Registration forms for Rainbows at YFC are available at www.yfc-libertyville.com.
Youth & Family Counseling is a private, not-for-profit agency offering quality and affordable mental health counseling services to adults, children and adolescents, couples and families. The office is on the ground floor of the IFS building, 1113 S. Milwaukee Ave., #104, Libertyville. For more information, call 847-367-5991 or log on to www.yfc-libertyville.com. To schedule an appointment, call Stephanie Gockley at 847-367-5991 ext. 13.
—Submitted by Youth & Family Counseling.