James McColl is a 17-year-old rising senior at New Trier High School in Winnetka. A longtime theater participant, James wrote, directed, and acted in his original play, “The Avalanche,” in early June. “The Avalanche” incorporates themes of teen mental health that are on so many of our minds. James donated the proceeds of his musical to The Josselyn Center. We were so impressed with his work that we wanted you to learn more about this rising young talent. We spoke with James about his experiences creating “The Avalanche” and what parents and students can do moving forward.
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By Robin Roberts, Dr. Robin Berman, and Susan Resko
Despite a torrential downpour, 260 people came out for The Josselyn Center’s 11th Annual Spring Luncheon to support The Josselyn Center’s Camp Neeka and Children’s Services. Dr. Robin Berman, child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (and a New Trier graduate!), spoke to the audience as featured guest. Dr. Berman was hilarious, shared so many relatable stories, and had such good advice that we wanted to share it with you.
Art Therapy promotes self-esteem, coping skills, and self-reflection and awareness, and can work for people of all ages, and in many kinds of settings.
From transportation to stigma to cost to culture, The Josselyn Center is committed to breaking down barriers to care. This year, we added Saturday hours for children. We’re increasing our outreach to schools to strengthen referrals and awareness, help schools create a safe and nurturing culture, and foster social-emotional skills.
The Josselyn Center's 35-member Junior Board draws high school students who are passionate about mental health issues, committed to combatting stigma, and engaged with The Josselyn Center's mission to provide comprehensive care for those in need.
Just as there are many approaches to physical medicine, so are there different types of therapy. Our clients have a variety of backgrounds and needs, and we are equipped to meet them with a variety of types, or modalities, of care.