Ready, Set, Thrive! Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Our Kids

Feb. 21, 2019 | 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. | LEAD (270 E Westminster Ave. Suite 200, Lake Forest, IL)

We’ve all heard some variation of the phrase “when life knocks you down, get back up,” but how do we foster this in our children? The ability to bounce back from stress, trauma, or adversity, not only encourages kids to be braver and more curious, but also helps them be more adaptable in a challenging and changing  world. Join Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression and other parents of children aged K-8 as we explore and share ideas about how to cultivate emotional resilience in kids to help them thrive. At the end of the panel, parents will leave with a better understanding of how to:

  • Promote healthy risk taking and embrace mistakes
  • Resist the urge to “fix it” and instead ask questions that ignite independent problem solving
  • “Ride the wave” and learn to accept and manage difficult emotions



Peggy Kubert, LCSW, Director of Education, Erika’s Lighthouse

Peggy is a licensed clinical social worker, addictions counselor, student assistance trainer and parent educator.  She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Peggy has been with Erika’s Lighthouse since 2006, developing programming and working with schools to implement programs. Peggy is passionate about providing consultation, support and training to students, educators, parents and health professionals to help young people lead healthy, happy and productive lives.


Nancy Watson, LCSW, CADC School Social Worker, Lake Forest Country Day School

Nancy Watson is a licensed clinical social worker and drug addictions counselor and works as a school social worker at Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Nancy’s role at LFCDS and her collaboration with community organizations devoted to improving the mental and emotional health and well being of our youth affords her the opportunity to help students embrace what makes them unique and powerful as creators of their own destinies.


Lee Dal Pra, AM, LCSW, Director of Child Health Programs, Compass Health Chicago & Adjunct Faculty, University of Chicago

Lee Dal Pra specializes in evidence-based practices, mindfulness, trauma-informed therapy, and the treatment of psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and depression, in children and adolescents. Ms. Dal Pra is an adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago teaching courses in cognitive and behavior therapies for children, adolescents and families. She is the Director of Child Programs at Compass Health Center Chicago and the originator of the child programs at the Northbrook location.  Additionally, Ms. Dal Pra focuses on school-community partnerships by providing professional development and consultation to local/regional schools and universities.