By Melissa Ford
The Oak Park & River Forest High School Special Education Division hosts parent nights each year addressing topics to support parents and teens. On Thursday, March 6th from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room at OPRF High School, Dr Lauren Hoffman will be offering insights into the ballooning issues of anxiety and self-injury among teens followed up by Q&A.
Dr Lauren Hoffman is currently the Program Coordinator for the Oak Park office at Insight Behavioral Health Centers. She graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2012. Her clinical training includes community mental health at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living in Gary, IN, United Stand Family Counseling on Chicago's west side, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Behavioral Health outpatient treatment, and the adolescent inpatient unit at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, IL. She completed her postdoctoral training at Insight, where she was a therapist in the Adolescent Program and also facilitated groups in the adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy track.
In addition, Dr Hoffman completed her doctoral dissertation on the topic of self-injurious behavior and Internet use, and co-founded a program for those who self-injure while at Linden Oaks. She has extensive training in DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and is also trained in working with eating disorders. She has given presentations around the Chicagoland area on topics including DBT, self-injury, adolescent emotional dysregulation, and eating disorders.