It's something that must be done and cannot be done alone
It's something that must be doneand cannot be done alone

CYN Counseling Center

Community Youth Network (CYN) is a non-profit counseling center, which serves children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. With a focus on families, CYN has developed a variety of specialized programs to serve the needs of the Northern Illinois area.


CYN was originally developed through the efforts of local and state agencies and concerned citizens in 1978. The agency was created to coordinate the services provided by multiple agencies to Lake County families and to fill the gaps identified in the local human service system. CYN has grown over the years and currently provides services to residents of Lake, McHenry, Cook, and Kenosha counties.


Members of the professional staff are trained to provide comprehensive social services to assist individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas. A multi-disciplinary team of dedicated, licensed psychotherapists, social workers, and counselors are available to provide the highest quality services possible.


CYN Counseling Center has 21 therapists and/or case managers that speak on a variety of topics in the community.  We will tailor make any presentation to fit your needs; be it audience size, age group, topic, or length.   Below is a list of subjects that we speak on regularly.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please call us and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.


Topics for the office:

  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Work Life Balance
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Detecting drug/alcohol abuse in the workplace
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – team building or leadership

Topics for parents:

  • Communicating with your teen
  • How to know if your child is using – signs/symptoms of drug use
  • Talking with your teen about drugs 
  • Sexting for Parents – What you need to know about on line safety 
  • Darkness to Light (Child sexual abuse prevention)
  • Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention
  • Addiction
  • Value based discipline
  • Parenting – Giving your child the skills they need to thrive
  • Self-Care – Achieving Balance in Life

Topics for adolescents:

  • Substance Abuse – You’re putting what in your body?
  • Communication 101 – How to get people to hear you
  • Sexting – So, what is healthy flirting these days?
  • Life skills (coping, decision making, communicating, goal setting, values, self-soothing, boundaries, self-regulation) – can be broken up into one topic or focused on any or all of the above
  • Relationships
  • Friend Drama

Topics for Professionals:

  • Darkness to Light (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention)
  • Sex offender treatment – juvenile, women, men
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse – Marijuana, Alcohol, Opioid epidemic
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – team building or leadership 




Contact Information: 

Gail M. Weil, LCSW, CADC

Executive Director

Community Youth Network

Phone 847-548-6000 X12

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