Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School strives to build a healthier school community through the promotion of wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

We provide comprehensive programming, peer education, campus-wide events, and parent education in order to promote the physical and emotional well-being of students. Students will learn and practice lifelong healthy habits that will empower them to lead balanced lives by taking control of their own health and wellness.

 

 

DBT®Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents 

DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) is a social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum developed by Dr. Jim Mazza, Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza and colleagues to be implemented in middle and high schools in order to help adolescents develop coping strategies and decision–making abilities , especially under emotional distress.”

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Suniya Luthar, Ph.D. 

Dr. Suniya Luthar is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College.  She has conducted extensive research on children in affluent communities that has earned national attention and recognition.

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Stephanie Sarkis, Ph. D. NCC LMHC 

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is an internationally-recognized expert in ADHD and anxiety disorders. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Sarkis spoke to faculty about the link between ADHD and Anxiety, as well as classroom tips for decreasing anxiety.

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Depression Education 

Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization based out of Chicago dedicated to educating and raising awareness on teen depression.  Each year, all Brebeuf students are presented a class period of depression education through a curriculum provided by Erika’s Lighthouse by School Social Worker, Libby Pollak.  The focus is continuing to get our students more and more comfortable discussing mental health issues in an effort to encourage them to ask for help for themselves or a friend if needed.  By graduation, Brebeuf Jesuit students should all be familiar with the signs, symptoms, and treatments for depression, the resources available to them, as well as ways to practice, support, and promote good mental health through positive coping skills.

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Eat Breathe Thrive: An Integrative Mind-Body Program 

A wellness and mindfulness program combining psycho-education, yoga, and meditation. The program provides students with tools that promote emotional regulation, healthy body image, and prevents eating disorders and other physical and mental health challenges. The program is part of Eat Breathe Thrive, a nonprofit founded by Chelsea Roff in the wake of her battle with anorexia.

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