Free online session designed for parents of children and teens

Lee’s Summit CARES will present a free webinar focusing on how to help children manage anxiety, engage socially and develop meaningful relationships. “Helping Youth Overcome Social Anxiety” will be offered in an engaging Zoom environment from 4 to 5 p.m. April 20.

The non-profit organization’s Positive Parenting Practices webinars are offered monthly and are presented by Kerri Gray, licensed marriage and family therapist and the facilitator for Lee’s Summit CARES Love and Logic parenting courses.

“As parents we know that youth benefit and need social interaction just like adults,” Gray said. “Yet many young people become anxious in social situations.”

The April webinar will include information as well as practical strategies to help children and teens overcome social anxiety, connect with others and develop positive relationships throughout their lifetime.


Pre-registration is required for the webinar by visiting this webpage. In addition, all one-hour Positive Parenting Practices sessions are posted at Lee’s Summit CARES YouTubeafter each webinar is complete. 

Other recent webinars, available via Lee’s Summit CARES YouTube, include a two-part session about parenting teens, “Win or Lose, How Parents Can Help Develop Champions for Life” (to be posted after this March 16 session), managing holiday stress, how to open a meaningful discussion with someone who may be contemplating suicide, helping adolescents make smart choices about underage drinking, “Back to School Success: Setting the Stage for a Great School Year,” “Introduction to Mindfulness,” “A New Normal: Helping Your Family Adapt to Change,” “Motivation,” “Flattening the Stress Curve” and “Creative Parent Responses to ‘I’m Bored’.” 

Lee’s Summit CARES is a nonprofit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting. For more information, visit You may also follow Lee’s Summit CARES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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