The Glen Ellyn Youth Service Bureau was incorporated October 17, 1979. The name was changed to the Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Service October 14, 1981 per Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation. While non-affiliated, our office has been located at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn since approximately 1978.
The GEYFCS routinely receives referrals from community partners of youth, families and individuals that otherwise would be unable to access professional counseling services due to affordability issues. In the absence of the GEYFCS, community partners would have no referral options for professional counseling services for identified low-income/at-risk and high-risk youth, individuals and families, or those without insurance resources. As a consequence, the professional counseling and consultation needs of referred individuals and families lacking adequate resources would go unmet. There is no same service provider in our area thus services are not duplicated.
Deanna Filkins, LCSW
Deanna is the Executive Director and Lead Therapist for GEYFCS. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been working in the community mental health field for the past nine years. Deanna received her Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Community Practice from DePaul University in Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Art in Sociology from Illinois State.
Deanna is an experienced and passionate clinician whose work includes building resiliency with at-risk youth and their families. In addition, she has knowledge in collaborating with various school systems to expand mental health awareness and interventions, especially within the high school population of youth. Deanna was a contributing author to the published Interconnected Systems Framework Monograph titled, “Advancing Education Awareness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-Wide Positive Behavior Support” and has spoken at several state and national conferences regarding the importance of her student-centered high school group work within the PBIS framework. Deanna uses systemically inclined practices to engage families and youth in treatment focused on building upon the strengths of the client while incorporating Structural Family Theory into her clinical work.
Deanna is committed to serving the larger Glen Ellyn community with creativity and passion to empower and strengthen youth and their families. She looks forward to continuing the long-standing legacy for mental health support and education that Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Service has established in this area.
Marianne Benedek, MSW, LSW
Marianne is a part-time Staff Therapist and Licensed Social Worker (LSW) at GEYFCS. Marianne earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in Children and Families. Marianne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts Boston.
Marianne has extensive experience in facilitating skill-based group work amongst children and adolescents and has enjoyed leading psycho-educational parenting and anger management classes throughout her social work career.
In addition to her clinical experience working with individuals and families in the therapeutic setting, Marianne is passionately dedicated to providing school-based support services and education to children and families experiencing hearing loss.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Gladish: President
Tim McGrath: Vice President
Rick Kuebel: Treasurer
Mary Ellen Schmidt: Secretary
Mary Kate Bertane