Doug Bolton, PhD 

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Dr. Doug Bolton has used his degrees in clinical psychology, school psychology, and educational leadership to support students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges in schools since 1987.  Dr. Bolton graduated from Bates College in 1986 with a BA in Psychology and Religion. Subsequently, after working in therapeutic schools and residential facilities for three years, he pursued a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and received his degree in 1995.  Dr. Bolton worked in therapeutic schools for 10 more years as a school psychologist before spending the next 14 years as principal of North Shore Academy, a K-12 public therapeutic school on the north shore of Chicago. Dr. Bolton’s work in schools has focused on helping students identified with social and emotional disabilities to co-create a vibrant and connected school community that enables them to overcome their challenges and to more fully engage in their home, school and local community. Dr. Bolton currently maintains a private practice and consults to schools who are wanting to enhance their ability to support their students with mental health issues.  Through keynote addresses, professional development workshops, and individual consultations to teachers and students, Dr. Bolton empowers educational teams to create school communities that foster resilience for our most vulnerable students.

Notable Presentations:

Creating Trauma-Informed School Communities, Niles Township Institute Day Keynote Speaker, March 1, 2019.

Building Resilience in Children, The Alliance for Early Childhood’s 4th Annual Preschool-Kindergarten Summit:  The Neuroscience of Early Childhood. Chicago Botanic Gardens, February 7, 2019.

Supporting Challenging Students, Keynote Address, Deerfield High School Inservice Day, October 10, 2019.

Creating Cultures of Resilience, Keynote Address, Lake Forest High School Opening Day, Lake Forest High School, August 21, 2019.

Creating Cultures of Resilience, Keynote Address, School Mental Health Symposium, Oakton Community College, January 26, 2018.

Creating Classroom Communities:  Lessons From A Therapeutic School,  Keynote Address, Tri-District Inservice Day (Lake Forest Illinois Districts 67 and 115 and Lake Bluff District 67), February 12, 2016.


Creating Communities that Foster Resilience, Family Action Network (FAN), February 27, 2013.

Presented to staff and/or parents for the following districts the topics of children’s resilience, mental health issues in schools, creating trauma informed school communities and/or supporting challenging students:

Illinois School Districts:  27, 28, 29, 35, 36, 38, 65, 67, 69.5, 73.5, 79, 83, 106, 109, 112, 113, 202, 203, NSSED, NSSEO, LASEC, NTDSE.