No one told you parenting could be so challenging.
You’re often overwhelmed and anxious, if not frustrated and disappointed. And tired. Definitely tired.
Raising kids is harder than you imagined. It’s hard to know how to coach your kids through strong waves of emotion. How to guide them in their social interactions. How to balance holding their hands and letting them do things for themselves. Sometimes, it feels like you and your child or teen are on opposite teams, fighting for control. You want the best for your child, so why are some of your interactions so difficult?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy designed to help people regulate their emotions and improve their interactions. While it was originally developed as a therapeutic treatment to help people struggling with a variety of symptoms and disorders, it’s been adapted for use in different populations and in different settings. DBT skills are taught to adults, adolescents, and children and presented not just in therapeutic spaces but in workplaces and schools for widespread reach.
In this live, online parenting course, you’ll learn basic DBT skills to help you regulate your emotions and improve your interactions with your children. Of course, in learning these skills, you might also model them for (and teach them to) your children.
This 10-session parenting course covers five primary topics from DBT:
1) Core Mindfulness Skills: Mindfulness is at the heart of DBT. Here, you’ll learn how to focus your attention and thinking. Mindfulness skills encourage you to observe, describe, and participate in life and to do so from a non-judgmental, focused, and effective stance. Mindfulness helps us know what we’re feeling and when intervention is necessary, and it allows us to interact with others less judgmentally and more effectively. This can positively impact our relationships at home.
2) Emotion Regulation Skills: Emotion regulation skills helps you gain increased awareness and understanding of your emotions. You’ll learn what you’re feeling (and why) and how to ride out strong emotional waves. We’ll cover how to dial back the intensity of our emotions, as well as how to make ourselves less vulnerable to strong emotions in the first place.
3) Distress Tolerance Skills: These skills help you cope with crisis situations without making them worse. They help us navigate some of those more challenging parenting moments. You’ll learn how to accept certain realities and how to weather the storms of life. If you’re someone who struggles with knowing what to do when facing challenging experiences and who is sometimes flooded with emotions, distress tolerance skills can help.
4) Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: These skills teach you how to interact with others more effectively. Here, we cover listening and communication skills, as well as basic assertiveness skills. We’ll focus on balancing honoring your relationships with our children with your relationship with yourself.
5) Walking the Middle Path: Here, we focus on how to move away from extremes in how you think and act, and how to find balance in your interactions with your kids. Primarily, we focus on balancing validating and accepting your kids with problem-solving and teaching them new, more effective behavior. With a middle-path approach, we strike that delicate balance between acceptance and change as we nurture our children and shape their behavior over time.
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is a clinical psychologist, certified eating disorders specialist, and certified group psychotherapist. She has worked at some of the finest institutions in the country helping folks address emotional and behavioral concerns. Dr. Rosenfeld is intensively trained in DBT through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech. She leads multiple DBT skills groups per week and uses the skills at home in managing interactions with her children.
Parenting Course Details*
This parenting course is open to parents/caregivers and meets 10 times over Zoom. Instruction is live/interactive, and students are assigned homework to reinforce learning. The course fee is $650 per student (discounts are available for multiple family members). The course can be taken alongside your teen’s DBT skills group or as a standalone offering. Call 305-846-9370 for more information or to register and reserve your seat.
Taking the Next Step
*Please note that this is not a therapy group. No diagnoses are assigned or therapy notes are kept for the group. The content presented is strictly educational. If you are interested in a therapeutic DBT skills group, or one that isn’t specifically related to improving your parenting, our general skills groups might be a more appropriate choice.