Child, Adolescent, & Family Services
Parenting children of any age is challenging. CBT/DBT Associates offers parents the opportunity to learn skills and strategies to more effectively respond to and shape the behavior of children of all ages: toddlers, younger and older children, teenagers, young adults, and adult children. Depending on the age and challenges of the child, strategies can be taught to improve relationships, increase the likelihood of compliance for requests, improve problematic behavior, collaborate with schools, improve communication, and effectively problem-solve and negotiate.
Parent Coaching Groups
Parenting Teens is a 12-week, CBT-oriented parent coaching group for any parent of adolescents in middle school and high school. The group teaches parents skills to increase desirable behaviors and decrease undesirable behaviors of their teens, to improve the quality of their relationships with their teens, to enhance communication, to effectively problem-solve and negotiate, and to manage unhelpful thoughts and emotions in response to teens.
Positive Parenting is a CBT-oriented, parent coaching group for parents of children ages 6-12, who are demonstrating behavior problems, including noncompliance, oppositional behaviors, physical aggression, temper tantrums, poor impulse control, hyperactivity, disruptive behaviors, and bedtime/sleep problems. Group aims to help parents understand the development and maintenance of behavior problems in children, improve the quality of their relationships with children, develop constructive and effective behavior management techniques, and engage their children in collaborative problem solving.
Parenting Children with Anxiety is a CBT-oriented parent coaching group for parents of children ages 6-18, who are currently struggling with anxiety disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety. This group aims to maximize the effectiveness of a child's CBT treatment and/or provide parents with skills for implementing cognitive behavioral strategies at home. Effective treatment for anxiety disorders in children often requires completion of homework exercises, as well as adjustments in routines and the home environment. This group helps parents become more effective at-home coaches for their child, by providing psycho-education on the development of anxiety disorders in children and cognitive behavioral approaches for reducing anxiety. Additionally, parenting a child with an anxiety disorder presents unique challenges that are often not adequately addressed by traditional behavior management strategies. This group will address these issues by providing parents with coaching and support for finding the balance between supporting their child through their struggles with anxiety, while maintaining clear and positive behavioral expectations.