Incorporating DBT Informed Practice Working With Families and Adolescents: Skills and Techniques to Support Families to Manage Their Adolescents With their Emotions, Distress and Setting Limits



Event Details

Facilitators: Elizabeth Lovrics,  MSW, RSW, RP

This training is suitable for: 

Educators:  Teachers, ECE, School Administration, Support Staff

Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers

Medical Professionals: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Family doctors

Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers

Dates:  November 23, 2018


This interactive workshop will provide participants with an overview of adolescent brain development, and a review of the theories and factors that influences behaviours, such as bio social predispositions, temperament, environment, trauma and mental health issues.  DBT principles, assumptions and key components such as Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulations skills will be introduced through experiential means.  The workshop will provide effective techniques to guide parents to manage problematic behaviours and improve communication through the use of validation, mindfulness, dialectics, collaborative problem solving and setting limits, specifically targeting affect regulation, and tolerating stress. During the workshop, there will be demonstrations of group formats, skills exercises, videos, role-plays and mindfulness activities used with parents.The audience will have first hand experience of the ways in which techniques maybe able to be incorporated to provide parenting skills groups within agencies and other settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase participant's understanding of the ways in which the developing brain influences behaviour
  2. Increase participant's ability to help parents/guardians' to understand how their behaviour influences their teens, and acquire strategies to manage their presentation
  3. Participants will learn basic principles of DBT, and how to integrate aspects in their practice effectively
  4. Participants will acquire to tools to support parents with their adolescents' intense emotions, anxiety and stress
  5. Participants will feel more comfortable developing and facilitating parenting skills groups to support parents to learn skills to manage intense emotions and effective setting limits.


  • When

  • Friday, November 23, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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