If you counsel families, parents, or children, in schools, practice or at home, this event is for you.  This day long seminar will offer training and strategies around the essential aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a therapy method originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan from the University of Washington.  The treatment as a whole combines four skill sets: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.  DBT focuses on:

  • Enhancing both client skills and motivation
  • Generalizing new skills to the natural environment
  • Modifying the environment to enhance use of skills behaviors
  • Attending to skills and motivation of therapists

Dr. Lengua will interweave DBT emotion regulation and mindfulness practices with best parenting practices that can be used in every-day moments between parents and children to enhance parents’ effectiveness and satisfaction in interacting with their children.

Building on this ground breaking method, Dr. Kastner will distill fifty years of research and theory into some basic “parenting pearls” and discuss the building blocks of competent family functioning and optimal parenting.  Using real family vignettes and scenarios, Dr. Kastner will illustrate the important roles of positive emotions, effective discipline and an organized family life.

Lastly, learn from Dr. DuBose as he demonstrates how to make this ground breaking method work with your practice.  As a therapist, counselor, social worker, nurse or parent, you will learn valuable techniques and useful ideas to enhance your practice and family.  Join us for this premier event in Seattle.


Attendees will be able to:

  • Review research on parent-child relationships and identify some key predictors of child mental health and adjustment which are relevant to educators, therapists and parents.
  • Identify aspects of “attunement” associated with neuroscience research and attachment theory which optimize responsive and positive relating to children and adolescents.
  • Understand the principles of emotional regulation and learn self-control tools for hot-button moments in relationships.
  • Understand best parenting practices of warm responsiveness and consistent limit setting
  • Use mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to increase use of best parenting practices
  • Combine specific parenting practices and mindfulness/emotion regulation skills when working with clients or children.