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TPP 298: Pat Harvey on DBT and Strategies for Parenting Emotionally Intense Teens

TPP 298: Pat Harvey on DBT and Strategies for Parenting Emotionally Intense Teens

Update: 2022-07-19
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Parenting a differently wired child can be challenging and as I sat down with my guest, clinical social worker Pat Harvey, to have this conversation, I wanted to acknowledge and validate the experiences we have as parents as much as we do the same for our kids. As you’ll hear from Pat, her work centers around helping parents navigate raising kids who have highly intense emotions …the kind of emotions that can cause big disruptions at home. 

In this conversation, Pat talks about her book Parenting a Teen Who has Intense Emotions, how she supports families using Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, the three priorities within the DBT framework, some of the critical things to understand to effectively parent emotionally intense kids, and where to start if you are looking for more support for yourself. 

Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, ACSW, has been a clinical social worker for one 30 years, currently focusing on supporting and guiding parents of kids with emotional challenges using a DBT framework. The co-author of 2 books on parenting, Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions and Parenting a Teen Who has Intense Emotions, a book for siblings and a book for clinicians, she has also spoken nationally and in Canada about DBT and about working with parents.

Things you'll learn from this episode:

  • The similarities and differences between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • How DBT prioritizes the three core tenets of safety, treatment, and quality of life
  • Why is DBT so effective in helping teens who are engaging in risky behaviors, including self-harm, suicidal ideation, or past suicide attempts
  • Critical things to be aware of in order to effectively parent emotionally intense kids
  • The biggest roadblock for parents that prevent them from leaning into DBT
  • Where to start and the things to pay attention to if you are parenting an emotionally intense kid

 

Resources mentioned for DBT & Parenting Emotionally Intense Teens:

 For more info, visit: https://www.tiltparenting.com/session298

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TPP 298: Pat Harvey on DBT and Strategies for Parenting Emotionally Intense Teens

TPP 298: Pat Harvey on DBT and Strategies for Parenting Emotionally Intense Teens

Debbie Reber