Communicating Effectively with Children and Families: Key Strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Wednesday, October 09, 2019
, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Communicating Effectively with Children and Families:

Key Strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Jennifer Eaton, MS, LMHC

Working with complex, multi challenged families call on all of us to manage an everchanging landscape of problems and emotions. Being able to draw from a toolkit of skills can make the difference between success and disaster.

This workshop will bring in select communication skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Changes in communication styles can make a difference to effectively complete necessary discussions with families. These skills can increase competence and confidence in everyone and with practice, can become easy to implement. Families can benefit greatly from learning these identified specific skills to improve their relationships and conversations.

Following this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biosocial theory and how it relates to families served
  • Describe dialectics and how to implement dialectics within communication
  • Describe validation techniques to demonstrate understanding of parents and children
  • Describe how to improve relationships with families by utilizing validation effectively
  • Demonstrate the use of dialectics to bridge validation and interventions to meet identified goals
  • Demonstrate how to teach select DBT communication skills to families
  • Demonstrate in the moment assessments of difficult situations to help problem solve using chain and solution analyses from DBT

Jennifer Eaton, M.S., LMHC, is the Director of DBT Training and Consultation for The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc. In this capacity, Ms. Eaton provides training and consultation to agencies across the country. She also provides consultation to DBT programs at The Bridge, including programs that serve adolescents, young adults, mentally ill adults, adult women with physical disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and adults with developmental disabilities. Ms. Eaton has extensive experience providing DBT treatment and has supervised clinicians and interns.

Ms. Eaton is a certified DBT clinician with the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. She was intensively trained in DBT by Dr. Charles Swenson and completed Advanced Intensive Training under Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT. Ms. Eaton holds a masters degree in clinical psychology. Ms. Eaton has presented numerous times at the annual ISITDBT Conference, and at various local and national conferences.

Ms. Eaton maintains a private practice specializing in DBT.

Ms. Eaton has provided training and consultation to the following schools: Algonquin Regional High School, Ashland, Assabet Valley Collaborative, Bellingham, Blackstone, Blackstone Valley Tech, Boston Public Schools, Dover-Sherborn, Fairfield CT, Framingham State University, Greenwich CT, Hollis NH, Hudson, Marlborough, Mendon-Upton Regional Schools, Milford, Millis, Nashoba Regional, Plymouth, Reading, Scituate, The Sizer School, Wachusett Regional, Westborough and Westport CT.

In addition, Ms. Eaton has consulted and trained many organizations including: Alabama Mentoring Network, Baycove Human Services, Community Counseling of Bristol County, Denver Health Systems, Devereux, The Family Resource Centers, Framingham State University, Harvard-Vanguard Behavioral Health, The Key Program, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, The Mental Health Association of Lowell, New York State Office of Development Disabilities, Taunton State Hospital, The Women’s Recovery From Alcohol Program and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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