Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors

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New Harbinger Publications, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 207 pages
Children who are unable to manage their emotions are often overwhelmed by negative emotions leading to behavioral problems, tantrums and emotional outbursts. Attempts to soothe these children are often met with further emotional and behavioral outbursts, leaving parents feeling bewildered and helpless. Though children with intense emotions don't necessarily have a diagnosable mental health disorder, their emotional and behavioral difficulties lead to problems at school and home and put them at risk for anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues. Parenting a Child with Intense Emotions will help these parents accept, acknowledge, and de-escalate their children's emotions. Children with intense emotions often lack the awareness and verbal abilities to express themselves in coherent, understandable ways. In this book, readers learn a skill called validation that will help them find kernels of truth within a child's emotional outbursts and respond effectively. By learning the skills and strategies in this book, parents will become less defensive when angry feelings are aimed at them and better able to help their child express himself or herself effectively. Parents will practice mindfulness skills that will enable them to remain calm instead of getting caught up in the child's emotional storm. Included in this book are specific exercises to help parents practice mindfulness and validation so that these responses will become automatic for them over time.

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About the author (2009)

Pat Harvey, ACSW, LCSW-C, has over thirty years of experience working with families, and now coaches parents and family members of youth and adults with emotion dysregulation using a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) framework. She facilitates trainings and workshops for mental health professionals on DBT concepts, skills, and parent/family interventions throughout the United States and at national conferences. She is coauthor of Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents, and Hey, I'm Here Too!
Jeanine A. Penzo, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with the VA Boston Healthcare System, where she utilizes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills in her work with spinal-cord-injured patients and their caregivers. She is also a trained teacher who has worked with elementary and middle school students. Jeanine is the mother of three children, one of whom suffers from emotion dysregulation.

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