Being a parent is tough work! Wise Mind Parenting is a new group for parents of teens and young adults who want to find new ways to understand and navigate the tough emotions that arise within themselves and their children during this transitional time of life. As teens and young adults move towards independence the parent-child relationship also changes and evolves alongside this process. The shifts within the role of parents can be stressful and worrisome, and parents may find a space of support and guidance helpful.
Wise Mind Parenting helps to provide this space of support and guidance in a variety of ways:
– Teaching about the changes in the adolescent brain so they can better understand the experiences of their teens and utilize these changes in growth-promoting ways.
– Teaching skills to promote wise-minded decision-making as a parent, manage emotions in distressing moments, and build better communication styles at home that increase a sense of connection and understanding.
– Teaching mindfulness to build insight into your own experiences, learn to sit with discomfort, and increase your self-compassion and capacity to make more mindful decisions
– Providing a space where parents can gain support and connect with each other, while learning from the collective wisdom of the group.
Wise Mind Parenting incorporates skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
How can DBT skills help with parenting? DBT builds on the idea of dialectics (that there is always more than one way to see a problem, and things that appear to be opposites can both be true), with the primary dialectic being acceptance and change. DBT also focuses on increasing skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
How can Interpersonal Neurobiology help with parenting? Interpersonal Neurobiology looks at brain growth and development and how this is shaped by our interpersonal relationships.
Group materials include Dr. Daniel Siegel’s book Brainstorm, which looks at adolescent brain development and ways to help your child build brain connections that help them to thrive, and Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd Ed.).
Meeting time: This group currently meets on Fridays from 10:30am-11:30am and lasts about 16 weeks. The next start date is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
For more information, or if you would like to sign up for our spring group, please call 626-585-8075, ext. 108.