Empowering girls and women for life.

How to Help with Suicide Prevention

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How to Help with Suicide Prevention by Tina Koeppel, M.S. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 6029)     Suicide prevention is an issue I’m passionate about – both professionally, as a therapist, and personally, as suicide has touched the lives of my loved ones. I’m so encouraged by recent progress in breaking down stigma, encouraging…

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What are the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills?

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 We all need skills to cope with challenges and to find our way through inevitable times of pain.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy includes 4 categories of skills.  Many of these skills have been practiced for thousands of years in contemplative and meditative traditions. The exciting news for our times is that, using the tools of modern…

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DBT Skills Program for Parents

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Here at the Institute, we believe that parents play an integral role in the healing process.  The DBT Skills are life skills that we all benefit from learning. If your middle school or teen daughter is participating in our DBT program we require that parents be involved by participating in a DBT Skills Group as…

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Application and Evaluation Process

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Learning skills to change our lives is no small matter. We understand that participating in a DBT program, either for yourself or your family, requires personal dedication, sacrifice, and effort. We have established an Application and Evaluation process to help you and our DBT team determine if our program is the right match for you…

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Does your daughter experience big feelings?

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Some of us are born with higher levels of emotional sensitivity than others and experience emotions on a particularly profound level. These individuals are sometimes referred to as “super-sensors” or highly sensitive. There are upsides to being a super-sensor with big feelings, such as the capacity to feel compassion for others very deeply. There can…

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Cutting and Self-Harm Resources

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Check out our list of resources related to self-injury:   Kids and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know Source: Nationwide Children’s Hospital This article helps to answer questions related to what self-injury is, why people self-injure, its relation to suicidal behavior, signs to look for, how it’s treated and recovery.   Information For Parents: What You…

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Helping Kids to Confidently Ride the Waves of Big Feelings

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HELPING KIDS TO CONFIDENTLY RIDE THE WAVES OF BIG FEELINGS   By Jessica Fisher, Psy.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow / Dialectical Behavior Therapy Specialty Supervised by Vicki Chiang, Psy.D, PSY21136   How do I know if my child could use support?  Some kids are born into the world with big feelings! This is both a gift and…

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DBT Resources

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All resources listed in Alphabetical Order Specific Resources for Parents of Teens and Young Adults Acquainted with the Night by Paul Raeburn An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, 2nd Edition by Blaise Aguirre Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Dan J. Siegel DBT For At-Risk…

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