We believe that parenting an emotionally and/or behaviorally unpredictable child of any age is one of the biggest challenges an adult may ever face.  While there are no simple rules that make this task earlier, there are DBT skills that can increase your effectiveness.  We have therefore adapted the standard DBT curriculum to teach parents how to use DBT skills and apply the behavioral and mindfulness principles of DBT to daily parenting decisions.  We offer guidance with parenting in two formats:  individual parent coaching and parenting classes.

Individual parent coaching is available with any of the DBT staff at Clearwater, and is frequently required for parents/caregivers participating in our adolescent and child programs. Goals and priorities of the work, frequency of sessions, and critical skills to be taught are typically determined on an individual basis through conversations between your parent coach and you.

Parent-only Skills Classes are currently being held on-line via Zoom until Shelter In Place restrictions for the Bay Area have been lifted. 

This DBT skills class follows the same 24-week curriculum as our standard teen/parent classes. It is intended for parents whose teens are not ready to take skills class, have clinical or logistical reasons to be in a different skills class than their teen, or whose teen is in treatment elsewhere (i.e., residential, hospital-based programs, or wilderness). Enrollment is open to new participants at 6-week intervals. The cost for class is $90/person per week paid ahead in 6-week installments ($540).

DBT Skills Classes for Parents (Enrollment is OPEN): 

  • Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 with Karen Erickson, LMFT. Next entry point is 7/12/21 (Middle Path Module).
  • Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 with Karen Erickson, LMFT. Next entry point is 7/15/21 (Middle Path Module).

Updated 5/20/2021