Life Skills Parenting Event

Published on: August 01, 2011


Life Skills Parenting Event


Lifeskills Event 2012Life Skills Parenting
March 17, 2012, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

An essential day for parents and professionals working with families and children.


This day-long seminar offered training and strategies to strengthen family dynamics, enhance parenting skills and increase effectiveness of work with children and teens.

Four leading professors from University of Washington’s Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences presented research and application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help manage emotions and interpersonal relationships more effectively.

Six CEUs available for professionals (psychologists, social workers, therapists, counselors, and nurses).

Event Agenda:

9:00-10:30 a.m. - "Real Change is Possible" - Opening Keynote, Dr.Marsha Linehan

10:45-12:00 p.m. - "Improving Everyday Moments with Young Children" - Dr.Liliana Lengua

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break*

1:00-2:30 p.m. - "21st Century Best Parenting Practice" - Dr.Laura Kastner

2:45-4:00 p.m. - "Watch How It's Done!" Demonstration of DBT Skills - Dr Anthony DuBose

4:00-4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks - Dr.Marsha Linehan


Dr. Marsha LinehanDr. Marsha Linehan “Real Change Is Possible” 

Bio: Marsha Linehan is a Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. She developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach used to treat a range of problems relating to emotion disregulation, including substance use problems, eating disordered behavior, and anger-related problems.


Liliana Lengua

Dr. Liliana Lengua– “Improving Everyday Moments With Young Children”

Dr. Lengua will show how to interweave DBT skills of mindfulness and emotion regulation into daily parenting, to help with challenging
situations and improve family dynamics.

Bio: Liliana Lengua, Ph.D. is director of the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being, a child clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. She is an internationally renowned expert on children’s vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how parenting and children’s temperament contributes to children’s unique responses to stress. 

Dr. Laura KastnerDr. Laura Kastner – “21st Century Best Parenting Practices”

Dr. Laura Kastner distills fifty years of research and theory into “parenting pearls” and discusses the building blocks of optimal family functioning.

Bio: Laura Kastner Ph.D is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and a nationally renowned expert on teen behavior and development. With Jennifer Wyatt, she co-wrote Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together to Grow Through Adolescence and The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College.


Dr Anthony DuBose– “Watch how it’s done!” – DemonstrationTony Dubose

Discover how to make this ground-breaking method work with your practice or at home. 

Bio: Anthony P. DuBose, Psy.D., is a Founding Member and President of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, PLLC, and the Director of Training and Dissemination for Behavioral Tech, LLC. Dr. He holds appointments in UW Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.



Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to:

  • Review research on parent-child relationships and identify key predictors of child mental health and adjustment.
  • Identify aspects of “attunement” and attachment theory which optimize responsive and positive relating to children/teens.
  • Understand the principles of emotional regulation and learn self-control tools for hot-button moments.
  • Understand best parenting practices of warm responsiveness and limit-setting.
  • Use mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to develop best parenting practices.
  • Combine parenting practices and mindfulness/emotion regulation skills when working with children/teens.


"I'm thrilled to see ParentMap promoting DBT skills. Our family went though a 6-month, weekly group session - it changed our lives—truly—and helped my daughter turn herself around 180º. Our family dynamics changed drastically and life is now calm and enjoyable."
"I just signed up - this looks absolutely incredible. I'm completely fascinated by Linehan's work - the piece on her in the NYT's last year was so moving. Thank you, thank you!"
“Having recently attended UW’s outstanding Family/Friends DBT class, I urge you to give yourself a gift by attending Life Skills Parenting on March 17” Alayne Sulkin, ParentMap Publisher.
      CEU Rate             Non-Professional Rate* 
Online Registration:            $99 $49
Day of Registration: $124




Life Skills Parenting sponsors:

Behavioral Research & Therapy UW

Jewish Family Service




John and Nancy Sabol Foundation  Providing Quality Education for Parents

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