DBT Interventions for Families: Helping to Develop Effective Parenting Strategies

Presenter: Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, ACSW

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4 CEs
(Registration and light refreshments begin at 8:30 am.)

Location: Lankenau Hospital
Auditorium-Main Hospital Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
(Conference Parking included, Garage B)

Descripton: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is an evidence based practice which has been found to be effective in helping adolescents and young adults manage painful emotions. In this interactive workshop, Pat Harvey, LCSW-C will review DBT concepts, principles and skills, and address the ways in which DBT can also be used to engage parents in the therapeutic process. Participants will learn how DBT concepts and interventions can be applied to help parents restructure their home lives and environment in ways that facilitate and reinforce healthy, adaptive behaviors in their adolescents and young adults.

This workshop will be presented by a clinician with many years of practice focused on the use of DBT with the parents of children adolescents and young adults. It will include anecdotes and case examples while also providing opportunities for participants to practice some of the skills discussed.


  • Participants will learn about the three parent-adolescent dialectical dilemmas.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the role and function of the parent coach.
  • Participants will learn how the biosocial theory of pervasive emotion dysregulation applies to family work.
  • Participants will become familiar with at least 3 skills to help parents structure the environment in order to help adolescents and young adults learn and use healthier behaviors.

About the Presenter:
Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, ACSW has over 30 years of experience in providing clinical social work services to individuals who have intense emotions, emotional dysregulation, and mental illness, while also collaborating with their families. She helped to develop one of the first DBT adherent programs for adolescents in the country, which won the APA Gold Award in 2004. Using a DBT framework, Ms. Harvey’s psychotherapy practice now primarily focuses on providing DBT skills groups and individual coaching to parents and other family members of adolescents and young adults who struggle with dysregulated emotions. She facilitates trainings and workshops for mental health professionals on DBT concepts, skills, and family interventions throughout the United States and at national conferences. Ms. Harvey is the co-author of Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents, Hey, I’m Here Too! A Book for Tween/Teen Siblings of a Young Person with Emotional Issues, and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions (published in December, 2015). In addition, she has co-authored an article on the grief of parents who have a child with a mental illness, and a recent article for Pediatric Nursing about the concept of validation.

Continuing Education:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
For New Jersey Social Workers:  This program is approved for 4 CE credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).
For Delaware Social Workers:  Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation.  Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

Registration Information:
You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at www.pscsw.org.  Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.  All conference fees include a CE certificate.  If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM until 1 PM

Time will be strictly enforced.

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • April 9, 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm