Raising Resilient Kids: No Such Thing As A Bad Feeling

Southborough is offering a speaker series for Northborough and Southborough parents/guardians of kids of all ages.

Southborough’s Public Health Department is continuing to hold expert talks for parents about “Raising Resilient Kids”.

The next session on January 12th will focus on avoiding our best intentions backfiring.

The series is open to Southborough and Northborough parents/guardians of kids of all ages. Starting with last night’s event, the talks are on three consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the auditorium at Algonquin Regional High School (79 Bartlett St, Northborough). Southborough’s Public Health Director Heather Alker noted that attendees don’t have to attend all three sessions to participate.

Next up  — No Such Thing As A Bad Feeling: Why Our Best Intentions Can Backfire and What To Do Differently.

NSBORO - Southborough Health Raising Resilient Kids

It’s painful to watch your child struggle with intense emotions – what can you do to help them? Learn why your efforts to help can often backfire, and what to do differently.

You see that your child is suffering, but when you try to help things only get more explosive. You’re walking on eggshells, afraid that anything you say or do will only cause your kid to melt down again. Learn how what you’re saying is being heard in unintended ways, and what to say and do differently to teach your child better ways to cope with their emotions.

The speaker in the series is Kerrie Toole of Castlebrook Counseling Services. Her bio on their website reads:

Kerrie Toole, LICSW is the Executive Director of Castlebrook Counseling Services, and is an independently licensed clinical social worker who specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adolescents and adults. Kerrie also has a subspecialty treating individuals in the transgender and LGBTQ+ community. Kerrie graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and for many years worked in residential programs for adolescents. She is a highly empathic, validating, and energetic person, and provides supportive, solution-oriented therapy, with a focus on assisting individuals and families to develop new ways of thinking about problems and the choices that they can make to resolve or cope with them. She has clinical expertise in treating depression, anxiety, self-harmful behaviors, suicidality, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, recovery from trauma and abuse, difficult family dynamics, as well as a multitude of other emotional, behavioral, and social issues. Kerrie has been a practitioner of DBT for over 20 years, and is passionate about providing this evidence-based treatment to assist her clients in developing positive coping strategies and building a healthy lifestyle. Kerrie also provides clinical consultation to local schools and programs seeking to integrate DBT into their settings.

Kerrie Toole is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. Kerrie is the 10th clinician in ​Massachusetts to earn this certification, and 316th person in the United States. To read more about this certification process, visit our ‘Services’ tab HERE.

The third, and final, session in the series is next week:

  • January 19 — The Magical Skill of Validation The #1 Technique Every Parent Needs to Know

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