Raising Resilient Kids

Reminding that two more talks are coming up. Plus a video of last week's event is available for viewing.

Above: The second of three special parent talks is this week, and the first is already available to stream. (image of cropped flyer)

Southborough’s Public Health Department asked me to share an update on their expert talks for parents about “Raising Resilient Kids”, including a link for viewing the last session.

As I posted last week, there are two more upcoming sessions this week and next.

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.

Resilient Kids flyerNext up this Thursday, January 12th  — No Such Thing As A Bad Feeling: Why Our Best Intentions Can Backfire and What To Do Differently.

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.

Last week, Toole spoke to parents about Your Child’s Emotional Superpower. The talk in Algonquin’s auditorium has been posted to YouTube by Northborough Cable Access (although the date is accidentally mislabeled. It actually took place on January 5th, not in December.) You can view that here.

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

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

You can read details on that final topic in the flyer above right.

(image edited from flyer)

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