Raising Resilient Kids: The Magical Skill of Validation

Southborough's final session in the expert speaker series for Northborough and Southborough parents/guardians of kids of all ages.

Southborough’s Public Health Department is offering one more expert talk this month for parents about “Raising Resilient Kids”.

The final session on January 19th will focus on validation.

The series is open to Southborough and Northborough parents/guardians of kids of all ages. For the third consecutive Thursday evening, the session will take place 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  — The Magical Skill of Validation: The #1 Technique Every Parent Needs To Know

NSBORO - Southborough Health Raising Resilient Kids

Learn specific skills and strategies to implement when your child is experiencing strong emotions. This is a guide for what to say and what not to say.

The technique of validation is a game changer for families! It is the most powerful tool we have to de-escalate intense emotions (theirs AND yours!) to make more effective decisions about how to cope.

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.

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