Your Teen’s Self-Destructive Behavior

Experiencing relationship conflicts or feeling overwhelmed by emotions and situations is something we all face from time to time. For some teens, this stress, combined with already heightened emotions, is extremely difficult to manage. In efforts to regulate their emotions, adolescents may resort to destructive behavior such as self-harm, suicide attempts or other unsafe behaviors.

In this one hour information session, parents will learn how adolescents use self destructive behavior to manage depression, anxiety, anger, stress, impulsivity and feelings of emptiness. The presenters will explain the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills techniques and how their practice and use reduces unhealthy thought patterns and subsequent self destructive behaviors.

The DBT skills modules presented are:

  • Mindfulness skills – how to focus mind and attention on the here and now.
  • Distress Tolerance – how to accept the current situation and identify techniques to tolerate the moment without engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Emotional Regulation skills – how to recognize and note current emotions, identify obstacles to emotional regulation, reduce reactivity, increase positive emotions, and change emotions.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – strategies for effectively asking for what you need, saying no and setting limits, and coping with interpersonal conflict.



Erika Carlson, MSW and Rachel Cherian, LCSW, two of the leaders of our In Step DBT skills group, will present this parent’s only session.

Date: Saturday, January 21st
Time: 9:00am
Location: Fairfax Office
Fee: $25

This workshop has passed and registration is closed. Please e-mail info@insteppc.com if you are interested in this or a similar workshop.