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Comprehensive DBT with Adolescents: Part 2 – Working with Families

During this two-day training, you will develop competence to provide an integral aspect of DBT with emotionally and behaviourally dysregulated adolescents, which is working with caregivers and family members.  You will learn how to teach DBT and parenting skills to caregivers, conduct parent therapy sessions and parent coaching, and facilitate family therapy.  You will become better equipped to work collaboratively and effectively with families to improve outcomes for their children.

Learning Objectives:

Following the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Assess and formulate DBT informed case conceptualization of families of dysregulated youth.
  • Employ DBT orientation and commitment strategies with caregivers.
  • Teach DBT skills to caregivers.
  • Teach relevant parenting strategies to caregivers to address many of the challenges that they face with their adolescents.
  • Provide coaching to caregivers in handling crises and behaviours between sessions.
  • Provide parent therapy to address many parenting challenges and goals.
  • Address treatment interfering behaviour with caregivers.

Facilitate family therapy to improve connection, communication, support, boundaries and problem solving within families.


Dr. Sloss is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.  She completed her doctoral training at DePaul University in Chicago, in the Child, Youth and Family stream.  She completed her internship in the Child, Youth and Family Program, and the BPD Clinic at CAMH, where she learned DBT.  She continued on at CAMH within various Addiction programs, including the Family Addiction Service and the Eating Disorder and Addiction Clinic, before leaving to open and develop a clinic whose specialization is in providing DBT.  Dr. Sloss founded Broadview Psychology, and has been the director there, for the past 8 years, and as such has been training and supervising many clinicians in the practice of DBT.  Broadview Psychology is a large practice that offers DBT programs for different age groups, including preadolescents, young adolescents, adolescents, and young adults, and their families. Dr. Sloss has recently provided DBT training and consultation through Broadview to a range of community agencies, including Trillium Health Services, North York General Hospital, CMHA, and Skylark Children, Youth and Families.

DBT Adolescents Part 2 – working with Families


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