Mastering Parent Engagement in Therapy with Kids and Teens

12may9:30 am4:30 pmMastering Parent Engagement in Therapy with Kids and Teens

Event Details

*Open to the public


6 CE Hours Available for Select Professions (See ‘Continuing Education Information’ below)

Discount Information:

Discounts: $15 off for Groups of 5+, CSSW Alumni, and CSSW Field Supervisors.

  • Groups of 5+: please select the appropriate group ticket when registering and enter the number of tickets you would like to purchase.
  • Alumni: Please email for the promotional code. In your email, please include your full name at the time you graduated and the year you graduated.
  • Field instructors supervising a CSSW student during the current or upcoming academic year: Please email for the promotional code. In your email, please include the full name and year of the CSSW student(s) you are supervising for the academic year.
  • Current CSSW employees: please email for your OPE benefit.

Workshop Description:

“I used to think helping kids cope with trauma and stress was about engaging the child in the therapy room and parents were not part of the equation. Like so many of you, I was a therapist in a school setting with limited time and options for collaborating and working with parents – and it wasn’t something we were taught. Today I am dubbed the “Parent Whisperer” for my effectiveness in working with parents, specifically engaging difficult to reach parents. After many years, I mastered the art of engaging parents with compassion and influencing them with the utmost integrity and alignment in helping their kids live with joy and their family to experience ease and peace.

My aim and passion is to support clinicians to be confident in their approach with the toughest of cases, leading to an aligned team-work approach. I feel fortunate to have been afforded the opportunities to work with some of the most challenging cases, from high profile families dealing with pressures, to families coping with intergenerational trauma related dynamics, and everything in between. Parents are dealing with various stresses and often feel stuck in their ability to support their child in a way that works. They have “tried it all” and feel they have failed. That is most likely when they come seeking support from you.” – Dr. Grinman

Dr. Grinman will help remove the blind spots that create the challenges in making strides with parents and you will learn how to:

  • Develop self-leadership skills for both parent and child
  • Avoid fixing for the family: the goal is to help parents see more clearly
  • Remove yourself from the tornado; be the sherpa that leads them from chaos to clarity. Stay out of the drama – not your job to fix it
  • Support self-sufficiency – or you’ll burn out
  • Help them come up with the answers; empower them
  • Bring certainty, clarity, and groundedness to parents

Workshop Agenda:

9:30am: Introduction and housekeeping

9:35 – 10:35am: Tools for parental resistance & structuring the session and conversations

10:30am – 12:35pm: Getting the most out of your conversations with the parents & the limits of parent’s influence

12:35pm – 1:20pm: Lunch break

1:20pm to 2:20pm: Addressing difficult family dynamics & approaches to share with parents

2:20pm to 4:30pm: Trauma as it relates to kids & teens & the Real Method

Learning Objectives:

By attending this workshop, attendees will be able to better:

  • Evaluate how therapist’s own self-awareness can be used to support parent engagement and understanding of their contribution to child outcomes.
  • Analyze trauma from a developmental, psychological, and physiological perspective to understand children’s emotional and developmental needs
  • Construct effective plans to respond to resistance and challenges when supporting parents and children in therapy.
  • Demonstrate how involving parents in child therapy will improve child’s treatment goals outcomes by engaging parents in being models of the kinds of outcomes they want to see (regulating their own nervous systems, teaching them how to speak to their children so they will listen, etc.)
  • Integrate coregulation techniques to promote more effective parent-child interactions.
  • Demonstrate competency in utilizing techniques to self-regulate prior to and in sessions with parents.


(Friday) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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