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"Creating Calm in the Household"

Skill Based Group for Parents/Caregivers of Tweens/Teens

creating calm

Facilitated by: Tamie Pushlar LCSW-R, a private practitioner in Ithaca, NY. Tamie is a parent of two teenagers, 14 and 17. She will use her personal and professional experience to provide parents and caregivers skills and tools to use immediately.

It is a four week class that meets Monday evenings from 6 to 8 pm.
April 20, 27
May 4, 11

Cost: One parent/caregiver is $200 for the four classes

If you are registering for more than one parent/caregiver additional cost of $150 per person. Class is capped at 10 people.

For Questions, contact Tamie Pushlar at 607.342.5423

Group Curriculum

Class One

Learning about Adolescent Brains to increase understanding of their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Importance of Self Awareness for caretakers. You will have the chance to reflect on how you were raised and how that impacts your parenting/attachment style and expectations. We will look at similarities and differences.

Homework assigned: A self awareness exercise


Class Two: Strategies for Self

We will use DBT Skills to increase mindfulness and managing stressors of being a parent/caretaker. Skills we will learn about:

  • Wise Mind
  • Radical Acceptance
  • Relaxation
  • Five Senses

Homework assigned: create a self care plan and start practicing one of the skills learned.


Class Three: Enhancing your Relationship with your child

We will continue to use DBT skills to improve your relationship with your child. DBT skills you will learn about:

  • Validation
  • Middle Path
  • Dear Man

Homework Assigned: Schedule a fun activity with your child. Practice one of the skills learned.


Class Four: Managing Crisis
(suicidal, drugs/alcohol, aggression, self Injury)

We will use DBT skills, Motivational Interviewing skills to speak with your child in a crisis.

Develop a family safety plan.

Learn about resources in the community.