In this much-needed guide, two dialectical behavior therapists offer an activity-based workbook for kids who struggle with anger, mood-swings, and emotional and behavioral dysregulation. Using the skills outlined in this book, kids will be able to manage their emotions, get along with others, and do better in school.
Childhood can often be a time of intense emotions. But if your child's emotions interfere with school, homework, or tests; alienate them from their peers; make it difficult to forge lasting friendships; or cause constant conflicts at home-it's time to make a change. You need help to calm the chaos now, rather than later.
Building on the success of Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life and Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, this is the first dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) activity skills workbook designed especially for kids. Designed for children ages 7 to 12, this essential guide will help kids manage difficult emotions and get along better with others.
If you are frustrated or worried about your emotional child, the hands-on activities in this book-including child-friendly mindfulness practices-can help. By reading this book, kids will develop their own skills tool box" for dealing with intense emotions as they arise, no matter where or when.
About the Authors:
Jennifer J. S. Rothschadl, PsyD , is a licensed psychologist at the Minnesota Center for Psychology (MCP) in Saint Paul, MN. She currently provides dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in individual therapy and group skills training in accordance with the Linehan adherent model. Rothschadl leads MCP's DBT Friends and supervises graduate student interns and mental health practitioners in addition to DBT mentoring of clinicians. She has been working with children in a therapeutic context since her involvement as a student intern at the Campus Autism Program within the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 2005. Rothschadl has since graduated with both a master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology.
Christina L. Kress, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice at the Minnesota Center for Psychology (MCP) in Saint Paul, MN. She currently provides dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in individual therapy and group skills training in accordance with the Linehan adherent model. Kress also provides therapy services to children and families, and supervises mental health practitioners in addition to DBT mentoring of clinicians. Kress graduated with a master's degree in social work in 2002 and hasbeen working with children and families for over ten years.