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Pat provides trainings and workshops, of varying lengths, to a variety of audiences including: clinicians and therapists, mental health professionals, paraprofessionals, family members, rehab counselors, school counselors and teachers, residential counselors. Workshops can be developed to meet the unique needs of your organization or agency.


Pat has developed trainings that teach mental health professionals to use DBT skills and strategies to help parents structure a healthy and safe environment for kids, adolescents, young adults and adults who have emotional difficulties that lead to behavioral challenges.


Below you can see some of the topics that Pat has presented and the audiences she speaks to:

  • “Effective Parenting: Managing Intense Emotions and Problematic Behaviors Skillfully”, Arlington Public Schools, NAMI and Arlington County Department of Human Services, (November 2, 2016)

  • DBT Interventions for Families: Helping to Develop Effective Parenting Strategies Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (April, 2016)

  • “Structuring the Environment: DBT Interventions for Parents of Adolescents”, University of Maryland School of Social Work, October 29, 2015


  • “DBT for At-Risk Adolescents: Individual Treatment and Parent Coaching”, Jewish Social Service Agency Symposium, October 24, 2014

  • Using DBT Skills and Philosophy to Teach Effective Parenting Strategies to Parents of Children with Intense Emotions”, Jewish Social Service Agency, May, 2013

  • “Using DBT Skills to Reduce Emotion Dysregulation in Adolescents and their Parents” NASW Maryland State Conference (March, 2012)

  • "Adolescents and Transitioning Young Adults with Emotional Dysregulation and Potential for Self-Injury: Helping Family Members Use DBT and Mindfulness Skills to Lessen the Impact on Their Loved One and the Rest of the 
    Family"  Association of Practicing Psychologists, Silver Spring, MD (April, 2012)


  • "DBT for Children/Adolescents and their Parents" Anxiety Disorders of America Association, National Conference, March, 2011

  • "DBT and Effective Parenting” at Arlington Children’s Mental Health Program, November, 2010

  • DBT Skills for Social Workers: Using the DBT Philosophy to Engage and Treat Parents and Children" at the National Association of Social Workers - Maryland NASW Annual Conference (March, 2010)

  • "Using DBT Skills to Support and Inform Parents of Children with Mental Illness" NAMI National Conference, July 2010

  • "DBT Skills To Help Children with Emotion Dysregulation and their Parents" The Anxiety Disorders Association of America Annual Conference (2010)


  • "DBT Skills for Emotional And Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents"   PESI Seminars in Arizona (2009)


  • “DBT Principles and Concepts”  Montgomery County School Psychologist training (Nov, 2009)


  • “DBT Principles and Skills Revisited”  Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center in Minnesota (August, 2008)

  • DBT Skills Training for Adolescents, professional seminars,  Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center,  Minnesota (Nov, 2007)

  • DBT Skills Training: Partnering with Parents to Help Children"; seminars given throughout the United States for PESI, Inc  (2007)

  • "Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training to Support & Educate Parents of Mentally Ill Children" NASW MD State Conference (Feb 2006)


Pat has provided supervision and clinical consultation to clinical social workers, mental health professionals (in the United States and internationally) clinical counselors, student social workers, program managers, program directors, paraprofessionals, and residential counselors.

Pat is certified in Maryland as a supervisor for social workers seeking an LCSW-C license.

If you are interested in clinical supervision/consultation, case consultation or training in using DBT skills with your clients and/or with parents, contact Pat through this website and she will be happy to get back to you.

To pay for supervision/consultation, use the button below.



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