TWO 1/2 Day - Thursday December 4, 2014 and Thursday December 18, 2014. This workshop will provide participants with eight parenting skills they can immediately use with parents who are struggling to raise children. The skills are drawn from Dick's Dialectical Parenting Group, based on the DBT theoretical framework. It includes skills to help regulate emotions, communicate with kids and avoid judgments. Participants will receive handouts and homework they can use in their practice. The workshop is a good fit for mental health and substance abuse professionals, parent educators and parents themselves. The workshop will take place in two 4-hour sessions on two different days. The first day will be spent with participants learning skills while day two will include skills and discussion of participant's use of the skills.