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Mastering the Art of Parent Engagement: Empower Parents to Be the Change Agent in Their Child’s Treatment

Victoria Grinman, PhD, LCSW
Approx. 6 Hours
Nov 18, 2022
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As therapists, parents are one of our biggest blindspots.

We feel like we have limited time and options for collaborating and working with them.

And honestly for most of us, it just wasn’t something we were taught.

But families are systems. One’s in which parents don’t know what to do or what to say…often taking things from bad to worse.

So if you’re not working with the entire system in which your young clients live, every bit of progress you make in individual sessions will soon fall away.

As an internationally recognized therapist known as “The Parent Whisperer” I’ve spent my career mastering the art of engaging difficult to reach parents.

Now in this must-have one day training I’ll share the tools, strategies and how-to approaches you need to go beyond individual therapy and confidently integrate parents into treatment so kids and their families can live with more joy, greater ease, and lasting peace.

In just one day, you discover how you can:

  • Develop self-leadership skills for both parent and child
  • Achieve the goal to help parents see more clearly
  • Remove yourself from the tornado - lead 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 parents come up with the answers - empower them
  • Bring certainty, clarity, and groundedness to parents

Watch me in this transformational one-day event to empower parents to be the change agents in their children’s lives!

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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Victoria Grinman, PhD, LCSW's Profile

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Victoria Grinman, PhD, LCSW, is the founder of Permission Slip Parenting™, a groundbreaking approach to guiding parents in connecting to a more fulfilled parenthood journey that supports their joy, confidence and sustained connection and growth with themselves and their child throughout their lifetime. She is an expert in the experience of posttraumatic growth, the parenthood experience, autism and relationships.

Dr. Grinman earned her PhD at Adelphi University and Master of Social Work at Columbia University. She served as a contributing lecturer at Columbia University, Boston College and Adelphi University, and speaks nationally to professionals dedicated to the healthcare arena. Victoria is a trauma-informed and trained yoga and mindfulness instructor, a certified aromatherapist and a dedicated long-time clinician volunteer for Experience Camps, a free one-week grief camp experience for children who have lost a significant person in their life. She nurtures Growing Kind Minds LLC, a private therapy and coaching practice and lives with her sassy yorkie, Vanna Goh Goh, named after Vincent van Gogh. She resides in New York City.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Victoria Grinman maintains a private practice. She is a consultant and speaker for New York Therapy Placement Services. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Victoria Grinman is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW), and Changing Our Consciousness. She is an affiliate of New York Cares.

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  1. Evaluate how therapist’s own self-awareness can be used to support parent and caregiver engagement and understanding of their contribution to child outcomes.
  2. Analyze trauma from a developmental, psychological, and physiological perspective to understand children’s emotional and developmental needs.
  3. Construct effective plans to respond to resistance and challenges when supporting parents and caregivers and children in therapy.
  4. Demonstrate how involving parents and caregivers in child therapy will improve child’s treatment goals by engaging parents and caregivers 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.).
  5. Integrate coregulation techniques such as yoga-based exercises/breathing and emotion regulation exercises, to promote more effective parent/caregiver-child interactions.
  6. Demonstrate competency in utilizing role play techniques to self-regulate prior to and in sessions with parents.


Engaging Parents and Caregivers – the Goal
  • Empower them, inform them, create sustainable change
  • Guide parents to be good assessors and solution finders
  • Use themselves to support their child - be the best tool (external resource)
  • Developing resilience and healing happens in the context of relationships
Therapist Role in Parent and Caregiver Buy-in and Engagement
  • Therapist as “influencer” / influencing with integrity
  • Teaching parents to know their “why” and intention for the work
  • Get parent buy-in to leverage own self-awareness of creating dynamics
  • Strategies for teaching parents to be coachable (willing to learn, listen and lead)
Tools for Parental and Caregiver Obstacles
  • Misconceptions about role and power they have in child’s outcomes
  • Disempowered to empowered
  • Chaotic and unclear to confident and calm
  • Building confidence at every developmental stage
  • Parents facing their own challenges –
  • Can’t go somewhere with their child they haven’t gone themselves
  • What to do when parents think they are always right
  • Considering culture and personal family dynamics
Strategies for Structuring the Session and Conversations
  • Setting intentions
  • Addressing everyone
  • Being straightforward and clear
  • Containing everyone’s needs/intentions
  • Take-aways and wrap-up
  • Homework to focus on
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Sessions with Parents and Caregivers
  • Preparing yourself/nervous system
  • Developing own self-awareness and removing blind spots
  • What triggers you about parents –
  • Hostile, negative, all-knowing, uncoachable, anxious, negative, and more
  • Two nervous systems dancing - exercises to do with therapists
  • Using your feelings as information
  • Letting go of expectations
  • Empowering the involved parent to carry forward and self-lead
The Limits of a Parents and Caregiver Influence
  • Unpacking ways in which parents have influence and ways they don’t
  • How parents support the therapy process with their children
How To’s for Addressing Difficult Family Dynamics
  • Co-parenting
  • When parents remarry-involving new partners in the work
Approaches to Share with Parents and Caregivers
  • How to effectively ask for help and build a support network
  • Coregulation exercises
  • Foster interoception and mindfulness
Coregulation Strategies
  • Kids inner resources to support themselves
    • Breath, body, and mind
  • Parents as child’s resource:
    • Staying regulated
    • Giving child space for big emotions
The REAL Method
  • The 4 questions you can ask yourself and share with parents that will change their way of being with their kids and help make the best decisions for their child and family

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants


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