Parent Education, Skill Training and Support Group

Cherry Creek Family Services is proud to offer a psychotherapeutic group for parents of children, teens, and young adults who are struggling with social, emotional, and psychological challenges.  The group will meet weekly for 12 weeks with sessions from 90-120 minutes in duration.  The group will be a closed format (additional members will not be admitted after the first session).


Description: The group will be instructional, and experiential in nature.  Sessions will be composed of education regarding child and child-parent behavior patterns, why and how they develop, and how they are nurtured and reinforced.  The group will work actively at building skills that will enable parents to more effectively communicate with their children, reinforce desired behavior and diminish unwanted and dysfunctional behavior. We will also explore how to improve coordination of care and communication between partners; and provide self-care during times of stress.


Rational:  A child’s struggle with mental health affects all those in their lives, especially their primary care givers.  Research has shown that the most important factor in evoking and maintaining a child’s behavior is the parent-child relationship. Before parents can become effective agents of change, facilitating their children’s growth and movement towards health, they must first understand their own processes.  That is, understanding how their thoughts, feelings, memories, urges, etc. influence their perceptions and behavior, and how these behaviors, while well-meaning, are often at odds with promoting, individuation, self-esteem, resiliency, and overall social-emotional well-being of their child and themselves. By participating in the therapeutic process, parents more effectively contribute to successful outcomes for all family members.

What can you expect?

Some Skills to be Covered:

  • Listening non-judgmentally
  • Communication of feelings evenly and with compassion
  • Setting boundaries
  • Parenting with consistency
  • Modeling and reinforcing desired behaviors
  • How to avoid reinforcing undesired behaviors


Concepts to be Explored:

  • Support vs. Overprotection
  • Validation vs. Enabling
  • Acceptance vs. Resignation
  • Assertive vs. Aggressive
  • Direction vs. Control
  • Intrusion vs. Detachment
  • Discipline vs. Punishment
  • Responding vs. Reacting