Superparenting 101: How to Raise a Supersenser
April 4, 2023 – September 26, 2023
Children do not come with an instructional manual.
Most caregivers can do good-enough parenting and meet the needs of their children. Unfortunately, good-enough parenting may not be good enough for emotionally sensitive children (supersensers).
It does not take much for supersensers to react. Their reaction tends to be very fast and intense, and may take a long time to subside. Caregivers need to learn how to create a validating and change-ready environment to raise a supersenser, as regular parenting may be insufficient to meet their needs.
Supersensers need superparents!
That’s why Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova, a world-leading therapist, researcher, and trainer, developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C), an evidence-based treatment used to help children and pre-adolescents who struggle with strong emotions and corresponding behavioral dyscontrol, such as:
The DBT-C model emphasizes the caregivers’ role in improving a child’s level of functioning, where caregivers’ adaptive responses are seen as one of the main mechanisms of change.
Dr. Perepletchikova is offering an informational course to caregivers of supersensers, who are struggling with emotional and behavioral dysregulation
The course consists of two parts with 12, 90-minute sessions in each part (24 sessions total). Caregivers can choose to take any part they see fit, although taking both parts is recommended.
What will be covered
- Instruction on Parent Management Training, modified to specifically address severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation.
- Instruction on application of behavioral principles and techniques (e.g., validation, reinforcement, shaping, ignoring, etc.) with emotionally sensitive children.
- Training in essential DBT-C skills from four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
- Identification of core problems that can be contributing to the child’s emotional and behavioral dysregulation.
- Identification of issues that may interfere with effective parenting.
- Facilitation of cognitive restructuring.
- Facilitation of positive self-regard, self-validation, and self-compassion.
- Facilitation of behavioral change through the development of an internal locus of control (i.e., ability to attribute success and failure to own responses).
- Facilitation of an ability to build and maintain positive relationships with others.
Live 90-minute sessions (60-min of teaching and 30-min of role-plays, practices, and Q&A) will be held weekly via Zoom at three different times to accommodate different time zones. You can select the time that works best for you.
8:30am EST – 10:00am EST on Tuesdays
12:00pm EST – 1:30pm EST on Wednesdays
7:00pm – 8:30pm EST on Thursdays
There will be a short break between parts 1 and 2 of the course from 06/20/2023 to 07/11/2023 to accommodate catching up with any remaining material. Given that the course includes live Q&A, we may need to go over 12 weeks per each part, depending on the level of participation. Please be prepared that each part may be extended by two weeks, free of extra charge.
The fee is $80/session and $1,920 USD total for the full course. There is a $360 discount if you purchase Part 1 and Part 2 together.
Groups of 3 who register at the same time are also eligible a discount of more than 60% off.
If you’re not satisfied with the course after two sessions, you can request a refund. We highly recommend not missing sessions, as material builds on itself. Videotaping sessions is prohibited due to confidentiality restrictions.
If you miss a session, please contact us at email@example.com for further information on how to make up for the missed information.
Meet your instructor
Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova, Ph.D. is a world-leading therapist, researcher, and trainer. She specializes in psychological services for children with severe emotional and behavioral dysregulation, including suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury, severe verbal and physical aggression, treatment-resistant depression, social phobia, and generalized anxiety. As a faculty at the Yale University and Weill Cornell Medicine, she developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy for children (DBT-C) and conducted several randomized clinical trials to empirically validate this model.
Session 1 – Your supersenser – the dialectical view of emotional sensitivity
Session 2 – Validation! Validation! Validation!
Session 3 – What is invalidation?
Session 4 – Ways to promote change without parental invalidation
Session 5 – Essential Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance skills
Session 6 – Essential Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills
Session 7 – Practicing skills with a “not so willing” supersenser
Session 8 – Reinforcement and prompting with a “my way or highway” child
Session 9 – Shaping and school programs
Session 10 – Planned ignoring with an explosive child
Session 11 – Punishment when fists are already flying
Session 12 – Putting it all together to help improve a relationship with an environment
Session 13 – Making meaning and understanding functions of responses
Session 14 – Ways to reprogram our biological computer
Session 15 – Introduction to the Core Problem Analysis (CPA)
Session 16 – Principles of conducting CPA on yourself and with your child
Session 17 – When the sense of self-love is affected: “I hate myself, I am bad, I am defective”
Session 18 – Interventions to decrease vulnerabilities in the sense of self-love
Session 19 – When the sense of safety is affected: “Everybody else is to blame for my troubles”
Session 20 – Interventions to decrease vulnerabilities in the sense of safety
Session 21 – When the sense of belonging is affected: “Nobody wants to be friends with me”
Session 22 – Interventions to decrease vulnerabilities in the sense of belonging
Session 23 – How core senses interact and
Session 24 – Putting it all together to help improve relationship with SELF
What people are saying
"The metaphors and role-plays were absolutely amazing and will be easy to remember. Fresh examples of how to teach skills to young kids were enormously helpful"
Anonymous reviewer, 04/08/2018
"The training was incredibly practical, clear, and informative. The real world examples, scenarios, videos, and tools were most effective for me."
Anonymous reviewer, 08/10/2021
"DBT-C is amazing! This content is like gold!"
Anonymous reviewer, 10/23/21
Learn more about DBT-C
For more information about Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C), here are some blog posts written by Dr. Perepletchikova.
Frequently asked questions
Although DBT-C had been developed to target emotional dysregulation and corresponding behavioral discontrol, it has been also evaluated with children who may not have emotional sensitivity and results indicated significant improvements in functioning across various psychiatric conditions.
DBT-C has been empirically supported for children 7-13 years of age; however, the same principles and procedures are used clinically with children as young as 5 years of age, as well as older adolescents.
This course is informational and not therapy. All information gathered during the registration process is confidential. Click here to read the disclaimer and refund policy.