Transitions for Parents of Young Adults Group

Home Treatment & Wellness Treatment Programs Transitions for Parents of Young Adults Group

Cognitive Behavioral Consultants is excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to join a group designed to help and support the parents of young adults who need help regulating their emotions. This group was formed in recognition for the unique developmental demands of this life stage and the realization that parents, like their young adults, need validation and support.

Transitions for Parents of Young Adults Group

This group was designed for parents of young adults who need help regulating emotions (ages 18 – 25).

Many parents struggle with balancing their role as their adolescent transitions to adulthood. This is made only more complicated in young adults who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and may have difficulty regulating their emotions. Parents often report they experience intense feelings of confusion, guilt, or anger over their young adult’s behavior.

This group was developed based on years of providing DBT-Informed Parenting Skills to individual families. It was designed to support parents and provide a new behavioral repertoire of skills to reduce their own emotional vulnerability while supporting their young adult, all while balancing the dialectic of being both gentle and firm. The goals of the group are to:

  • Educate family members on understanding emotion regulation and how to achieve it
  • Learn how to understand behaviors exhibited by your child and what they may be achieving
  • Learn intra-family communication strategies and vocabulary to maintain an environment that is based on mutual respect and understanding
  • Provide a forum to gain appropriate guidance and support from other families
  • Learn how to identify and effectively increase skillful behavior and decrease problematic behaviors
  • Use coping skills when faced with comments perceived as angry or hurtful

Group Structure

The 14-week group will cover such topics as mindful parenting, increasing effective communication skills, coping with emotionally intense moments, increasing effective responses and decreasing problematic behaviors, among other topics. Each group will include a review of skills use during the week, time to connect with other parents, presentation of new material, and consultation to families on a rotating basis.

Transitions for Parents of Young Adults Group FAQs:

Who can benefit from this group?
Any parent of young adults can benefit from this group. Parents can join whether or not their young adults are in treatment.

When does the group meet?
Tuesdays at 9:30-11 a.m. (virtually)

When can new members join?
The group has an entry point every seven weeks.

Does your child need to be in individual therapy while in this group?
Neither the young adult nor the parent needs to be in ongoing individual therapy of their own to participate in this group

How long is the commitment?
Fourteen weeks, one 90-minute group per week. Parents are asked not to miss more than three sessions during the 14-week curriculum.

What is the process for joining?
Please call CBC’s intake line at 914 385 1150 x1 or 212 595 9559 x 1 to schedule a 45-minute intake assessment. Parents of young adults currently undergoing treatment at CBC can speak with their child's individual therapist if they are interested in joining the Parents of Young Adults group. They will be scheduled for a 45-minute intake to receive assessment, consultation, and orientation to the group.

What can I hope to achieve after completing the program?
Many parents report that they have made significant improvements in their own emotion regulation and their family relationships have improved by the time they graduate from this 14-week group.

What are the options for aftercare?
Parents who would like individual parenting consultation after completing the Parent of Young Adults group can speak with our SAGE team

Please visit our SAGE program pages for more detail on our specific programs:


Make an Appointment or a Referral

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.1) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral. If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.