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Parenting Better Children: An 8 Week Skills Training Guide To Reach, Teach & Empower

Parenting Better Children is an all-in-one package to manage behavior before it becomes clinically significant. Author Jennifer Wilke-Deaton has gone back to the basics and provides a fresh start to develop a new set of building blocks, detailing an 8-week course that includes straightforward teaching methods, outlines and handouts for skills training, and troubleshooting solutions.

  • New tools for positive behavioral management and emotional regulation
  • Recognizing escalation - and what to do about it
  • Reversing the negative impact of video games and aggressive media
  • Creating healthy communication
  • Establishing routines
  • Strategies keying on CBT and DBT
  • Effective attachment relationship building between children, parents, school staff
  • Support planning for children and families that lasts long after group time has ended
  • Easy to read and highly practical, an invaluable resource for parents, clinicians, school staff and other professionals working with challenging behaviors


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Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, MA, LPA
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Oct 01, 2014
PESI Publishing
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Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, M.A., L.P.A., is a licensed behavioral health therapist working in a private practice setting in Richmond, KY. Jen has more than 20 years of experience working with crisis management, psychological testing, inpatient/outpatient treatment, groups, families, and the court system. A tireless and passionate advocate for children and families, she developed a parent training program recognized by the Governor’s Commission for the Treatment of Children & Families and Kentucky’s Child Protective Services.

Jen helped create a regional children’s crisis stabilization unit, children’s advocacy center, and an intensive after-school program for behaviorally challenged youth. She has published numerous books and media products, including Parenting Better Children: An 8 Week Skills Training Guide To Reach, Teach & Empower (PESI, 2014), Awareness In Focus: Modern Guided Imagery Techniques for Immediate Practice (CD Baby, 2016), Awareness in Focus By Kids For Kids: Modern Guided Imagery Activities for Immediate Practice (CD Baby, 2013), and The Mandala Workbook: Activities Across the Lifespan (Media Integrated Applied Psychology, 2013).

In addition to delivering her nationally recognized training programs for PESI and keynote presentations, Jen regularly speaks on mental health issues and child abuse for Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and National Public Radio; as well as psychological evaluations for the Department of Disability Determinations and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Jennifer consults regularly for private/state foster care organizations, social services, schools, psychiatric hospitals, Head Start programs, in-home therapy programs, disability determinations, and case management services.

Her specialties are in the areas of child abuse, PTSD, DBT, behavioral disorders, anxiety, autistic spectrum, and attachment. Jen shares time-tested, real approaches from the trenches, using humor, energy and passion for an engaging and effortless day of practical learning.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Wilke-Deaton maintains a private practice.  She has developed audio products for Media Integrated Applied Psychology, LLC. and receives royalties.  She is an author for Premier Publishing and Media and receives royalties.  She is a compensated speaker for Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and National Public Radio.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Nonfinancial: Jennifer Wilke-Deaton has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.  


“I love her simple, concrete examples that make even the most complex parent/child interactions accessible and doable.”

-Brian R. King, LCSW, author of the Perfect Moments in Relationships: Lessons in Connection for Work, Family, Love, and Life
“Weaving together her practical clinical experience and current research, Jennifer provides cleanly organized parenting strategies for both parents and clinicians.”

-L.C. Jones, Attorney, Juvenile Specialist

“Her step by step “Parenting Course” takes the reader through a well-organized, easy to apply program. A fantastic resource.”

-Susan P Epstein, LCSW, Author of 55 Creative Approaches for Challenging & Resistant Children & Adolescents
“Jennifer has hit a home-run with this practical blueprint for improving parental success. She has standardized the basics and still managed to leave room for flexibility, so families can adapt lessons to meet needs.”

-Hasan Davis, J.D., Former commissioner of Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice and Child and Family Advocate

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