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Hiding in Plain Sight: Polyvagal Theory in Contemporary Song Lyrics

Dr. Stephen Porges, the founder of Polyvagal Theory, reveals the principles of this groundbreaking theory as shown in hundreds of contemporary song lyrics.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Polyvagal Theory is a brain-body science that’s helped thousands of therapists make significant breakthroughs with clients suffering the impacts of trauma. And it’s everywhere, all around us, hiding in plain sight.

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Breathing Is the Key to Managing Stress and Anxiety

Simple breathing exercises can calm you down when you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, no question. But chronic stress and worry, if left unchecked, can harm both your physical and mental health. The first step to controlling your body’s responses to stress is to control your breathing, using these simple techniques.

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Polyvagal Theory in Action: 3D Example of the Nervous System with Ventral and Dorsal Vagal Systems

Gain a deeper understanding of Polyvagal Theory and why it’s so effective in trauma treatment.

DEB DANA, LCSW

Polyvagal Theory is a brain-body science that’s helped thousands of therapists make significant breakthroughs with clients suffering the impacts of trauma. In this video, Deb Dana, pioneer of clinical applications of Polyvagal Theory, creates a dynamic 3D model that demonstrates the theory in action.

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19 Best Books of 2019

These top selling titles are highly purchased and praised by your colleagues and even some clients

PESI Team

2019 was a year of great growth in awareness and social acceptance towards mental health. These 19 titles are our most popular and highly praised resources with professionals and lay-people alike.

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The Importance of Differential Diagnosis

Plus Earn 1 Free CE Hour on DSM-5® Differential Diagnosis for Clients with a History of Trauma

PESI Team, Margaret L. Bloom, Ph.D.

Learn how to make differential diagnoses for clients with a history of trauma and why it matters.

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Working with Traumatized Children

Watch this short video featuring Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Is it possible to help the minds and brains of brutalized children and redraw their inner maps and in corporate a sense of trust and confidence in the future? Watch this short video to find out…

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Cultivate Gratitude to Fight Anxiety in Children

Showing appreciation for our kids makes it easier for them to appreciate others, and themselves.

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

Jennifer Cohen Harper shares easy ways to promote gratitude and positivity in your child’s day to day life.

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H.A.L.T. a mindful check in

Mind-body practices to help you and your clients regulate mind, body, emotions, and impulses.

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

Just like a shaken jar of glitter, our thoughts can make it hard to think and see clearly.

Watch Dr. Chris Willard practice the H.A.L.T. mindful check-in to relax the mind and body – and glitter... so we can stay attuned to our thoughts and behaviors.

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PESI Book Club: December 2019

How to grow your gratitude this holiday season.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four books to help your clients be aware of and thankful for the positive habits and practices they experience. Plus, there's a FREE worksheet...

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Play Therapy Activities to Help Kids Achieve Greater Self-Regulation

Interventions based in Play Therapy and Mindfulness to understand and improve the world of children

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS, shares simple, playful and on-point interventions that combines mindfulness, expressive arts and play to help kids achieve greater self-regulation, focus more and stress less.

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