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Coloring Book Day

5 Coloring Books for Adults and Children

Bust out your crayons and colored pencils in celebration of National Coloring Book Day!

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The Psychology of Gratitude

FREE Three Good Things Worksheet

Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

The practice of gratitude is believed to impact our brain on structural and chemical level. Practice Gratitude with your clients using this FREE Three Good Things Worksheet.

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Calm Your Mind

FREE Video & Infographic

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

When your clients are agitated or distracted, use this simple CALM whole-body method to help them regulate their mind and body, so they can focus on the work necessary for healing.

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How to Talk About Feelings with Kids

Watch the Balloon Metaphor Demonstration

Jennifer Lefebre, PSY.D., RPT-S

We keep holding onto the feelings and eventually we're going to pop. Instead, let's let it out little by little.

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The Importance of Mental Stretching

FREE printable worksheet!

Susan I Buchalter, ATR-BC, CGP, LPC

Warm-ups can be considered “mental stretching.” They are usually five to ten minutes in length and help clients become familiar with drawing, self-expression and communicating with others

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Suicide Risk Assessment: A must for clients reporting TBI and Depression

Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP

Former Detroit Lions quarterback, Erik Kramer, attempted suicide by way of gunshot wound to the head. PESI speaker Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP, discusses how traumatic brain injury and major depressive disorder are connected and the importance of conducting a suicide risk assessment with a patient who reports a mild or severe form of TBI.

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The Myth of Sex Addiction, Common Mistakes, and More

VIDEO: Joe Kort on Doing Your Best Work with LGBTQ Clients

Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW

Is the sex addiction model doing more harm than good? What's the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? And what are the most common mistakes therapists make when working with LGBTQ clients, and how can you avoid them? Sex therapist Joe Kort answers these questions and more.

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LGBTQ Youth: A FREE tool to promote well-being

PESI Team

Every one of us, and especially those of us who are youth-serving professionals, have two urgent tasks: we must reassure our youth of their value, dignity and future, and we must identify and protect young people who are at risk.

That's why we've created this powerful infographic full of strategies to promote well-being for LGBTQ youth...

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My Ouch Story

CBT worksheets for children and adolescents

PESI Team

Everyone has a story to tell. When bad things happen, it makes it much harder to tell the story. When bad things happen to us, there is typically a lot of shame, guilt, and embarrassment.

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How to Develop a Safety Plan with Suicidal Clients

A Process of Inquiry That Promotes Empathic Connection

Psychotherapy Networker

Effective suicide assessments are built on a foundation of empathic connection. When clients feel heard, understood, and respected, they’re likelier to let down their guard and explore sensitive topics.

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