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Enhancing Self-Regulation Through Play Therapy

Free trauma-informed play therapy demonstration & worksheets

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Many children with big behaviors need help learning how to regulate themselves more quickly or more effectively. PESI author Paris Goodyear-Brown provides a simple sensory-soothing activity that can be particularly helpful for children who struggle to close their eyes and relax.

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Helping Kids Face Fear and Anxiety Head-On

Age-appropriate worksheets to help kids develop coping strategies & build resilience

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

Help educate children about anxiety, empowering them with awareness while opening the conversation to help normalize their experience with these age-specific worksheets from PESI author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC!

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Excavating Hard Things

Free trauma-informed play therapy intervention

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

When a child is experiencing the intrusive or avoidance symptoms of PTSD, building a coherent narrative becomes essential to treatment. Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S, demonstrates an exercise designed to help children verbalize their big emotions.

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Looking on the Bright Side: Using Optimism to Create Happiness

Help kids practice optimism with a FREE worksheet download

Maureen Healy

Kids will inevitably be faced with challenging moments. Help them harness the power of an optimistic mindset with free resources from PESI author Maureen Healy.

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Havening for Kids: 2 Powerful Stress-Busting Tools

Advice and video demonstration from Dr. Kate Truitt

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

Whether they're experiencing hyperarousal or hypoarousal, kids often need the help of a caregiver to return to a more calm, alert state. Dr. Kate Truitt shares two simple but effective techniques to help kids cope with stress and stay regulated.

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Making the Most Informed Choice: The SODAS Problem-Solving Model

Free exercise to aid young clients in decision making

David Pratt, PhD, MSW

Help young clients make healthy choices with this simple problem-solving paradigm! PESI author David Pratt presents a step-by-step way to identify options, consider advantages and disadvantages, and select a course of action.

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Building Resilience with Neuroplasticity, Cognitive Framing, and the Havening Touch

A powerful demonstration with Dr. Kate Truitt

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

For clients who struggle to break out of their maladaptive beliefs, the Creating Possibilities Protocol is a powerful exercise that promotes changes.

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Turning Hopeless into Hopeful: Using Creative Hopelessness to Help Clients Let Go

A powerful acceptance and commitment therapy strategy for change

Richard Sears, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP

Are your clients clinging to coping mechanisms that no longer serve them? ACT expert Richard Sears provides a technique for getting clients to leave behind behaviors that are not working—using their own life experiences!

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Helping Kids Face Obstacles Head-On

Two stress-busting exercises to build coping skills

Katie Hurley, LCSW

Kids will face obstacles every day—but it can be a good thing! Psychotherapist and parenting educator Katie Hurley, LCSW, details how we can guide children to tackle any problem, big or small.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Free exercise from Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: The Workbook

Lori Gottlieb, MFT

What causes people to seek out the same type of dysfunctional relationship again and again? Best-selling author Lori Gottlieb reflects on the processes that keep people from moving forward and provides an exercise to help clients unearth hidden patterns in their lives.

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