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Ask a Therapist: How Do I Teach My Child Social-Emotional Skills?

3 proven strategies for SEL development

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP

Summer doesn’t have to mean a vacation from learning. Lisa Weed Phifer offers up social-emotional learning exercises to get kids ready for the start of a new school year.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety

Free exercise to teach psychological flexibility

Richard Sears, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP

Clients often end up trapped in patterns of avoiding their anxiety, but what happens when they instead try to meet it in the present moment? PESI author Richard Sears provides an overview of the benefits of psychological flexibility.

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The Skill of Savoring: A Polyvagal Tool for Ventral Vagal Regulation

Video demonstration from Deb Dana, LCSW

DEB DANA, LCSW

Clients stuck in cycles of anxiety, fear, and distress need simple, but effective inner guidance to find their way back to safety, connection, and hope. Deb Dana, LCSW, shares a 20-30 second exercise that clients can use to more deeply savor their positive experiences.

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Celebrating Gender Identity with Youth Clients

FREE LGBTQ+ Youth worksheets

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Sexual orientation is so much more than being gay, straight, or bisexual. PESI author Lee-Anne Gray provides helpful worksheets to aid clients in exploring gender and sexuality.

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EMDR State-Change Exercises: Tools for Trauma Treatment

Free printable worksheets from an EMDR expert

Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, CCTP, EMDR CIT

Before we begin the work of trauma processing, it’s essential to make sure clients are equipped with skills to handle distress. Help clients build coping skills with these exercises from Megan McQuary, LCSW, ACADC, CCTP-II, EMDR-C.

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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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