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Providing Constructive Feedback in Clinical Supervision

6 Simple Strategies for Success

George B. Haarman, PsyD, LMFT

Providing specific and actionable critiques without damaging rapport can be one of the most challenging aspects of clinical supervision, but constructive feedback offers a means to provide valuable insight and strengthen working relationships.

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Turning “What’s Wrong” into “What’s Strong”

Shifting to a Strengths-Based Perspective with Motivational Interviewing

Ali Hall, JD, Jennifer Frey, PhD

The practice of motivational interviewing (MI) involves a change in our perspective. We can reframe what we perceive to be a person’s “failures” or shortcomings into evidence of their strengths, skills, character, and worth. This shift from a deficits-based perspective to one of strengths is at the heart of MI.

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Picking Apart Pain

An exclusive first look at Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: The Workbook

Lori Gottlieb, MFT

Get a preview of Lori Gottlieb's new workbook with a free exercise that shows how a shift in perspective can reduce unpleasant emotions.

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Fostering Mental Health in Student Athletes

Strategies for Increasing Self-Esteem & Setting Healthy Boundaries

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Historic moments in professional sports and an increased spotlight on the mental health of athletes prompt Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, to answer an essential question: how do we frame this moment as a positive learning experience for our youth?

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5 Resources for Virtual EMDR

Free Tools to Bring to Your Next Session

Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, CCTP, EMDR CIT

Conduct successful EMDR trauma treatment sessions via telehealth without sacrificing effectiveness with these five free resources recommended by Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, EMDR CIT.

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Addressing Grief-Related Anxiety

Strategies for Normalizing Grief & Fostering Growth

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC

For many grieving clients, working through anxiety will be a significant part of their path towards healing. Discover the first steps you can take to help clients manage their anxiety and process their grief on a deeper level.

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3 Things Therapists Need to Assess Before Providing an ESA Letter

Learn what assessments you need to perform with this quick video

Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT

What do you need to know before writing your client a recommendation for an emotional support animal? Diana Sebzda, LPC explains the considerations and challenges that clinicians face when assessing a client and their animal.

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Waking Up The “Thinking Brain”

Expert Advice + Free CE

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

When exposed to a trigger, a trauma victim’s prefrontal cortex often “goes offline,” leaving an unchecked fear response free to take over. Learn from Dr. Janina Fisher how to help clients reactivate their prefrontal cortex and better work through their trauma.

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Introduction to The Family Therapy Workbook

Exploring a Resource to Assist All Families

Kathleen Mates-Youngman, MFT, RYT200

Author Kathleen Mates-Youngman takes you through her newest book, The Family Therapy Workbook, sharing her intention to help create a closer and healthier family system for all.

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Tele-Play Therapy During a Pandemic

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S

Ethically and effectively continue your play therapy work with TELEPLAY. Join renowned play therapy expert, supervisor, and author, Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S as she shares her most valuable resources.

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