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Wired for Fear

Recognizing Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA

Students who have been exposed to toxic stress are wired for fear: They live in a state of constant nervous system activation that often shows up in the classroom as challenging or disruptive behavior. When you learn to recognize these signs of fight, flight, or freeze, you can respond in a more compassionate and trauma-informed manner.

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10 Things Your Clients Can Do Right Now to Help with Grief

David Kessler reveals small steps clients can take to lessen their suffering.

David Kessler

Discover 10 small, simple things grieving clients can do right now to get “unstuck” from the suffering of loss.

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Managing Screen Time in a Digital World

Develop habits that will help your young clients succeed in a digital generation

Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT

The increased use of screens is impacting social skills, human interaction, and compromising neurosensory development. That’s why Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT wants to help you develop habits that will help your young clients succeed in a digital world.

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5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

Are the children in your life noticing your increasing tension?

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

While we can’t eliminate the transmission of our own anxiety to the children in our lives, we can mitigate the impact in some significant ways. Here’s how.

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14 Products to Spread the Love

Be Your Best Self, To Be the Best Partner

PESI Team

This month focus on loving yourself to better love those around you. These 14 titles rooted in Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Deep Conversation will help grow your heart to spread your love beyond yourself.

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Finding Balance in Recovery

Helping alcoholics and addicts create equilibrium in their life—and why it’s important

Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC, offers a free worksheet to help addicts examine balance distribution in their life and identify what areas need more or less focus.

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Straight Talk: Understanding Antidepressant Selection Medications for Depression

What’s important when Initiating Antidepressant Selection

Joseph F. Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW

By Joseph Wegmann  With medication management playing an increasingly pivotal role in the treatment of mental health disorders, the challenges faced by clinicians are increasing.

It's more critical than ever for mental health professionals to understand how to effectively collaborate with practioners prescribing medication. Here's what you need to know...

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Are You Missing Your Client's Signals?

3 ways to increase your sensitivity to nonverbal shifts.

Psychotherapy Networker

By Steve Andreas - Getting immediate, nonverbal feedback from clients is essential to knowing how they’re responding in a session, and in maintaining the therapeutic relationship, which research shows is essential for successful therapy. Here are three strategies to increase your sensitivity to nonverbal shifts.

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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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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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