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Teaching Kids About Healthy Friendships & Boundaries

Free Worksheets to Begin the Conversation

Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

In celebration of her debut book, The Not-So-Friendly Friend, Christina Furnival shares worksheets that can be used to help children understand, set, and uphold healthy boundaries.

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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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8 Books to Celebrate Teachers

Celebrate the teachers in your life by giving them books they will enjoy both inside and outside the classroom

PESI Team

Our PESI Publishing team has compiled eight of our favorite resources for teachers, including thoughtful children's books, toolboxes filled with resources, and self-care guides.

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Zoom Fatigue, It’s Real

How to Keep Children and Teens Engaged in Online Therapy

Laura Dessauer, Ed.D., ATR-BC

Doing therapy online has become the new normal, but it presents unique challenges many clinicians have not dealt with previously. Laura Dessauer gives us six new strategies to try out with clients as well as tips on how her newest publication, Art Therapy Card Deck for Children and Adolescents, can successfully introduce creativity into online sessions!

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8 Ways to Help Children Grow a Mindfulness Practice

And a FREE Breathing Practice Coloring Handout for Kids

Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP

Andrea Dorn, MSW, the author of Calm and Peaceful Mindful Me, gives 8 tips and tools to teach mindfulness to kids in a concrete, step-by-step way.

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New Children’s Book! Thank You Mind: Understanding My Big Feelings on Tricky Days

Teachers, Therapists and Parents-- Read Along with Jennifer Cohen Harper

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

Join Jennifer Cohen Harper as she reads her new book children’s book Thank You Mind. This video can be incorporated into therapy sessions, story time at school, or into your child’s bedtime routine

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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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Addressing Implicit Bias in Our Schools

A Case Study of Racial Injustice

Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

The protests and headlines of recent weeks have forced many of us to examine our lives and communities through a new lens. In the process, we have opened our eyes to bias and discrimination as never before.

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In Consultation: Seeing Children through a Polyvagal Lens

As published in Psychotherapy Networker Magazine

Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Polyvagal Theory widens the perspective on managing kids’ challenging behaviors.

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In This Together!

During these challenging times, I hear “everything has changed.” But is that really true? (Activity and free worksheet)

Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP, Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP

While it may feel like our new normal is nothing like the old, we need to recognize the silver linings this time has brought forth. This blog, activity and free worksheets helps us realize the importance of reaching out to others and celebrates our feelings of accomplishment when we are able to help someone else.

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