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Here at PESI, our mission is to provide professionals like you with FREE practical and valuable tools, strategies, and resources to assist with the great work you do. Find expert tips, helpful worksheets, demonstration videos, CE, news, and more here. Happy learning!
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CBT Tools for Helping Kids Overcome Adverse Experiences

Free exercise to empower kids into resilience and growth

PESI Team

A great activity to use with kids and adolescents to help them develop their ability to be resilient and overcome adverse experiences is this FREE Cognitive Behavioral Triangle exercise.

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Ask a Therapist: Parenting through the Chaos of Today’s World

Katie Hurley, LCSW

The tumultuous landscape of the current world is causing anxiety and confusion even in the minds of our tweens and teens, and child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley is here to present some much-needed relief.

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3 Things Every Child Therapist Needs to Know About a Kid’s Nervous System

Proven body-based interventions that’ll help your young clients thrive

PESI Team

Jackie Flynn, ED.S., MA, LMHC-S, RPT provides insight into proven body-based interventions that’ll help your young clients thrive.

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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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Taking Care of You!

Helping Yourself and Your Clients Practice Self-Care (ideas and free worksheet)

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

If you’ve been helping clients adapt to their new schedules and integrate healthy ways to manage daily stress, you know how important it is for all of us to make time to support our own mental health. Self-care is a majority priority right now so that we can make our feelings, and responses to stress more manageable. Here are some ideas and a free worksheet from the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents—but also works for adults!

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How to Talk About Feelings with Kids

Watch the Balloon Metaphor Demonstration

Jennifer Lefebre, PSY.D., RPT-S

We keep holding onto the feelings and eventually we're going to pop. Instead, let's let it out little by little.

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Taming the Wild Things

Helping anxious kids and those trying to shield them from feelings of fear, insecurity, uncertainty, or discomfort.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, shares how to override the demanding voice of anxiety.

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