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Art & Science of Psychopharmacology

Helping clients get and stay well

Susan Marie, Ph.D., CARN-AP

Susan Marie has created The Art and Science of Psychopharmacology and it is filled with practical and adaptable strategies, client-friendly language, and the most up-to-date information about the medications being used to manage: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and insomnia.Learn more about the resource that guides you through the various medications for each of these diagnoses and how to form essential conversations around your client’s prescription.

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Janina Fisher on Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior

FREE CE. Develop a toolkit for helping clients with addictive behavior virtually.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Understanding why it feels safer for clients to abuse drugs and alcohol, to act out sexually, or to binge/purge food, is key to enhancing your work with addictions recovery. That's why Janina Fisher is offering you this FREE CE video.

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Working with Eating Concerns in the Time of Corona

How therapists can help clients avoid self-judgment at this time.

Judith Matz, LCSW

The current crisis is triggering many clients with eating and weight issues, due to the combination of increased stress, disrupted shopping and eating habits, and the increased cultural focus on food. Judith Matz, a therapist and author specialising in disordered eating, suggests how therapists can help clients avoid self-judgment at this time, and move towards making the choices that best support their physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Calm Anxiety in 45 Seconds

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton reveals the key to making deep breathing work for your clients—and a simple tool to help even the most agitated clients get started

Jennifer Sweeton, PSY.D., M.S., M.A.

As therapists, we know breathing is a helpful tool for calming anxiety. But clients are often skeptical about how something they do every day can help them. Discover how a specific kind of breathing reduces stress and anxiety, and helps even the most anxious people relax.

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Simple Ways to Help Depressed Clients Tackle Daunting Tasks

How you can motivate your clients to take the first steps toward a full & active life

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

For people with depression, daily activities like showering, picking up the house and even going outside, can seem monumental. But accomplishing tasks and being active are crucial for your clients’ wellbeing. Help them get moving again with these simple tips.

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How Yoga Promotes Both Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulation in Trauma Survivors

Discover how yoga can discharge memories stored in the nervous system of trauma survivors

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 reveals how yoga stimulates both top-down and bottom-up regulation, which can help trauma survivors reset their nervous systems back to baseline.

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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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A Single Goal: How the Aim of Yoga and Mental Health Counselors are One and the Same

Discover how the ancient practice of yoga fits in perfectly with trauma treatment

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD provides a short summary of yoga philosophy and reveals why it’s a fantastic complementary therapy for trauma survivors.

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How Loss at the Time of Menopause Can Masquerade as Depression

Distinguishing between “depressing” life changes and depression

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Natural life changes such as menopause can make our clients feel depressed. But it is NOT the same as clinical depression. Here's how to tell the difference.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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