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DEAR MAN: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy skill for building interpersonal effectiveness

Watch this FREE, short video to learn an easy way to voice your needs and wants.

Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, DBTC

Lane Pederson shows you step-by-step how to use the acronym DEAR MAN to help your clients learn how to speak their needs.

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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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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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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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Working with Teens Without Nagging

Help is here...

Sharon Saline, PsyD

Tired of ‘nagging’ without success? Dr. SharonSaline provides tips for disarming pushback and negativity.

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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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Create Connection from a Distance: Making Telehealth Relational

Janina Fisher, PhD shares her pro tips for transcending the limitations of telehealth and establishing a sense of closeness with your clients.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Now that distance therapy is the “new normal” when treating clients, knowing how to create a sense of connection through the screen is essential. In this short video, trauma treatment expert Janina Fisher shares her pro tips for helping clients feel engaged, listened to and understood—no matter where you are.

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Are you practicing CBT to the best of your ability?

Discover tools and assessments to help determine if your CBT practice is “drifting”

John Ludgate, Ph.D.

John Ludgate, Ph.D. shares his Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale to help therapists check-in on their own implementation of CBT and set goals for themselves for upcoming sessions.

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Dr. Richard Schwartz: Wake Up Calls and Trail Heads

How COVID-19 is affecting our parts.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Schwartz, founder of IFS, speaks on how COVID-19 is a triggering situation that has an array of effects on all of our parts and how this is a wakeup call not just for us personally, but also for the planet, countries, and corporations.

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