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Lead clients stuck in cycles of anxiety, fear, distress, and loneliness back to safety so they can start to heal

Polyvagal Theory clinical application expert Deb Dana reveals how to help clients feel safe enough to begin healing and make lasting, positive changes.

DEB DANA, LCSW

Discover a simple tool that helps clients feel safe so they can start the healing process and make lasting changes.

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Help Clients of All Ages Get to the Root Cause of Grief

Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA, shares a simple technique that helps clients discover the underlying cause of their suffering so they can move forward

Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA

Discover a simple technique that helps clients get to the root of their grief and suffering—especially helpful for talking about the grief of living losses.

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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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Rage in America

Dr. Jeff Peterson reveals why therapists need to know how to manage anger

Dr. Jeff Peterson, Ph.D., LCPC, LPC, NCC, PCC

As a society, we have a collective problem with anger. And it’s getting worse by the day. But how do you begin to treat anger problems so clients can communicate peacefully and effectively? Watch this video to discover the roots of this core emotion so you can start angry clients down the path to healing.

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Action Precedes Motivation: Why Clients Shouldn’t “Wait Until They Feel Better” To Make A Change

VIDEO: How To Help Clients Who Can’t Get Moving

Leslie Sokol, Ph.D.

Dr. Leslie Sokol shares how to help clients struggling with depression get up and moving again.

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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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