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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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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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Understanding the Five Core Skills of Mindfulness

How to change your brain and build a solid foundation for transformative growth

Terry Fralich, LCPC

Terry Fralich, LCPC, shares five core skills of mindfulness and how to best practice them.

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Coloring Book Day

5 Coloring Books for Adults and Children

Bust out your crayons and colored pencils in celebration of National Coloring Book Day!

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Calm Your Mind

FREE Video & Infographic

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

When your clients are agitated or distracted, use this simple CALM whole-body method to help them regulate their mind and body, so they can focus on the work necessary for healing.

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Trauma-Informed Meditation

Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN

It’s important to understand that traumatic experiences can significantly affect our perceptions and our sense of self, and can sensitize us to sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Fortunately, there are helpful ways to ensure that meditation instruction is trauma-informed, with an emphasis on grounding and physical and emotional security.

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Introducing Mindfulness, Meditation, and Calm Corners into Community Schools

Sheila Lewis

Schools are witnessing the benefits of bringing mindfulness practices into education as a strategy for promoting social and emotional learning among students. Check out these easy ways to integrate mindfulness routines for classrooms.

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Healing, Happiness, Transformation: A 4-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

A journey into the serenity of the inner self

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, RYT

In September 2016, PESI held our first ever 4-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Mental Health Professionals. Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, RYT, lead attendees through a balanced schedule of meditation, clinical teachings and group discussion, yoga, mindful eating, walking meditation, noble silence and deep rest. The following is Mary's reflection of her experiences with the retreat...

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Working Through Trauma with Yoga: Healing heart meditation

PESIinc

The Healing Heart Meditation allows us to bring ourselves to the awareness that joy is our natural birthright and our inherent nature. As we connect to our deepest self, we find the strength to let go of pain.

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Breathing the Rainbow: A guided meditation

Nancy Williams Cyr, MSc, CCC-SLP, E-RYT-500

When the energetic body isn't balanced, we can experience a sense of irritation, anxiety or lack of balance. When you start to feel anxious or irritated, taking a few minutes to realign your chakras can help calm the body. Here's a guided meditation you can practice...

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