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3 Misconceptions About Body Positivity

Help clients let go of body shame, feel more at home in their own bodies, and transform diet culture.

Judith Matz, LCSW

Judith Matz, LCSW shares 3 common misconceptions about body positivity to consider as you work with clients to move from body shame to body positivity.

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Letting Go Of Body Shame in a Weight-Focused World

Foster conversations to combat weight stigma

Judith Matz, LCSW

Each of us has an obligation to address our biases so that we no longer contribute, even inadvertently, to the fat shaming our clients may feel as the result of our own attitudes.

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14 Products to Spread the Love

Be Your Best Self, To Be the Best Partner

PESI Team

This month focus on loving yourself to better love those around you. These 14 titles rooted in Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Deep Conversation will help grow your heart to spread your love beyond yourself.

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PESI Book Club: September 2019

Our latest new releases and a free worksheet!

PESI Team

New school year, new books and card decks! Here are three new releases as well as one of our customer favorites.

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Shame: 3 Tips for Breaking the Cycle

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Janina Fisher shares 3 interventions drawn from neurobiologically-oriented therapies. (She'll also show you when it's ok to break the 11th commandment.)

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3 Concerning Messages about the Netflix series, Insatiable

Plus, 3 Tips to talk to your clients about the new series.

Judith Matz, LCSW

There's been an outcry against the new Netflix series, Insatiable. Judith Matz a clinical social worker and author shares 3 concerning messages the series sends and tips to address these issues with your clients.

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The Rise of Suicide and Trauma in Teens

How "13 Reasons Why" Missed the Mark

Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP

Whether you find the show compelling or troublesome, one thing is certain: We need to talk about the rise of teen suicide and trauma in kids and teens. That’s why we created a free, one hour online CE seminar designed for clinicians, educators, and even parents to learn how to talk about suicide and mental health with teens. Read more to get instant access...

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Trauma Survivors and Self-Care

11 Practices to Promote Wellbeing

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

How can you help your clients work on increasing acts of self-care? Keeping in mind that self-care can manifest in different ways, consider suggesting these 11 practices as "homework assignments" to promote wellbeing...

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Demonstrates the Position of Joy

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

When the body is frozen in a position of terror, it's not possible to feel joy ... BUT in contrast, when the body is in a position of joy and openness, it's not possible to feel terror. In this short video, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk demonstrates the Position of Joy and shows you how it changes the way you take in emotions.

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Lizard Brain: How it impacts EVERY trauma treatment plan

...and what you can do about it

Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

When a child with behavior challenges enters our office, we instantly go into teach mode to tell them how to change their behaviors. Why? Because we don't know what else to do.

But the child's behavior doesn't improve. It's not because they're willful, or bad, or even because they don't care. It's because the lasting impacts of trauma have the children in your practice stuck in "lizard brain." In this short video, I explain why lizard brain impacts every trauma treatment plan you create...

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