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Taking Charge Of Your Emotions: Strategies for Keeping It Together When Kids Fall Apart

Free Co-Regulation Exercises from Cool, Calm & Connected

Martha Straus, PhD

When children experience big emotions, the role of a caregiver is to model emotional regulation and provide support without getting sucked into the chaos. Help tired and frustrated caregivers succeed with these free exercises to promote co-regulation and healthy attachment.

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Creating a Welcoming Space for LGBTQ+ Clients

12 Common Mistakes & 6 Affirming Practices

Aaron Testard, LMFT, LPCC

An LGBTQ-friendly practice is NOT the same as an LGBTQ-informed one. Discover the common mistakes clinicians make, as well as simple strategies to make your practice more inclusive.

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Providing Constructive Feedback in Clinical Supervision

6 Simple Strategies for Success

George B. Haarman, PsyD, LMFT

Providing specific and actionable critiques without damaging rapport can be one of the most challenging aspects of clinical supervision, but constructive feedback offers a means to provide valuable insight and strengthen working relationships.

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Turning “What’s Wrong” into “What’s Strong”

Shifting to a Strengths-Based Perspective with Motivational Interviewing

Ali Hall, JD, Jennifer Frey, PhD

The practice of motivational interviewing (MI) involves a change in our perspective. We can reframe what we perceive to be a person’s “failures” or shortcomings into evidence of their strengths, skills, character, and worth. This shift from a deficits-based perspective to one of strengths is at the heart of MI.

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Intro to Diversity in Clinical Practice

A Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses

Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDIV

Join Lambers Fisher for a discussion of his debut book, Diversity in Clinical Practice, and an exploration of six reasons for every helping professional to increase their cultural competence.

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Picking Apart Pain

An exclusive first look at Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: The Workbook

Lori Gottlieb, MFT

Get a preview of Lori Gottlieb's new workbook with a free exercise that shows how a shift in perspective can reduce unpleasant emotions.

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5 Steps to Setting Healthy Boundaries

Strategies to Help Clients Break Free from Gaslighting & Narcissistic Abuse

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC, discusses the steps clinicians can take with their clients to develop and maintain healthy boundaries in order to better protect themselves from gaslighting and narcissistic abuse.

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Fostering Mental Health in Student Athletes

Strategies for Increasing Self-Esteem & Setting Healthy Boundaries

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S

Historic moments in professional sports and an increased spotlight on the mental health of athletes prompt Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, to answer an essential question: how do we frame this moment as a positive learning experience for our youth?

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5 Resources for Virtual EMDR

Free Tools to Bring to Your Next Session

Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, CCTP, EMDR CIT

Conduct successful EMDR trauma treatment sessions via telehealth without sacrificing effectiveness with these five free resources recommended by Megan McQuary, LCSW, CSUD, EMDR CIT.

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Addressing Grief-Related Anxiety

Strategies for Normalizing Grief & Fostering Growth

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC

For many grieving clients, working through anxiety will be a significant part of their path towards healing. Discover the first steps you can take to help clients manage their anxiety and process their grief on a deeper level.

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