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Using EMDR as a Treatment for Mental Health Conditions in Children

PESI Team

This helpful guide highlights how EMDR is used as a treatment in children and how this differs from treatment in adolescents and adults.

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Celebrating Gender Identity with Youth Clients

FREE LGBTQ+ Youth worksheets

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Sexual orientation is so much more than being gay, straight, or bisexual. PESI author Lee-Anne Gray provides helpful worksheets to aid clients in exploring gender and sexuality.

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Coping with ADHD & Heightened Emotions

Free printable exercise to use with adolescent & adult clients

Melissa Springstead Cahill, Psy.D.

People with ADHD feel both positive and negative emotions more intensely and frequently, and often for longer periods of time. With this exercise, clients can learn to respond to emotions mindfully, allowing them to better handle difficult situations.

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Social Media & Anxious Teens: Helping Young Clients Evaluate Their Time Spent Online

Free worksheet download to use with teens

Angela Doel, MS, Lawrence Shapiro, PhD

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD, and Angela Doel, MS, provide a free worksheet to help teen clients with social anxiety discover the advantages and disadvantages of their own social media time.

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Preventing Teen Suicide: Crisis Safety Planning with Young Clients

Life-saving strategies & free CE

Tony Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

The rate of suicide in young people is on the rise. Get the strategies you need to save lives with this free CE seminar led by Tony Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA.

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Havening for Kids: 2 Powerful Stress-Busting Tools

Advice and video demonstration from Dr. Kate Truitt

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

Whether they're experiencing hyperarousal or hypoarousal, kids often need the help of a caregiver to return to a more calm, alert state. Dr. Kate Truitt shares two simple but effective techniques to help kids cope with stress and stay regulated.

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Making the Most Informed Choice: The SODAS Problem-Solving Model

Free exercise to aid young clients in decision making

David Pratt, PhD, MSW

Help young clients make healthy choices with this simple problem-solving paradigm! PESI author David Pratt presents a step-by-step way to identify options, consider advantages and disadvantages, and select a course of action.

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Helping Kids Face Obstacles Head-On

Two stress-busting exercises to build coping skills

Katie Hurley, LCSW

Kids will face obstacles every day—but it can be a good thing! Psychotherapist and parenting educator Katie Hurley, LCSW, details how we can guide children to tackle any problem, big or small.

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Using EMDR Therapy to Treat OCD

PESI Team

Can EMDR be used to treat OCD? Although a commonly used treatment for PTSD, research shows EMDR can also be effective in treating patients with OCD.

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Initiation & Activation: 2 Exercises to Help Kids Focus

Strategies to Promote Success in Students with ADHD & Executive Function Challenges

Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP

Many students struggle to get started on tasks because they simply don't know how or where to begin. Help set them up for success with simple exercises from Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP, a mental health professional and certified ADHD coach.

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