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What is Enough?

Joanne Spence, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

What does it mean to have “enough”? PESI author Joanne Spence explores the downward spiral of our ever-present desire to have more, do more, and be more – and how to come back to the present and to a place of gratitude.

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How Post-Traumatic Symptoms Reflect Our Trauma History

When Our Nervous System Adapts to Threat in the Absence of Danger

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Individuals who have been exposed to chronic and repeated trauma often have a nervous system still mobilized for danger, evoking trauma responses of fear, fight, or flight long after the threat has passed.

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Desperate Efforts to Regulate a Traumatized Nervous System

Understanding the Vicious Circle of Addictive and Self-Destructive Behavior

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Confused and frightened by intense feelings and physical responses—and tormented by their negative thoughts—many trauma survivors feel desperate for relief. Drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and many other compulsive behaviors provide brief periods of respite, but unfortunately, the relief is short-lived. As the body develops tolerance for these addictive or self-destructive impulses, they eventually become worse than the trauma symptoms themselves.

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Help Clients Overcome Resistance to Forgiveness so They can Heal after Trauma

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, provides a simple 5-stages model to debunk forgiveness myths and help your clients start their healing journey.

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

There can be a lot of initial resistance to forgiveness after trauma because of these common false beliefs about what forgiveness means. Help clients move past these myths so they forgive and heal.

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The Neurobiology of Trauma and Shame

Uncovering Shame-Based Beliefs

Patti Ashley, Ph.D., L.P.C.

It can be challenging to bring unconscious shame-based beliefs to the surface, but with the right tools, you can help clients excavate the parts of themselves that have been hidden under their core shame identity.

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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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Trauma changes more than the mind

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, reveals how mental health conditions contribute to memory loss, dementia and diabetes

Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC

Discover why combining your mental health knowledge with the latest research in integrative approaches and nutrition can build rapport with clients and enhance clinical outcomes help.

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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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Stop Hesitating

A quick, highly directive guide to initiating conversations with your Black clients about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, other lives lost, Minnesota, Louisville, and racial trauma

Are you a white therapist who’s not sure how to start the conversation about racial trauma with your Black clients? Are you unsure of how to hold space for what they’re feeling? Then check out Elizabeth McCorvey’s one-page guide to opening up dialogue with your clients.

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How Can White Therapists Be Better Allies?

Deepening the Conversation around Race-Based Trauma

Gail Parker, Monnica Williams, and S. Kent Butler

What does it mean to be an ally to people of color⁠? What steps can therapists take to heal race-based trauma and deepen the conversation around racial injustice in therapy and in the wider community? Several clinicians and leaders in our field share their perspectives.

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