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5 Secrets for Braver Boundary Setting

Learn to set and uphold boundaries with ease!

therapist.com Team

Setting boundaries often means having tough conversations with loved ones. Discover simple scripts from Hailey Magee that will empower your clients to set healthy boundaries in their lives.

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Enhancing Self-Regulation Through Play Therapy

Free trauma-informed play therapy demonstration & worksheets

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Many children with big behaviors need help learning how to regulate themselves more quickly or more effectively. PESI author Paris Goodyear-Brown provides a simple sensory-soothing activity that can be particularly helpful for children who struggle to close their eyes and relax.

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What is Medical Trauma?

Definition & special considerations from a medical trauma expert

Sacha McBain, PhD

The impacts of medical trauma are as broad as they are misunderstood. Medical trauma expert Dr. Sacha McBain provides an overview of how a medical crisis can lead to a unique presentation of PTSD.

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Excavating Hard Things

Free trauma-informed play therapy intervention

Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S

When a child is experiencing the intrusive or avoidance symptoms of PTSD, building a coherent narrative becomes essential to treatment. Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S, demonstrates an exercise designed to help children verbalize their big emotions.

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Understanding Clients Through the Lens of Attachment

Free therapeutic tool to discover your clients' attachment history

Terry Levy, PhD, DAPA

By truly understanding your client through the lens of attachment, you'll deepen your awareness of who they really are. Download free worksheets to help you understand your clients at the level needed for lasting change!

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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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Sleep & Mental Health

Discover how non-medication interventions can improve treatment outcomes

Catherine Darley, ND

Without addressing your clients' sleep issues, your treatment plans for mental health issues will likely be less effective. Discover the essential questions to ask your clients, as well as the steps you can take to help them achieve a better night's rest.

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5 Tips to Prevent & Minimize the Impact of Bullying

Expert advice from therapists, moms, and children's book authors

Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP, Christina Furnival, MA, LPCC

PESI authors Christina Furnival and Andrea Dorn share their five strategies to help children develop social-emotional skills, recognize unhealthy friendships, and set boundaries with their peers.

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Avoiding the “What Do I Treat First?” Trap

Treating emotional disorders more effectively with the Unified Protocol

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD

Real clients don’t fit into simple diagnostic categories. And when clients come in with multiple issues, it can be difficult to know where to begin. But in this overview of the Unified Protocol, Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala shares how one approach can get to the heart of suffering.

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Building Resilience with Neuroplasticity, Cognitive Framing, and the Havening Touch

A powerful demonstration with Dr. Kate Truitt

Kate Truitt, PhD, MBA

For clients who struggle to break out of their maladaptive beliefs, the Creating Possibilities Protocol is a powerful exercise that promotes changes.

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