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How To: Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Self-Regulation with Children & Adolescents

PESIinc • 7/29/2016 • 1 Comment

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a great technique to use with children struggling with self-regulation because it allows for personalization of the scripted passages we use to guide the exercise. Read more to download your FREE PMR Worksheet...

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The Floating Technique: For anxiety and panic disorder

Paul Foxman, Ph.D. • 7/25/2016 • No Comments

The floating technique includes four steps and can be used with both adults and children struggling with anxiety and panic disorder. Learn more in this short video with Paul Foxman, Ph.D.

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What Does a Slinky Have to do with Trauma?

Peter Levine, Ph.D. • 7/21/2016 • No Comments

What if the traumatic event wasn't the cause of trauma? It's time to rethink trauma by looking to the body's memory of the event, not the mind's interpretation of the story. In this short video, Peter Levine explains how the body holds the energy of trauma and why we can't begin to process the emotional suffering until we first resolve trauma on the physiological level.

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4 Easy Steps to Calm a Stressed Child

PESIinc • 7/19/2016 • No Comments

If you work with children who struggle with self-regulation, mind-body strategies that use yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and guided imagery can be especially effective, and often fun, for the child to gain their composure. Use this activity, called The Steps, at home, in the grocery store, or wherever life takes you.

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Wearing Your Heart on Your Face: The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

Stephen Porges, Ph.D. • 7/11/2016 • No Comments

In the interview that follows, Dr. Stephen Porges offers some research-based insights into how therapists can more effectively convey safety to clients and clarifies the evolutionary roots of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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Mindfulness + Doodling = The Secret to Staying Focused & Present

Patricia Isis, Ph.D., LMHC, ATR-BC • 7/8/2016 • 2 Comments

Research has proven that doodling can enhance focusing skills, increase retention of information, ease feelings of impatience, and even inspire bursts of novel ideas. So go ahead - color outside the lines with these 5 FREE doodle exercises.

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and Why it Matters

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC • 6/29/2016 • No Comments

In life, getting dealt a hand of ACEs is surely not the thrill that it is in a card game. But thanks to the ACE study, communities are developing creative ways to intervene and prevent intergenerational transmission of the issues caused by high ACE scores.

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Environmental Enrichment

A Multisensory Enrichment Protocol for Autism

Environmental Enrichment (EE) was designed as a low-cost program that has been shown to decrease autism symptoms and sensory issues and increase receptive language and cognitive skills at home. In this blog from Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, you can download a free EE activity worksheet.

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5 Postures to Help Deepen Your Breath

Donald Altman, MA, LPC • 6/21/2016 • 2 Comments

In this short video, psychotherapist, award-winning author and former Buddhist monk, Donald Altman, demonstrates 5 postures to help deepen your breath.

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EMDR: Safety and Stabilization

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD • 6/18/2016 • No Comments

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

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