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A Common Supervisory Mistake to Avoid

3 Reasons why it happens and how you can prevent it

Bob Taibbi, LCSW

In this short video, nationally recognized clinical supervision expert and author Bob Taibbi, LCSW, walks you through the three reasons why this common mistake happens, and how you can avoid it.

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What to Do When Clients Cry

Jay Efran, Ph.D.

In this short clip, therapy author and psychology professor Jay Efran, Ph.D., shares his do's and don'ts list for when clients cry and explains how tears can be a therapist's ally.

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From Hell to Heaven...In One-Minute

Donald Altman, MA, LPC

When stuck in anger, it helps to find some heaven within. Try this simple meditation and coloring practice to help you find peace within.

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Free CE Seminar: CBT for Anxiety and OCD

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., LCSW-C, Kimberly Morrow, LCSW

Do you want to dramatically improve outcomes for your clients?

It starts by asking the right questions to get the right diagnosis. You can learn more and earn free CE online seminar. 

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Can You Get a Certification in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

PESI

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) notes that there are many ways professionals can learn or strengthen ACT skills, including: books, peer consultation groups, formal academic training, participation in a chapter or SIG, the ACBS Annual World Conference, and therapy DVDs or online courses featuring ACT Peer-Reviewed trainers.

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Self-Compassion for Teens

A sensory activity worksheet

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Self-compassion for teens reduces suffering and stress through mindful awareness, self-kindness, interconnectedness, as well as the willingness to take action to relieve suffering.

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What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Working with Gay Male Clients

Rick Miller, LICSW

Many clinicians wish they had more experience in working with gay men and may also have questions that they are too embarrassed to ask others, as if they should automatically have these answers. It is common to experience some uncertainty regarding nuances of gay male life. Increasing your awareness will help you feel more confident with clients, and they will feel a stronger bond with you as a result.

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VIDEO: Bessel van der Kolk on Effective Trauma Treatment with EMDR

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma is about horror. A horrendous reality that you don't want to remember...

Our clients are often dealing with the unspeakable. Are you using tools that promote healing, or are you re-traumatizing the people who've come to you for help?

Listen to this fascinating case in this free short video —and learn insights on the ONE TOOL all trauma therapists should have.

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Fifth Annual Joining Forces Wellness Week Highlights Health Care Needs of Veterans, Military Service Members and Their Families

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Joining Forces Wellness Week takes place Nov. 7-11. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in collaboration with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will show a free webinar series on the health and wellness of military service members and veterans. Professionals will earn one free hour of CE credit for each webinar they attend.

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Making Ofrenda With Our Clients

Engage clients with culturally inclusive therapeutic arts.

Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC

An ofrenda is a collection of images, objects, and foods that are placed on an altar during the Dia de los Muertos celebration. This exercise will show you how to help a client construct his or her own ofrenda as an opportunity to grieve in a culturally congruent manner and to share this process with you as the therapist.

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