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Bessel van der Kolk's Trauma Treatment Discovery

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For 40 years, as both a researcher and a clinician, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., has studied those living with trauma. Among them were soldiers, torture victims, child abuse survivors, and many others. What has he determined after years of research?

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10 Ways to Help Stuck Clients Move Forward

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Our emotional brains are primed to override the rational mind with patterns that persist until we intervene with something this feeling brain can understand: a compelling emotional experience that completely changes how we feel, not just how we think. Orchestrating such felt experiences with your clients is easier than you think. Here are 10 strategies...

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10 Questions to Ask Your Client About Social Media Use

Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP

The cyber age has provided a breeding ground for bullying, and our clients can be bombarded daily with negative comments, images or untruths about themselves. Understanding how your clients use social media can be key to successful sessions.

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Can You Hear Me Now: When to stop fixing and just listen

Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., MFT

When a client comes to you in emotional distress and you sense that childhood wounds are the cause, your instinct is to spring into action. We want to stitch them up and slap on a new metaphorical bandage.

But you can't fix them. And here's why...

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PESI Participates in 4th Annual Joining Forces Wellness Week

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In recognition of Veterans Day, PESI is proud to participate in the 4th Annual Joining Forces Wellness Week in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady of the United States, Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Join us Nov. 9-13, 2015, and earn free CE when you join any of the five free webinars focused on the health needs of veterans and their families.

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What Silence Taught Me: Six months with no voice

Susan Pomeranz, MFT, Ph.D.

I began seeing that most of what came out of my mouth was about my discomfort with silence. It felt too naked. My incessant talking was a way to fill the void. As I accepted that I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t speak, the voice in my head began to quiet.

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Yoga for Trauma Treatment: 3 somatic interventions

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT

When you use trauma-sensitive yoga as a therapeutic intervention with your clients, part of your role is to monitor the state of your client's autonomic nervous system, and to use somatic interventions when they need to bring it back into regulation. Here are 3 somatic interventions you can use with your client.

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Would You Chain Your Client to a Tree?

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

You don't have to tell Martha Teater about the mental health crisis in Africa. She's witnessed the tragedy with her own eyes. Here she describes her time spent at the only Zambian psychiatric hospital where the patients appear to be either clearly psychotic and agitated, or over medicated to the point of drooling and appearing almost catatonic.

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Go ahead—put some love into yourself. (We dare you)

Susan Pomeranz, MFT, Ph.D.

Now I’m not proud of this, but I’ve been known to pretty much drive folks off the road so I’m not late for my Yoga class. We’re all so busy running around to get it all done that it’s easy to forget the real deal: the peace and possibilities that comes from being in the moment.

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Joaquin’s Deadly Fury: How to help others while not hurting yourself

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

The same CBT techniques that you may suggest to your clients can be equally beneficial to you in preventing compassion fatigue. If thoughts identified in a distressing situation involve a “what if” or “worst case scenario” thinking pattern, a technique from the book Overcoming Compassion Fatigue can help. Bonus: Free worksheet "De-Catastrophizing When Thinking the Worst."

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