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LISA WEED PHIFER, DED, NCSP

While it may feel like our new normal is nothing like the old, we need to recognize the silver linings this time has brought forth. This blog, activity and free worksheets helps us realize the importance of reaching out to others and celebrates our feelings of accomplishment when we are able to help someone else.

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If you’ve been helping clients adapt to their new schedules and integrate healthy ways to manage daily stress, you know how important it is for all of us to make time to support our own mental health. Self-care is a majority priority right now so that we can make our feelings, and responses to stress more manageable. Here are some ideas and a free worksheet from the Trauma-Informed Social-Emotional Toolbox for Children & Adolescents—but also works for adults!

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Children and adolescents may experience periods of increased anxiety – teaching them coping skills can help reduce symptoms and allow the client to move on. Developing a hierarchy of fears or anxiety can help and here’s how.

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Worksheets can be engaging, interactive and useful tools for clinicians — especially when working with kids. Read more to get two FREE CBT tools for exploring anxiety with the kids in your practice.

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Dr. Lisa Weed Phifer, DED, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist, mother, wife and educational consultant.  She is the lead author of the CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents (PESI, 2017) and the Parenting Toolbox (PESI, 2018).  Her work has also been published in the School Mental Health Journal and the book Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students (Oxford University Press, 2012).  Dr. Phifer has expertise in developing the social emotional capacities of children and empowering service providers to reframe challenging issues with a trauma informed approach.  She has created and facilitated virtual professional training programs to increase educator’s awareness of trauma on social, emotional and educational growth.  Dr. Phifer uses engaging techniques to meet the interests of her audience, providing practical information that can easily transfer into participant’s professional practice.