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Ask a Therapist: How Do I Teach My Child Social-Emotional Skills?

3 proven strategies for SEL development

Lisa Weed Phifer, DEd, NCSP

Summer doesn’t have to mean a vacation from learning. Lisa Weed Phifer offers up social-emotional learning exercises to get kids ready for the start of a new school year.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety

Free exercise to teach psychological flexibility

Richard Sears, PSYD, PHD, MBA, ABPP

Clients often end up trapped in patterns of avoiding their anxiety, but what happens when they instead try to meet it in the present moment? PESI author Richard Sears provides an overview of the benefits of psychological flexibility.

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Celebrating Gender Identity with Youth Clients

FREE LGBTQ+ Youth worksheets

Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D.

Sexual orientation is so much more than being gay, straight, or bisexual. PESI author Lee-Anne Gray provides helpful worksheets to aid clients in exploring gender and sexuality.

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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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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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Looking on the Bright Side: Using Optimism to Create Happiness

Help kids practice optimism with a FREE worksheet download

Kids will inevitably be faced with challenging moments. Help them harness the power of an optimistic mindset with free resources from PESI author Maureen Healy.

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5 Tips to Prevent & Minimize the Impact of Bullying

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

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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Initiation & Activation: 2 Exercises to Help Kids Focus

Strategies to Promote Success in Students with ADHD & Executive Function Challenges

Many students struggle to get started on tasks because they simply don't know how or where to begin. Help set them up for success with simple exercises from Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP, a mental health professional and certified ADHD coach.

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The Power of Breath: Teach Children to Breathe on Purpose & Calm Big Emotions

A Free Self-Awareness & Self-Management Activity to Help Practice Mindful Breathing

Kellie Bailey’s newest children’s book, Some Days I Breathe on Purpose, explores the power of breath to help children handle challenging emotions. Get an exclusive sneak peek with worksheets containing breathing and mindfulness exercises for children.

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Intro to Diversity in Clinical Practice

A Shame-Free Guide to Reducing Cultural Offenses

Join Lambers Fisher for a discussion of his debut book, Diversity in Clinical Practice, and an exploration of six reasons for every helping professional to increase their cultural competence.

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