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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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Training the Brain to Heal the Anxious Mind

Free printable worksheets from Dr. Catherine Pittman

Catherine Pittman, PH.D., HSPP

Dr. Catherine Pittman shows how clients can explore their own fear response—and the amygdala—with these FREE worksheets.

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Coping with ADHD & Heightened Emotions

Free printable exercise to use with adolescent & adult clients

Melissa Springstead Cahill, Psy.D.

People with ADHD feel both positive and negative emotions more intensely and frequently, and often for longer periods of time. With this exercise, clients can learn to respond to emotions mindfully, allowing them to better handle difficult situations.

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Rethink, Reassess, Relabel: How to Use Reframing to Appreciate the Moment

Free reframing exercise to help kids harness the power of happiness!

Reframing is a useful skill that can turn tricky and frustrating situations into something more positive. Maureen Healy provides free resources for kids to practice finding a silver lining.

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Ask a Therapist: I Think I’ve Made My Child a Tattletale

How to empower children to utilize age-appropriate problem solving skills

Mother, therapist, and children’s book author Christina Furnival, MS, LPCC, provides guidance on how to turn a child’s unchecked tattling into autonomous problem-solving.

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5 Tips for Body Positivity & Anti-Diet Culture

Discover how to help clients reclaim their relationship with food and find joy in eating

Anti-diet experts Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS, and Judith Matz, LCSW, answer some of their most frequently asked questions about anti-diet culture, emotional eating, body image, fat stigma, and more.

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How To Reject Diet Culture This Holiday Season

Help clients set boundaries, find support, and make peace with food

Anti-diet experts Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS, and Judith Matz, LCSW, share their insight on how to help clients navigate difficult conversations surrounding weight and food this holiday season.

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Zoom Fatigue, It’s Real

How to Keep Children and Teens Engaged in Online Therapy

Doing therapy online has become the new normal, but it presents unique challenges many clinicians have not dealt with previously. Laura Dessauer gives us six new strategies to try out with clients as well as tips on how her newest publication, Art Therapy Card Deck for Children and Adolescents, can successfully introduce creativity into online sessions!

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How to Break Free from Anxiety, Rumination, and Worry

Watch Dr. Gillihan Demonstrate This Simple Breathing Exercise

Watch Dr. Gillihan walk step-by-step through the simple, effective “3-Part Breathing” exercise.

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PESI Book Club: December 2019

How to grow your gratitude this holiday season.

This month's suggested reads include four books to help your clients be aware of and thankful for the positive habits and practices they experience. Plus, there's a FREE worksheet...

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