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Sep
21

Remote Psychological Testing in COVID-19: The MMPI Example

The COVID-19 pandemic created an emergent need for teleservices in psychology, and with that novel challenges to psychological testing. These challenges can be navigated with adherence to best practices and guidelines. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Sep
20

Mindfulness Activity #181

Mindfulness with Music Good Morning. Today’s practice is mindfulness to a very relaxing piece of flute music. By now, most of you are becoming familiar with these practices so feel free to do your favorite–breathing in and out with a longer exhale or half smile or stretching or mindful walking. To begin, breathe in once […]

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Sep
19

Mindfulness Activity #180

Loving Kindness for Loss The last half-year has been stunning in terms of the number of losses people have faced individually and we have faced collectively as a country. It seems that every morning there are new shocks and new losses. Mass shootings in our country remain the highest in ANY developed country in the […]

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Sep
18

Mindfulness Activity #179

Mindfulness While Cleaning Good Morning. There is a whole industry designed to organizing, simplifying, and creating a picture perfect life. Marie Kondo says to only keep items that spark joy. My stapler doesn’t do that, but I keep it anyway… So, as with anything, balance is the goal. If we get to [perfectionistic, we are […]

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Sep
18

Mindfulness Activity #178

Gratitude Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. Research has shown that intentionally practicing gratitude makes us happier. It changes our brain and gets rid of a negative cognitive set…in other words, it frees us from scanning the world for bad things. For today’s practice it does not matter if you think about one thing […]

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Sep
15

Mindfulness Activity #177

Quick Mindfulness for Stress or Fatigue Good Morning. I’m not sure about you, but this morning I’m feeling a little stressed and a little tired from all that I have to do today before I have done it. Whenever you want to avoid the day or have negative thoughts about it before it has begun, […]

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Sep
15

Mindfulness Activity #176

Peace and Calm Good Morning. Today’s practice is often considered a winding down practice. You can do it before sleep. Savasana (pronounced sha-va-sunah), is a yoga practice that ends many yoga classes. Savasana is also called corpse pose. It is a deep relaxing, restorative pose. Most of you will be beginning your day with today’s […]

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Sep
14

Parental incarceration increases risk for juvenile delinquency – particularly for Latinx youth

Sensation seeking, exposure to violence, and parent-child relationship quality were linked to later delinquency among Puerto Rican youth and may be useful targets for prevention programs within this population. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Sep
13

Mindfulness Activity #175

Rolling with Change… Good Morning. There is a difference between noticing something and being mindful. Being mindful involves noticing as something happens (not making sense of your experience afterwards) and it involves noticing without judgment. It’s often the noticing without judgment part that is the most challenging. I woke up today and opened the door […]

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Sep
12

Mindfulness Activity #174

Good Vibes… Good Morning. Sitting in loving kindness is a great way to begin your day. Recent research has indicated that Metta, or Loving-Kindness meditations are among the most potent change-making practices. This type of practice has been shown to create immediate changes to mood. Loving kindness increases one’s personal sense of safety, security, and […]

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Sep
11

Mindfulness Activity #173

Shoshin Hello. Sometimes we might find ourselves stuck in negative thinking patterns. Often, these thoughts are negative or include judgments. We may see activities, people, and things as if we already know everything we need to know about them. When this happens we either disconnect and distance or we relate to the person or task […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Sep
11

What psychotherapeutic interventions should target when treating people with mental illness and criminal justice involvement

To be most successful, when treating criminal justice-involved people with mental illness, practitioners should assess and treat not only symptoms associated with their mental illness, but their criminal risk as well. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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