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Apr
03

Bail reform: Public’s opinion on using pretrial risk assessment algorithms

Incorporating the public’s opinion into the decision-making process may promote the legitimacy of California’s new pretrial process and the use of risk assessment algorithms in the criminal justice system in general. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Apr
03

Mindfulness Activity #16

Radical Acceptance Mindfulness People say there are things that should never happen like children dying before their parents. It’s true that almost any terrible, sad, painful, unjust action causes immeasurable pain. Large and small injustices create discomfort in the form of despair and anger. If you read the news or search your personal memory banks, […]

By newamandaB | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
02

Mindfulness Activity #15

Good Morning! Have you ever had days where you are trying not to think about something upsetting, but it seems like you can’t stop thinking about that very thing? You tell yourself not to think about it, but it comes back stronger? Many people right now are finding it difficult not to think about their […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
01

Mindfulness Activity #14

It is the first of April and on the East Coast, in NY where I live, the first sunny morning in many days. Something to be grateful for. When I teach mindfulness, people who do not like it often list one of three reasons. The first is that it is not consistent with their religion. […]

By newamandaB | Mindfulness Activity
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Mar
31

Mindfulness Activity #13

Today’s practice is about emotions. Our recent circumstances have increased the frequency of many emotions that are unpleasant ones, and at the same time, removed us from many of the activities that generate positive feelings for us. We can feel out of balance…frightened all the time, or down. This is a nearly universal experience. Right […]

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Mar
31

Ethical Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Limitations and Adaptations to Telehealth with Dee Ray and Lee Kinsey

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Raissa speaks with Dr. Lee Kinsey and Dr. Dee Ray about the many ethical and practical challenges facing counselors responding to COVID-19.  The conversation also includes a discussion on the need for individualized risk assessment and decision-making, approaches to adapting practice to align with the realities and limitations of [...]
By newamandaB | Thoughtful Counselor
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Mar
30

Dr. Jennifer Groscup presents her Presidential Address at the American Psychology-Law Society meeting (video)

Dr. Jennifer Groscup presented her Presidential address–Psychology and Law: It's Personal or it Can Be–at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in New Orleans, Louisiana this March. American Psychology-Law Society Presidential Address About Dr. Jennifer Groscup Jennifer L. Groscup, JD, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Scripps College, the women’s college [...]
By Amber Watkins | Conferences . Keynote Address . Video
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Mar
30

Mindfulness Activity #12

Good Morning! Do you ever feel like the day has begun before you were ready for it? You feel unprepared and spend the rest of the day playing catch up. Being in the present moment prepares us for the next moment. It energizes us and connects us to wise mind. This is the place where […]

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Mar
29

Mindfulness Activity #11

Today’s practice is an invitation to acceptance the present moment and everything about it in order to offer compassion to ourselves. Often, we tell ourselves to “suck it up.” We may ignore our own feelings, tell ourselves we should be coping better, or put ourselves and our own needs at the bottom of the to-do […]

By newamandaB | Mindfulness Activity
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Mar
28

Mindfulness Activity #10

Yesterday’s practice involved training your attention to see everything, rather than selectively attending to negative thoughts and emotions. Many mindfulness practices involve directing or controlling our attention in a particular way or on a particular task. For instance, we might eat popcorn and try to notice the crunchy texture without paying attention to the salty […]

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Mar
27

Bias in the eye of the beholder: Impact of pretrial publicity on jurors’ decision-making

Antidefendant and antiprosecution pretrial publicity were found to have powerful effects on jurors’ impressions, evidence interpretation, and decisions, with jury type and pretrial publicity slant being the major influences. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Mar
27

Mindfulness Activity #9

In the face of breaking headlines, it can be quite difficult to avoid negative thinking. Have you ever woken to find yourself dreading the coming day or expecting the worst? There is a saying that emotions love themselves. Negative thinking makes negative feelings and negative feelings bring on more unpleasant thoughts and feelings. Now, the […]

By newamandaB | Mindfulness Activity
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