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May
01

Mindfulness Activity #44

Spreading Kindness Good Morning! Today, I thought that we might focus on kindness. Kindness mindfulness practices provide us with access to positive feelings. They make us feel happy and secure and help us to remember that even in difficult times all is not lost. Another thing about kindness mindfulness practices is that they often generate […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
30

Mindfulness Activity #43

April Rain Mindfulness Good Morning. Today where I am sitting and writing, it is a rainy day in April. I was wishing for a sunny day. How often do you wish that something was different- or that everything was different? Zen teaches us that much of our own angst comes from putting our energy and […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
29

Mindfulness Activity #42

Mindfulness for Blame Good Morning! Today’s practice focuses on our tendency to get caught up in blame. It is a natural human tendency to want to find someone to blame when our goals are blocked, when we are misunderstood, or when someone accuses us of something. Right now, there is a lot to be upset […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
28

A Covenant of Counselors – Community Leaders Reflect on Navigating Counseling Practice during Covid-19

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Priscilla speaks with Anna Shinn, Cotina Houston- Stroud, Anjuli Thompson and Mindi Wilkins- Amberson on their unique roles as mental health professionals and administrators within their community during the uncertain times of Covid-19. PresenterAbout the Guests: Cotina Stroud is a Licensed Therapist and owner of a private practice, Serenity Counseling Services [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Apr
28

What Is Forensic Psychology?

Psychology encompasses a variety of concentrations, including the intersection of itself and the law. Forensic psychology is the application of psychology in matters of justice, civil and criminal. Someone working in this field can work in numerous professional settings and roles. Learn what forensic psychology entails below. Applications Forensic psychology is more than just figuring […]

By Katie Whittington (Search Influence) | Forensic
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Apr
28

Mindfulness Activity #41

Settling into Breath Mindfulness Practice Good Morning! Today, I thought I would share my practice this morning with you. The practice is to settle into your breath. There are times in your life when you need to shift focus abruptly…you hear a noise and you need to look to see what it was. But for […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
27

Mindfulness Activity #40

Kissing the Earth Walking Mindfulness Today, I want to speak to you about the way we begin our day. Often, we begin in negativity before we are even consciously aware. In this way, we invite negative emotions. Perhaps, you had an unpleasant dream, or you were stressed about something the night before. Perhaps you woke […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
26

Mindfulness Activity #39

Drinking Tea Mindfulness Today’s practice is inspired by tea. If you have tea, or another hot beverage available to you, you will want to have it near you, ready to prepare. If you do not, you may substitute by watching a clip I have included below depicting a very brief version of the Japanese Tea […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
25

Mindfulness Activity #38

Good Morning! One of the ways in which mindfulness helps us in life is that when we are at once noticing our thoughts, emotions, and urges and also have access to the logical parts of our mind, we are able to live our values and make the best decisions possible. We can act to actualize […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
24

Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout: What causes them and how do we prevent them?

Much research is needed to understand the impact of what is referred to as vicarious trauma (VT), compassion fatigue (CF), and burnout (BO) in forensic mental health professionals. Doing so will assist in efforts to ensure clinicians are engaging in their work competently and professionally. This is the bottom line of a recently published article […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Apr
24

Mindfulness Activity #37

Breath is Always Available Today, I would like to share with you some information about mindfulness in Thich Nah Hanh’s own words. He describes mindfulness as, “the energy that helps us to recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.” He goes on, “You don’t have to wait ten years to […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
23

Mindfulness Activity #36

Letting Go of Ineffective Patterns As I am writing to you this morning, I hear a solid thud against my house. There is a tree outside my window where a robin sits most of the day every day. However, for at least the last month, every morning and every early afternoon, this robin repeatedly flies […]

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