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Jun
19

The Impact of Extralegal Bias in Assignment to Anger Management

Being African American, Hispanic, or male significantly increases the likelihood of being required to complete anger management therapy as a condition of probation, beyond what would be expected considering their crime, county of jurisdiction, and judge presiding over the case. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. […]

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Jun
18

Mindfulness Activity #92

States of Mind Good Morning. Today is cloudy, grey and cool. It is starkly different from yesterday’s bright sunshine and warmth. The difference is striking and offers an opportunity for learning. Zen teaches that all of reality is temporary. It does not mean that nothing lasts, rather that everything evolves and changes moment to moment. […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
17

Mindfulness Activity #91

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 fatigued at anticipating the day. I’m tired of ELA and Spanish, and as much as I like it, I’m tired of Khan Academy. I’m tired of piles of laundry. I’m tired […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
16

Family Violence and Safety Planning – Victoria Kress speaks with Matthew Paylo, Nicole Stargell, and Marissa Grey

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Victoria Kress, Matthew Paylo, Nicole Stargell, and Marissa Grey discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced family violence, what counselors need to be aware of, ethical considerations when safety planning, and how to use technology when developing a safety plan with clients of all ages. PresenterAbout the Guests: Victoria [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jun
16

Mindfulness Activity #90

Mindfulness with Bells Good Morning. I usually try to practice with eyes open, because life happens with our eyes open. Today though, I thought we could try a mindfulness practice designed to be done with eyes closed. The task for this mindfulness is to listen to a series of bells and to concentrate on following […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
15

Mindfulness Activity #89

Quick Mindfulness Good Morning! This morning, I have a meeting to work on a project with colleagues from New Zealand and the U.K. So, we are in three time zones and I drew the early straw. So, I was thinking it was a perfect time to reinforce the idea that you can always find a […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
15

The role of risk assessment instruments and algorithms in criminal justice decision making.

Providing judges with risk assessment information about a defendant increased the severity of their sentences for relatively poor— but not affluent— defendants. 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 as a translation of this research into […]

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Jun
14

Mindfulness Activity #88

On Changing the World Good Morning. I have been thinking about change. Our lives have been different for the last 3 months. We have been frightened and humbled by the power of disease. We have been shocked and appalled by racism and violence. But, disease has been present. Racism and violence have plagued our country […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
13

Mindfulness Activity #87

Allowing Natural Change Good Morning. Sometimes when we have a problem or a situation that is either longstanding or complicated, it can feel like no matter how hard you work, it does not change. One principle drawn from Zen is called allowing natural change. It’s related to the concept of acceptance. It involves accepting current […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
12

Mindfulness Activity #86

Gratitude for The Weekend Good Morning. It is a beautiful, sunny morning and it’s the weekend! Weekends are markers for us, helping us to chunk time. When my son was small, he had trouble understanding the concept of time and when something was going to happen in the future. He would ask, “ how many […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
12

Presenting an Online Workshop – Tips for Engaging your Audience: Part 5 – Breakout Rooms

Presenting a workshop to an online audience is not without its challenges. Primary among these is the inability of the presenter to gauge the audience’s reaction or to use any of the non-verbal (read: eyerolls, nods, smiles, confused looks, etc.) or verbal cues (laughter at your jokes 😉 ) that are typically available when presenting in-person. […]

By Leila Wallach | Online Classes . Professional Training
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Jun
12

Increasing emotional support and rapport building in forensic interviews of child abuse victims

Utilizing the Revised National Institute of Child and Health Development Protocol while interviewing alleged child abuse victims increased the odds that children would make allegations and that their statements would be deemed credible. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the […]

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