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May
14

Mindfulness Activity #57

Following Breath Like a Wave Good Morning. When I first started mindfulness practice, I had a very hard time with anything quiet, still, or breath related. It seemed the minute I tried to be focused, my mind jumped everywhere. This morning’s practice was the one I found easiest to practice. It is still the breath […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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May
13

Planning a Group Training for Your Organization

Planning a group training within your company may seem like a daunting task. Organizing professional development for a large number of people is uniquely challenging right now due to social distancing and stay-at-home mandates due to COVID-19. While there may be different roadblocks to overcome, group training offers the chance to provide clear expectations and […]

By Katie Whittington (Search Influence) | Online Classes
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May
13

The Heart of Trauma Work – Bringing Our Full Selves Into Therapy with Guy MacPherson

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Guy MacPherson on bringing our full selves into our work with clients who have experienced trauma. They discuss putting aside our tendency to want to feel like experts, confronting our fears and insecurities, and the importance of finding a community of like-minded clinicians. PresenterAbout Guy: Guy [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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May
13

Mindfulness Activity #56

Leaning into Emotions One of the goals of mindfulness is a balanced life. In nature, there are elements in opposition–cold and hot, wet and dry, light and dark. But, human nature is to avoid pain. We often go to great lengths to avoid actually feeling fear, or sadness. Sometimes, we get a glimmer of a […]

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May
12

COVID-19 Resources for Psychologists

The American Psychological Association has compiled COVID-19 resources to ensure that the field of psychology is supported during an extraordinary time. The resources developed by APA to address the needs of psychologists and those served by the field have been replicated below, they are being spread widely and we encourage you all to do the […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Professional Training
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May
12

Mindfulness Activity #55

Half Speed Mindfulness I decided to write a mindfulness practice for people who do not like mindfulness. I started researching just that. I came across an article written by Steven Hayes, the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, about how to get the benefits of mindfulness if you don’t like these practices. He has very […]

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May
11

Mindfulness Activity #54

Mindfulness to Changing Emotions Good Morning. Have you ever had the thought, “this day is ruined.” Often when we are in the midst of an emotion, we feel like it is a foregone conclusion that we can’t feel any different. If the situation bothering us isn’t changing, then our mood must stay the same. The […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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May
10

Mindfulness Activity #53

Mindful Cup of Coffee In honor of Mother’s Day, today’s mindfulness is inspired by my mother who taught me that literally anything could be achieved with a good, strong cup of coffee and some quiet time to plan. My mother raised seven children while working as a physician at a time when women were not […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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May
09

Mindfulness Activity #52

Radical Acceptance Today as I write this sunny day in May, I am wearing down booties and a scarf. It is thirty degrees. Snow is forecast for parts of New York. This is unexpected and unwelcome. On the few days it has been seasonably warm this Spring, I felt a hint of promise. It felt […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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May
08

A Longstanding Clinical Oversight? Protective Factors May be Central to Accurate Violence Risk Assessment

Using a pseudo-prospective design, the predictive and incremental validity of protective factors was explored using the Structured Assessment of Protective Factors (SAPROF) and Historical Clinical Risk Management-20 (HCR-20V3) in 75 male inpatients in a secure setting. Over a 12-month period, protective factors significantly predicted the absence of institutional violence and risk factors, particularly dynamic factors, […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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May
08

Mindfulness Activity #51

Drinking Water Mindfully Good Morning. Today’s practice is ever so simple. We will reflect on and drink water. Did any of you just have a negative reaction to that statement? Simple practices often allow us to see our own resistance or willfulness as if in a mirror. “I don’t like water” or “we can’t do […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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May
07

Mindfulness Activity #50

Qi-gong I used to work at the Criminal Court Building in lower Manhattan, the one you see on many TV dramas involving criminal court trials. When I exited the building via the back entrance, I would cross a park. At any time in this park one could observe people engaged in the ancient Chinese practice […]

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