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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 […]

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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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May
06

Mindfulness Activity #49

Hygge Mindfulness Practice Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest places for people to live. How can this be true when it is dark and cold for much of the time? There is an essential part of the Danish cultural identity referred to as Hygge (pronounced hoo-geh). There really is no American translation for […]

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May
05

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration complied resources for Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19 “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Americans are required to stay home to protect themselves and their communities. However, the home may not be safe for many families who experience domestic violence, which may include both intimate […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Professional Training
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May
05

Mindfulness Activity #48

Shinrin-Yoko In Japan, a practice called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is popular. In essence it is immersing yourself in nature. Thousands of studies have shown a host of positive effects associated with being in nature. I have included links for you to read about the positive effects of nature on health, and to read more […]

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May
04

The Courage to Suffer – Toward an Existential Positive Psychology Framework with Daryl & Sara Van Tongeren

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Daryl and Sara Van Tongeren on their recent book The Courage to Suffer. They discuss the origins of the book in Daryl and Sara’s personal loss, what an existential positive psychology framework is and why it’s particularly helpful in our current times, and implications for counseling [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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May
04

Mindfulness Activity #47

Listen to Your Heart Mindfulness In Chinese symbolism, the heart is considered to be the source of emotions and also the seat of intellect. Recall the concept of wise mind. The way to connect to our own inner wisdom is through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness offers us the ability to notice our feelings without […]

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May
03

Mindfulness Activity #46

Setting Intention Mindfulness Practice Have you ever felt that your day is well underway before you wake up? Sometimes we use rituals like a morning cup of coffee to help us to focus and begin our day. Recently, many of our routines and rituals have be disrupted. It can be difficult to find a foothold. […]

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May
02

Mindfulness Activity #45

Self-Compassion Those of you who know me, know that I am a science-person. I love it when research and facts line up with clinical wisdom and experience. Today, I want to revisit a concept we have explored before…self-compassion. Self-compassion involves responding in the same supportive and understanding way that you would with a good friend […]

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May
01

Evaluations of testimony of eyewitnesses who participated in multiple identification procedures

Knowledge of prior outcomes of eyewitnesses’ identifications affects jurors’ evaluation of the eyewitnesses’ identification testimony. 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 well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychology, Public […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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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 […]

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