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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 […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
22

Mindfulness Activity #35

Persistence Mindfulness I think it is safe to say that we are all getting tired of self-isolation and the discipline of keeping our environments and ourselves safe and clean. Today, I thought we would focus our practice on the concept of persistence. I work with an amazing group of professionals and girls at an agency […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
21

Mindfulness Activity #34

Today, I thought we would talk about loneliness. Loneliness is in the sadness family. Loneliness is experienced when one is alone and unhappy about it. Being alone can be experienced as solitude (which may be peaceful or pleasant) or it can be experienced as a sense of wanting to be connected to others and related […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
21

Trusting the Natural World – During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond with Katie Asmus

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: We are the natural world. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Katie discusses practical strategies that counselors and their clients can use to connect to the natural world for self-care, guidance, and support during this challenging time. Katie shares experiential and trauma-informed exercises that therapists can utilize during in-person and [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Apr
20

Mindfulness Activity #33

Mindfulness for Boredom: Beginner’s Mind We have all been quarantining, self-isolating, or sheltering. People have experimented with new ways to stay connected…therapy on telephones, meetings on Zoom, school from home. For those who are living with others, there are cherished times and challenging times. People are picking up old hobbies and finding ways to occupy […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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