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Apr
19

Resources for Managing Stress

The National Center for PTSD has developed Resources for Managing Stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak. Please feel free to share and distribute widely.  For Anyone: Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak Helpful Thinking During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Tips for Providing Support to Others During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak For Providers: For […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Professional Training
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Apr
19

Mindfulness Activity #32

Many mindfulness practices involve sitting and focusing on breath. They are valuable practices, because they help us to train our minds to shift towards or away from things as we need in order to be more comfortable, to tolerate things we can’t control, or to be more effective and productive in our lives. There are […]

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Apr
18

Mindfulness Activity #31

As I look out my window this morning and hear the birds, the ground in covering in a light blanket of late season snow. Tomorrow’s forecast predicts a sunny 60 degree day. It’s hard to keep up with changes day to day. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in a particular way. That particular way […]

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Apr
17

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Perpetrators of Violent Offenses: The Other Side of the Coin

Incarcerated offenders are more likely to experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms than the general population. This study examined the symptoms and predictors of PTSD in 150 male offenders incarcerated for committing a violent offense. Participants rated symptoms of PTSD for acts of reactive and instrumental violence, poorly recalled violence, and subjectively disturbing […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Apr
17

Mindfulness Activity #30

Loving Kindness for Loss It has been over a month since many of us began sheltering in place here in New York City. For those living in hospitals or other facilities, days may seem long with even less freedom than normal. You may notice a favorite staff member absent and have little information about what […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
16

Mindfulness Activity #29

Middle Ages Mindfulness We often think of mindfulness meditations as linked with Buddhism, and today, the concept of mindfulness as it is used in psychology, business, and the health sciences draws heavily on Eastern mindfulness traditions. But, in fact, all major religions have had contemplative practices at some point in their history. Julian of Norwich […]

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Apr
15

Mindfulness Activity #28

Good Morning! I have been reflecting on how and why people practice mindfulness. Mindfulness can be thought of as self-care and often we do self-care only when we are calm and relaxed. In other words, when conditions are perfect, then we relax, light a candle, or take a bath. Ironically, those are the times when […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
14

Mindfulness Activity #27

Basic Breathing to Begin the Day Breathing can be thought of as the core of any mindfulness practice. Many of you might be thinking you do not have time to practice. You may be thinking that mindfulness will not fix all your problems. In fact, it may not fix anything, but it may help with […]

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Apr
14

Telehealth Best Practices – Moving Your Practice Online with Ray Barrett

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Ray Barrett on the practical hurtles of moving your counseling practice online during the Covid-19 pandemic. They cover choosing an EHR system, emergency planning, insurance billing, and much more. PresenterAbout Ray: Raymond Barrett created Telehealth Certification Institute LLC in May of 2014 with the goals of [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Apr
13

Mindfulness Activity #26

Gratitude Mindfulness Practice Today’s practice is about gratitude. Why should we practice gratitude? It turns out that noticing and appreciating things we are grateful for results in more overall happiness in one’s life. In one 10 week study, people were divided into two groups: one made a list of things they were grateful for each […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
12

Mindfulness Activity #25

Mindfulness Practice for Joy and Contentment This is Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist Vietnamese monk and teacher who has written many helpful books on mindfulness. Today’s mindfulness is about cultivating joy and contentment in one’s life.   What brings joy? Having connections to people and activities that are important, achieving goals, noticing beauty in the […]

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Apr
11

Mindfulness Activity #24

Today’s mindfulness practice is not only about being connected to the present moment. It is about how we get there and are able to remain connected. Shauna Shapiro, a mindfulness researcher and mindfulness teacher, has emphasized in her definition of mindfulness the concept of “kind attention.” Kind attention is a gentleness with one’s self and […]

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