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Aug
17

Evidence for strengths based approaches? Assessing protective factors in violent offenders

Assessment of protective factors provides an under-utilized but highly effective are of focus for risk management and recidivism reduction. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychological […]

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Aug
16

Mindfulness Activity #151

Loving Kindness Series Day 21 Good Morning! I’m not sure how most of you are feeling about our deep dive into loving kindness practices. Hopefully, you are feeling the positive impact in your life. Beginning tomorrow, I will ask you to choose the specific loving kindness practice that resonated with you the most and to […]

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Aug
15

Mindfulness Activity #150

Loving Kindness Series Day 20 Good Afternoon! Apologies for lateness of today’s email. Had to leave home at 6:30 am for tennis tournament and it totally slipped my mind. For those keeping track, score of the match was 6-0, 6-0! So, perhaps for me…some focused attention mindfulness in order. We have been focusing on the […]

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Aug
14

Mindfulness Activity #149

Loving Kindness Series Day 19 Good Morning! As you read this email, take a moment to reflect on your practice the last 2 weeks. Do you notice any effects outside of your practice time? Sometimes, we can sit, but it doesn’t feel authentic. When this happens, we can become frustrated and give up on practicing. […]

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Aug
13

Mindfulness Activity #148

Loving Kindness Series Day 18 Good Morning. Today we will focus on loving kindness for its ability to create self-compassion. Have you ever noticed that at times you can be your own worst enemy. When you criticize yourself, doubt yourself, drive yourself too harshly, or are perfectionistic and rigid, you make reaching your own goals […]

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Aug
12

Mindfulness Activity #147

Loving Kindness Series Day 17 Good Morning! As we continue to explore the reasons why loving-kindness practices are beneficial, today we will focus on emotions. It makes sense that our emotions arise naturally from our interactions in the world. We cannot control them or prevent them from happening. However, we actually create lenses or filters […]

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Aug
11

Mindfulness Activity #146

Loving Kindness Series Day 16 Good Morning!. As we continue to explore the reasons why loving-kindness practices are beneficial, today we will focus on the physical. Researchers have found that regular loving-kindness practice reduces the stress response. Have you ever read an email and felt yourself tense up? Or gotten bad news and felt yourself […]

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Aug
10

Mindfulness Activity #145

Loving Kindness Series Day 15 Good Morning. Today is Monday and that day is always a little daunting for me. There is usually a lot to plan and transitioning from weekend to work week can be jarring. It’s a time when many people are sort of prone to negative experiences like fear or worry. One […]

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Aug
10

Additional Insight on the Confluence and Impact of Trauma, Mental Health, and Incarceration

In this study of incarcerated women, childhood and adulthood abuse were associated with the presence of a range of mental health concerns, lending further support for the increased use of trauma-informed treatment approaches with this population. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below […]

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Aug
09

Mindfulness Activity #144

Loving Kindness Series Day 14 Good Morning. A recent research study indicated a very important benefit of loving kindness practice—reducing unconscious or implicit bias towards stigmatized groups. The study examined a group of people. They measured their implicit bias towards Blacks and individuals who were homeless. Half of the participants in the study were assigned […]

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Aug
08

Mindfulness Activity #143

Loving Kindness Series Day 13 Good Morning. We are exploring the many reasons for practicing loving kindness. Research has found that loving kindness practices increase empathy and compassion for other people and also increase feelings of social connection to others. I think that for many of us, it is easy to feel compassion for others […]

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Aug
07

Mindfulness Activity #142

Loving Kindness Series Day 12 There are so many reasons for practicing loving kindness. Research studies have examined many benefits related to this specific type of mindfulness practice. I hope after 11 days, you are starting to notice some of the benefits personally. For the next few days, I’ll try to highlight specific benefits associated […]

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