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Jun
15

Mindfulness Activity #89

Quick Mindfulness Good Morning! This morning, I have a meeting to work on a project with colleagues from New Zealand and the U.K. So, we are in three time zones and I drew the early straw. So, I was thinking it was a perfect time to reinforce the idea that you can always find a […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
15

The role of risk assessment instruments and algorithms in criminal justice decision making.

Providing judges with risk assessment information about a defendant increased the severity of their sentences for relatively poor— but not affluent— defendants. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into […]

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Jun
14

Mindfulness Activity #88

On Changing the World Good Morning. I have been thinking about change. Our lives have been different for the last 3 months. We have been frightened and humbled by the power of disease. We have been shocked and appalled by racism and violence. But, disease has been present. Racism and violence have plagued our country […]

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Jun
13

Mindfulness Activity #87

Allowing Natural Change Good Morning. Sometimes when we have a problem or a situation that is either longstanding or complicated, it can feel like no matter how hard you work, it does not change. One principle drawn from Zen is called allowing natural change. It’s related to the concept of acceptance. It involves accepting current […]

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Jun
12

Mindfulness Activity #86

Gratitude for Friday Good Morning. It is a beautiful, sunny morning and it is FRIDAY! Weekends are markers for us, helping us to chunk time. When my son was small, he had trouble understanding the concept of time and when something was going to happen in the future. He would ask, “ how many sleeps” […]

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Jun
12

Presenting an Online Workshop – Tips for Engaging your Audience: Part 5 – Breakout Rooms

Presenting a workshop to an online audience is not without its challenges. Primary among these is the inability of the presenter to gauge the audience’s reaction or to use any of the non-verbal (read: eyerolls, nods, smiles, confused looks, etc.) or verbal cues (laughter at your jokes 😉 ) that are typically available when presenting in-person. […]

By Leila Wallach | Online Classes . Professional Training
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Jun
12

Increasing emotional support and rapport building in forensic interviews of child abuse victims

Utilizing the Revised National Institute of Child and Health Development Protocol while interviewing alleged child abuse victims increased the odds that children would make allegations and that their statements would be deemed credible. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the […]

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Jun
11

Mindfulness Activity #85

Mindfulness When You Don’t Feel Like It Good Morning. Lots of times I feel like I don’t want to practice mindfulness. There is too much to get done or I don’t feel like it. It is easy to practice when the sun is shining, you don’t feel rushed, and you make time for yourself. It […]

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Jun
11

Presenting an Online Workshop – Tips for Engaging your Audience: Part 4 – Polls, Surveys & Quizzes

Presenting a workshop to an online audience is not without its challenges. Primary among these is the inability of the presenter to gauge the audience’s reaction or to use any of the non-verbal (read: eyerolls, nods, smiles, confused looks, etc.) or verbal cues (laughter at your jokes 😉 ) that are typically available when presenting in-person. […]

By Leila Wallach | Online Classes . Professional Training
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Jun
10

Mindfulness Activity #84

Mindful Listening                   Good Morning. When we began practicing together, I was writing primarily to help each of us to use mindfulness to cope with drastic changes in our lives caused by COVID-19. Recently, some of our practices have focused on extending your mindfulness practice outwards towards […]

By Amber Watkins | Mindfulness Activity
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Jun
10

Presenting an Online Workshop – Tips for Engaging your Audience: Part 3 – Chats & Open Discussions

Presenting a workshop to an online audience is not without its challenges. Primary among these is the inability of the presenter to gauge the audience’s reaction or to use any of the non-verbal (read: eyerolls, nods, smiles, confused looks, etc.) or verbal cues (laughter at your jokes 😉 ) that are typically available when presenting in-person. […]

By Leila Wallach | Online Classes . Professional Training
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Jun
09

Honest Talk About Racial Injustice: Amanda Giordano speaks with Markus Lloyd and Antwuan Malone

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Guest Host Amanda Giordano speaks with Markus Lloyd and Antwuan Malone on their personal experience of racism as black men, how systemic racism shapes the way black children think about themselves, and how many white Americans manipulate history to avoid the reality of systemic racism in our past and [...]
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