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Mindfulness Vs. Hypnosis

What's the difference anyway?

Clients (and therapists making referrals) are usually fairly certain that they want one or the other. They feel that either hypnosis or mindfulness is what is needed. You want to stop smoking? Hypnosis. You want to calm down? Mindfulness. It is usually either/or, though the presenting issue may very well be both.

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LGBTQ Youth: A FREE tool to promote well-being

Every one of us, and especially those of us who are youth-serving professionals, have two urgent tasks: we must reassure our youth of their value, dignity and future, and we must identify and protect young people who are at risk.

That's why we've created this powerful infographic full of strategies to promote well-being for LGBTQ youth...

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The RAIN of Self-Compassion

In order to unfold, self-compassion depends on honest, direct contact with our own vulnerability. This compassion fully blossoms when we actively offer care to ourselves. Yet when we’ve gotten stuck in the trance of unworthiness, it often feels impossible to arouse self-compassion. To help people address feelings of insecurity and unworthiness, I like to share a meditation I call the RAIN of Self-Compassion. This easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion uses four simple steps…

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S.T.O.P.: An MBSR Practice for Developing Awareness

One of the things we practice in MBSR is becoming aware of the triggers of dissatisfaction and suffering. A wonderful way to maintain a greater sense of well-being is the ability to notice when things get a little off kilter and we start to experience unhappiness. It is in this moment that we can use the method of S.T.O.P. to allow ourselves to listen with open hearts and minds and commit to being freer and happier.

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Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception?

Over the years I have come to believe that oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is not a label that should be used to describe young children. As a developmental psychologist, I view oppositional defiance as a child’s response to stress. Viewing children’s challenging behaviors on a continuum of stress and stress recovery reveals a whole new way to think about this stigmatizing disorder, as well as a new way to support children, informed by neuroscience.

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The Complexity Choir

I've come to believe that integration is the key mechanism beneath both the absence of illness and the presence of well-being. Integration -- the linkage of differentiated elements of a system -- illuminates a direct pathway toward health. It's the way we avoid a life of dull, boring rigidity on the one hand, or explosive chaos on the other. We can learn to detect when integration is absent or insufficient and develop effective strategies to promote differentiation and then linkage.

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Introducing Mindfulness, Meditation, and Calm Corners into Community Schools

Schools are witnessing the benefits of bringing mindfulness practices into education as a strategy for promoting social and emotional learning among students. Check out these easy ways to integrate mindfulness routines for classrooms.

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Let Me Think About That

An exercise to improve executive function

It’s helpful for children to have a strategy to think about an activity or action before they do it. Building “time to reflect” as well as “intent to act” into the thinking process is empowering. This worksheet provides an opportunity for the child to explore the parts of a task, the plan of action to complete the task and the steps to revise their approach in the future.

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4 Risk Assessment Tests for Knee Recovery

Ryan August, PT, DPT, MTC, CMP • 2/21/2017 • No Comments

What determines pass or fail on hop tests and star excursion tests? In this short video, international speaker Ryan August, PT, DPT, MTC, CMP, demonstrates four risk assessment tests to use with your recovering knee patients.

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Yoga and Mindfulness Tools for Children: Grounding and Becoming Present

Get two yoga and mindfulness practices to share with the children in your life. Each exercise comes with matching coloring pages and worksheets to further enhance the experience and deepen reflection, and you can download these supporting materials for free. Don’t forget to try these out yourself as well, as we all could use some orienting and grounding no matter what our age! 

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