4 Self-Care Tips for Essential Workers During COVID-19

Those of us who work with trauma-impacted youth also have to deal with our own trauma and stress. On top of the stressful nature of the work itself, we’ve all been impacted by our own life events. Over the years, I’ve worked with countless professionals who’ve gone through divorces, have lost family members, or who …

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3 Steps to Build Resilience and Practice Self-Care for Helping Professionals in Uncertain Times

This past week life on our planet has been significantly disrupted. Earlier this week the area where I personally live was put on a shelter in place order and toward the end of the week the state Governor had issued a statewide stay at home order to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Weddings …

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Three Dangerous Misunderstandings About Mindfulness

The above photo shows the type of stereotypical image that’s often used to illustrate ‘mindfulness’ or ‘meditation.’ To be fair, it can be challenging to find an image that accurately represents an abstract idea, like a state of awareness. But it’s important to do our best not to spread inaccurate depictions of mindfulness. Three typical …

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4 Qualities That Lead to Interpersonal Connection and Safety With Youth

4 Qualities That Lead to Interpersonal Connection and Safety With Youth There are several ways to build rapport with youth, including the INCRA, deep listening, and skillful self-disclosure. It’s also imperative to work on those personal qualities that will contribute to our clients feeling interpersonally safe. These are less of what we “do” (interventions) and …

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10 Essential Guidelines to Teaching Meditation to Trauma-Impacted Youth

10 Essential Guidelines for Teaching Meditation to Trauma-Impacted Youth A while back I posted 9 Guidelines for Teaching Trauma-Informed Mindfulness to Teens. As I mentioned in that post, formal meditation practice isn’t always appropriate, as it can sometimes trigger youth into trauma responses. That said, many young people can benefit from mindfulness meditation. These guidelines …

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Recommended Resources on ADDRESSING Diversity

Recommended Resources on ADDRESSING Diversity Guest Post by Catharine Hannay, MindfulTeachers.org One of my most sobering moments as an English as a Foreign Language teacher came during a discussion about Martin Luther King’s ‘crusade for justice.’ Some of the students didn’t know what ‘crusade’ meant, so I asked for a volunteer who could define the …

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