VIDEO: Mindful Breathing with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel

In this short clip, world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel J. Siegel shares his quick breathing awareness exercise to calm the hectic, stressful and worrisome mindset and create a more pleasant, cooperative environment.

In this short clip, world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel J. Siegel shares his quick breathing awareness exercise to calm the hectic, stressful and worrisome mindset and create a more pleasant, cooperative environment.

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5 Postures to Help Deepen Your Breath

In this short video, psychotherapist, award-winning author and former Buddhist monk, Donald Altman, demonstrates 5 postures to help deepen your breath.

We are all born belly breathers, but as stress sets in, we quickly begin to take shallow chest breaths. But deep abdominal breathing, where air fully fills your lungs and your lower belly rises, has many benefits including slowing your heart rate, reducing blood pressure and relieving stress.

In this short video, psychotherapist, award-winning author and former Buddhist monk, Donald Altman, demonstrates 5 postures to help deepen your breath.


Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a teacher and adjunct faculty at Portland State University. He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology.


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EMDR: Safety and Stabilization

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD met with internationally recognized experts to discuss the right applications for EMDR. In this short video, you’ll hear from Bessel van der Kolk, Babette Rothschild, Peter A. Levine, Belleruth Naperstek, Robin Shapiro, and David Grand on their experiences of using EMDR with clients.


Want to learn more about EMDR? Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD has collaborated with the world’s leaders in trauma (Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCS; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.; and many more) to guide you step-by-step as you learn and integrate EMDR therapy into your practice for effective treatment outcomes. And you can learn it all from the comfort of home.

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Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, is president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, in Havertown, PA. Currently, she provides clients an integrative approach to trauma, and treats PTSD in adolescent and adult populations, including clients with eating disorders, sexual trauma, and self-injury. An international speaker on the treatment of trauma, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma.

Linda is the author of best selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide (PPM, 2010) and her newest book 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions (PPM, 2013).

ATNR: A Hidden Culprit of Poor Handwriting Posture

For most children, following proper writing posture is no problem. But what about Johnny, a bright child in your class who just can’t follow your directions to sit up straight. Is it that Johnny just wants to look cool slouched in his chair, or is something bigger going on?

We know that good posture is important to ensure stress on your muscles, joints and ligaments is distributed evenly across your body. Proper posture when writing is especially important, so it’s no wonder we spend so much time teaching our children what proper handwriting posture looks like:

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Thighs parallel to floor and knees at a 90 degree angle
  • Back up straight, inclined towards the desk and pivoted from the hips
  • Forearms resting on desk with elbows level with the desktop at 90 degrees
  • Paper stabilized with non-dominant hand
  • Neck and shoulders relaxed
  • Body faces desk squarely so non-dominant arm can support body weight
  • Paper tilted to the up to the right (if right handed) or up to the (if left handed)

For most children, following this posture is no problem. But what about Johnny, a bright child in your class who just can’t follow your directions to sit up straight? Is it that Johnny just wants to look cool slouched in his chair, or is something bigger going on?

In the video below, Kathy Johnson, MS Ed., explores what happens to handwriting when the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) is retained.


This blog was brought to life by PESI speaker Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.

Kathy Johnson, author of The Roadmap From Learning Disabilities To Success, is a nationally recognized expert in multiple therapy methods including: Primitive Reflex Training, Therapeutic Listening, Samonas Listening, PACE, Phono-Graphix, Irlen Syndrome, Brain Gym 101, and An Introduction to Rhythmic Movement.


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Video: Emotional Responsiveness with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

When you nurture your child’s emotional world, you help build the connective fibers that make the reactive centers of their brains more readily and easily calmed down. Over time, these repeated emotional responsive interactions change your child’s brain in a way that allows them to have better behavior and better emotional regulation. Learn more from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson…

When nurturing your child’s emotional world, you help build the connective fibers that make the reactive centers of their brain more readily and easily calm down. Over time, these repeated emotional responsive interactions change your child’s brain in a way that allows them to have better behavior and emotional regulation.

Whether positive, negative, or reactive, you must observe when your child is experiencing an emotion and validate it. Learn more from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, co-author (with Dan Siegel, M.D.) of two New York Times bestsellers: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.


Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA and a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist. Dr. Bryson serves as the Child Development Expert at St. Mark’s School in Altadena, CA. Dr. Bryson travels internationally, lecturing to educators, mental health professionals, and parents.

You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com, and subscribe to her blog to read her articles about kids and parenting.

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Lion Breathing: Melt stress and tension from your face

For all the time we spend stretching our body, how often do we pause to stretch our face? With Lion Breathing you can quickly and easily relieve stress and tension by stretching your face.

For all the time we spend stretching our body, how often do we pause to stretch our face? With Lion Breathing you can quickly and easily relieve stress and tension by stretching your face.

This is a wonderful exercise to teach to children (or adults who aren’t too self-conscious to try it). You can think of making this face when ugly thoughts about trauma or stress come up…think about embodying the strength of a lion in the wake of a painful trigger!

Although taking on the full character of a lion is optional with this exercise, allowing yourself to make the face of a lion with this breath exercise can help you with letting go of negative energy.


Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma Made Simple (2014) and three other books on trauma recovery. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and a Reiki Master teacher. She also completed the StreetYoga Trauma-Informed Teacher Training Program and she is a Certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Facilitator/Space Holder.

7 Spanish Healthcare Phrases You NEED to Know

Did you know that the United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, and the US Census Office estimates that the US will have 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050? Learn these 7 must-know phrases for healthcare providers…

Did you know that the United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, and the US Census Office estimates that the US will have 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050?

Don’t let a language barrier impact your quality of care! Learn these 7 must-know phrases for healthcare providers from presenter Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, CDE, CNE, CHUC, COI, CCRN.


Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, CDE, CNE, CHUC, COI, CCRN, has been an RN and Nurse Educator for 28 years, teaching courses in Medical Spanish, Diabetes Education, Cultural Competence, Critical Care, and Global Nursing. She has lived in Spain and served as a health welfare missionary in Colombia, South America for 18 months. She serves as faculty for International Service Learning with nursing students in Belize, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica providing free medical clinics in underserved areas. With a passion for active learning, and as an international speaker and award winning educator, Tracey helps students not just memorize, but truly learn the content material needed to successfully master skills and learning.


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Are you ready to learn Spanish in an effective, non-threatening language learning experience, with “real-life” instruction geared for today’s busy professional? Sign up now to get instant access to the Spanish vocabulary medical personnel need to know.

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