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Using Drawing Interventions in Play Therapy

Free worksheet download to help you and young clients increase mindfulness

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, shares the benefits of art-based therapy interventions for young clients and drawing interventions you can download for FREE to use in your next session.


Implementing a Trauma-Informed Affirming Practice for Autistic Clients

Empower your autistic clients with these trauma-informed best practices

Laura K. Sibbald M.A., CCC-SLP

Watch Laura Sibbald, MA, CCC-SLP, ASDCS, CYMHS, share how to support your autistic clients in their ability to make a decision about what to do or what to say in a given scenario and move them toward independence and self-determination.


6 Resilience-Building & Inclusive Children’s Books for National Read Across America Day

Celebrate diverse experiences with these children's books


To celebrate National Read Across America Day on March 2, we’ve selected six of our favorite children’s books that teach kids resilience-building skills and celebrate diverse experiences.


Help Parents Navigate Divorce with Kids

Interventions for anxious, depressed and oppositional children

Steve P. O'Brien, PsyD

Watch child-family psychologist, Dr. Steve O’Brien, provide you with a practical treatment approach for children struggling with anxiety, depression, and oppositional behavior secondary to divorced and blended family stressors.


The 3 R's of Anxiety Management for Children

Actionable skills and strategies to help students struggling with anxiety

Steve P. O'Brien, PsyD

Anxiety expert Dr. Steve O’Brien shares the 3 R’s of Anxiety Management, including a handful of actionable skills and strategies to help students struggling with anxiety and help create a learning-conducive environment for all your students.


Anxiety in Schools in a Post-Pandemic World

Strategies to effectively treat anxiety in a school setting

Ashley Rose, LCSW, LSSW

Anxiety especially is at an all-time high and appears to be affecting larger percentages of the population. Ashley Rose, LCSW, LSSW, shares classroom-based strategies to treat anxiety and help children heal in a post-pandemic world.


8 Must-Have Play Therapy Books for Therapists Who Work with Young Clients

These books will change up your sessions with your young clients


Play therapy is a beneficial method for working with young clients in and out of the therapy office, and PESI has the books to get you started or inspire new ideas for play therapy sessions!


EMDR for Kids: How to Playfully Integrate Into Your Practice

Free EMDR worksheets for kids

When Christine Mark-Griffin, LCSW, began working with young kids, she quickly realized that traditional therapy was often not enough to fully unravel the trauma and pain these little ones were carrying, so she set out to create EMDR resources to help.


Helping Teens Cope with Grief After Death by Suicide

Ask a Therapist with David Kessler, one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss.

David Kessler

When the unthinkable happens, it's tough to find the words to help teens understand they are not to blame. David Kessler offers up advice on what to say and how to help teens cope with the grief of death by suicide in the school setting.


CBT Activities for Kids Overcoming Adverse Experiences

FREE CBT worksheets to empower kids into resilience and growth.


A great activity to use with kids and adolescents to help them develop their ability to be resilient and overcome adverse experiences is this FREE Cognitive Behavioral Triangle exercise.


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