Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author

Jenn Brandel, LICSW, was kind enough to talk with me about her work as a social worker and writer. She has two books and provides some awesome, free assessments on her website. 1. To start off, can you tell me about your professional background?I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing forContinue reading “Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author”

Snakes and Ladders for Telehealth

Whether you prefer to call it Snakes and Ladders or Chutes and Ladders, the classic ladders and slides board game is popular among therapists. In the version I keep in my office, each ladder shows a child making a good choice, and every slide shows a mistake, so it fosters great conversation about consequences. It’sContinue reading “Snakes and Ladders for Telehealth”

Interview with Erlene Grise-Owens, Social Worker, Author, Educator

I would like to thank Erlene Grise-Owens, Partner, The Wellness Group, ETC ¬†for taking the time to talk with me about her work, especially because I got confused about time zones and left her waiting in the Zoom meeting. Erlene is a social worker who writes primarily about provider mental health and self-care, issues thatContinue reading “Interview with Erlene Grise-Owens, Social Worker, Author, Educator”

App Review: ProviderResilience

I found my new favorite app. It’s called ProviderResilience, and it’s free. When I saw the name, I knew it would fit right in with my brand! ProviderResilience helps mental health practitioners track levels of burnout and encourages choices that increase our resilience. ProviderResilience has daily affirmations that it encourages you to focus on throughoutContinue reading “App Review: ProviderResilience”

Tumbling Tower

A great thing about being in Facebook groups for therapists is I am constantly being alerted to new telehealth resources. Earlier this week, someone shared a version of online Jenga (called “Tumbling Tower” for copyright reasons, but we know what we’re here for). Tumbling Tower is a great therapy game for concentration and self-regulation, andContinue reading “Tumbling Tower”

Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station

Intrusive thoughts are common for trauma survivors or people with diagnoses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety disorders. That’s why it is important for therapists to have a variety of thought stopping exercises. The following is written with children in mind, but this skill can absolutely be used by adults as well. Do you everContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station”

ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene

Friday night, I had another amazing opportunity to talk about ADHD with the people at ADHD Online. I spoke about sleep hygiene and how people with ADHD (and parents of kids with ADHD) can help create and maintain structure to get rest they need. The presentation is available for free here. The slides can beContinue reading “ADHD Online Presents: ADHD And Sleep Hygiene”

How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?

Last week on Twitter, a social worker asked, “Child and family therapists who don’t have kids, what are you even doing?” (I might have the wording slightly wrong, as I didn’t screen shot and she deleted her account shortly afterwards, but the gist is in tact.) Seeing as I’m a child therapist/psychologist who doesn’t haveContinue reading “How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?”

Coming Soon: Custom Board Games

With my PESI presentation coming up, I decided to write up all of my interventions for telehealth and kids. I wanted to make these resources available for free, since I know many therapists are struggling to engage kids and make progress on treatment plans during the era of telemental health. As I was putting togetherContinue reading “Coming Soon: Custom Board Games”

PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families

Friends, I have some very exciting news: on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday the 22, I will be presenting a certification training for telemental health with children and adolescents! The training will be live on those dates, but PESI will be recording the seminars and making them available for purchase to be completed at yourContinue reading “PESI Presents: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Virtual Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Families”