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We are four clinical psychologists who love to chat about the best ideas from psychology. In this podcast, we explore the psychological principles we use in our clinical work and bring you ideas from psychology that can help you flourish in your work, parenting, relationships, and health. Thank you for listening to Psychologists Off The Clock!

Psychologists Off The Clock Diana Hill, Debbie Sorensen, Yael Schonbrun & Jill Stoddard

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We are four clinical psychologists who love to chat about the best ideas from psychology. In this podcast, we explore the psychological principles we use in our clinical work and bring you ideas from psychology that can help you flourish in your work, parenting, relationships, and health. Thank you for listening to Psychologists Off The Clock!

    Tantrum Survival Guide

    Tantrum Survival Guide

    If you’re a parent you’ve likely had your buttons pushed by your toddler in the throes of a tantrum. We know we have! It’s downright difficult to handle your toddler’s distress and maintain your cool when they’re howling about you doing it “all wrong” … for the sixth time today.

    In this episode Yael speaks with Dr. Schrag Hershberg, a clinical psychologist and author of The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune into Your Toddler’s Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again, about what tantrums are, how to reduce their frequency and duration, and new and creative ways for parents to manage their own responses to these developmentally appropriate emotional meltdowns.


    Listen and Learn:

    * What are tantrums and what function do they serve?
    * Strategies to reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of tantrums
    * Common causes of toddler tantrums
    * How to reconnect with that loving feeling during a meltdown or painful developmental phase
    * Creative ways to interrupt a tantrum
    * Why timeouts and tantrums don’t mix
    * Striking the balance between love and limits

    About Dr. Schrag Hershberg:
    Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Little House Calls Psychological Services which is based in New York and aimed at helping parents and families manage early childhood challenges. Dr. Schrag Hershberg is also the mother of two young boys and the author of The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune into Your Toddler’s Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again. She
    Resources:

    * The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune into Your Toddler’s Mind (and Your Own) to Calm the Craziness and Make Family Fun Again by Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D.
    * “Stop Posting You Child’s Tantrum on Instagram” New York Times August 22, 2019 Opinion Page Article by Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, Ph.D. and Daniel T. Willingham, Ph.D.
    * “To Give In or Not Give in” Psychology Today Blog Post by Rebecca Schrag Hershberg
    * “Just Another Gratitude Post” Psychology Today Blog Post by Rebecca Schrag Hershberg
    * “Beautiful Two’s” from Joel Mitchell

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    Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

    Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

    Join us and listen in to hear Diana and Rick Hanson embark on a heartfelt and deeply personal discussion about developing resilient wellbeing one day at a time. Dr. Hanson shares wisdom from his recent book Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness. Start developing key inner strengths like grit, compassion, and gratitude today!



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    Be Mighty with Dr. Jill Stoddard

    Be Mighty with Dr. Jill Stoddard

    We talk with our mighty new co-host, Dr. Jill Stoddard, about her new book Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry & Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance.

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    Use DBT Skills To Regulate Emotions And Be More Effective In Relationships With Dr. Matthew McKay

    Use DBT Skills To Regulate Emotions And Be More Effective In Relationships With Dr. Matthew McKay

    “Helping people get down-regulation skills is really important, not only to help them feel better emotionally but to also help them lead less impulsive and dangerous lives.”
    -Dr. Matthew McKay

    Some of us have a harder time managing our emotions and find ourselves engaging in impulsive and destructive behaviors to cope with them. Enter Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, that’s proven effective at helping people manage overwhelming emotions by teaching them specific acceptance and change-based strategies. In this episode, Diana speaks with seasoned psychologist and author Dr. Matthew McKay, about his newly revised book, The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance which simplifies and makes traditional DBT skills more accessible for everyone. Because let’s be honest, we could all use skills to help us more effectively downregulate strong emotions from time to time!


    Listen and Learn:

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    What three behaviors perpetuate emotion dysregulation?

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    Why are some people are better at regulating their emotions than others?

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    How judgment in a toxic relationship with psychological pain

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    Self-soothing and distraction strategies for tolerating distress

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    Tips to reduce emotional vulnerability

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    How to make assertiveness scripts and limit setting work for you


    About Dr. McKay:
    Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA and co-director of the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Clinic with Robyn Walser. He also co-founded Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, a low-fee community clinic, in San Francisco, CA and is the publisher and co-founder of New Harbinger Publications. Dr. McKay specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches to treating anxiety and depression and co-developed numerous ACT-based protocols, including ACT for interpersonal disorders, ACT for couples, ACT for anger problems, and ACT for spiritual growth.
    Dr. McKay is also an accomplished writer, having authored and co-authored several books including “The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook,” “The New Happiness: Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention,” “The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook,” “Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings,” “When Anger Hurts,” and “ACT on Life Not on Anger.” Dr. McKay received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

    Resources:

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    The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance by Matthew McKay, PhD, Jeffery Wood, PsyD, and Jeffery Brantley, MD

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    The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Card Deck: 52 Practices to Balance Your Emotions Everyday by Matthew McKay, PhD and Jeffery Wood, PsyD

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    “Emotion Efficacy” with Dr. Aprilia West, Psychologists Off The Clock (Episode 85)


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    • 54 min
    Holiday Episode Guide

    Holiday Episode Guide

    The holiday season means joy and connection, but it also means an onslaught of stressors. It can be helpful to think about how to manage the challenges more effectively, as well as enhance the positive elements of what the holidays bring. Many of our previous episodes can help us do just that! In this episode, we point you to previous episodes that can help you navigate the holidays.


    Episodes to help you manage the stressors:

    * For managing the stressors of political debates, check out Episode 51: The Psychology of Political Division
    * To deal with difficult family members who fail to ask you about your life, listen to Episode 98: On Narcissism with Avigail Lev and Robyn Walser
    * To manage the challenges of drinking problems often exacerbated during the holidays, check out Episode 101: The Complete Family Guide to Addiction with Thomas Harrison and Hilary Connery
    * For those of us struggling with loss at this time of year, listen to Episode 117: Bearing Unbearable Loss with Joanne Cacciatore
    * Take a soothing rhythm break with Episode 89: A Gift For You: Soothing Rhythm Breathing

    Episodes to enhance the positive elements of the holidays:

    * Build your resilience and self-kindness with tips from Episode 75: Mindful Self-Compassion with Christopher Germer
    * To prepare for success with keeping New Year’s resolutions (you can do it!), listen to
    * Episode 43: Willpower with Kelly McGonigal
    * Episode 72: Committed Action with DJ Moran
    * Episode 103: Healthy Habits with Dayna Lee Badgley
    * Episode 116: Building a meaningful, values-based life with Jenna LeJeune..
    * To remind ourselves of strategies to get some peace within the busyness, listen to
    * Episode 26: Our Psychology on Nature
    * Episode 45: Rest with Alex Pang.

    Thank you for your support in 2019! We can’t wait to dive into a new year full of ideas for living meaningful, rich lives. Happy holidays from us at Psychologists off the Clock!
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    Moral Injury and Shame

    Moral Injury and Shame

    Shame, betrayal, guilt, anger. As social animals, humans are wired to have moral emotions that bind us to our groups. When we experience a transgression against our moral values, we might experience Moral Injury. Moral injury is a normal human response to a violation of our strongly held moral beliefs, and it can have a deep impact on people’s lives, making it difficult to move forward. In this episode, Debbie interviews two psychologists who are researching moral injury with veterans, Dr. Lauren Borges, and Dr. Jacob Farnsworth, about this cutting-edge and important topic in psychology.


    In this episode you’ll learn:

    What moral injury is, and types of situations in which people might experience morally injurious events.
    How moral injury can impact people’s lives.
    Why we have moral emotions like guilt and shame.
    How PTSD and moral injury are related, and how they are different.
    How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy might be a helpful approach for working with people who are struggling with moral injury.

    Resources:

    A seminal paper by Litz on Moral Injury: Moral injury and moral repair in war veterans: A preliminary model and intervention strategy. Clinical Psychology Review
    Lauren’s case study: A Service Member's experience of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI) via telehealth: Learning to accept my pain and injury by reconnecting with my values and starting to live a meaningful life. ) Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
    Papers by Dr. Borges, Dr. Farnsworth, and their research team:

    Temporal Associations Between Moral Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Clusters in Military Veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
    Is and Ought: Descriptive and Prescriptive Cognitions in Military‐Related Moral Injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
    A functional approach to understanding and treating military-related moral injury. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
    Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury Stat


    Sebastian Junger’s documentary films on Moral Injury in war:

    Restrepo
    Korengal



    Dr. Lauren M. Borges is a clinical research psychologist at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for suicide prevention.

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