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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.

Counselor Toolbox Podcast with DocSnipes Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.

    Empowering Children for Life: The Key to Psychological Flexibility

    Empowering Children for Life: The Key to Psychological Flexibility

    ### Summary of the Video: "Creating Psychological Flexibility in Children"

    **Introduction to Psychological Flexibility**
    - **Definition**: Psychological flexibility involves being aware of the present moment and making conscious choices from available options to handle situations effectively.
    - **Importance for Children**: Teaching children psychological flexibility helps them manage emotions and behaviors, improving their overall well-being and resilience.

    **Vulnerabilities Affecting Psychological Flexibility**
    - **Physical States**: Tiredness, malnutrition, hunger, stress, sickness, and pain can impair a child's ability to be psychologically flexible.
    - **Good Habits**: Establishing routines, particularly around sleep and nutrition, helps children maintain a stable emotional state and better handle stress.

    **Building Psychological Flexibility in Children**
    - **Early Education**: Start teaching good habits like sleep hygiene and nutrition early on. Use routines and explain the benefits of these habits to children.
    - **Positive Health Behaviors**: Encourage activities like regular exercise, proper handwashing, and balanced nutrition to support physical and mental health.

    **Cognitive Techniques for Psychological Flexibility**
    - **Mindfulness**: Teach children to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment. Use metaphors like "thoughts as passing clouds" to help them understand the transient nature of emotions.
    - **Cognitive Diffusion**: Help children unhook from negative thoughts by recognizing them as temporary and not defining their identity.
    - **Acceptance**: Encourage acceptance of situations and feelings as they are, focusing on what can be controlled and changed.

    **Practical Activities and Metaphors**
    - **Behavioral Matrix**: Use a matrix to help children identify behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that drain their energy versus those that support their goals and values.
    - **Analogies**: Use simple analogies like a cell phone battery to explain energy management and the impact of different activities on their well-being.

    **Dealing with Distress**
    - **Objective Evaluation**: Teach children to objectively assess situations and their reactions, identifying helpful versus unhelpful responses.
    - **Response Options**: Help them brainstorm alternative responses that align with their values and goals, encouraging proactive rather than reactive behavior.

    **Empowering Children with Choice**
    - **Empowerment**: Empower children by showing them that they have choices in how they respond to situations, promoting a sense of control and self-efficacy.
    - **Preventive Strategies**: Maintain a visible prevention matrix to remind children of their healthy options and strategies to manage stress.

    ### Major Time Points and Descriptions

    0:00 - Introduction to Psychological Flexibility
    2:30 - Vulnerabilities Affecting Flexibility
    7:00 - Building Good Habits
    14:45 - Cognitive Techniques
    21:00 - Dealing with Distress and Empowerment
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    20 Ways Attitude Impacts Your Physical and Mental Health and 6 Tips to Improve It

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    8 Ways Childhood Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact (ACEs) Adult Health and Behavior

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    5 Activities to Develop Emotional Intelligence and Maturity

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    Unveiling Trauma's Connection to Anger & Conduct Disorder

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
535 Ratings

535 Ratings

MamaRae1993 ,

Question on your nutrition episode

How does “buying organic” improve the nutrients in our food?

Jservant1198 ,

Counselor Toolbox

This is probably the best podcast I have found regarding this subject matter. The episode about bpd really spoke to me and I learned a great deal from it! Thank you Doc Snipes.

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Essential for mental health professionals

This is one tool I use in a busy work week to sharpen my skills. Although my family are in different fields of work, they are often intrigued and start listening as well. The only thing that I would change is fixing a few moments in a few episodes where her sentences are cut off at pivotal times.

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