10 Reasons Not to Worry (Too Much) About Malpractice Claims

This course will enable therapists to become clear about the legal definition of malpractice and what it means for them. Using the data available and the opinions of experts – researchers, clinicians, and especially plaintiffs’ attorneys – the author presents ten reasons why the risk of a malpractice claim and its consequences are really not very high. Interspersed throughout are ethical points and risk management tips that enable therapists to adhere to very high standards of care, whic...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment approach that includes combined medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. The course includes ...
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Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

This CE test is based on the book "Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families" (2012, 304 pages). This text includes the work of many researchers and practitioners from music therapy and related disciplines brought together to provide a comprehensive overview of music therapy practice with young children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors present an overview of ASD including core characteristi...
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Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort

This course, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on research findings reported and projects funded in 2011 and the first half of 2012. These highlights, prepared by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), the lead institute within NIH for Alzheimer’s research, covers work by an active scientific community. This work aims to elucidate the basic mechanisms and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, and then apply this knowledge to the development and testing of new interve...
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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013, 336 pages). In his new book, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes on the vitamin and herbal supplements industry and alternative medicine of all kinds. He offers an impassioned and meticulously researched exposé of this industry. Dr. Offit reviews scientific studies and g...
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Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works" (2012, 147 pages). Jack Klott, using case studies taken from his 45-year-career as a suicidologist, brings to life the ideas, theories and concepts surrounding suicide and self-mutilation including risk factors, assessment, and treatment components. He presents information about which p...
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Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients" (2010, 233 pages). In this book, Brodsky examines the difficulties faced by therapists who work with involuntary clients including those who come to therapy through the judicial system. He addresses the challenges faced when working with reluctant clients including problem employees and teenager...
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MyCred Presentation Portfolios for Healthcare Professionals

MyCred Portfolios are electronic credential and achievement presentation portfolios designed to store and present an individual’s educational, professional, and experiential accomplishments. MyCred Portfolios serve to educate, influence, and inspire an individual’s viewing audience leading to stronger professional relationships and positive outcomes. MyCred Portfolios offer the flexibility, scalability, and portability to support an individual throughout their continuum of education ...
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Pharmacological Management of PTSD

This webinar will introduce participants to the pharmacological treatment of PTSD and review the evidence for its use before describing evidence-based recommendations. Learning Objectives: 1. Provide an understanding of the range of pharmacological approaches to the treatment of PTSD. 2. Provide an understanding of the postulated neurobiological basis for their actions. 3. Provide an understanding of evidence-based recommendations for the pharmacological treatment of PTSD.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One

About the Webinar: There is a complex interplay between religious worldviews and how one makes meaning of loss. While both meaning-making and spirituality have been individually associated with bereavement outcome, less is known about the association between meaning-making and specific types of religious coping. In this presentation, we will explore the relation between the use of a variety of religious coping strategies and activities and the extent to which individuals made meaning of a s...
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Use of Mindful Awareness in Loss and Grief

About the Webinar: Much of the focus in clinical work is upon using the therapeutic process to bring about a “change” in order to find personal happiness and fulfilment. However, the regular occurrence of grief and loss in everyday life brings forward the stark reality that suffering and grief are a normal, albeit painful part of living. In this webinar, we will discuss how the principles of mindful awareness might help us to engage with painful loss experiences in a way that is open a...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Counseling Widowers: An Empathic and Strengths-Based Approach

About the Webinar Widowers face many challenges upon the loss of their partner, including physical health problems, high mortality rates, increased risk of suicide and social isolation. In many cases a widower’s adherence to traditional masculine norms can worsen these concerns. Furthermore, bereaved men who embody masculine ideals such as independence, stoicism and discomfort with expressing feelings are a poor fit with traditional grief counseling. Counselors often find these men to be ...
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Therapeutic Presence: Training Peer Helpers Through a Relational Lens

Peer helpers and volunteers commonly provide support to the bereaved. Training and supervision is essential to ensure adequate support of these caregivers and the quality of services they provide. The notion of presence as a therapeutic construct involves more than good intention and active listening. It requires a deep dwelling within the helping relationship as a vessel of healing. How can we teach skills of being present in this way to help create an environment for healing to occur? Rel...
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Beyond Intuitive or Instrumental - A New Look at Grief Style

This webinar is designed to inform and train participants in the expanding theory of individualized grief response known as GRIEFtype. This presentation will discuss the outcomes of the 2013 study comparing Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator preferences and grief response. The relationship between grief response and personality has been suggested by many in the field (Prigerson, 2006; Wortman & Neece, 2004; Worden, 2011; Doka & Martin, 2010). This presentation will put forth the idea that...
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Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to the Treatment of Dissociative Behavior and Other Complex Trauma Related Problems

Individuals who have experienced multiple and/or severe traumatic experiences during development often present with a wide range of problems related to severe emotion dysregulation. The complexity and heterogeneity of this population pose unique challenges for clinicians, as existing protocol treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often insufficient or existing problems may interfere with the delivery of these treatments (e.g., dissociative or suicidal behavior). Dialectical ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Therapeutic Applications of Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness interventions have become increasingly popular in clinical settings because they are safe, feasible, and effective and may avoid the stigma associated with mental health treatment. There are indications that meditation may be beneficial for PTSD because meditation practice may directly address hyperarousal and avoidance (Waelde, 2004, 2008).This workshop will introduce participants to the theory, research, techniques, and clinical applications of meditation and mindf...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Introduction to EMDR Therapy

This presentation will introduce the basics of EMDR therapy and provide an overview of treatment. Both the theoretical foundation and recent research findings will be explored. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy supported by more than 20 randomized controlled studies. Meta-analyses have indicated that the effects of EMDR on PTSD symptoms are comparable to those of trauma-focused CBT. However, EMDR therapy does not require homework, sustained arousal, detailed descriptions of the index ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Treatment of Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorders: An Overview

Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) are commonly co-occuring conditions (Brady, 2001; Helzer et al., 1987; Stewart, 1996; Tarrier & Sommerfield, 2003), traditionally, it has been recommended that an individual must first receive successful substance abuse treatment before posttraumatic symptoms can be addressed. Given the high comorbidity of these conditions, however, it would be helpful if more broadly focused therapies were available that simultan...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

An Introduction to the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress

Recent advances in neuroimaging, biochemistry, and genetics research have paved the way toward a greater understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and stress. As new technologies and methods are discovered and applied to neurobiological work, it becomes increasingly important for individuals interested in treating and studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to learn the tools necessary to evaluate the latest research findings. The purpose of this pre-meeting institute is to provide at...
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Beyond Significance: Understanding the Old and New Generation of Effect Size Statistics

Growing numbers of journals are now either strongly advising or even requiring the use of effect size statistics in the presentation of results. This workshop is constructed around a brief description and history of the major families of effect size statistics (zero order and adjusted), including rules of computation, transformation (how to you turn chi square into r or g into d), and appropriate presentation and use. The workshop will include introduction to the newer “common language” ef...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Ask the Experts: Trauma and Stress or Related Disorders in the DSM-5

This expert panel webinar focuses on the implications of the DSM-5 criteria for assessment within the context of treatment—with an emphasis on the changes as well as new items and criteria—and how they might affect treatment or assessment before or after treatment. Panelists will also discuss the recognition of a dissociative subtype of PTSD within the DSM-5. Following brief presentations, our expert panel will answer audience questions about the DSM-5 process and the new diagnostic cri...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Assessing Trauma Survivors Risk Profiles and Using them to Foster Resilience

A large number of factors affect responses to trauma, including characteristics of individuals (genetic or biological tendencies, developmental level and experiences, past trauma exposure, life stress at the time of trauma), aspects of traumatic stressors (e.g., severity), early posttrauma emotional responses, and posttrauma life experiences and resources (such as social support, financial resources, and posttrauma life stress). This presentation will describe findings of research on risk fact...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips V

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: (1) Is it kosher for a psychotherapist to serve as an expert witness? (2) Weighing patient’s rights against psychologist’s rights (3) Techno breaches could cost practitioners big bucks (4) Custody cases require special training (5) Too many rules – Risk Management (6) Pay me now, pay me later (7) Business of Practice and Ethics (8) Not a...
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Interviewing Clients across Cultures

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Interviewing Clients across Cultures: A Practioner's Guide" (2008, 334 pages), which provides a solid consideration and analysis of relevant cultural competency issues. Topics include a multicultural framework, preparing for interviews, biases and unbiased observing, boundary issues, building rapport and conveying respect, nonverbal communication, language co...
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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain" (2010, 460 pages), which provides an account of the scientific basis of psychotherapy, based on the newest revelations of neuroscience. Beginning with a neurological analysis of Freud's theories, the author describes the functioning of the neurons and neural networks that comprise the biological bas...
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Helping Children Learn to Listen

Parents, teachers, and other adults often complain that their children do not listen to them. In fact, failure to listen is a common occurrence among all children, at least some of the time. When it becomes a chronic condition, that is, when a child rarely or never listens to adults, it becomes clinically worrisome because the safety and well-being of the child can be at risk. The failure to develop good listening skills is also a threat to a child’s learning processes. It is difficult to co...
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Children’s Exposure to Violence

This course, which includes two CDC bulletins, discusses the findings of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence to date, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey confirms the alarming statistic that most of our society’s children are exp...
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Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program

This course will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program (RMP). The purposes of such a program are to make dining safe and enjoyable, to increase resident independence at mealtimes, and to create a mechanism for monitoring declining abilities as disease processes progress. Also included are descriptions of dysphagic indicators, lists of aspiration ...
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The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century

This a test only course based on Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century (click link to download free public-access document) published by the American Psychological Association in 2012 (124 pages). Psychologists and other psychotherapists are, and increasingly will be, serving immigrant adults and their children in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, clinics, and hospitals, and thus should be aware of this complex demographic transformation and co...
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Ethics and Social Media

Ethics and Social Media is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the use of Social Networking Services (SNS) on both our personal and professional lives. Is it useful or appropriate (or ethical or therapeutic) for a therapist and a client to share the kinds of information that are routinely posted on SNS like Facebook, Twitter, and others? How are psychotherapists to handle “Friending” requests from clients? What are the threats to confidentiality and therapeutic b...
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The Heart and Soul of Change, 2nd Ed

This is a test only course (book not included). The book can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart and Soul of Change (2nd Edition): Delivering What Works in Therapy” (2009, 455 pages). How does psychotherapy work? As research on psychotherapy has accumulated, it has become increasingly clear that common factors like the therapeutic alliance constitute the primary mechanisms for change. This text reviews the empirical research literature, distills the comm...
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Treating Explosive Kids

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach” (2006, 246 pages). This book provides a detailed framework for effective, individualized intervention with highly oppositional children and their families. Many vivid examples and Q&A sections show how to identify the specific cognitive factors that contribute to explosive and noncompliant...
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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health” (2007, 387 pages). Lifestyle changes, including diet, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation, have been proven in research to have multiple beneficial effects on health, including preventing and reversing heart disease, reducing cholesterol, lowering ...
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The Healing Power of Emotion

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book “The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice” (2009, 349 pages). In it, leading neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, therapy researchers, and clinicians illuminate how to regulate emotion in a healthy way. A variety of emotions, both positive and negative, are examined in detail, drawi...
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Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI

With the wars in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq, a new generation of military veterans has arrived home, requiring appropriate and sensitive pastoral care. This course is based on a handbook written for the Department of the Navy by The Rev. Brian Hughes and The Rev. George Handzo, entitled Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI: The Handbook on Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritual Care to Persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. This manual begins...
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The Heart of Being Helpful

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart of Being Helpful" (2006, 179 pages). Based on Dr. Peter Breggin's more than 30 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a therapist, this book illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond – or healing presence – between helping professionals and their clients. The author provides useful vignettes, case studies, and perso...
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Reading the Room

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders" (2012 | 425 pages). This course aims to enrich psychologists, consultants, coaches, therapists, leaders, and all professionals’ understanding of communication within their teams through the use of structural dynamics theory. The course will offer a background in structural dynam...
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Autism: The New Spectrum of Diagnostics, Treatment & Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of the diagnostic concept of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), culminating in the revised criteria of the 2013 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, with specific focus on the shift from five subtypes to a single spectrum diagnosis. It also aims to provide epidemiological prevalence estimates, identify factors that may play a role in causing ASD, and outline assessment and diagnostic processes – along...
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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed." (2013, 369 pages), a highly readable text that has become the go-to resource for thousands of mental health clinicians seeking a reliable and easy-to-reference resource detailing the indications, contraindications, and side effects of psychopharmaceuticals. Organized by diso...
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Adolescent-Adult Discrepancies on the Eating Disorder Examination: A Function of Developmental Stage or Severity of Illness?: Volume 44, Issue 6

This article exams, across studies, the observation that adolescents score lower on measures of eating disorder pathology than adults. It has been unclear whether such findings reflect discrepancies inherent to site/study or true developmental differences. The aim of this study was to determine whether age predicts subscale and diagnostic scores of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa (AN) admitted to a single research center within the same per...
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Adolescent Sleep Needs and Patterns: Research and Resource Guide

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who provide services to or seek knowledge regarding adolescent sleep patterns, needs, and risks. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course. This report presents risks associated with problem sleepiness, and discusses specific sleep-related concerns for teens. The resource guide offers...
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Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C: Early Intervention Services

This course is based upon a bulletin for professionals that provides examples of lessons learned by child welfare administrators and practitioners in accessing early intervention services for children and families identified by the child welfare system. While policies and practices vary from state to state, this bulletin explains the overall importance to child welfare of the Part C Early Intervention Program and offers potential strategies to address barriers. Contact information for state an...
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Addressing the Needs of Women in Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder Jail Diversion Programs

In the past 15 years, the number of women in the criminal justice system has increased 273 percent. Many of these women have multiple problems, including high rates of mental health and substance abuse problems, child rearing and parenting difficulties, health problems, and histories of violence, sexual abuse and resultant trauma. This publication highlights the Phoenix Project in Wicomico County, Maryland—a jail diversion program that focuses on the specific needs of women with severe menta...
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Addressing Student Problem Behaviors: An IEP Team's Introduction

The material for this course was written by professional IEP Team members in order to introduce and describe the concepts of functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans. A combination of techniques is presented that will assist those involved in IEP work and functional assessment/intervention plans.
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Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary

The course focuses on the social and emotional health and well-being of young children age 0-3. Policy recommendations and strategies for implementation, definitions of “infant mental health”, and frameworks for infant mental health services development are issues reviewed.
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Addressing Histories of Trauma and Victimization Through Treatment

Women in jail have often been the victims of physical or sexual abuse in childhood and/or adulthood. Consistent with the finding that most women with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders have histories of abuse, trauma histories can be considered the norm among women with co-occurring disorders in jail. This publication focuses on addressing histories of trauma and victimization through treatment.
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The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who provide services to or seek knowledge about the addictive personality and the process of addiction. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course. The Addictive Personality has helped people understand the process of addiction. It brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of...
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Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide

This course contains information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms.
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Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide

This course contains information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms.
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Act on Life Not on Anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger

This course adapts acceptance and commitment therapy principles to dealing with anger. It teaches readers how to change their relationship to anger by accepting rather than resisting angry feelings and learning to make values-based responses to provocation. It teaches how to accept angry feelings as they occur, without struggling to alter or impede them in any way. Then, using techniques based in mindfulness practice, one learns how to watch their anger without identifying with it. Value-ident...
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