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About Me: Self-Esteem Sentence Completion
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About Me: Self-Esteem Sentence Completion

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Poor self-esteem can manifest itself as a number of problems in children. It can contribute to anxiety, academic problems, depression, behavioral issues, and more. Building a foundation of self-esteem can help children gain the confidence to face their problems, and begin implementing skills. Like many adults, children often discount their strengths, while focusing on negative experiences and weaknesses...
Why I'm Grateful
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Why I'm Grateful

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A recent study found that gratitude not only helps to improve how we feel, but it also appears create a healthier heart (A Grateful Heart is a Healthier Heart). In the same study, gratitude was also associated with improved sleep and less fatigue. Positive psychology has long recognized the frequent practice of gratitude as a technique to help boost happiness and wellbeing...
What is Worry?
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What is Worry?

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In school-aged children, the loudest often garner the most attention. Symptoms like anger are obvious, while internalized symptoms such worry and depression go unnoticed. This worksheet is intended to help the quiet worriers learn to understand and talk about their challenges. Use this worksheet to educate children and young adolescents about worry, help them become more aware of their own worries, and learn about physical symptoms of worry...
Anger Activity for Children: What is Anger?
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Anger Activity for Children: What is Anger?

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Anger management for children usually begins with basic psychoeducation. Kids who haven't had a lot of experience talking about emotions can have a hard time labeling their feelings, recognizing triggers, and connecting the consequences they've experienced back to their anger. For that reason, plenty of time should be spent discussing each of these topics before jumping into anger management skills...
Mindfulness Activities for Children
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Mindfulness Activities for Children

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Mindfulness refers to a state of being in the here and now—quieting the mind and just being present. When we aren't mindful, it's easy to hole up in our own minds, thinking about all the little tasks and stressors that are waiting for us. We've written about how mindfulness benefits adults, but what about children? According to some recent research, teaching children about mindfulness can result in some big benefits related to attention, mood, and socially appropriate behavior...
Using Rewards and Punishments
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Using Rewards and Punishments

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Help parents learn the best practices for using rewards and punishments with their children. The advice in this worksheet comes from years of experience working with parents, and helping them learn to manage their children's (and teenager's) behavior. The 24 tips in this psychoeducation printout cover topics such as the importance of following through with rewards and punishments, praising good behavior instead of traits, and the importance of not overdoing punishment...
Mindfulness Exercises
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Mindfulness Exercises

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Mindfulness has been defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. This means being present in the moment, with a feeling of acceptance. Increasing one's mindfulness can result in reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, improved concentration, and a number of interpersonal benefits...
Mandalas
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Mandalas

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Mandalas are traditionally used in many eastern spiritual traditions as a tool to aid meditation. In western culture, mental health counselors often use mandalas as a form of stress relief, a tool for art therapy, and as a meditative exercise. We have used mandala printouts with therapy groups, during stress management presentations, and as a fun little handout to leave on waiting room tables...
Anger Management Skill Cards
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Anger Management Skill Cards

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Teach children to control their anger using these bright and fun anger management skill cards. Each of the twelve cards has a picture and an idea for a healthy anger management technique that's appropriate for kids. We suggest practicing each skill in session, and then allowing your client to take home their own set of cards as a reminder...
Mask Project for Art Therapy
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Mask Project for Art Therapy

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Masks are an excellent technique to have in your art therapy toolbag, especially for groups. This project encourages self-reflection, expression, and it will sometimes allow you to start difficult conversations. Even some of your most private clients might be willing to share what they've created. Plus, it's fun...
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