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Should We Rethink Early Intervention?

Written by Iris Mehler, MS, CRC & Alma Schneider, LCSW For parents with newly diagnosed children, it seems like early intervention is the holy grail. They think this is where they should put most of their effort; to make sure their children receive as many interventions as early as possible. Sometimes early intervention seems to …

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The Three Centers of Awareness: The Enneagram’s Usefulness in Dealing With Triggers

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Enneagram theory holds that there are three primary ways that humans interact with the world: through the mind, through the heart, and through the body. The mind is the seat of our concepts, beliefs, and judgments and a reified sense of self. The heart is our relational center …

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The Importance of Introspection: A Daily Examen for Each Enneagram Type

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW The Enneagram Personality Typology System Over ten years ago now, a dear friend of mine kept asking me to take the enneagram personality assessment. I was resistant at first. You see, I work as a psychotherapist, as well as a spiritual director, and didn’t want to look at …

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Why the Enneagram?

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Life in a Pandemic How do we cultivate peace and achieve a sense of wellbeing in the course of everyday life during a pandemic? Addressing psychological and emotional suffering is a significant concern in the United States today. In 2019, 19.2% of adults in the United States received …

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How To Make Lasting Changes and Suffer Less

Written by:Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Do you notice that there is a pattern of negative consequences in your life that seems to reoccur like clockwork? I realized a long time ago that some of my thoughts and behaviors were not serving me based on the repercussions in my life, so I decided to think …

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Nonconsensual Image Sharing and Sexting Stigma

Written by: Brittany Hunt, LCSWClinical Oversight Specialist at TPN.health In our increasingly digital world, we get our makeup tips on Youtube, our news on Twitter, and our dance moves on TikTok. So many aspects of our lives have moved entirely or in part online, including how we interact romantically. In a short span of time, …

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The Stigma of Enabling Behaviors

Written by: Maria A. Avila, LMFT, MCAP Many of us are all too familiar with the concept that came out in the 1980s that described how family members perpetuated the vicious cycle of addiction. “Enabling” behaviors offered examples of how families responded and coped with their loved one’s struggle with substance use disorders and how …

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What is so “trusted” about the Trusted Provider Network?

Written by: Brittany Hunt, LCSWClinical Oversight Specialist at TPN.health As a licensed clinical social worker, the concept of trust is an important one to me. I see trust as intimately linked with respecting the dignity and worth of a person, one of the social work core values. The majority of my work has been in …

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Sleep Hygiene

Written by: Kate Lufkin, DSW, LCSW-BACS Inflammation is our body’s response to a threat. Inflammation becomes problematic when our body is constantly in “fight or flight” mode when there is no actual threat present; this can lead to chronic inflammation. Some of the major things that lead to chronic inflammation are poor diet, environmental toxins/exposure …

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The Case of Termination

Written by: Maria A. Avila, LMFT, MCAP I recently resigned from an organization where I had worked for almost 16 years. In order to allow the different groups of people I worked with digest and accept the news, it was decided that I should proceed in stages. After revealing the news to the leadership group I …

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