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Huffington Post: 7 Issues Kids Bring Up Most Often With School Counselors: School counselors deal with a lot more than schedule changes. Here's what they'd like you to know.

NEA Today Magazine: This is a Student's Brain on Trauma

Society for Humanistic Psychology APA Div. 32: Psychotherapy and the Arts Help children develop healthy coping skills with this comprehensive social-emotional learning plan

Authority Magazine: Social Impact Authors: How & Why Author Casey O’Brien Martin Is Helping To Change Our World

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Mommypoppins: Fidget Spinners, Fidget Toys, and Ways to Help Kids Focus on Remote Learning

MSN Lifestyle: 8 Free Therapy Resources to Try If You Can’t Afford to See Someone

Pure Wow: How to Relieve Stress Through Drawing, According to an Art Therapist

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Yahoo News: Fortune Telling Is the Toxic Habit You Need to Break

Pure Wow: ‘Coping Fatigue’ Is Very Real. Here’s How to Stop It Dead in Its Tracks

Medium.com: Editor’s List: Authority Magazine’s Favorite ‘Five Things Videos’ About The Five Things You Need To Become A Successful Social Impact Author

Learning Out Loud with Jennifer Van Blair: Math Frustrations and How to Manage Them with a Growth Mindset

Pure Wow: 8 Free Therapy Resources to Try If You Can’t Afford to See Someone

Skills for Big Feelings Book Reviews

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Mommy Teacher Fashionista: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review by Jennifer Lee Quattrucci author of Educate the Heart

Tried and True Teaching Tools: Helping Students Navigate Tough Times Book Review by Kathie Yonemura

The Indie Express: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review
 

Texas Book Nook: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review

On a Reading Bender: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review

The Therapist's Bookshelf: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review

Novel News Network: Skills for Big Feelings Book Review

The Corner on Character: Building Skills for Big Feelings Book Review

Midwest Book Review: "There's no other workbook quite like it on the market, making Skills for Big Feelings a winning holistic approach backed by solid pediatric references and studies that prove these strategies actually work."

Austin Family Counseling: Skills for Big Feelings book recommendation of the month

Stephanie from The Social Worker's Bookshelf said: "Wow Whole Child Counseling knocked this one out of the park!!  I am a sucker for group workbooks that have everything you ever need to run a group all set up for you in a beautiful package. I have been using sections of this for individual sessions when teaching feelings but I cannot wait to start a group with this workbook in hand."

Monique Beglinger, The Mindful Psychologist said Skills for Big Feelings "is comprehensive and I'm running a group next term where I'll definitely be utilising activities from here."

Kylie the Creative Social Worker said "This book blew me away 🤩. It is a collection of 12 lessons designed to help students cope with feelings, manage anxiety, and more! Casey does a phenomenal job including everything you could possibly need from engaging lessons and professional guidance, to family resources. Each session builds off of each other and includes an outline, complete with weekly coping strategies. Trust me when I say this book (intended for ages 6-12) should be part of every elementary social worker/counselor’s toolbox.

Rachel from Bright Futures Counseling said "This book is AWESOME because: 💜 It has a step by step outline for counselors to implement  💜 It has tangible skills kids can practice to relax and self-regulate 💜 It includes resources for the family."

Austin Family Counseling

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Sara from The Primary Pal said "I truly can't recommend this book enough for anyone who works with children. The book is well written and gave me the feel of Casey being right by my side, like I was getting to have a conversation with her in which she was imparting her knowledge onto me! I snapped a few photos of pages from the book so you can get a sense of how it's written and what's included. If you work with any child who needs support with managing big feelings (don't we all at some point need help with this?!) this is a great one to add to your teacher toolbox!"

Allie Szczecinski, Miss Behavior, and author of Roaring Mad Riley wrote "I’ll be the first to say that I am super picky about emotion/coping skills focused workbooks, and I can also truly say that this is a GOOD ONE. So many helpful ideas for kids across the grade and ability span. Definitely worth checking out!"

The Therapist Parent, featured Skills for Big Feelings in her post on managing anxiety. She writes "Casey O’Brien has also written a fantastic book with some real practical ideas for help children learn relaxation and coping skills. Casey’s book is an incredible resource for teachers, school counsellors, and therapists as it has a 12-week program with handouts and reproducible workbooks for kids. However, this don’t mean that it wouldn’t be helpful for parents. The book easily explains ways to bring relaxation techniques into everyday life."

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Loren Mosback, author of many great books including, Transforming Anxiety: Building Resilience & Confidence (Super Skill Series) wrote "You guys…I just came across an SEL goldmine! 🌈 📔 Check out this activities guide book and social-emotional learning curriculum, called: Skills For Big Feelings — that shares an abundance of relaxation, self regulation, and emotional coping techniques for kids!

This book can be used individually, in small groups, or with the whole classroom by teachers, counselors, and other mental health professionals. I am so in love with this resource that will be used a ton at my counseling practice. There is also a digital version of the book and share your screen…Boom! I know you’ll enjoy this resource as much as I do!"

Vlogger Lauren from @socialworkscrapbook said: "Name a social worker that isn’t obsessed with applicable therapy books...I’ll wait! @wholechildcounseling released an awesome book that is perfect for emotional regulation, mindfulness and coping skills!  The session plans are amazing, and I love that it includes family resource pages! Make sure you check it out!"  Be sure to check out Lauren's awesome YouTube Channel and website.

Podcasts & Interviews

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Equip to Achieve: A Conversation with Casey O'Brien Martin

Ability Driven Podcast: Episode #37
: Trauma Informed Guided Relaxations

HABLANDO Mental Health with Vanessa Green: How does GRIEF impact our Mental Health- Interview Casey O'Brien Martin

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Let's Collaborate

If you are looking for a podcast guest, would like to talk to me about an article you are writing, or would like to be a guest blogger, or collaborate in some other way, please reach out to me here. I love collaborating with others who are trying to spread ideas to help children and are working to make the world a brighter place!

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