It’s ALMOST TIME Fiercely Speaking

Trauma and abuse can entomb your persona, kill your dreams, and silence your voice. What if you found out you weren’t the only one who has survived traumatic circumstances? How would you feel discovering keys to successfully fight your way through the aftermath of abuse?

In Fiercely Speaking, the voices of 14 authors escort you through a journey of deep wounds and betrayals that yield to healing, hope, and a reclamation of their voices to speak their truths.  Now is the time to confront the ghosts of your past, establish a blueprint for your better life, and capture your voice with ferocity.


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Read more in our clinical director’s forthcoming book #FiercelySpeaking. Pre-order TODAY and receive a complimentary trip to Myrtle Beach at www.carmen.fiercelyspeaking.com Official Release is in Fall 2019. 

Don’t Delay, Grab Your Copy Today! Elizabeth Makes a Friend

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Have you experienced a drastic change in your life? By drastic, I mean life-changing in a way that you often find yourself questioning yourself. Was this the right move? Did I make the right choice? Will I be able to adapt quickly? Will I be able to make friends? Well, Elizabeth Makes a Friend, by Carmen Jimenez-Pride, will help you and your little loved ones understand what it's like to make a life changing decision and the impact it will have on your life. Change is tough in itself, but do we truly know how children may feel and how they cope with change based on the decisions we make as adults?

 

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Moving to a new place is a big change, especially for children. Children often don't have a say in the decision making around moving, especially if you are in a military family. Moving is a part of the process, but as parents we should be cognizant of the effects it may have on our children. We know when it's time to pick up and move, it means finding a new school, daycare, community activities, summer camps, and so much more.

 

For a child entering a new school, we have no idea what they are thinking. One thing we can be sure of though is being hopeful that they make friends. Alex is the new kid on the block... or at school I should say and Elizabeth wants to "meet him", but she's not sure how she should go about it. Elizabeth seeks advice from her father who is able to help out without a doubt. Elizabeth did exactly what her father told her to do and it's almost like they’ve each other for a long time. Have you ever met someone and thought that? I do it all the time.

 

Join me in reminding our children and youth that it is always a nice gesture to introduce yourself to the new student, being kind, being a friend, and ultimately understanding different family dynamics. You will find this book to be a great resource for you, your family, educators, and so much more especially if you are a military family (or not).

 

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Grab your copy of Elizabeth Makes a Friend today! Available for book readings as well as homeschool activity workshops. Contact us today at Carmen@outspokenllc.com to set up your next reading or workshop.

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Kinesthetic Storytelling® Resources

This past year I completed the FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling® training.

Kinesthetic Storytelling® is a multi-sensory attachment-focused therapeutic approach that incorporates interactive joyful touch activities integrated with metaphoric and imaginative storytelling.

Dr. Janet Courtney is the founder of FirstPlay® Therapy and author of The Magic Rainbow Hug one of my go to resources for Kinesthetic Storytelling! This is an interactive story that helps children overcome fear and anxiety through playful relaxation and joyful touch.

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For book information visit: 

Another great kinesthetic story is Casey's Greatness Wings. By Tammi Van Hollander of Mainline Play Therapy is a story about a caterpillar that feels different from the others and worries that he is not good enough.

More about Casey's Greatness Wings  http://bit.ly/CaseyWings

More about Casey's Greatness Wings
http://bit.ly/CaseyWings

For information on FirstPlay® training: http://bit.ly/firstplaystorytelling

Playfully Connected Games!

Two great play therapy games to helps children with abuse and divorce created by Stefanie Sherbon, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist

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Owl Pal Truth is a “True, False, or Dare” therapeutic game for children, who have experienced abuse. Instead of keeping abuse a secret, kids get to uncover the truth about themselves and what happened to them.

Owl Pal Divorce is a “True, False, or Dare” therapeutic game to use with children, who are experiencing divorce or parental separation.

To find out more information about these amazing games visit:

Playfully Connected Games

Therapy Resources Created by Beth Richey!

My creative and amazing friend Beth Richey created two much have play therapy products!

The Trauma Reaction Cards are an engaging, visual, and interactive tool which can assist in the identification of trauma reactions that may not otherwise be recognized, labeled, or targeted.

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Me Magnets is an Identity & Self-Expression Tool that help individuals, families, and couples identify, explore, and express core values and various parts of identity.

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Check out her product websites for more information on how to use these resources!

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Therapy Resource Cart

As a play therapist (or any type of therapist) I have collected so many resources. Often times they end up in the closet with the intention on using them! One of my 2019 goals is to clean out the closet and use my tools! I’ve created a therapy cart of resources to help me reach my goal.

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The cart I used is from Ikea, (FYI… I love that store!) if you do not live close to an Ikea store check out Michaels, they have them as well.

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I decided to use the top shelf for my bibliotherapy books. As you can see you can fit a nice amount of books on the top shelf.

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I used the second shelf for card games, card decks and other small boxed resources. The bottom for mindfulness jars!

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I hope this organizational tip helps, tell me what you think! If you make one please tag me on social media! @PrideLCSW

New BiblioTherapy Resource at Outspoken Counseling and Consulting LLC!

As a License Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapy, Hi. My Name is Xaidan is a must have for your bibliotherapy collection! This book highlights some common behaviors and feelings children face daily making it easy for a parent, therapist or helper to read and discuss with the child. This book can be used in multiple setting to address a variety of issues and concerns!

Author DeLonna Brown is a License Clincial Social Worker in North Carolina! She realized there was a lack of resources for parents and mental health professionals working with children who has behavioral and emotional mental health disorders.

This book focuses on reducing the stigma of childhood mental health disorders. The use of caterpillars in this series represents the transition and transformation one can experience before, during, and after they receives mental health treatment and become a newer version of themselves.

For more information on the book series and to purchase click to visit the site!

Marble Jar Friends

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Brené Brown says “people have to earn the right to hear your story.” Meaning, people need to show up for you, care what happens to you and how you feel, and will value your connection enough to keep things to themselves.


In her book, Daring Greatly, Brené talks about Marble Jar friends.  She tells a great story of her daughter’s teacher who kept a jar in the classroom and each time the class did something positive a marble went in the jar. When the class was negative marbles were removed.


We can use the idea of the Marble Jar to help define who to trust and to what limits.


We have the ability to determine how marbles are earned and taken away. We also have the ability to set up our marble jars to fit our needs.


After this weekend my marble jar(s) look very different!



OutspokenC2 Welcomes Kabra Benford, MSW, LMSW

Mr. Benford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Development from Benedict College and a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Mr. Benford began his social work career in 2003 with Prevent Child Abuse of South Carolina. He has additional experience with Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, working with the HIV/AIDS population. Mr. Benford brings his experience and creativity to our Outspoken Counseling and Consulting LLC team. Mr. Benford provides services for children and families, HIV/AIDS related issues, LGBTQ and spiritual focused therapy services. Mr. Benford is currently accepting new clients.

Kabra Benford, MSW, LMSW

Kabra Benford, MSW, LMSW

Bibilotherapy with No, No Elizabeth

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Bibliotherapy also known as therapeutic storytelling is an expressive therapy that involves storytelling or the reading books with the focus of healing.

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Usborne Books & More  


It uses an individual's relationship to the content of books as therapy. Bibliotherapy can be used to address, but not limited to trauma, behaviors and fears.


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No, No Elizabeth is used in the therapy room to help children understand and accept the word no. Often children will walk away feeling that they are not loved because their loved one tells them no.


No, No Elizabeth can help with communication skills, feelings and following directions.

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This book is a creative resource within the home, school and theraputic environment.