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.

Creativity in Play Therapy

What would you tell someone if they asked, “What is the best thing about being a Play Therapist?” Most Play Therapists would have so many responses it would be hard to pin point one thing. Having the ability to have fun, be creative, play games and still call it work is a win win situation for the kids at heart!

Play Therapist have utilized a lot of resources to assist with little ones in reaching their goals in a fun and creative way. From using your everyday basic things to not so basic things; the ability to create your own resources or utilize items that were not developed for play therapy gives the play therapist the flexibility to be creative and reach goals at the same time!

 

 I wanted to share two activities fun activities to try in the play room:

 

1.     Trouble Game: Purchased at http://a.co/hk9hMfX

a.    When each player obtains their number from the popper they have to say that many positive things about themselves prior to their move.

Goal~ communication, increase self-esteem, positive thinking

2.    Focus on Feelings Cards: Purchased at www.playtheapywithcarmen.com  

a.    Card are laid out on the floor. The child picks a card and acts out the emotion. The therapist (parent or sibling) guesses the emotion demonstrated.

FirstPlay® Therapy Offered at Outspoken Counseling and Consulting!

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While researching models to increase my practice of working with younger children and engaging mothers, I discovered FirstPlay® Therapy. I immediately reached out to the founder and trainer to see how I can learn more about this model. Those interactions led me to spending a week in Boynton Beach Florida and becoming a Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner!

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The Founder

Dr. Janet Courtney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and internationally recognized Registered Play Therapist Supervisor is the founder of FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling and FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling®   

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What is FirstPlay®

FirstPlay® Therapy is a Play Therapy strength-based model that enhances the parent-child relationship and is based upon the work of Play Therapy pioneer, Viola Brody, founder of Developmental Play Therapy (DPT); Ericksonian Play Therapy; Attachment Theory; & research in Touch.

FirstPlay® Therapy focuses on the therapeutic aspects of pre-symbolic play, or “first-play”, the early joyful touch-based activity play that happens between a parent and infant.

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FirstPlay® Therapy is offered for two different developmental stages:

  • FirstPlay® Infant Massage storytelling is for ages 4 weeks to three years old.
  • FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling is for children ages three to six years.

Practitioners learn how to facilitate respectful, caring & fun touch-based activities between parents and children through demonstrations via baby dolls. The parent simultaneously practices the techniques on their infant/child. The therapist does not touch the child but supports the healing value of touch.

FirstPlay® integrates methods of calming and is an adjunctive model that can be integrated along with other forms of play therapy methods and it can be used with most parents & children regardless of issues, and can also be applied in groups, parent reunification & parent-child residential settings; with adoptive & foster parents; children with autism, behavioral problems, and attention problems.

 

 

OutspokenC2 Welcomes Kimberly Bridi, C-IAYT, ERYT 500

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Kimberly receives her M.S. in Counseling Psychology in October of 2018. Her interest and expertise lie in the area of trauma resolution and chronic pain management in children and adults. She specializes in using evidence-based somatic and mind-body therapies with clients.

She is a trauma-based clinical yoga therapist who spent nearly 3 years developing yoga therapy programs in the U.S. Army’s first Interdisciplinary Pain Management program. During her time as a civilian provider, she helped manage and facilitate the Intensive Outpatient Program at Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center to help reduce the use of opioids among service members. She worked with patients healing from chronic pain, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction and treatment resistant conditions.

Following her time with the Army, she created a non-profit organization to provide yoga-based therapies for military and veterans recovering from service-based conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and drug and alcohol use. She was awarded a local grant to implement a yoga-based treatment program for military sexual trauma in 2016.

Kim’s clinical training in trauma resolution includes the study of evidence-based techniques by leading experts including Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine.

Previously she worked with children and teens healing from trauma and attachment issues, developed social skills groups for special needs children, and implemented her programs in schools.

She lives in Martinez GA with her two boys and two dogs. She loves hiking and backpacking, watersports and is a life-long student of yoga.

 

 

 

OutspokenC2 Welcomes Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Natalie T. Pride

Welcome to the Outspoken Counseling and Consulting Family! 

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Natalie T. Pride is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia. She is also licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina.Natalie earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Berea College in 2001; she completed her Master in Social Work from The Florida State University in 2004.

Natalie has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She has spent over 10 years focusing on work with veterans, and families.

Natalie has experience with working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who have experienced issues with homelessness, hospice and substance abuse.  Natalie specializes in work with Veterans and families. 

Natalie conducts clinical assessments, provides individual and family therapy sessions. Natalie provides weekend and tele-mental health sessions.