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20 Ways To IMPROVE Attitudes

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“What can I do to IMPROVE my attitude?” This is one of the most asked questions I get. Being positive most of the time allows you to enjoy life more. Here are 20 practical ideas to help you get a positive attitude and keep it. Be Yourself – Do more of the things you love. […]

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Handle Difficult Conversations With Greater Impact And a Lot Less Stress!

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On October 26, 2018 I was fortunate enough to attend a class on Constructive Conversations presented by Abbey Louie and Steve Robertson of Louie Robertson Consulting during the Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services. Ms. Louie and MR. Robertson demonstrated true synergy during the presentation. As attendees, we learned to identify our own challenges to […]

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Trauma Informed Care

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I had an opportunity to attend a session by Jeanne Farr, CEO, National Association of Dual Diagnosis, at the Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services. The session was titled “Trauma-Informed Care” (TIC). Ms. Farr presented us with a comprehensive definition and history of TIC indicating reports of traumatic stress as far back in history as […]

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Her Tattered Bear

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Today we are taking our youngest daughter to college. There are so many emotions and life changes happening all at once. I have been resisting the urge to retreat into denial. I want to be present to feel all these things despite the overwhelmingness. Painful and joyful, bittersweet. A dear friend gave me a copy […]

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How Music Helps with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Music Therapy

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Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and it is a language that we share universally, as well as one that everyone can understand. The style of music that we listen […]

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Channel Your Inner Clint Eastwood

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Getting mad is natural and unavoidable. You are human, after all. You will continue to feel and experience anger throughout your life. Anger is one of your strongest emotions and one of your strongest motivators. Anger is often an indicator that you would like something in your life to change. What you do when you […]

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) & Youth Who Work

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There is a myth that youth who are in school and receive SSI benefits can’t work or they will lose their benefits. They can indeed work. There are special SSI rules that support working for students under the age of 22. It’s called the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE). There are limits to the income […]

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Commitment to Community Awards: Honoring the Journey

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Now in its 7th year, the Commitment to Community Awards provides visibility and recognition to these honorees for their leadership and vision. We’re asking you to help us honor and recognize the journey taken by individuals, organizations and businesses dedicated to advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Nominees must possess three or more of the following […]

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Medicaid Benefits for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Bridgeport, West Virginia and join the experts behind the Mountaineer Autism Project for their 2018 conference. The conference brought together families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the providers who serve them. I helped kick things off by outlining the Medicaid benefits for children with ASD, […]

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How to Facilitate Successful Meetings

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Research suggests that executives and company leaders are spending half their work week in meetings (HBR, Aug. 2017). With limited resources and time in a fast-paced market, utilizing meeting time optimally is an important skill for leaders in a variety of industries. Every meeting needs a good facilitator. That person is someone who helps meeting […]

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