What is Mental Health Diversion (PC 1001.36)?

April 15, 2020

Mental health diversion is a pretrial program in California that diverts individuals from the criminal justice system into mental health treatment, in lieu facing a criminal trial or conviction. This is an alternative created for individuals where mental health played a significant part in their alleged crime. California Penal Code 1001.36 Mental Health Diversion (PC 1001.36 PC) states that the court may grant pretrial diversion,......
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Managing COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

March 25, 2020

In this time of uncertainty and social isolation many are experiencing an increase in symptoms of stress and anxiety. There are a number of ways in which these symptoms can be managed including maintaining a routine, staying active, reducing media exposure, engaging virtually and seeking mental health services (Miedziun & Czabala, 2015). Create a Routine While we are spending time at home it is important......
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Take a Mindfulness Break From Your Electronics

July 10, 2019

For many people, being separated from their Smartphone, laptop or other electronic device can actually be stressful.  Research has shown that for many people fear of being disconnected from their cell phone can feel just as real as a substance addiction; the feeling of withdrawal when the phone is not available or compulsive or repetitive need to check it.  It is estimated that the averaged......
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The Benefits of a Good Night’s Rest

June 24, 2019

Sleep is one of the most important, revitalizing things you can do for your body. When you sleep, your body heals itself in many ways, including metabolism, brain function, and tissue growth and repair. The following are some tips to ensure a rejuvenating sleep: Schedule it.  Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, including the weekends. This will......
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Practicing Mindfulness

June 21, 2019

Mindfulness: It’s about being present; not in the future, not in the past, but being fully aware in the moment. Sounds nice, but how do you do it? Here are a few tips to focus on – right now: Notice your breathing. Fast? Slow? Notice the rise and fall of a breath. Imagine a sleeping baby as its stomach rises and falls. Notice sights, sounds,......
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Three benefits to taking a walk this spring!

April 9, 2019

Spring time is a great time to take a walk By: Cheryl M. Becker, LMFT, ATR-BC   Consider a walk to clear your mind.  Walking is a great way to engage in self care.  There are also many healthy benefits to walking. Walking can improve your mood: Regular walking modifies your nervous system to help decrease negative feelings. Walking with a friend can provide even......
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How to Incorporate Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

March 3, 2019

Often times in a busy world, people forget to smell the roses. Mindfulness is an important concept to practice in calming an overactive brain. Research has shown utilizing mindfulness techniques can decrease stress and improve an individuals’ emotional and physical well – being. Mindfulness is being truly present to one’s surroundings and being fully engaged. The key to practicing mindfulness is being mindful of your......
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Vienna Psychological Group, Inc. and Dive Guardians Partner for First Responders

March 1, 2019

The therapeutic effects of scuba diving: Decreasing post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety in First Responders. It is no surprise that first responders have one of the most stressful careers on the planet. They are exposed to exponential amounts of traumatic events on a daily basis, let alone throughout their career. However, the human brain is not designed to handle daily trauma over and over again......
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