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Recognizing the Power of Visualization

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Visualization is a powerful therapeutic tool that helps patients to focus on specific mental images and trains of thought. It is intended to help improve their lives by working through trauma, visualizing future success, changing ingrained and toxic thought processes, and motivational issues.

Psychology research has shown that strong visualizations actually activate the same brain areas that doing a particular task requires, making visualization an effective tool in many forms of training and therapy.

How Visualization Works

The mind is a powerful tool in psychology, and using this tool to eliminate or reduce toxic and negative thought processes is a significant step towards improving patient health. When positive images replace the negative images in a patient's mind, it helps to create positive thought processes that occur on a consistent basis. It takes time to move away from the original thoughts that the patient has, but with enough repetition these thoughts take root and help your patient become happier overall.

Visualization also helps patients who have motivational issues or are overwhelmed by all of the steps leading up to their end goal. Instead of focusing on the entirety of the steps they must take, the patient focuses on the end goal, and visualizes how they will feel once they accomplish this goal. From there, you can help them visualize succeeding at each step of the task to make it feel as though they have already accomplished it. Over time, the patient's brain will realize that they are capable of succeeding and start avoiding any negativity.

Who Can Benefit from Visualization

Visualization is a versatile tool that can be used across the therapy board, but there are a few areas where it is particularly well received by patients. Patients with phobias of various types use visualization as a way to safely meet the fear in a controlled manner, helping with the desensitization process. Depression is another area that allows patients to focus on positive thought patterns to try to break the cycle of negativity that depression brings. In sport-exercise therapy, athletes focusing on visualizing their successes and overcoming obstacles along the way, as part of their efforts to optimize their performance in upcoming competitions.

While visualization can stand on its own as a therapy technique, it is often combined with other treatment options such as multimodal therapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive processing therapy.

Resources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization
http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Guided-imagery-therapy.html
http://psychotherapy-vancouver.com/guided-visualization/

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Expanded tutoring services available in the classroom

Did you know that, as an Argosy University student, you can get on-demand tutoring in the online classroom whenever you need it? No matter the time or day, simply click the Tutor link in the top navigation of your classroom or the HELP button on the assignment page. If you need assistance with the APA writing style or with software such as Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint, you can also access tutorials straight from your Campus Common.

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This May, we added another exciting feature to the online classroom—direct access to lynda.com—so that you have the full support you need to learn software skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

Lynda.com offers on-demand video tutorials and training sessions, including over 2,400 courses taught by industry experts, with more added every week. Now, with just one click, you have unlimited access to an online library of high-quality instructional videos. Among the thousands of videos available, you can find engaging tutorials that allow you to review basic concepts, expand on course materials, or supplement your existing skills. With lynda.com, not only can you gain a better understanding of a diverse range of subjects, but you can also stay current with the latest technology trends and software.

Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. To access these tutoring services and others from any assignment page, click on the “Need Help” icon. This will open a new window or tab where you can access lynda.com, live tutoring services, our writing center and a variety of help tutorials. Select the lynda.com link from this page for instant access to their vast tutorial library.

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If you have any questions about our tutoring or academic services, feel free to reach out to your Academic Counselor at any time! To learn more about Argosy University, contact us at 1-866-4ARGOSY or request more information online.

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6 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Presentation Skills

Presentation SkillsGiving a presentation can be tough. Whether it's in a company meeting room, a university classroom, or at a professional conference, getting up in front of people to talk about any topic is harrowing at best. Sometimes there is a podium or desk to stand behind, but that doesn't stop the fact that all eyes in the room are focused on you.

However, presentations don't have to be frightening or even difficult with the proper tools. Many speakers have trusted methods to control their anxiety and dread associated with public speaking. With the right preparation and presentation, it's possible to leave the room feeling empowered after your presentation. Here are a few tips to get ready for your speaking assignment:

1. Understand the Audience

Most presentations are delivered in front of an audience of peers, but there are times when the audience could be older or of a different socioeconomic stature. Depending on your audience, you should cater your language and topic focus to get your idea across properly. Understanding the audience and what they would like in a presentation is the most important step toward a successful speech.

2. Research Thoroughly

Knowing the topic at hand is essential for confidence in an informative presentation. The research is also important to keep the conversation going after the presentation; the ability to answer questions on the topic is likely to improve your audience's opinion of you and your speech. Anyone delivering information on a topic should strive to become an authority in that field.

3. Use Documentation

While it may not seem important in a presentation, documenting sources is always essential. The documentation can be mentioned in the presentation simply by prefacing statements with, "According to...." Additionally, having a list of documented resources to hand out afterwards is sometimes a requirement.

4. Write It Out

Never try to wing it or go off the cuff. If you can memorize the speech, that's fine -- but make sure all points are backed up with facts. Some presenters will use full sheets of paper while others prefer index cards. The medium for the speech will depend upon the presenter's confidence and the type of presentation to be delivered.

5. Rehearse

Whether rehearsal is done alone or in the presence of a few friends, it needs to be done. Go over the speech out loud to find any flaws. Look for places where you might trip or slow down and fix those areas. One of the most common mistakes in presentations is an overload of information -- students tend to add all the information to a speech to avoid missing points, then get lost in the words during the presentation.

6. Dress Up

Depending on the situation, you may not need to dig your full suit out of the back of your closet, but do make sure your appearance is clean and groomed. Nothing is more nerve-wracking than finding a stain on your shirt right before the presentation. Being comfortable with your appearance will help boost confidence when you get in front of the room.

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