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  • 00:39

    Right from the Horses Mouth: Equine Assisted Therapy with Mental Health Patients

    in Psychology

    Join us for a discussion about the therapeutic benefits of using horses in Behavioral Health therapy. All of us at Mental Health News Radio are animal lovers with a passion for animal-assisted therapy. Our very own Melanie Vann will be co-hosting a series of radio shows interviewing the passionate human beings that devote their time to this unique therapeutic effort. Our guests, Kristin Fitzgerald and Melanie Vann, discuss the benefits, roots, and models for Equine Assisted Therapy. More information is included in their accompanying blog article.

    Some of the questions we ask are listed below:

    Share a little about the history of using equines as tools for therapy. 
    How does horse behavior relate to therapy? 
    Why horses?
    What is EAP? 
    Explain to us what the EAGALA MODEL represents
    What does an EAGALA Session look like? 
    What have some of your EAP session looked like? 
    What is the treatment population for the use of equine therapy? 
    Do you have any sessions that stick out in your mind?
    Share with us some empirical research that supports equine therapy. 

    If you have any questions please read the full blog article here.

  • 00:38

    Changing the Landscape of Behavioral Health Technology

    in Psychology

    everythingEHR is always on the hunt for innovative technology that aids our Behavioral Health providers.  Our article on Spiritually Integrated Therapy was found by Next Step Solutions, Inc. After reading our other articles on why we care so much about this sector of healthcare, Next Step picked up the phone and made a connection with our CEO, Kristin Walker.  

    A visit to their corporate office in Michigan last year was yet another stop on our 2014 journey across the United States visiting EHR vendors and Behavioral Health practices.  Kristin had the opportunity to meet everyone on the team and see what a software organization does that is heavy on development and light on marketing agendas.  It was certainly a pleasure.  

    NextStep™ has developed a digital pen system and embedded artificial intelligence into their EHR.  Sounds unbelievable right?  A science fiction movie, maybe?  We saw it action at their office and while we visited several of their clients.  NextStep™ has clients across the United States using their award-winning software for behavioral health private practices, research clinics, residential programs, outpatient agencies and state hospitals.  It was a pleasure to sit down with Dr. Darrin Hanna and David Ballenberger, MSW to discuss their product, their organization, and what the future holds for behavioral health technology. 

    Click here to read the full blog article.

  • 00:39

    Mental Health & Relationships

    in Self Help

    Have you ever dated someone that has a mental disorder? Or lived by a neighbor that has panic attacks?  Or,  worked with a Co-worker that's Bipolar? On this podcast, I talk about some mental disorder and how it plays in everyday life.

  • Real Mental Health Change

    in Current Events

    Its time to talk about real mental health change. We know that the Murphy bill is not real mental health change but a fantasy walk back in time. CAll in show to talk not just about the  danger but what is really needed.Join us Saturday night for a call in to discuss reall change. Call in Friday Night  (267)521-0167 for Part 1.6pm Pacific 9pm Eastern. part 2 Saturday.



  • 00:34

    Behavioral Health Compliance: An Interview with Theresa Wray, LMFT

    in Psychology

    Today we interview business owner, clinician, and consultant Theresa Wray of Synergy Consulting Services. A rare and exciting connection for us because of one major factor: Theresa loves finding needles in haystacks. In fact, she excels at it. All of the necessary yet hair pulling work that counselors and Behavioral Health organizations dread to do are actually fun for Theresa.  Things like reading your Managed Care contracts, auditing your charts, reviewing compliance plans, and verifying state regulations.  Enjoy getting to know her during our interview on Mental Health News Radio.  More importantly, enjoy getting to know what she can do for your Behavioral Health organization.

    What made you start your consulting firm?

    Why the name ‘Synergy’? What exactly does that mean?

    You “officially” launched earlier this year. How are things going?

    So who do you typically work with?

    How so? What types of services do you provide?

    Managed care, particularly around Compliance/Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, documentation, state-specific regulations, as well around some of the business-related issues that we weren’t taught about in grad school. For example, NPIs, CAQH, taxonomy codes, coming on board with managed care organizations, developing paperwork. 

    What would you say sets you and Synergy apart from many of the other coaches and consultants who are available to providers?

    What advice would you give to someone considering opening their own practice or expanding their services?

    How can people find out more about working with you?

    Please enjoy the full blog article HERE.

  • 00:38

    Mental Health is so important!

    in Health

    Join Elias Shaya, MD, Medical Director, Integrated Behavioral Health Services at MedStar Good Samaritan & MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

    Let's briefly examine some symptoms of mental health problems.  When is it time to see a doctor? and so much more

    Topics to be discussed:  How common is mental illness and what are the most frequent types of mental illness??

     Signs, symptoms as well as treatment and prevention will also be discussed.

    Tune int to see if there is something you need to know, want to share and/or feel is important enough to know.



  • 00:30

    Knowing Your Mental Health

    in Entertainment

    This show is to make people aware of their mental health and to understand the sysmptons in order to seek much needed help as well as treatment.

  • 01:00

    Keeping it Real: A mental health conversation with Ethan and Chrissie

    in Health

    There will be laughs. There will be stories. There will be making fun of Chrissie's hair.

    Today, Ethan Smith--Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation and Chrissie talk about hot topics associated with mental health, stigma, and our own crazy lives!


  • Mental Health Awareness: It's Not Just a White Thang

    in Health

    Historical adversity, which includes slavery, sharecropping and race-based exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources, translates into socioeconomic disparities experienced by African Americans today. Socioeconomic status, in turn, is linked to mental health: People who are impoverished, homeless, incarcerated or have substance abuse problems are at higher risk for poor mental health. Attitudinal barriers have led to roadblocks to accessing services and treatment. 

    Join me, MSKeepItMoving, on the next episode of The Keep It Moving Blog Talk Radio Show, Mental Health Awareness:"It's Not Just a White Thang." As I shed light on the stigma regarding Mental Illness in the Black community. Learn what you can do to help dispell the myths regarding Mental Illness starting with the Church. Don't miss it. It's a hot topic. 

  • 02:06

    Health & Wellness Show - Nov. 20, 2015 - Mental Health in an Insane World

    in Health

    The Paris terrorist attacks. Suicide bombers in Beirut. The refugee crisis. Increasingly extreme weather all over the world. More and more fireballs spotted across our skies. It seems the chaos and insanity is only increasing on the Big Blue Marble at this time. How can one maintain their sense of sanity in an increasingly insane world?

    Today on the Health and Wellness Show we take a deeper look at psychology and how we can do just that - stay sane when it seems all the forces around us are trying to make us do the opposite. We'll be looking at the weaknesses of  human psychology and how those can be exploited to nefarious ends and how one can, with proper awareness, defend agains this. The ancient maxim "Know Thyself" figures prominently in our only means of defense.

    Join us Fridays at 10am EST for the SOTT Talk Radio Network's Health and Wellness show as we expose the lies and emphasize the truth about health in our modern world.

  • 00:17

    Mental Health is the Root Cause of Violence

    in Lifestyle

    Psychiatric Social Worker Octavia Carlos explains how mental health issues, such as, rage and despair are the root cause of the increase in violence in the United States. From a racist rage that results in church shootings to the increase in murders by police officers, mental instability and the inability to process anger is thecire issue. Ms. Carlos gives us insight and leads us toward personal and societal solutions.