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  • 01:06

    Catherine G. Lucas: Coping with a Mental Health Crisis

    in Spirituality

    How can you heal from the trauma of a mental health crisis? Catherine G. Lucas explores how to heal at the deep levels of the psyche and soul, as revealed in her new book Coping with a Mental Health Crisis.


    Catherine shares how mental distress can be a wake-up call to a happier and more fulfilling life.  Drawing on a wide range of options in mental healthcare, she shows how to create an individual therapeutic path that brings together the best of mainstream and holistic approaches.  Catherine's insights can also be of great assistance to friends and family of those in need of healing. 


    Catherine is also the author of In Case of Spiritual Emergency, is an accredited mindfulness trainer and founder of the Spiritual Crisis Network in the U.K. She is a respected international speaker on psychospiritual crisis, collaborating with others in the field, as well as speaking honestly about her own experiences.


    Catherine's web site: http://www.catherine-g-lucas.com


    Note: It is not the intent of this show to provide medical advice.  All content is for general informational purposes only.


    Program music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer (LarrySeyer.com), included in this podcast with his permission. Visit FrontierBeyondFear.com to learn about the inspirational outreach of this program, now in its 6th year.

  • 00:33

    Workplace Trauma and Critical Incident Response: Crisis Care Network

    in Psychology

    Much is going on in today’s workplace that involves trauma. We met with Crisis Care Network at a Behavioral Health conference and knew they were a perfect organization to showcase to our listening audience. A licensed, compassionate, and responsive team to work with the mental health of employees who’ve just experienced a critical incident is crucial not only for staff but also the business entity. Join us in welcoming Dennis Potter, Director of Trainings and Consultant Relations, to discuss how Crisis Care Network’s counselors offer guidance and immediate care after a traumatic event. 


    Read the full blog article HERE.


    1. Who is Crisis Care Network (CCN)? What do you do?


    2. How often and where does CCN serve the workplace?


    3. What is a Critical Incident?


    4. When a disruptive event has occurred in the workplace, what is the impact on the employee and on the organization?


    5. What intervention models do you use?


    6. What are the results of the interventions?


    7. What are the skills an interventionist on your panel needs? How do you support improving those skills?


    8. How is an Interventionist selected for a particular disruptive event?


    9. What are the requirements to join your panel?


    10. How do you join the CCN Provider Panel?

  • 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.

  • 00:37

    Grant Funding for Behavioral Health: An Interview with Karen Celedonia

    in Psychology

    An often under appreciated area of Behavioral Health is the grant writing process. Many of the agencies we work with are not-for-profit and always looking for help maintaining their existing grants as well as obtaining funding from new sources. We met Karen Celedonia through our colleague Theresa Wray. Working on projects together to support mental health agencies, we knew we needed to interview Karen and introduce her work to our providers. 


    Please read the full blog article HERE.


    What prompted you to start your own business specializing in research and grant writing services?


    Doesn’t research take place in a lab? What experience do you have in the field?


    How do you apply a participatory approach to your work with your clients?


    What have you learned about mental health service delivery through your work in the community?


    What has been your most rewarding experience in the field?


    Who can benefit from the services that you offer?


    How is writing–particularly grant writing–relevant to non-research-oriented mental health professionals and organizations?


    What tips do you have for someone who is new to grant writing?


    What projects do you have on the horizon?


     

  • 00:55

    An Empath Interviews a Psychopath: Dr. James “Jim” Fallon

    in Psychology

    Careful consideration went into this interview with Dr. James H. Fallon. It is not every day that a boutique radio show like ours reaches out to a world-renowned neuroscientist, let alone one that has contributed immeasurably to the field of human behavior we avidly support. However, Dr. Fallon, who asked me simply to call him “Jim”, was easy to reach, glad to be of service, and said he was up for anything I wanted to ask him in this interview. He did ask that we stay away from personal stories that might negatively affect his family.


    We have a large audience of survivors of psychological abuse, please be advised this show could be very triggering for some listeners. We’ve already privately shared this show with a few of our Behavioral Health practitioners. It was triggering for some of them due to the nature of how I was asked certain questions.


    We suggest all listeners read the full BLOG article HERE. 


    What happens when a "empath" interviews a psychopath? Listen in to find out.

  • 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.

  • 00:15

    The Mental Health Healing Two-Step

    in Psychology

    Bob Zima, MA/LCPC, is a self described Frequent Flyer to Hell and Back. He has experienced many trips to the Gates of Hell and lived to tell the tale. Plus he has learned a thing or two along the way. Refreshing.


    On his cathartic & satirical podcast Bob shares with you his quirky and wacky insights, lampoons his art of healing and life lessons learned from his adventurous and E-True Hollywood-esque trips to Hell and back. Perhaps you may be inspired by this irreverent, blazon and passionate cathartic satirist who tells it like it is. Perhaps not. You will have to listen to find out.


    This show is for mature audiences with open minds and souls. Healing is NOT for wimps or the weak-hearted. It is work. Hard work!


    On today’s show, Bob discusses how healing is a two step process: get you head out of your ass and then get your ass off of the couch.


    Disclaimer: Always seek the advice of a qualified mental health professional before ever doing anything suggested on this website.  Don't have one? Visit this website! NOW!


    All opinions are solely mine and that of In-Flight Entertainment and Counseling and should not be connected or accredited in any way to past/present employers and other organizations with which I have consulted.

  • 00:28

    Surviving the Holidays with Mental Illness

    in Health

    The Holiday season can be tough for many people, but especially difficult for individuals and family with mental illness. So many factors can cause misunderstandings and confusion outside even physical symptoms.


    Margaret and I talk about two perspectives of parent and child on how to support and work through some common situations faced by families during the holidays.


    Take away some tips on how to make the Christmas season more of a supportive, empathetic and caring environment for the whole family.

  • 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.

  • 00:34

    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.

  • 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.