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    in Education

    ASCA's Dr Eric Sparks with an update for school counselors on this important subject k_12 Important for school boards and adminsitrators too. 

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    Still Loving Men: Are your standards too high to date a Felon?

    in Self Help

    We have heard many women say I don’t have a man because………., and the common denominator in that laundry list of ALONENESS is the issue of many men having one or more felonies, and signignificant time spent in the penitentiary.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics the correctional men population in the U.S 1,352 per 100,000 and from 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadruped from about 500,000 to 2.3 million people.  One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001; if this current trend continues, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.  Meanwhile, one in one hundred African American women are in prison. 
    Some women say it is beneath their standard.  Some say having a felony shouldn’t matter, yet others say it depends on the type of felony.  Other debatable issues include the idea, everyone who goes to jail are not always guilty, and if they are what about his character and his repentance?  What about our ability to forgive to be forgiven? 
    Women who are open to the idea of dating men with a felony and women who marry incarcerated men are labeled as desperate, with self-esteem issues, is this true?  She must believe she can “fix” the man, or she will have no competition from other women because of his circumstances.  In contrast, there’re women who are genuinely accepting and believe in second chances and that true love overpowers all.
    The list continues……., so come get on the couch with 3 Counselors and a Couch on TALK BACK TUESDAYS for more.  Call in/logon, bring a friend, tell your friends, and men and women you just know will benefit from sharing our thoughts, feeling and experiences. Remember, together we can do more than being a part.
    Holla Back on Talk Back with the counselors! 


  • 01:59

    Talk Back Tuesdays: Loving a man through grief. How Much, is too Much?

    in Self Help

    As we continue to identify specific behaviors women can practice to love a man through his grief, the question raised is “how much is too much?”  In relationships it’s common for one partner to act out their frustrations of a hard day on the ones closet to you.  In the case of men who are grieving the loss of employment, pride, masculinity, and even the loss of a child to death, one way to deal with this is to lash out at the wife, girlfriend, or live in lover.

    In last week shows we introduced the topic of grief /loss, signs and symptoms in mothers, women, fathers and men. It brought us to this point where we recognize by default women have more emotional support available to them then their male counterparts. Many women of various ages and cultures question how to support a grieving man, and how to recognize when the support can become enabling, co-dependent, or a hindrance to grow, and emotional healing.

    Join us on Talk Back Tuesdays with 3 Counselors and a Couch.  Men we would love to hear from you on how we as women can be the support you need to make it through difficult times.

    Lets answer questions like “ Is sex a healthy or harmful distraction for men who are dealing with grief and loss?”  Come get on the couch. 


  • 01:57

    Talk Back Tuesdays: How to love a man through his loss?

    in Self Help

    Welcome to the month of June, which hosts Father’s Day Celebration.  3 Counselors and a Couch dedicate the entire month to celebrating fathers and men.  If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, how then do we help one another through difficult times like grief and loss? During the month of May we identified the cause and effects of grieving women and mothers.  Considering women are encouraged to continue to move on to other responsibilities regardless of the loss experienced, men are not even welcomed to acknowledge grief of any kind.  When men loose their job, home, family, freedom, respect, and a child by death, what do they do?  Many experts on the subject easily identify men handle their emotions different from women, yet their methods are usually labeled as wrong, dysfunctional, unhealthy or non existent.  If women understand that men grief differently then how can women judge their process as right or wrong?  If men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide then women dealing with depression, according to the Bloomberg view, what can we do to better support men through their loss?


    Come get on the couch with 3 Counselors and a Couch.  Bring a friend to discuss how can we love a man through loss on Talk Back Tuesdays with the counselors.

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    How Do Counselors Inspire to Aspire: An Interview with Annie Shaw

    in Psychology

    The reason we started Mental Health News Radio was to give those serving behavioral health a voice. We are the listeners. We are also caregivers. We wanted a platform where your voices could be heard. Where an audience of your peers can listen to your stories. Stories about what inspired you to become a therapist, open your own practice, or work in a community mental health center, what your specialties are, what tools and services you use to maintain your clinical records, and how you take care of yourself.

    There is no doubt you will enjoy this next show. Our entire team was inspired just listening to our guest Annie Shaw. She is a perfect example of why we love hosting Mental Health News Radio.  Please visit the full blog article HERE.

    What guided you in the decision to start a career in Mental Health?

    What is your counseling approach to grief work?

    What prompted you to start your Private Practice?

    Describe an example of a time when you “thought outside of the box” in your practice.

    What steps do you take to manage your practice and ensure its success?

    What MCO’s and Insurances are you credentialed with?

    You didn’t allow your traumatic experience to defeat you, so what would say are 2 of your greatest professional accomplishments?

    Your company name is INSPIRE Counseling and Staff Development Services. What services fall under the Staff Development umbrella?

    What do you have in the works currently or in the near future?

    If you were given the opportunity to say something to a person currently dealing with grief who you would never see again, what would it be?

  • 01:52

    Talk Back Tuesday: Can Grief be considered a mental illness?

    in Self Help

    President Obama, proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness month.  Organizations like NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public, and support loved ones, family members, and neighbors of those affected by mental illness.

    Last week on talk back Tuesday, we decided to turn mothers day into a month of celebration by offering the gift of freedom from the burden of grief. Many of our listeners expressed the complication of when or if grief has an end date.  Mothers admitted the pain of loosing a child from 5 up to15 years ago could still hurt like the loss was yesterday.  Therefore, the counselors feel compelled to continue sharing insight on this complicated experience that is so prevalent in our society

    This week we will discuss the terms “Prolonged Grief / Bereavement-Related Disorder, as a classified mental illness.  Lets answer this question, “Can Prolonged Grief be considered a mood disorder for diagnosing and treatment such as depression and anxiety? What would this mean?” Call your best friend, your mother, auntie, sister, cousin, daughter and the men in your life. Let’s talk about Mothers being happy, joyous, and free this Tuesday with 3 counselors and a couch. Come get on the Couch!


    And because a mother’s primary focus is her family, we will dedicate the next week shows on grief and the family dynamics, i.e. the mother’s spouse and other children. 


  • 01:33

    Talk Back Tuesdays: Who is an Addict?

    in Self Help

    Come Get on the COUCH!!!!

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    Talk Back Tuesdays: 5 Ways to Fulfill Emotionally Starved Men!!!!

    in Self Help

    Is there a correlation between  MEN who have children with  multiple women and MEN who are starving for affection from their mother? According to Psychology Today, "Emotional hunger is not love. It is a strong emotional need  caused by deprivation in childhood." Feelings of emotional loss is linked to  a deep and dull feeling that cause people to seek physical affection and attention in order to fill a void. 

    There is often confusion between emotional loss and LOVE. Many times there lies the need to be reassured and the strong desire to be dependent on someone. When there is a lack of affection in the home, especially from parents this can cause severe psychological development. Parents who are affectionate and attuned with nurturing their children, especially young men, often create secure, attached, and affectionate young adults. There is also a correlation of how too much attention, over-bearing,and affection from the parent's, usually because of their starvation for affection,can cause harm to young men's self and comfort.\

    Come get on the COUCH!!! We will talk with experts in the field and of course parents who will share their stories and experiences raising Young Men and answer the question How Much is TOO much Affection and Attention? We will discuss how a parent who is capable of giving Love and Affection to their children and also able to set clear boundaries between them often produces independently whole adults.



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    Talk Back Tuesdays : Who is an Addict?

    in Self Help

    Welcome to National Recovery Month, I know your probably saying what’s that??? Thanks to the media’s priorities, the general public would not know about this annual public announcement, which is outlandish considering 1 out of every 4 teenagers drink alcohol, smoke weed or knows someone who does, and are using other illicit drug both legal and not. 

    So is there really a need to discuss the problem? Or are we ready to start learning practical approaches that will work? 

    Join us on the couch and in the classroom this month as we share some light on frequently asked questions recognizing when my child is using drugs verses is my man or woman an addict? The term addict has been tossed around so much its now void of value and meaning, like the word love. Do we really know what an addict is? 

    These next couple of weeks will be exciting, informative, and empowering as we will uncover myths about addiction, and give away as many tools as we possibly can in a 4 weeks.  We will hear powerful live testimonies from families who have been affected by drug use and addiction, and from addicts who are now in recovery living a drug free lifestyle. 

    Come Get on the COUCH!!!  As we dispel myths around Addiction; Examine the Stages and Roles Families Play in Addiction; and Learn how to Recognize Behaviors and Symptoms that Lead to Substance Abuse.  So starting TODAY!!!, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. INBOX US ON FB, TWEET TEXT EMAIL AND CALL US WITH YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL MESS OF DRUGS AND ADDICTION THAT AFFECT YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVE ONES?

  • 01:51

    Talk Back Tuesdays: Hello Grief, Goodbye Sorrow! Its a New Day

    in Self Help

    Celebrating Mothers Everyday! And what about the Baltimore mother yesterday? It's the month of May and Mothers have one day.  Women function in many roles that include, the secure, and sometimes-tumultuous task of Motherhood. Grief is a short word that describes variant degrees of loss.  It could be as simple as losing a favorite pair of shades, to disappointing a child by not keeping your word, then the ultimate losses, such as loosing a child.  The many hats of Mother (earth) can keep us moving so fast we can feel overwhelmed, emotionally burned out, and just plain ole tired.  Many of use are not able to identify grief as a source of angst, thereby unable to develop skills that allow healing of the heart.  Learning to identify grief can mean the difference between generational trauma, and having love, life, and laughter.  This week on talk back Tuesdays join 3 counselors and a couch as we begin the month of May dedicating issues of health and wellness to the Mothers of this earth.  Whether you have given birth to children, or given the responsibility of molding the mind of a child, its imperative our soil remain fertile without feeding them contaminants that pass throughout generations.  Come get on the Couch!


  • 02:01

    Talk Back Tuesdays: The Effects of Technology on the MIND!!!!

    in Self Help

    Join us as we Host 2 shows in 1 with 3 Counselors and a Couch, Catana Cairo Qween Quan and her Co-Host Juarez J Jackson as we discuss how Technology Effects the Mind we will talk on everything from nanotech to blogging.

    We will look at both the positive and negative effects of technology. What it does to our focus and concentration, memorization, insomnia, impulse control, and creativity. We will examine the neurotransmitters in the brain and how they actually respond and change over time with increased experiences and stimuli.

    It's going to be a GREAT SHOW with a 2 FOR 1. So our number never changes 347-850-8612 or 646.478.3474 with A Taste of Technology. Let's blow the phone lines up. Tuesdays 8-10 pm EST. Come Get on the COUCH!!!!