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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?
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.
During a visit to Florence Italy we met with a local psychotherapist, Dr. Paolo Molino. It was very interesting to get his views on mental health and the stigma surrounding seeking treatment in Italy.
We discussed his use of Gestalt Psychology, EMDR, emotional clearing for him in between client visits, and how mental illness is viewed in Italy. Paolo is fluent in English, French, and Italian which allows him to work with travelers, expats, and students.
Please enjoy the blog article here.
Dr. Paolo Molino
Via Antonio Scialoja 68
Tel: +39 3311064726
Author and mental health counselor Nina Bingham discusses Suicide Prevention. She educates not only from her academic knowledge, but shares from her own hard-won life experience in a new and profound way. In private practice since 2003, she has treated individuals and couples with a wide variety of mental health issues. Her fifth book, “Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After The Suicide of My Daughter,” is due out in early 2015. It’s the autobiographical confession of a counselor who lost her teen daughter to suicide. What she learned about love and forgiveness changed her life forever.
Topics discussed on our show are listed below. The full blog article and how to contact Nina can be found here:
We asked Nina to tell us about her work, and her new book, Once The Storm Is Over:
What is the book’s message?
What impact did your daughter’s suicide have on you?
What are some factors that have helped you overcome the grief, and were key to your healing?
If a mental healthcare professional is experiencing symptoms, or one of their family members is, what is your advice for them?
How has coming out of the mental health closet changed your life?
What can be done to address the stigma that has accompanied mental illness in the past?
If our listeners have a friend or family member who is struggling with mental illness, or if they are, what should they do?
Nina Bingham, Cht, AA, BA
Craig Lewis is a Certified Peer Specialist and author of the Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook. Craig based the Better Days workbook on his personal life and recovery, and every page has been used successfully in peer group settings. A Better Days support group facilitation guide is currently being developed as are Spanish and French language versions of the Better Days workbook.
Craig also has edited and published You’re Crazy Volume One which compiles first-hand accounts of people from the punk rock scene who live with mental health struggles, addiction and trauma. A second volume ofYou’re Crazy is currently in the works.
Craig can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please enjoy Craig's articles for our show: My Inner Human and An Interview with Craig Lewis, CPS.
Join us as we interview Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT and author of: Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You and Codependency for Dummies. On the show we discuss shame and codependency. Some questions from the show are:
1. What is internalized shame?
2. How does shame show up when treating clients?
3. What are some common defenses to shame?
4. What are clues to help spot shame in clients?
5. How does shame affect codependency and relationships?
6. How might shame and codependency affect us as health care providers?
7. How should we approach treating shame?
Please read her popular article on this topic. For more information about Darlene and her work, please visit our post here.
Darlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and expert on relationships and codependency.
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Dr. Gary Blau, Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, joined Dr. Greene this month to discuss his work in the field of mental health. Among other issues, Dr. Blau discusses the alarmingly high rate of children in need of mental health services and the much lower rate of care available. He recommends not only expanding the number of health care providers, but also expanding the thinking of who could be helpful in treating these issues. Along these lines, he introduces the idea of mental health first-aid as a critical first step in providing appropriate services to children with mental health needs. In addition, Dr. Blau discusses the importance of a strength-based treatment model and the feasibility of family-driven, youth-guided service provision.
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A different look at Mental illnesses, also called - Biological Unhappiness by Dr. Leland Heller.
I reach down deep to get to the nitty gritt, that most people dont no exist! We leave no stone unturned, and you will, see why they call us both exsperts!
So hold on to your hats, here we go with CRAZY RADIO, just a figure of speach, because the things that come out in this interview, will be CRAZY.
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.
A pleasure for all of us at everythingEHR is finding organizations that truly care about and have credibility in Behavioral Health. One of our favorite EHR vendors is ClinicTracker by JAGProducts. We had the opportunity to meet their entire team in 2014 and again in June of 2015 at their offices in New York. We want to know who the people are that work behind the scenes to bring excellent technology to our mental health providers.
Enjoy the full article here.
We asked Matthew Cullipher who wears many hats at ClinicTracker (support, sales, marketing, video production – need we go on?) to join us on Mental Health News Radio. Matt started a not-for-profit in Latin America www.peopleprojectinc.com working with their mental health population. Sharing Matt’s passion for this field and how he spends his personal time will inspire you.These are the kinds of people you want handling mental health records.
You hear through the grapevine about great people doing incredible work in Behavioral Health. People with civic-minded spirit and determined to make invaluable contributions to this sector of healthcare. People like Lisette Wright.
We were introduced to Lisette by her colleague Dr. Marlene Maheu and honored to be introduced. Of course we had to interview her for Mental Health News Radio! It was refreshing and affirming to talk to a true collaborator. We know who to bring in that will get into the specifics of ICD-10, Meaningful Use, PQRS, and large scale EHR implementations. Join us for an informative discussion about what Behavioral Health providers and agencies are NOT taking seriously and should.
Questions we asked Lisette on the show are listed below. Enjoy the full blog article HERE.
What is Behavioral Health Solutions?
How did you get into this work and why?
What are the main activities of BHS?
What types of clients have you worked with and can you describe some of your projects to date?
Why do you think change is so hard for some of your customers?
What does health care reform have to do with your approach to organizations?
Do you do anything for fun?
How did the Kisangaji Project come about?
Do you fundraise for Kisangaji?
What is important to know about you or BHS?
Our newest guest was researched and found by our Mental Health News Radio co-host Melanie Vann. This is a subject near and dear to her heart so it was important to interview one of the leading experts on Sensory Processing Disorder. Autism, and ADHD. Read the full BLOG article HERE.
Maria Rickert Hong is an author, speaker, and practitioner working with parents and children all over the United States. Through her own experiences as a parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, Maria discusses her journey aiding her family to wellness.
With personal stories as well as examples of her work with parents and children, she answers our pointed questions, offers guidance, and hope.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder? Why do you call it “Almost Autism”?
How did you become a health coach that helps parents recover their kids from neurodevelopmental disorders such as Sensory Processing Disorder, almost autism, autism and ADHD?
Tell us about your book “Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners”.
Why does my child with a neurodevelopmental disorder also have allergies, asthma, constipation or diarrhea, dark circles under his eyes, acid reflux, anxiety and/or red cheeks or ears after eating?
Why don’t most parents and practitioners know that recovery is possible from these disorders?
What about genetics – isn’t Autism Speaks looking for the genetic cause of autism?
Aren’t there more kids with autism just because doctors are diagnosing it more?
How do I go about recovering my child?
Tell us about your role at Epidemic Answers.
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