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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.

  • 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.



  • 00:39

    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.

  • 00:34

    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.

  • 00:30

    Recognizing and healing mental health issues

    in Relationships

    Today I will be discussing mental health issues and how it has effected me and my family and friends directly.   This is a very important issue and to some people their reality and it should be brought out into the open to assist people who may not be aware that there is help out there for them.  There are so many resources to get the help you need.  You do not have to suffer alone.   If you or someone you know may be in danger of committing suicide please call the following number: 

    Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


    Also the number below is for people dealing with substance abuse.  

    Need Drug/Alcohol Rehab?Call Our 24/7 Referral Helpline1-877-682-9195



  • 00:45

    Mental Health First-Aid

    in Psychology

    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.

  • 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


    in Health

    Tune in for another broadcast this week as we address the issues affecting health and wellness and disparities in the minority community 

  • 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. 

  • 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.