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  • 00:46

    Need Help? Why a Peer Support Group Might be Your Answer.

    in Self Help

    April 16, 2015 - LIVING A RICHER LIFE ~ Life Changing Talk Radio

    THEME: Need Help? Why a Peer Support Group Might Be Your Answer

    INTERVIEW GUESTS: Duana Wilkins, Darryl Walker and Cindy Koumoutzis

    Duana Wilkins is the Co-founder and National Executive Director of Change Addiction Now & President of Washington State C.A.N. 

    Darryl Walker is the National Assistant Executive Director of C.A.N. and Georgia State Leader. 

    Cindy Koumoutzis is the Founder, Regional Director and Ohio State Director


    Peer support for people with similar life experiences has proven to be tremendously important towards helping many move through difficult situations. These similar life experiences may include people who have lost children, people with alcohol and substance abuse problems, and etc.  In general, the value of peer support has been substantiated by the fact that people who have like experiences can better relate and can consequently offer more authentic empathy and validation. A Peer Support Group is a voluntary gathering of people with similar challenges to share experiences, reveal coping strategies and offer understanding. Tonight we will take a closer look at the peer support group concept through the eyes a newly formed organization whose mission is to embrace, educate and empower families and communities impacted by substance use disorder. Can a Peer Support Group be what you have been looking for?

  • 00:29

    Transforming a Life: the Power of Peer Support

    in Health

    In this talk, you will hear Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP Recovery Specialist and Trainer, OnTrackNY, share a first-hand account of her experience living with and recovering from Bipolar Disorder, as well as how she used this experience to help others, first as a Peer Provider in a Community Mental Health Center, and currently as a trainer of mental health professionals.  Emily will explore the definition and role of peer providers as well as her experience working in this exciting field.  Finally, she will talk about how the Center for Practice Innovations is using Peer Providers to advance their work.  The talk will be moderated by Dacia Morris, MSW, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Psychiatry Research Recruitment Liaison. Please join us for this informative discussion.

    The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) supports the New York State Office of Mental Health's mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. The CPI serves as a key resource to OMH by spreading those practices identified by OMH as most critical to accomplish OMH's system-transformation initiatives. For information about the Center for Practice Innovations please go to http://practiceinnovations.org/AboutCPI/tabid/172/Default.aspx or call 646 774-8422

  • 00:24

    What does Accreditation & Certification mean for Peer Support???

    in Self Help

    This will be part  of 2 segments.  We will discuss what Acreditation and Certification means to a Certified Peer Specialist.  Accreditation can be a way that validates the role of Peer Support. And a Certified Peer Specialist can demonstrate how dedicated they are to the field.  Calls will be accepted at 646-668-2478.

  • 01:59

    Late Night with Hero Chris Hansen and Host yvonne Smith

    in Current Events

    Chris Hansen hails from New Zealand. Her chief qualification for this work is her own lived experience of being diagnosed, treated, locked up and coerced in the mental health system. Before her official and very public promotion to this certified status, Chris worked as a manager of a Community Mental Health Service. As a result she lost her job, home, custody of a child, all her friends and much of her personal dignity and self-respect (this was a small town, and a source of much gossip). She discovered, in the process, that the real impetus and inspiration for her journey forward did not come from the people who were paid to be there, it came from the peers who sat beside her in the smoking room, where the most life-giving conversations happened. . Over the last fifteen years she has been involved in local, regional, national and international peer support and advocacy initiatives, and in mental health sector planning and politics from a service user perspective. Other roles have included leadership within the “Like Minds, Like Mine” project (NZ’s award-winning project to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness), research for the NZ Mental Health Commission, and involvement in the development of the NZ national mental health workforce development strategy. Chris was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and has served on the board of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. She played a key role in the conception and development of a peer-run crisis alternative. Chris became interested in Intentional Peer Support then years ago when looking for non-coercive ways to support one another through difficult times and crisis. She is married to Shery Mead, the founder and developer of Intentional Peer Support, and is now the director of IPS.

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  • 00:28

    Mental Health ... The Invisible Illness Call In Show

    in Self Help

    We are back ... some much needed time away and now fully refreshed. Where are you at? Do you find you need time to yourself when things just get too much. Also, Intentional Peer Support do you have experience of this, I've just finished a training course based around this and found it inspiring and I had my question answered what is the difference between Peer Support and Intentional Peer Support. The UK is catching up with this concept .. finally!  Want to know more? Photography .. do you find it helps your mood ?  I'd love you to call in and share your thoughts on any of these things or anything else you want to share :)

  • 00:34

    Promoting Economic Empowerment & Recovery through Peer Support

    in Health

    Oscar Jimenez-Solomon, MPH, Research Scientist & Research Coordinator, NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, NYS Psychiatric Institute

    Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, Wellness Institute Director, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

    Poverty and dependency are barriers to the recovery and rehabilitation of people seeking mental health recovery. Clinicians, peer providers, consumers, families, and community services must work together to help individuals achieve financial stability and wellness.

    This talk presents lessons of the Collaborative Support Programs of NJ (CSP-NJ) in providing financial services for people in mental health recovery and examples of asset-building services available in many communities. It also describes key components of a peer-facilitated economic empowerment intervention being developed by the NYSPI Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence in partnership with the Wellness Institute at CSP-NJ, the Mental Health Peer Connection (Buffalo, NY), Baltic Street (Brooklyn, NY) and other organizations providing peer and asset-building services, such as the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), the United Way of Buffalo and Western NY, and the National Disability Institute.

    For more information about the Peer Supported Economic Empowerment (PSEE) project, please contact Oscar Jimenez-Solomon at: jsolomo@nyspi.columbia.edu.

     For more information about CSP-NJ's financial services and Word Wellness Newsletter, please contact Peggy Swarbrick at: pswarbrick@cspnj.org

    For more information on the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence please go to  http://nyculturalcompetence.org/

  • 00:29

    What does Accreditation & Certification mean for Peer Support??

    in Self Help

    This will be part 1 of 2 segments.  We will discuss what Acreditation and Certification means to a Certified Peer Specialist.  Accreditation can be a way that validates the role of Peer Support. And a Certified Peer Specialist can demonstrate how dedicated they are to the field.  Calls will be accepted at 646-668-2478

  • 03:03

    Changing with the times - Hosted by Craig Sicilia

    in Current Events

    Changing with the times - with Craig Sicilia

    Sometimes we just have to change

    Hour 0


    Going to talk about the changes we are making to streamline how things operate and the budget of various programs and services, how we fund them through sponsorships, grants and donations.  Making everything balance out, and eliminating deficits and paying off our liabilities.  Brain Injury Radio is safe and funded till September 2016 at our new adjusted operations. 

    Talk about change I need to make in my person life and how this will effect some of the things I am involved in.  How I need to manage how my time is used and eliminate gaps of time that can’t be used.  How change can be hard but sometimes we need to make the changes that best fit in our personal space so that we can give all to what we are doing.  Just because we like something don’t mean we should be doing it especially if it causes your family hardships.  And how and the amount of money I make for what I do is causing my family hardships.  So big changes in my personal life.

    Hour 1

    A While back I was offered a sample of a product Eucalovthis Balm a cream, I have to say I am surprised how this cream helped with somethings that have been aching me since my rehab in 2006.  I am going to share my experience with this product as well have a representative from the company of this product to share his vision of this product  - I think you might be surprised - check them out at https://www.facebook.com/eucalovthis

    Hour 2

    Along my travels I ran into a man from Canada who wants to help people through his experiences and is willing to share his vision so we will get a chance to have a personal conversation with Brent Giroux Spider  from Sudbury, Ontario


  • 01:25

    Down and dark days of brain injury survival with Host Michael Idell

    in Education

    Many of us have hard days in life just as anyone else does but with a brain injury, coping strategies are hugely different. 

    Positive reinforcement may need to come from family, friends, and caregivers but how can we do it within ourselves?

    Emotional impacts on the brain injured have a different level than the general public but it isn't impossible to achieve rewards through positive coping strategies. Let's discuss what we do to help, ideas what may be better, and alternative measures than medication. 
    We have a weekly conference call Mondays for anyone who would like to learn about brain injury and share their stories:

    US Toll Number:
    (641) 715-3580
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    At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.




  • 03:00

    Experience Speaks It's Truth on Recovery Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Dale Johanne’s injury was the result of a car accident in which he had several serious injuries, but the worst thing that happened was the fact that he suffered a TBI. Because of the brain injury, he was unable to speak for 6 weeks after the accident.  When able to speak again, he had the maturity level of a second grader and he was 17. The accident occurred 27 years ago which allows him a perspective that few others can offer in reference to life with brain injury.  Roughly a year and a half after the accident Dale was fortunate to be able to go onto, and graduate from college. Since then he has worked extensively with individuals who have suffered Brain Injury.

    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."

    We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers.

    The front half of show is a featured guest. to join us in the discussion. The second part of the show is Open Mic and some great Indy Music, sure to inspire! Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org and www.facebook.com/braininjuryradionetwork

  • 02:48

    Child Support Does It Make U Or Break U??? Let's Talk.....

    in Entertainment

    Tonight we will be talking about child support and the pros and cons of child support.  Is child support meant to make u or break u?   Do all women/men go after child support?   Is child support meant for the child or the parent taking care of the child?  We are going to discuss these issues and so much more.  So tune in tonight from 8pm to 10pm and call in at 347-308-8813 to join in the conversation.  Let's get it yall, this is going to be a good one.

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