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What is Eating You with Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross
What a lovely person Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is and doing so much in the world to help others. We traveled around a bit during our discussion which made it all the more interesting. Our ending focus was on binge eating and how much it isn't about food. Join Dr. Ross and our host Kristin Walker for an enlightening show and we hope to have her on again! Dr. Ross completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a nationally known author, speaker and expert in the field of Eating Disorders and Integrative Medicine. Her most recent book is “The Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Workbook.” Other books include, “Healing Body, Mind and Spirit: an Integrative Medicine approach to the treatment of eating disorders” describing her own journey to healing and the miracles she found along the way. Dr. Ross has also developed a line of supplements as a result of her research, which are designed to support the recovery of patients with eating disorders, addictions and obesity.
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Empowered Empaths: Digging Deeper Into Eating Disorders
A topic we know all too well here at Mental Health News Radio: Eating Disorders. Working with men and women with this challenging disorder was a speciality of our Program Director, Melanie Vann. She joins host Kristin Walker on the show to take a deep dive into binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia.  To find out more about Melanie, visit her podcast as www.memiorsofmadness.com.  To find out more about Kristin, visit her podcast network at www.mhnrnetwork.com.
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Have No Fear: Behavioral Health Analytics Are Here With Joshua P. Morgan, PsyD
Dr. Joshua Morgan joins our host Kristin Walker after meeting at the CiBHS Health Informatics conference. Both walking in to hear Dr. Darrin Hanna's presentation on Artificial Intelligence and how it is used effectively in Behavioral Health. They decided an interview on MHNR was not only important but imperative.  Josh Morgan, PsyD is the National Director of Behavioral Health and Whole Person Care at SAS (www.sas.com). His mission is building hope and encouragement for people and this has been a priority through personal and professional experiences, including analytics and informatics, policy, therapy, education, and even the performing and creative arts.  To find out more about him visit his LinkedIn profile here. https://twitter.com/DrJosh
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SIGNS YOU’RE DEALING WITH A NARCISSISTIC “HEALER,” THERAPIST OR GURU PART II
Inspired by Shahida Arabi's incredible article 5 SIGNS YOU’RE DEALING WITH A NARCISSISTIC “HEALER,” THERAPIST OR GURU join Evelyn Ryan and Kristin Walker to discuss what you need to watch out for.  Part II of one of our best shows on this timely topic and based on real life events with toxic "healers", every person affected by the ridiculous, absurd, and dangerous emotional rapists that are the truly disordered needs to listen to this show. Evelyn Ryan is the author of Take Your Power Back: Healing Lessons, Tips, and Tools for Abuse Survivors and life coach for narcissistic abuse survivors at www.yourlifelifter.com. Kristin Walker is the host of Mental Health News Radio and CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network.
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SIGNS YOU’RE DEALING WITH A NARCISSISTIC “HEALER,” THERAPIST OR GURU PART I
Inspired by Shahida Arabi's incredible article 5 SIGNS YOU’RE DEALING WITH A NARCISSISTIC “HEALER,” THERAPIST OR GURU join Evelyn Ryan and Kristin Walker to discuss what you need to watch out for.  Part I of one of our best shows on this timely topic and based on real life events with toxic "healers", every person affected by the ridiculous, absurd, and dangerous emotional rapists that are the truly disordered needs to listen to this show. Evelyn Ryan is the author of Take Your Power Back: Healing Lessons, Tips, and Tools for Abuse Survivors and life coach for narcissistic abuse survivors at www.yourlifelifter.com. Kristin Walker is the host of Mental Health News Radio and CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network.
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Empowering Feminine Wisdom with Dr. Jalaja Bonheim
Dr. Jalaja Bonheim joins us to talk about her book The Magic of Circle Work and empowering feminine wisdom across the globe. Jalaja has trained hundreds of women leaders in the art of facilitating circle gatherings that address our hunger for more authentic communication and connection, inner peace and spaciousness. Graduates of the Circlework Training include psychologists, social workers, professionals, ministers, rabbis, business leaders and peace activists. She received her Ph.D. in English and German literature from the University of Freiburg. For two years, she taught at University of Warwick in England. Jalaja mentors women leaders from India, Afghanistan, Australia, Kenya, India, Germany and other nations, and has attracted international acclaim for her groundbreaking work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. Since 2005, she has been empowering them to serve as agents of peace in their communities. In 2010, she led the first women’s retreat ever offered in the West Bank, and in 2014, she offered the Circlework Training in the West Bank. Today, her graduates are leading circles in both Israel and Palestine. Jalaja is the founder of the Institute for Circlework, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the practice of Circlework around the world. Since its beginnings in 2001, the Institute for Circlework has supported hundreds of participants and trainees from around the world. The Institute for Circlework is almost entirely funded by the donations of women who, having experienced the healing power of Circlework, want to make it available to others. For more information, please visit www.instituteforcirclework.org.
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Reality Based Leadership According to Cy Wakeman
Cy Wakeman joins the show to discuss her Reality Based Leadership program. Cy is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 25 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results. Wakeman’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, conventional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset, one that is founded in personal accountability. What she discovered was inspiring – her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adept to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their organizations and their work, Wakeman began consulting and training. Today, she visits more than 200 companies each year, empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work. Wakeman’s newest book, No Ego, points out that Ego-driven behaviors are the #1 source of drama in workplaces today, and it’s costing organizations billions annually. The philosophy of “perfecting the environment” to create employee engagement just feeds the ego and generates huge amounts of drama and emotional waste. It is high time for a modern leadership philosophy that provides simple tools and techniques to eliminate drama from our organizations, deliver up employees who say yes to what’s next, and cultivate accountability, not engagement, to drive big business results. www.cywakeman.com
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Narcissism and the Mother Wound with Rick Belden
RIck Belden joins host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Narcissism and The Mother Wound. This is something that affects men and women greatly. We take a deep dive into the subject from the male and female perspective to offer a balanced view of this important topic. Rick's article on the subject can be found here. Rick Belden is a respected explorer and chronicler of the psychology and inner lives of men. Rick has been writing for most of his life and exploring the use of creative expression, dreamwork, personal mythology, and listening to the body as tools for self-healing since 1989. His book, Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood, is widely used in the United States and internationally by therapists, counselors, and men's groups as an aid in the exploration of masculine psychology and men's issues, and as a resource for men who grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, or neglectful family systems. Rick's books can be purchased by clicking here. In addition to his ongoing activities as a writer, Rick has been working in the information technology field for over 25 years as a software engineer/designer/developer, systems analyst, business analyst, and consultant for numerous organizations in both the public and private sector. He lives in Austin, Texas. www.rickbelden.com www.rickbeldencoaching.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Who Is the Real You?
Join Dr. Paul Meier, Melanie Vann, and Kristin Walker as they do a special episode with some homework around Who We Really Are.  Dr. Paul Meier is the founder of Meier Clinics. He is the author of over 100 books, a practicing psychiatrist, and world renowned speaker.  Melanie Vann is the host of Memoirs of Madness and the Program Director for Mental Health News Radio Network. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the founder of MHNR Network, Host of Mental Health News Radio, and CEO of everythingEH
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HIOs and Behavioral Health with Lyman Dennis, PhD
Lyman Dennis, PhD joins us at the www.cibhs.org Health Informatics conference to talk about his presentation. He is the Executive Director of Connect Healthcare. Their goal is to provide seamless health information among providers, facilities and patients to enhance the safety and effectiveness of healthcare across their service area. All health data in their community is electronic, accurate This consistently coded and is available to every treating provider at the point of care and to the treated patient. The North Bay (California) combines agricultural (especially wine-growing), local commercial and commuting populations. Of the 1.2 million people in the four counties, some 25% receive healthcare through Medi-Cal and 15% through Medicare.
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What's App With Social Media in Europe with Dr. Paolo Molino
Our friend Dr. Paolo Molino joins us to talk about social media and it's use in Europe especially the application What's App. Paolo is fluent in English, French, and Italian which allows him to work with travelers, expats, and students.   Dr. Paolo Molino Via Antonio Scialoja 68 Tel: +39 3311064726 E-mail: paolomolino@gmail.com web: www.paolomolino.com
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Depression Treatment: The Ketamine Connection with Dr. Steven Levine
Dr. Steven Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist based in Princeton, NJ.  In 2010, dissatisfied with the current state of psychiatric medication treatment, Dr. Levine founded Ketamine Treatment Centers. This was the world’s first, and now largest and most experienced, group of centers dedicated to rapidly-acting, cutting edge treatment of depression, anxiety, and pain disorders.  We have now changed our name to Actify Neurotherapies to reflect our mission to improve mental health through the safe delivery of researched, proven, and innovative care.  For more information click here.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
From the Mayo clinic's website: Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. But if your child or teenager has a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).  This can carry over into adulthood. Join Dr. Paul Meier, Melanie Vann, and Kristin Walker as they discuss this disorder in children and adults. Dr. Paul Meier is the founder of Meier Clinics. He is the author of over 100 books, a practicing psychiatrist, and world renowned speaker.  Melanie Vann is the host of Memoirs of Madness and the Program Director for Mental Health News Radio Network. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the founder of MHNR Network, Host of Mental Health News Radio, and CEO of everythingEHR.
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The Trauma Therapist Project with Guy Macpherson, PhD
Guy Macpherson, PhD. has dedicated himself to the study of trauma, post-traumatic growth, and most recently, the intersection of trauma and psychosis, specifically the signs of early psychosis. His inspiration comes from working with the courageous individuals determined to learn and find meaning from the trials they have endured. As a result of these experiences he has focused his energy on the study of trauma psychology and trauma therapy, and most recently the creation of a business,The Trauma Therapist Project, along with the Trauma Therapist | Podcast and membership site, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, which brings together seasoned professionals in the fields of trauma, addiction, mindfulness and yoga, to educate and inspire those just beginning their trauma-informed education.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Good Grief
Kristin Walker, Melanie Vann, and Dr. Paul Meier on another round table discussion. This time we talk about grief. What are the 5 stages and how do we practice them? Is there such a thing as "Good Grief"? Kristin Walker, Melanie Vann, and Dr. Paul Meier on another round table discussion about grief. What are the 5 stages and how do we practice or what is "Good Grief"?  Dr. Paul Meier is the founder of Meier Clinics, the best selling author of over 100 books, a world renowned speaker, and practicing psychiatrist.  Melanie Vann has her masters degree in counseling, is the host of Memoirs of Madness, and Program Director of Mental Health News Radio Network. Kristin Walker is the founder of Mental Health News Radio Network and host of Mental Health News Radio. For more information click here.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Eating Disorders
Dr. Paul Meier joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker to talk about Eating Disorders. Many people don't understand the amount of mental anguish is involved with an eating disorder. We talk about the facts and feelings around the often misunderstood diagnosis. Dr. Paul Meier is the founder of Meier Clinics, the best selling author of over 100 books, world renowned speaker, and practicing psychiatrist.  Melanie Vann has her masters degree in counseling, is the host of Memoirs of Madness, and Program Director of Mental Health News Radio Network. Kristin Walker is the founder of Mental Health News Radio Network and host of Mental Health News Radio. For more information click here.
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How Can Arabian Horses Help Mental Health Patients?
Lynda Kaufmann, Director of Government and Public Affairs, joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by CiBHS.org to discuss Psynergy Programs, Inc and their unique approach to mental healthcare. Psynergy Programs operates with the shared belief that recovery happens, especially when a cohesive set of supports and services are available to support and sustain it.  Based in Morgan Hill, California, the organization has grown from one facility to three over the last four years, with a fourth now in development. Each campus offers clinical and residential services in a safe and supported residential area. This way, we can emphasize the best elements of a community-living experience for individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges. Their use of Arabian horses to work with mental health patients is groundbreaking work. To find out more about this program click here.
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In the Line of Fire: First Responders and Mental Health
Rescue the Rescuer host, Stephen Kavalkovich, introduced us to first responders Ben Vernon and Jared Cheselske. We sat down for a live interview to discuss their journey as fire fighters and first responders who are advocating for everyone in their field to take mental health seriously.  On June 24, 2015, Ben Vernon's life changed. While responding to a “routine medical assistance” call, he was stabbed multiple times by a bystander. The incident and the ensuing ordeal left Ben with a changed perspective. Ben shares his story so that others, who may be going through a similar situation, can know that what they are experiencing is not their fault and that they are not alone. He wants others to know the impact this kind of event can have on a person, and how best to help someone who is going through crisis. Jared Cheselske sits down for the first interview he's done on radio to discuss the multiple trauma's he's endured in his career and how they eventually took their tole on his mental well being. His story is like many other first responders who don't have appropriate access to mental healthcare or understanding around how to effectively handle the stress of their work.  Full article here.  
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American Society of Addiction Medicine: ASAM with Brendan McEntee
Brendan McEntee joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by CiBHS.org.  Brendan McEntee is Director, Quality and Science, at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), where he is responsible for the association’s clinical guidelines and scientific publications. Brendan has more than six years of experience working in associations. He graduated from Wesleyan University with Honors and a degree in the College of Letters. At ASAM, he is focused on helping addiction clinicians leverage technology, clinical data and guidelines to support quality care and clinical services. He previously worked at American Bikes and the National Complete Streets Coalition as a Federal Policy Fellow..or www.asam.org
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Consumer Affairs and Policy Innovation in Behavioral Health: SAMHSA
Brian Altman and Keris Jan Myrick joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by CiBHS.org.  Brian Altman, J.D. is the Director, Division of Policy Innovation, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation with SAMHSA. As part of the Administrator’s Executive Leadership Team, lead a division that collaborates with a range of internal and external partners. Help develop and implement the agency’s strategic plan and budget, facilitates policy processes, supports SAMHSA leadership, and manages special projects to further SAMHSA’s mission. Help drive policy innovation in the field of behavioral health. Develop appropriate responses to policy inquiries from HHS, other federal agencies, the White House and external stakeholders.  Keris Jän Myrick is the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA. The Office of Consumer Affairs supports the inclusion of Peer/Consumer perspectives and issues throughout the agency and supports such programs as the Voice Awards, SAMHSA Wellness Initiatives and Wellness Week, Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center and the Recovery to Practice Project. Ms. Myrick has a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University.  www.samhsa.gov  
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Privacy and Regulations in Behavioral Health with Lucia Savage
Lucia Savage joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by CiBHS.org to discuss privacy and regulations in the behavioral health industry. Savage’s career has spanned healthcare across the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Most recently, she served as Chief Privacy Officer at the   U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  At ONC, Lucia and her team advised the National Coordinator, HHS offices, and other federal agencies about appropriate electronic health information privacy and security policies and technologies. Issues included HIPAA, state privacy law, research on human subjects, the Privacy Act, and security engineering. In that role, Savage collaborated regularly with other federal and state agencies; independent commissions including the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commissions; and foreign countries. Prior to joining ONC, Lucia served as the Senior Associate General Counsel at United Healthcare, where she supervised a team that represented United on its work with large data transactions related to health information exchanges, healthcare transparency projects, academic research, and other data-driven health care innovation projects. Lucia has a B.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law in May 1989, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif. She is a Member of the State Bar of California. www.omadahealth.com www.cibhs.org
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Streamlining EHR Technology in Behavioral Health with Ted Wright
Ted Wright joins our host Kristin Walker at the The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held by CiBHS.org. Streamline Healthcare Solutions is an exhibitor at the event. Ted joins Streamline with over twenty years of healthcare management experience. He has led both clinical and sales teams, and is completely focused on producing tangible results for the health and human services market. Prior to joining Streamline, Ted worked in numerous leadership roles including National Sales Director and Regional Vice President for some of the largest software vendors in the health and human services market. Ted has over fifteen years of experience in software, as well as an additional six years of experience in direct care management where he managed logistical coordination of rehabilitation services for multi-independence level, thirty-bed facility. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology along with a Masters in Health Administration. www.streamlinehealthcare.com
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Trauma-Informed Services and Suicide Prevention Efforts with Cheryl Sharp
Cheryl Sharp joins us at National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference #NatCon18 to discuss her presentation and role with the council.  Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF is an Exclusive Consultant to the National Council for Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Services and Suicide Prevention Efforts.  As part of the trauma-informed care (TIC) team, Cheryl works nationally to facilitate TIC Learning Communities and is a content expert on trauma, resilience and TIC implementation.  Her role as Exclusive Consultant for Suicide Prevention is to work nationally with National Council partners engaged in moving the needle on preventing suicide.  Cheryl is a person in long term recovery from mental health and addiction challenges.  She is a nine time suicide attempt survivor who believes that understanding what happened to people changes the conversation from what is wrong with them.  Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and is passionate about the fact that people can and do recover and go on to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Prior to becoming an exclusive consultant for the National Council, Cheryl started and led all of the National Council’s trauma-informed initiatives.  She led On Our Own of Maryland’s Statewide Consumer Networks as the WRAP Outreach Coordinator and was the Executive Director of the STAR Process located in Arizona as well as serving on their Board of Directors.  Sharp received her BA in Psychology and a BA in Women’s Studies, followed by her Masters Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in North Carolina. She has done hospice social work which is also one of her ongoing passions. https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cheryl-sharp/
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Federal Legislation in Behavioral Health with Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Dr. Ron Manderscheid joins Kristin Walker to discuss his presentation at the 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition in May 2018.  Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support.  Concurrently, he is Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Cosmos Club, the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute,  the Council on Quality and Leadership, the NASMHPD Research Institute, and the Nation Register of Health Service psychologists. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.    www.cibhs.org www.nacbhd.org
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From Columbine to Parkland: A Conversation About School Violence
Dr. Santopietro joins host Kristin Walker to discuss the panel presentation he moderated at The National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference #NatCon18. Dr. Santopietro is the new President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital. He graduated from Yale University, Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He serves on multiple national boards including the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council of the Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. He was president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society in 2012 where he earned an award for his leadership during the Sandy Hook tragedy. Dr. Santopietro was appointed by governors in both North Carolina and Connecticut to serve on mental health commissions and co-chaired a task force on mental health convened by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.  
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Immigrant Behavioral Health with Pierluigi Mancini, PhD
Pierluigi Mancini, PhD is one of the presenters at the 2018 National Council of Behavioral Health conference speaking about the need for a multicultural focus in behavioral health. El Doctor Mancini is a platform created to manifest change in access to services for those afflicted with mental health and substance use disorders. We will advocate to correct and change current policies, laws, rules and regulations that create barriers for those with limited English proficiency and/or different cultural understanding of behavioral health. www.eldoctormancini.com
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Creating the Film - Suicide: The Ripple Effect with Greg Dee Dicharry
Greg Dee Dicharry is at the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference to support the film Suicide: The Ripple Effect with co-producer and co-director Kevin Hines. Greg is a native of Louisiana who in 1993 moved to Hollywood and began living his vision of working in the film industry. Several years later that career path was derailed by mental illness and drug addiction. For the last 9 years he has been leading one of the nation’s leading youth programs focused on empowering young people with mental health, substance abuse and foster care challenges. Since 2010 Greg has been combining these two passions and has produced, directed and edited numerous mental health related PSA's and videos designed to educate and inspire. In his previous film career Greg held a variety of positions including production assistant, assistant director, director, and producer on independent, and major studio feature films, music videos, commercials, and short films. Greg has produced, and directed numerous commercials, film, and video projects including the TV pilot  Tribe TV, which received a regional EMMY Award. He produced Heroin the Real Deal, a prevention film featuring surviving members of the band Sublime. Go Cat Go - an EPK for music legend Carl Perkins, and a 35mm music video. Greg has continued to sharpen his producing skills by producing large scale youth festivals MY Fest, and other community events throughout the country. He has produced 20 MY Fest events nationally with budgets totaling over five hundred thousand dollars. They have attracted over 50,000 attendees and reached thousands more via social media and news coverage from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, COX and Comcast TV affiliates, as well as numerous major radio networks.
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Never Stop Believing with Craig Hedley
Villa Director of Community Partnerships Craig Hedley is known all over Richmond for his work with children and youth.  Having served as Hermitage High School track coach for 13 years and at St. Joseph’s Villa for 30 years, Hedley’s caring and good-humored spirit has changed countless lives.  For this reason, Hedley was recently recognized in CBS 6’s weekly “Heroes Among Us.” As Director of Community Partnerships, Hedley is often the first point of contact in aiding families in crisis or in need of help. Learn more about Craig in this video on the CBS 6 website. Craig Hedley joined many of the 5,000 visitors to that annual conference of The National Council for Behavioral Health.  www.neverstopbelieving.org www.thenationalcouncil.org www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Helping Our Teenagers in Today's World: Erin Lawler - Goodness Chick
Erin Lawler of Goodness Chick joins us to discuss her podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network: Goodness Chick. She discusses the journey of parenting as we go through the process of parenting teens, the trends they face, and family dynamics.Goodness Chick is focused on relaying relevant issues that pertain to parenting teens, family dynamics as well as addressing mental health issues. Knowledge is power. Whether it be depression, prescription pill addiction or the challenges of being a single parent; each of us face our own challenges. When we collaborate the journey seems less daunting. www.goodnesschick.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Enlightenment
Join Dr. Paul Meier, Melanie Vann, and Kristin Walker for a round table discussion on what it means to live a conscious life - an enlightened life. Dr. Meier is the founder of The Meier Clinics, Best Selling author of over 100 books, and practicing psychiatrist.  Dr. Meier's heart lies in helping people all over the world. He is a nationally renowned speaker and has been in many countries throughout the world, including: Israel, Greece, Cuba, Peru, France, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Turkey. www.meierclinics.com
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Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough with Dr. Manejwala
Dr. Omar Manejwala and Kristin Walker discuss his presentation at The National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference. Addiction is a treatable disease. But we need to break down barriers to care and make effective treatment the path of least resistance. Omar Manejwala applies his background in psychiatry, addiction medicine, leadership and organizational development to tackle this national crisis. His ability to translate complex medical issues into understandable terms has led to national television appearances and quotes in leading print media. In his best-selling book, Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough, Dr. Manejwala explores how and why our brain drives behavior, how to change the part of our brain that fuels our cravings, the warning signs that craving is evolving into addiction and why craving is the most difficult component of addiction.    www.manejwala.com  
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Think:Kids - Collaborative Problem Solving with Dr. J. Stuart Ablon
Dr. Stuart Ablon joins host Kristin Walker to discuss his parcipitation and presentation at The National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference. J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon is author of the books Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone Change, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  
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Improving The Business of Behavioral Health: Percy Howard, III, LCSW
Percy Howard joins host Kristin Walker to discuss how CiBHS is transforming the business side of behavioral healthcare. We will be podcasting from their conference The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition held near San Diego, California May 2nd through 3rd, 2018.  Percy Howard, LCSW is the President and CEO of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Over the past five years, Percy has been a key player and leader in California’s drive to implement recovery-oriented and family-directed Evidence-Based Practice. During the course of his 32 year work history, Percy has worked for County Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Systems, Private healthcare providers, Non-Profit CBOs and in Juvenile Justice Settings. This experience has served him well in his current role as a leader in one of California’s premier Training and Implementation and Systems Improvement Organizations. In his free time, Percy is a competition licensed Racing Driver as well as a singer and composer who has recorded and performed with members of Living Color, King Crimson and Guns N Roses. www.cibhs.org Read the full article here.
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Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist: Discovering Your True Self
Join Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi and Kristin Walker for a deep discussion about how vital self-care is after narcissistic abuse. Taking the time to slow down your life after it's been in such turmoil being involved with an emotional predator is a difficult but one of the greatest paths to post traumatic growth. Linda's new book Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist is available on Amazon and her website. Her work involves helping individuals who have suffered from the cruelties of narcissistic abuse to heal, restore and restart their lives along new pathways of freedom, creativity, restoration and transformation. She is a licensed psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an expert on the Narcissistic Personality.  She offers international telephone consultation to clients who are dealing with and suffering from psychological and emotional abuse by narcissistic personalities. Clients find that telephone consultation is an excellent way for them to begin the process of recovering from the narcissist so that they can move forward as unique individuals with the full use of their creative energies and gifts. They experience a strength, balance and calmness in their lives that they richly deserve.
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Working In Trauma: A First Responder's Journey with Sean Conohan
Join host Kristin Walker with fellow podcaster Sean Conohan of TemaTalks. Two podcasters sharing their journey with trauma and what Sean’s experience has been being on duty as an emergency services worker. Being the first person to help other’s in pain can take its toll on anyone who chooses to be a first responder. Sean talks about his experiences. How the work finally reached a tipping point in terms of his physical and mental well-being. He also shares his journey with podcasting. Sean Conohan (formerly of Uptalk Podcast) chips away at the stigma associated with mental illness in the first responder world, one inspirational guest at a time. The #TemaTalks Podcast is brought to you by The Tema Conter Memorial Trust – Canada’s leading provider of peer support, family assistance, education and training for our emergency services, public safety, military personnel, and their families. Read the full article here.  
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The Gaslight Effect with Dr. Robin Stern
Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. Robin holds a doctorate in applied psychology from New York University and a postdoctoral certificate in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She is on the faculty of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she co-teaches a class on emotional intelligence. Robin is a co-developer of RULER, as well as a co-creator and a lead facilitator for Yale’s Institutes. At the Center, Robin is a principal investigator for the RULER for Parents project, which aims to increase parent involvement in children’s emotional intelligence education. She also works on High School RULER, adapting the curriculum for older students, and on a project to explore the intersection of self-awareness, emotion, and the arts. In collaboration with Facebook, she created a reporting process for cyberbullying incidents and a help center for bullied children. She is currently analyzing the data from that project to gain a deeper understanding of cyberbullying. Robin serves on the advisory board of Crisis Text Line, I”ll Go First, and Project Rebirth, is a member of the Emotionally Intelligence Consortium, and has authored three books. She is a founding member of the Woodhull Institute, where she spent 15 years creating and facilitating development programs for women leaders. She has been a guest on many local and national radio shows and has traveled widely to lecture on emotional intelligence. In 2014-15 Dr. Stern was a fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship, which led to publications in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Time.com, etc. www.robinstern.com
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What Your Handwriting Says About You Or An Emotional Abuser
Mr. DeWitt is a professional Graphologist and a certified Graphoanalyst, who shows how you can get a grasp of the fundamental rules of handwriting analysis and find out about yourself and others. Since his early years in the US Army, he has been lecturing publicly on handwriting analysis to organizations, clubs, schools and colleges. The book you are now reading represents more than eight years of research on the part of the author, including talks on ‘discovering your vocational potential’ by applying handwriting analysis to high school and college students across New England. Visit his website and purchase his book here.  
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Borderline Personality Disorder: I Am Not Ashamed With Ross Trowbridge
Ross Trowbridge joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Borderline Personality Disorder and #Project I Am Not Ashamed.  Ross Trowbridge has Borderline Personality Disorder and is not ashamed. Having mental illness most of his life, he speaks publicly about his struggles and successes through blogs, podcasts and the media to keep the conversation going about mental illness. His goal is to educate and inspire others and help stop the mental health stigma, one person at a time. You can follow Ross on Twitter @bpdinwaterloo or email him atborderlineinwaterloo@gmail.com. https://borderlineinwaterl.wixsite.com/projectiamnotashamed  
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The Clinical Christian Relaunch on MHNR Network with Dr. Lisa Day
Join one of the regular hosts of www.theclinicalchristian.com, Dr. Lisa Day, discussing her career as an registered nurse and clinical psychologist. She shares her love of the mental health profession and her work with Meier Clinics.  Lisa Day, RN, PhD has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, behavioral/medical issues, addiction, relationship struggles, interpersonal boundary concerns, work/life balance, major life adjustments, divorce recovery, crisis, grief, forgiveness, and loss. She has worked in a variety of settings, including working with adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient programs as well as working as a coach in assisting individuals to identify and reach their full potential in their social and occupational endeavors. Dr. Day is an expert in assisting clients to develop healthy boundaries, integrating healthy communication skills, and utilizing mindfulness in applying healthy coping skills to deal with the stressors contributing to their challenge. Dr. Day works with eating disorders ranging from anorexia and bulimia to compulsive overeating.  In addition to being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Day is also a licensed registered nurse. This allows her to treat the whole person and understand how various stressors affect people both physically and emotionally.  www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Driving Your Dopamine: The Social Networking Effect with Jonathan Bertrand
Join the founder of The Global Touch Foundation and host of The Social Networking Effect podcast, Jonathan Bertrand, discussing how social media is impacting our mental well-being. Your host, Kristin Walker, talks to Jonathan about addiction to social media, how to use it for good work in the world, and why healthy breaks are necessary.  They discuss the one year marker since making history at National Council of Behavioral Health in 2017, introducing Social Media Awareness and the effect on Mental Health. Kristin is the founder of MHNR Network, the first network of its type to focus solely on Mental Health. Jonathan is the first globally to speak on Social Media Awareness utilizing the MHNR Network platform to reach as many around the world as possible. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Struggle Well, Live Well with Ken Falke
Ken Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer.  Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.   Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members, and he is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16 years of war.  Ken is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M.  In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. www.strugglewell.com  
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When Your Mind Feels Like A Prison with Johnny Crowder
Johnny Crowder began exhibiting symptoms of mental illness at the ripe young age of 3, and it didn't let up for a decade or two. His abuse-ridden adolescence was sprinkled with suicidal thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and some pretty eye-catching acne. In short, it wasn’t pretty—and neither was he. Crowder pursued a degree in psychology from UCF—that is, until his band, Dark Sermon, got signed and he left campus to tour the universe. Although he finished his degree on the road, he learned more about the human psyche through his travels than he ever could in a classroom. After years of intense therapy and heavy medication, Crowder is now functioning healthily without the use of either. In their place, he's developed effective strategies that allow him to maintain a sound mind and body throughout his journeys with his new band, Prison, whose music addresses his difficult past and encourages others to persevere. www.copenotes.com https://www.facebook.com/prisonfl
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Welcome Dr. Mark Leeds: The Rehab Podcast
Dr. Mark Leeds joins us with The Rehab, a new podcast on our network that is about overcoming drug addiction. The topics range from medical treatment to spiritual fellowships and psychotherapy. Other forms of therapy will be explored as well. The underlying theme is that everyone is different and we cannot apply a single method of treatment to all people and expect it to work. Listening carefully to what works and does not work for an individual, treating people with respect and understanding that behaviors caused by addiction are the result of a medical condition are important. Patients presenting for treatment of addiction should be addressed with caring, compassion and understanding. Dr. Leeds runs a micro medical practice by the beach in Fort Lauderdale, providing concierge medical care to the residents of the Galt Ocean Mile. He also provides medication assisted treatment (MAT) for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction. Opioids and opiates include heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl and many prescription analgesics. www.drleeds.com
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Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist
Our guests join host Kristin Walker to discuss their collaboration as therapist and client, as well as, co-authoring a book together about that journey. Their book Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist is available on Amazon. Geri Henderson, PhD considers herself, first and foremost, a teacher and mentor but loves her rolesas sister, aunt, and friend. Geri hastaught music privately and in a US university but has taught in universities all over the world. Her interests include a passion for music. She is currently teaching literatureand writing Germany for the University of Maryland University College. Seanne Larson Emerton, L.M.F.T., L.I.M.H.P., has been in private practice for over twenty five years and is the owner of a group counseling practice and EAP called Family Resources of Greater NE, P.C. She enjoys her work as a marriage and familytherapist and a strategic life coach. She especially appreciates the power of working with systems, whetherfamily or organizational, using emotional intelligence assessment andcoaching. She enjoys yoga, music, traveland time with her sons and families in Boston and Denver. She and her husband, Tom, live on the landher great great grandfather homesteaded. Family is her greatest joy.  http://healingincest.squarespace.com
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The Animal Effect On Mental Health with Adam Clark, LCSW, AASW
Finally it's here! The Animal Effect podcast with host Adam Clark on Mental Health News Radio Network. Adam and our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, talk about animals and mental health, empathy, life, you name it!  Adam Clark, LCSW, AASW is a published writer, educator, and adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Adam focuses his work on the psychology behind the human-animal bond, specializing in endings and transitions. He is passionate about reducing the cultural stigma associated with pet loss, supporting pet owners, and educating veterinary professionals. Additional information on Adam and his current projects can be found at www.lovelosstransition.com. Adam is also a very popular writer for Psychology Today. www.theanimaleffect.com
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The Italian Perspective: Codependency and Dependency with Dr. Paolo Molino
Join our cohost and guest Dr. Paolo Molino from his office in Florence, Italy as we discuss Codependency and Dependency. What is the difference? How relationships can dip in and out of both?How does narcissism play a role?And more.... 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 E-mail: paolomolino@gmail.com web: www.paolomolino.com
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Deep Mindfulness Collective with Rakhel Shapiro
Rakhel Shapiro has over a decade of dedicated mindfulness practice in the insight meditation and Unified Mindfulness traditions. Her approach draws from Shinzen Young’s "four quadrants" of practice: to appreciate self and world, transcend self and world, transform self and world, and express the benefits of practice in our thoughts, words, and actions. She balances an insight/liberation driven focus with cultivation of deep caring, empowering students to transcend unnecessary suffering, and nourish connected and meaningful lives. Rakhel specializes in one-on-one Meditation Mentorship for emotional and relational intelligence, living by authentic values, and deep insight practice. Her work is informed by specialized training in attachment-oriented mindfulness practices and Motivational Interviewing. Rakhel is a certified Meditation Mentor through Mettagroup and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and a teacher in Shinzen's Unified Mindfulness system. She holds a BA with Highest Honors from Vassar College, and is currently a PhD student in clinical psychology at Long Island University - Brooklyn. https://deepmindfulness.io
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Mental Health and The New Senior Man with Dr. Thelma Reese
What a delight this discussion was with Dr. Thelma Reese, author of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life and author of The New Senior Man. She wrote the follow up book to satisfy the numerous requests from men who wanted their own book.   Thelma Reese, Ed. D., retired professor of English and of Education, created the Advisory Council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the '90's. In that role, and as director of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. She was a founder of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, chaired the Board of Children’s Literacy Initiative, and organized the World Symposium on Family Literacy at UNESCO in Paris in 1994. She is co-author, with Barbara M. Fleisher, of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2013 and The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2017. They created the blog www.ElderChicks.com in 2012. Thelma lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Harvey Reese, the author of several books, including How to License Your Million Dollar Idea (John Wiley, publisher), and an artist.
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Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy In An Overwhelmed World with Lucille Zimmerman
Join our host Kristin Walker with author and counselor Lucille Zimmeran discussing her wonderful book and how trauma impacts your entire life.  Lucille Zimmerman has a passion to help hurting people. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO. She taught psychology and counseling courses at Colorado Christian University and is the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. She lives in Colorado with her husband, and her favorite place is anywhere she can put her feet on her husband’s lap and talk about the day.  www.lucillezimmerman.com  
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My Fair Junkie: Real and Raw with Author Amy Dresner
Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog entitled “Coming Clean.” “My Fair Junkie” is her debut book. She joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker for candid talk about her journey through addiction. www.amydresner.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Mediators Beyond Borders: President and CEO Prabha Sankaranarayan
Join hosts Radhika Iyer and Melanie Vann for an interview with Prabha Sankaranarayan, the President and CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders, www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org, an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. A conflict transformation practitioner who has mediated, facilitated and trained in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, her public and private sector work includes conflict analysis for public/private partnerships, consultation & assessment for industrial development zones, design and implementation of trainings for multinational corporations; inter faith dialogues as well as facilitation of multi-stakeholder mediations.  Prabha is actively involved in regional, national and international civic activities focused on civil liberties, sexual violence prevention, conflict mitigation & mediation and the recovery & rehabilitation of trauma survivors. She is an Adjunct Professor at Washington and Jefferson College. She trains and delivers presentations (nationally and internationally) on the impact of family and community violence, the intersection of trauma and peacebuilding, restorative justice, conflict resolution, mediation and transitional justice.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Toxic People
Another interesting show with Dr. Paul Meier, Melanie Vann, and Kristin Walker on how to deal with toxic people (energy vampires, narcissists, etc.). We ask the questions: Are we behaving toxically? Is this a difficult time in our own lives and adding stress to the people we love? The answer can definitely be yes for everyone. For most people, however, they are loved through these times because their friends and family realize this is short term. The person is experiencing pain and has a history of going to therapy, working on their issues, and evolving into a more peaceful version of themselves.  With some this is a life long pattern with a refusal to take responsibility for their toxic behavior. It's everyone else's fault. It's their depression or other ailments. They are allergic to being at fault and accepting wrong doing. In this case, it is necessary to step away from the relationship especially if it has become abusive. Sometimes letting them go by holding up hard boundaries is the healthiest thing you can do for your own self-care.  www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetworks.com
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The We In Me: Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder with Erika Reva
Erika Reva is a writer and mental health speaker, who until recent years worked as a photographer. She has always been apart of the arts in some capacity. She lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, OCD & other mental illnesses that accompany DID. Her and her parts strive to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, specifically trauma based disorders. She works with various groups and individuals on an ever growing global scale spreading awareness about DID, in an attempt to alter (only a little pun intended) the stigmatizing beliefs surrounding dissociative disorders. “It took far too long and is unfathomable to me that people, like myself, living with DID are often cast aside or re-traumatized while on their respective journeys to recovery. It’s asinine. No more!” Now with the help of her parts and support system they’re applying their own experiences to written word and in the realm of public speaking with the goal that others living with DID will have their voices heard. She has written a seven week course, Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, to share her experiences and the dozens of stories she has consent to share from people living with this disorder who are still not being helped or otherwise unsafe and unable to share it personally. It is for herself, her parts and the endless number of people who reach out to her and others like her whom do speak openly and share glimpses of their lives that they created “Living DID Talks” and have now deepened the conversations and transformed these speaking engagements into a course. www.theweinme.com
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Making It Out In The World with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dr. William Killion
Dr. Killion stopped by the media room at Converge Autism by Springbrook Behavioral Health to discuss his work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and why this field has been his inspiration that continues to this day! Dr. Killion possesses 40 plus years of direct experience with individuals with developmental disabilities including autism. He possesses a B.S. in Speech Pathology with a minor in Psychology, a M.Ed. in Special Education and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He is the author of the Functional Independence Skills Handbook or F.I.S.H. Developmental Program. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Listening to the Needs of the Autistic Child with Jeff Cohn
Jeff Cohn works diligently with Springbrook Behavioral Health and is a popular presenter at their Converge Autism conference. He joins us again to discuss a new program he created and the importance of listening to the needs of the autistic child. With a BS and MS in Occupational Therapy, Jeff has a deep well of educational professional experience. As lead OT in a pediatric development outpatient clinic, lead OT in CA school districts, experience in long and short term rehab facilities, and now with experience in the Autism Program at Springbrook Behavioral Health, Jeff brings a wide range of real-world patient and clinical experience with a specialization in Autism. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Brain Balance: Creating Synergy in the Brains of Autistic Children
Dr. Victoria Naumann joins us live from the Converge Autism conference by Springbrook Behavioral Health in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the Executive Director & Owner of Greenville's Brain Balance center and an exhibitor of this event. She stops by the media room to discuss how her center works with all children including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Naumann became part of the Brain Balance team in 2008 .  Her background in health care as a chiropractic neurologist and the training she has had with Dr. Robert Melillo led her leave the health care field and focus on children with challenges.  She has never looked back and seeing children go from can’t do to can do during their sessions at Brain Balance is the reason. Along with being part of the Greenville, Charlotte and Cornelius Brain Balance Centers Dr. Naumann also enjoys her family, being outside with horses, and furthering her knowledge about neurology.  www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Round Table Discussions: Privacy Violations in the Age of Social Media
Join us for an impromtu podcast about the dangers we see in behavioral health regarding patient privacy. Stephen Kavalkavich of Rescue the Rescuer, Dr. John Huber of Mainstream Mental Health and Brian Cuban (Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Advocate and Best-Selling Author of The Addicted Lawyer) join our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, to discuss how social media can become a nest of patient rights violations.  Using possible examples from real life each guest dissects how one post can shame someone in a very delicate place in their lives struggling with addiction and mental health issues. What can this do to the person seeking help? How does this affect any business possibly associated with the violation of patient rights? Is there a difference between sharing a history of abuse at the hands of others and sharing information about someone's addiction? www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Autism Treatment from the Inside Out: Mike Rowley, CEO
Mike Rowley joins us live at Converge Autism to discuss the advocacy and self-education parents have gained as services were not available. He is the CEO at SpringBrook Behavioral Health. SpringBrook is 112 psychiatric hospital offering short term acute psychiatric services for adults, long term services for children with behavioral and psychiatric issues and long term services for children with Autism.
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Autism: A Mother's Journey Advocating with South Carolina Autism Society
Kimberly Kizito stopped by the media room where Mental Health News Radio was broadcasting podcasts live from the 2nd annual Converge Autism conference with Springbrook Behavioral Health. Kim serves as an advocate for parents of children with autism. She works closely with parents by attending school IEP and 504 meetings to ensure proper accommodations for the child. She is a parent mentor for the South Carolina Autism Society. 
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Autism: Recreation Therapy with Rachel Groesser, CTRS
Rachel Groesser is a recreational therapist with Beacon Speech Pathology Sensory Learning Center. She stopped by Mental Health News Radio in the media room at the Converge Autism conference by Springbrook Behavioral Health. She and host, Kristin Walker, discussed why she became a recreation therapist and what drew her to the field of behavioral health. Beacon joined this amazing venue as an exhibitor of this fast growing conference in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Autism: Applying Adaptive Skills for Real Life with Celine Saulnier, PhD
Live at the 2nd annual Converge Autism conference by Springbrook Behavioral Health we speak with Dr. Celene Saulnier. Celene is one of the presenters at the conference. Celene is with Marcus Autism Center. Dr. Saulnier obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ami Klin. After her postdoc, Dr. Saulnier joined the Yale faculty, where she became both the Clinical Director and the Training Director for the Autism Program, managing and supervising multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from infancy through young adulthood.  At Marcus Autism Center, Dr. Saulnier is the Director of the Clinical Assessment Core for the NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) grant, overseeing clinical and diagnostic evaluations on infants and toddlers with and at risk for ASD. In addition to her research on early detection, Dr. Saulnier’s research focuses on profiles of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorder, particularly on the discrepancy between cognitive ability and the application of functional skills to daily contexts and routines. 
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THE Device for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia with President Chip Fisher
Listeners - We started using it. Our podcasters are excited. We love products and services that actually help aid in mental well being. Listen to our host, Kristin Walker, as she interviews the President of Fisher Wallace, Chip Fisher. They talk about this powerful device. This is NOT a boring technology show (not that we think behavioral health technology is boring). This is straight talk about something that should be utilized with every person suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and more. Chip is honest about his own struggles with depression and he also uses the device himself.  For twenty years now, Fisher Wallace Laboratories has been working to improve the awareness of cranial electrotherapy stimulation in the medical community and to reduce dependencies on medications. To that end, the company, led by founder Chip Fisher, has marketed its Cranial Stimulator, a drug-free device available through prescription from any health practitioner licensed for electrotherapy in the United States, since 1991. The FDA-sanctioned device treats anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression using micro-current frequencies that are said to increase the natural ability of neural cells in the brain to produce various neurotransmitters that help to normalize mood and sleep. These neurotransmitters also lower the cortisol levels that occur during periods of long-term stress. www.fisherwallace.com
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This Does Not Leave This House: Family Secrets with Julie Coons
Julie Coons is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in a small town in Oregon. She hopes to eventually travel the world while spreading the important message of ending the cycle of abuse. Visit juliecoons.com to learn more. How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life. This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse. Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse. Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom. So can you. This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious. Read the heartbreaking true story of her journey to triumph above overwhelming obstacles.
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Where Are We With Telebehavioral Health? Dr. Marlene Maheu
Dr. Marlene Maheu will be presenting at the 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition where our CEO is moderating discussions and podcasting.  Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. started delivering her first telehealth service in 1994. Donned the “telepsychology visionary” by former APA President Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD, MPH, she is a consultant, researcher, author, trainer and keynoter. Dr. Maheu has addressed more than 20,000 professionals interested in legal and ethical best practices related to telehealth and various technologies. She serves as the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc., where she oversees the development and delivery of professional training in telebehavioral health via an eLearning platform that has served behavioral clinicians from more than 55 countries. For more than twenty years then, Dr. Maheu’s focus has been legal and ethical risk management related to the use of technologies to better serve behavioral health clients and patients. She has served on a dozen professional association committees, task forces and work groups related advancing telebehavioral health as well as establishing standards and guidelines for telebehavioral health. She has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is the lead author of multiple telehealth textbooks. Her most recent challenge is the delivery of telebehavioral screening, assessment and treatment services through a new initiative known as eHealth Interactive. www.mhnrnetwork.com www.telehealth.org
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From Refugee to Empowered Advocate: Rukshana Triem
Join the delightful and inspiring Rukshana Triem as she discusses her early life in a refugee camp in Mozambique and eventual path to America.  Rukshana Triem is a former refugee and Immigrant from Mozambique. She came to the United States in the 1990s. After overcoming sexual abuse, she became an advocate for parents and childcare providers to support them on their healing journey. She is now the CEO of her women's coaching business, where she helps women overcome their rough pasts and create their desired beautiful lives through nature retreats and different online coaching programs and communities. Rukshana holds a B.S. in Human Development and has also worked as an early childhood teacher, trainer, mentor, and social worker. When she's not working, she's spending time with her family, volunteering, and taking women on outdoor adventures. https://www.facebook.com/womenslifestylecoaching
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Sexual Awareness and Autism Spectrum Disorder with Jacklyn Murphy
Jacklyn Murphy joins our host Kristin Walker to talk about her presentations for the Converge Autism conference with Springbrook Behavioral Health.  Jacklyn Murphy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in children and adolescents. Prior to her work as a therapist, Ms. Murphy taught in a Title 1 public elementary school for six years. Ms. Murphy worked for over three years as a therapist at SpringBrook Behavioral Health in the residential treatment facility. While at SpringBrook Ms. Murphy worked with patients that were diagnosed with a variety of mental health concerns, behavioral diagnoses, and developmental delays, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2015 she completed a post-graduate certificate in “Evidence-Based and Empirically Informed Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth” and frequently works with patients and clients that display sexually reactive behavior. In 2017 Ms. Murphy transitioned into a new role in which she created and implemented a therapeutic program at Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg, SC. She continues her work with children as she oversees and supervises the program at Hope Center.  
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Genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dr. Dave Vigerust with MyGenetx
As we join Springbrook Behavioral Health for their annual conference Converge Autism with our podcast it was important to interview Dr. Dave Vigerust, Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Our Program Director, Melanie Vann, is intimately familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She and Dr. Vigerust discuss the latest research regarding genetics testing and how MyGenetx is playing a role in Autism Spectrum Disorder research. Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. In 2014 he joined MyGenetx Clinical Laboratory as the Chief Scientific Officer and directs the scientific and educational missions of the lab.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: The Sequel - FEAR II
Dr. Paul Meier - Best selling author, Psychiatrist, and founder of The Meier Clinics joins us for another round table discussion with Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker. This is a follow up show to our widely popular episode about FEAR. This time we discuss our personal fears and how we manage them - overcome them and some we are still working on! www.mhnrnetwork.com www.meierclinics.com
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Anger Anonymous: The Big Book On Anger Addiction with Dr. Dennis Ortman
One of our hosts most compelling and personal shows. Dr. Ortman and Kristin Walker have a lively back and forth discussion about how anger can destroy the very fabric of your life.  We live in the most aggressive society on the planet. The frequency of road rage, bullying, and violent crimes testifies to the intensity of our aggressive urges. For many, their anger becomes like a drug which energizes, numbs, and possesses them. They become like “rageholics” or “grudgeholics” who feel powerless over their hostile impulses. Modeled on the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, this book serves as a guide to help those possessed by anger to recover.  Viewing your anger as an addiction, Dr. Dennis Ortman guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find healing and growth. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom to use the natural energy of your anger wisely and well. The Steps provide guidance for your personal journey through your hostile moods so that you can discover your true self and release the Power within you. Dennis Ortman, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Detroit Metropolitan area for nearly 25 years, specializing in treating those with addictions. Before becoming a psychologist, he was a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit for 14 years. He received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a graduate degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He has authored six books on recovery from addictions and infidelity and lectures on utilizing the wisdom of Freud and Buddha in treatment.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: FEAR
Join Dr. Paul Meier, Best Sellling Author, Psychiatrist, and founder of www.meierclinics.com joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to talk about FEAR. If you live in fear this will drive you further into mental illness and can be toxic for everyone involved in your life (especially YOU!). Dr. Meier brings his compassion and heart to this show right along with our hosts. Learn what a life in fear looks like, what is healthy fear, and how to get the help you need to stop living in a state of constant dread, panic, and fear.  www.theclinicalchristian.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Special Needs Parents Navigating School Systems
Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC is a professional counselor and certified autism specialist, but her real credentials come from being the mother of an amazing Aspie (AS) teenage daughter.  Stephanie's career focus changed in 2004 when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD). Her book Confessions of a Christian Counselor: How Infertility and Autism Grew my Faith was released in 2015. The book includes her personal story as well as an interview with Dr. Tony Attwood on spectrum teens. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. and hopes to bridge the gap of mental health and the education system working with students on the autism spectrum. Stephanie C Holmes, MA BCCC Certified Autism Specialist www.counselorstephanieholmes.com www.convergeautism.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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It Only Hurts When I Can't Run: One Girl's Story with Gewanda J. Parker
Gewanda Johnson Parker shares her remarkable story of survival suffering physical and emotional abuse by a mother who really did care about her but was overpowered by her own demons and addictions. Molested and raped on more than one occasion, by men considered upright and pillars in the community.  Yet through it all, her faith, spirituality and deep trust in God never wavered.  Her incredible resilience, allowed a young girl, turned woman, to forgive those who hurt her and to reach out to all those who hurt with a message of God’s love, healing, transformation and hope. Gewanda Johnson Parker is also the Founder and CEO of Hope and Healing Corporation serving the needs of the marginalized of society locally and abroad to orphanages in Haiti and Africa. In 2003, she started an organization to help young girls and teens suffering with self-esteem and identity issues.  Parker received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Edward Waters College and she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.   Prior to establishing Hope and Healing, G-Girls, and Anchored, she has taught in the public school system as an educator for over 20 years. She was nominated and selected 3 times for the prestigious award for Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers; and twice nominated and selected into the Prestigious Cambridge Leadership Award. She was also selected as one of Oprah Winfrey’s, educational O Ambassadors for a humanitarian service project for the country of India.  In addition to her educational experience, Gewanda has served as a dynamic ministry leader in the areas of staff pastors, women’s leader, administration, worship leader, small group facilitator, missions and pioneering of grass roots ministries www.gewanda.com
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The Institute for Transformational Thinking with Ora Nadrich
Ora Nadrich is the Founder and President of The Institute For Transformational Thinking. She is a Thought Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher, as well as the author of the groundbreaking book, Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever.  From a very early age, Ora has been a seeker of knowledge, with a particular interest in discovering how our thoughts work. Her lifelong journey towards this inner awareness, along with her distinctive combination of intuition and compassion that allows her to open up avenues of trust and connection, eventually led to her becoming a life coach and developing her simple yet effective questioning method, designed to uncover both the pitfalls and potential our thoughts have in determining our destiny.  Ora also facilitates highly popular monthly women's groups and mindful meditation seminars, as well as developed and facilitated teen workshops at local Los Angeles-area schools, dealing with how to manage the roller coaster emotions and expectations of the teen years.  www.oranadrich.com
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The Optimistic Food Addict - with Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D.
Join Dr. Christina Finanick Greer and our host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they discuss their shared journey on the road of food addiction.  Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. is a writer, researcher, teacher, and motivational speaker. She has been teaching college English for over 20 years and is the author of more than 30 books. After suffering from food addiction for more than 28 years, she entered recovery and never looked back. She founded a Facebook group for other food addicts in recovery, OptimisticFoodAddict.com, and has written several books designed to help others battling this disease. For more information about Christina, see her website ChristinaFisanickGreer.com.
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Trauma and the Reporting of Undocumented Abuse: Erica Weinstein, MEd, NCC, LCPC
Erica Weinstein wants to live in a world where people move freely & in synchronicity with others, breathe mindfully, & learn from books & experiences. As a well-grounded psychotherapist, she’s been practicing with members of the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan community for 20 years. Her blog posts are featured on Visiting Angels Home Care’s & Maryland Addictions & Recovery Center’s websites. When she’s not challenging folks’ perspectives, stretching their imaginations, or calming their central nervous systems, you can find her extended in downward looking dog or melted in shavasana. Her most recent collaboration (currently in progress) is co-facilitating a pilot program for those working in high stress environments to ease vicarious trauma related symptoms. ?Prior to launching her private practice, Erica was a school based mental health therapist at Patterson High School in Baltimore City, Maryland through employment with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She has also held positions as a Child Targeted Case Manager, Child and Adolescent Mobile Therapist as well as a Family and Child Therapist, all part of the Community Psychiatry Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Erica has a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland as well as post-graduate education at Johns Hopkins University to obtain certification as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Erica also has certification as an Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor from Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York. www.weinsteinwellness.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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A Mother's Grief: Depression and Addiction with Danielle Brewer
One of our hosts great friends, Danielle Brewer, joins host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss her son's tragic battle with mental illness and substance use disorder. This is a very personal show but also transcendent and triumphant. Danielle advocates for those also struggling with family members in the throws of these issues. She also offers hope to everyone through the grieving process.  An important show about the every day struggles families face when it comes to understanding and navigating their way through treatment, death, and the lives of those left behind after a loved one has passed on. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Mental Health & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) with Brett Buchert
Join our host Kristin Sunanta Walker and cohost Helaina Hovitz, Journalist and Author of After 9/11: One Girl's Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning as they interview the CEO of MevPMDD.  Brett Buchert has created an incredible platform and app for anyone dealing with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Brett is the mind and heart behind Me v PMDD, a symptom tracking app for anyone fighting through Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) that arose from her own decade long struggle with the condition. Passionate about mental health, she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and plans to pursue graduate school in Clinical Psychology to continue to advocate for the importance of mental health and fight for better treatments for PMDD Warriors. Brett is also a Peer Support Provider with the Gia Allemand Foundation for PMDD, a former college rower, active rock climber, and cat lover.    
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The Empowered Whistleblower: Dawn Marie Westmoreland on Bullying
Dawn Marie Westmoreland has always found her joy in inspiring, supporting, and empowering those who need it most. That joy has been reflected in her career and continues to be her driving force to this day. Dawn has also experienced workplace bullying and discrimination first-hand.  In 2012, Dawn reported her former government agency to the Office of Special Counsel and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for prohibited personnel practices and retaliation. As a result, her managers and co-workers turned on her, and she was subjected to two years of horrific workplace bullying and discrimination. These years wreaked havoc on Dawn’s mental and physical health, but she persevered. Holding her workplace bullies accountable, Dawn settled with her employer outside of court. Because of her knowledge of HR and leadership skills, she has no gag order to prevent her from sharing her story to empower others who look to her for help. This experience, as well as overcoming her personal history of abuse, has strengthened Dawn’s personal mission to educate and inspire those who are or have suffered from workplace bullying and discrimination. Dawn is on the Board of Directors with Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying as a subject matter expert on workplace bullying and discrimination.  We are proud to have Dawn join MHNR Network with her podcast The Empowered Whistleblower.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Dissociative Identity Disorder
Dr. Paul Meier, best selling author, psychiatrist, and founder of Meier Clinics joins hosts Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Dissociative Identity Disorder formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. This complex disorder is difficult to diagnose and treat. Join our three hosts for another compelling discussion on Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier. Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states. There is often trouble remembering certain events, beyond what would be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. These states alternately show in a person's behavior. Presentations, however, are variable. Associated condition often include borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance misuse disorder, self-harm, or anxiety. www.meierclinics.com www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Recovery From Childhood Emotional Neglect with Dr. Jonice Webb
Dr. Jonice Webb has been interviewed on NPR and over thirty radio shows across the United States and Canada about the topic of her book, Emotional Neglect, and has been quoted as a psychologist expert in the Chicago Tribune. She writes the popular Childhood Emotional Neglect Blog on PsychCentral.com. Dr. Webb has been a licensed psychologist since 1991, and has worked in a variety of different settings over the course of her career, including a psychiatric emergency service and substance abuse programs.  She has been the Director of several large outpatient clinics.  For the past eight years, she has been enjoying her private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, specializing in the treatment of couples and families. Over two decades of practicing psychology, Dr. Webb gradually started to see a factor from childhood which weighs upon people as adults.  This factor is extremely subtle.  In fact, it’s so difficult to see that it goes virtually unnoticed while it quietly saps a person’s joy in life, causing him or her to struggle with self-discipline, or to feel disconnected and unfulfilled.  Dr. Webb gave a name to this invisible factor from childhood.  She calls it Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN).™
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Men & Anxiety: How Has the #METOO Movement Affected Men?
Join some of our fantastic male podcasters and guests for another discussion on our Men & Anxiety series on the #METOO movement. Our host Kristin Sunanta Walker opens the discussion with some of her closest friends and colleagues to find out how men have been affected by what's going on in our society today.  Joining the discussion are the following: Stephen Kavalkavich of www.rescuetherescuer.com Joseph Fusaro of www.hysteriaradio.net Travis Pipes of www.wideopenlooks.com Sam Webb of www.livin.org Jeff Fink of www.gofetchwellness.com Ryan McCormick of Outer Limits of Inner Truth And host Kristin Walker of www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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After Holiday Depression with Author Debi Gliori
Join illustrator and author Debi Gliori and our host Kristin Walker for a deep yet funny discussion about depression. A groundbreaking picture book, Night Shift, on depression with stunning illustrations. With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out. Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She published her first book in 1990 and since then has published so many successful books that she has lost count. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What's the Time, Mr Wolf?,Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bathand Alfie in the Garden for Bloomsbury. www.debiglioribooks.com
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The Minds of Girls with Dr. Michael Gurian
Dr. Michael Gurian has studied and served children for thirty years. In The Wonder of Girls (2002), he presented a science-based approach to raising healthy and successful daughters. In The Minds of Girls, he pioneers new and intuitive approaches to health and wellness in all three important areas of girls’ development: nature, nurture, and culture. As many girls struggle with digital and social complexities in our families and in our communities, this book is timely, powerful, and practical. Its nine chapters help you protect girls from environmental toxins and digital addiction; provide best practices for improving girls’ STEM learning and activating their leadership and resilience; explore leading edge science-based technologies for understanding female mental health, and may utterly change your approach to handling girl drama and bullying. The Minds of Girls combines accessible writing, passionate social advocacy, and more than one hundred practical strategies you can use right now to raise wise, happy, and successful women. www.gurianinstitute.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Learned Helplessness
Dr. Paul Meier, psychiatrist, best selling author, and founder of The Meier Clinics joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Learned Helplessness.  Learned helplessness is behavior typical of a human or an animal and occurs where the subject endures repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it is unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn or accept "escape" or "avoidance" in new situations where such behavior would likely be effective. In other words, the organism learned that it is helpless in situations where there is a presence of aversive stimuli, has accepted that it has lost control, and thus gives up trying. Such an organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation. www.meierclinics.com
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At the Edge of My Coping Skills: K. Thor Jensen on Diabetes and Mental Health
K. Thor Jensen is a writer and cartoonist living in the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed to dozens of prestigious outlets, including PCMag, Tested, Clickhole, and Game Informer. He is currently finishing his second graphic novel, Cloud Stories, which will be released in 2015. Follow him on Twitter @kthorjensen. He joins Melanie Vann to discuss caregiver burnout, diabetes, and his journey with mental health struggles.  
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The Italian Perspective: #metoo, Narcissism, and Introspection: Dr. Paolo Molino
During a visit to Florence Italy we met with a local psychotherapist, Dr. Paolo Molino.  We became friends and get to catch up on this show over several years later. 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 E-mail: paolomolino@gmail.com web: www.paolomolino.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Surviving Burnout
Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins us for our weekly round table discussion with Kristin Walker and Melanie Vann on mental health burnout.  Dr. Meier is a practicing psychiatrist, best-selling author, and the founder of Meier Clinics not for profit mental health agencies across the United States. Melanie Vann is the Program Director of Mental Health News Radio Network. She has her masters degree of counseling in psychology.  Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network and everythingEHR. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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What Does a Doctor with Autism Say About Ethical Treatment: Dr. Dan L. Edmunds
Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Psychotherapist, and Psychological Evaluator(working under superivision). Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association, Catholic Psychotherapy Association, The Calix Society, The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and the Pioneer Association for Total Abstinence (Ireland). Dr. Edmunds is a columnist for CATHOLIC STAND and is a 2nd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR International,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University; and Providence, RI. http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/dan-l-edmunds-edd
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Lost Connections: Depression Causes and Solutions with Johann Hari
Johann Hari is a New York Times best-selling author. His book ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and into a non-fiction documentary series. He is one of the most-viewed TED talkers of all time: his talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’, has (along with the animation based on it) been viewed more than 20 million times. He has written over the past seven years for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Melbourne Age, and Politico. He has also appeared on leading TV shows, including HBO’s Realtime With Bill Maher. He was twice named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International. He has also been named ‘Cultural Commentator of the Year’ and ‘Environmental Commentator of the Year’ at the Comment Awards. He lives half the year in London, and spends the other half of the year traveling to research his books. www.thelostconnections.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Mental Health and Aging
Dr. Paul Meier - Author, Speaker, Psychiatrist, and founder of www.meierclinics.com joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker for an important discussion about aging and mental health. It's a difficult road for many adult children as they see their parents memory lapses become more prevalent. If Alzheimer's disease and dementia are the known cause of other family members deaths, this is of greater concern for both the aging parents and their children. There is much to be understood. Some family members become hostile, angry, and difficult to help as they struggle with mental health complications due to aging and genetics.  Dr. Meier, Melanie, and Kristin take this show to a deeper level discussing mental health at any age. Join us for an inspiring conversation about death, aging, and honoring the process.
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An Interview with Jill Queen: Why is Animal Assisted Therapy Important 2.2
Jill Queen is the Regional Quality Manager for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions and President of North Carolina Training, Instruction, Development and Education (NC TIDE), one of North Carolina’s premier training organizations for the behavioral healthcare industry.  She is also an avid animal assisted therapy advocate.   Listen in as we discuss Jill's passion as a mental health provider, educator, and voice for the benefits of animal assisted therapy. Jill Queen's bio and blog article can be found on our website.
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Understanding & Managing Borderline Personality Disorder: Dr. Daniel S. Lobel
Daniel S. Lobel, PhD, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and has given classes at both State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase and the State University of New York College of Optometry. He has written chapters in many textbooks and contributes frequently as a guest blogger on the Psychology Today website. Lobel is a psychologist with a private practice. He resides in Katonah, NY. www.mysideofthecouch.com
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Raising Healthy & Resilient Boys with Dr. Michael Gurian
Dr. Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty eight books published in twenty two languages. He provides counseling services in private practice.  The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals.  Michael has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to bring together people’s ordinary lives and scientific ideas. He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including THE WONDER OF GIRLS, THE WONDER OF BOYS, BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY!, THE MINDS OF BOYS and LEADERSHIP AND THE SEXES.  Michael has spoken for the United Nations on violence against women; provided information on boys’ and girls’ educational needs to the White House; and briefed Members of the 114th Congress on the boy crisis in America. In the 1990s, Michael and his colleagues at the University of Missouri-Kansas City completed a two year pilot study that established best practices for educating boys and girls.  These strategies and Michael’s nature-based gender theory are now used in schools and communities worldwide. Amazon Author Page www.michaelgurian.com  
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African American Mental Wellness: An Interview with Counselor Steven Welch 3.2
Steven Welch is a seasoned psychotherapist with over 27 years of experience in the areas of addiction, HIV, LGBT, adult and adolescent care. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), he is able to adapt his clinical knowledge to support clients in a wide spectrum of life stressors. Some topics of discussion on the show are below and the full blog article can be found here. Why do men avoid therapy/counseling? How does imagery impact African- American male identity/wellness? What are some themes of African-American men that are barriers to seeking help? What are some environmental factors to consider? Why physical wellness can be a gateway to a conversation? Why do you think trauma is at the root of many African American male well-being issues? What is COLORISM and is this an issues impacting African American (AA) wellness? What are some factors AA men face when coming to terms with same sex attraction? How do I create a safe space as a clinician? Why are you a therapist and why this topic? Steven P. Welch LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC Psychotherapist  
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You Are Worth More Than You Think: Wesley D. Chapman
Abandoned by both parents, abused, forgotten and diagnosed and to never amount to anything of value – this was the foundation of Wesley Chapman’s self-worth. Join Wes and our host and CEO, Kristin Sunanta Walker, as they talk about depression, resilience, some shared experiences from their early beginnings, and how to turn those into advocacy inspiring people around the world. www.wesleydchapman.com www.ahumanproject.com  
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After 911: Shaping A Generation Of Children with Author Helaina Hovitz Regal
Helaina Hovitz is an editor, journalist, author, storyteller, creative strategist and native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that she can help change the world! Her greatest passion is writing inspiring stories about charities, social good,nonprofits, social issues, animal rescue, mental health, and recovery, though I also write about the lighter things in life, like food, wellness, and culture. She is the author of the memior After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning Her continuing bylines can be found in over 50 publications including: The New York Times,  Salon,  Glamour,  The New York Observer,  BuzzFeed, VICE,  Women’s Health,  Teen Vogue, Newsday,  Forbes,  Thrillist,  HEALTH,  Gothamist,   Huffington Post,  Bustle,  Newsweek,  xoJane,  Prevention,  Reader’s Digest,  Nationswell, The Daily Meal, Workit Health,  SELF,  TODAY.COM,  The Week,  Fox News Health,  PsychCentral, Recovery.Org,  Brooklyn Magazine,  Downtown Magazine, The Fix,  The Advocate,  Impact Hub, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Edible, Tasting Table, and more. www.helainahovtiz.com
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Highly Sensitive Men: Real, Raw, and Loving with Adam Clark
What do highly sensitive, intuitive, and empathic men think? How do they behave in the world? Why are they sometimes overlooked and misunderstood? What a great way to introduce Adam Clark who is joining our podcast network in 2018 with his own show Animals on the Mind! We do talk about animals but the topic here is what a conversation is like with a deeply caring, high emotional I.Q., and communicative male. It's refreshing but can also be unchartered territory for some people.  We talk about it all: romantic relationships, the current headlines around sexual harrassment, "friend zoning", friendships - no stone left unturned! Adam Clark, LCSW, AASW is a published writer, educator, and adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Adam focuses his work on the psychology behind the human-animal bond, specializing in endings and transitions. He is passionate about reducing the cultural stigma associated with pet loss, supporting pet owners, and educating veterinary professionals. Additional information on Adam and his current projects can be found at www.lovelosstransition.com. Adam is also a very popular writer for Psychology Today.  
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What Do We Do Now? A Sea Change in Sexual Harassment: Dr. Alexandra Katehakis
Alex Katehakis is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist in Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality from sexual addiction to sex therapy, and problems of sexual desire and sexual dysfunction for individuals and couples. Alex has successfully facilitated the recovery of many sexually addicted individuals and assisted couples in revitalizing their sex lives. Dr. Katehakis is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in West Los Angeles, CA. She has lectured for the U.S. Journal Training Conference series, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, the UCLA Annual Attachment Conference, the Psychotherapy Networker Annual Conference, Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, Mt. Sinai Medical School, AIDS Project LA, Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Phillips Graduate Institute and Pepperdine University. Dr. Katehakis earned her PhD from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2017. She is the author of Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment (2016), Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex after Recovery From Sex Addiction (2010), the co-author of Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence (2014) and a contributing author to Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts (2012) — all available on Amazon. www.centerforhealthysex.com
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How To Survive a Narcissistic Mother and Keep Your Sanity: Jaime Grace
Timing. This article was sent to our team from several listeners of the show. It does not diagnose anyone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It simply highlights in pointed detail the hurt and pain caused by a highly narcissistic mother. As we posted more information about this we expected a bit of backlash. We received nothing but thanks from people all over the globe.  Jaime Grace joins us from his counseling practice in Portugal to discuss his work and his own maternal relationship that spawned this article. Grace’s work incorporates Western, depth psychology, developmental theory, as well as meditative, contemplative, and mindfulness-based approaches to interpersonal and personal growth, spiritual transformation, and emotional healing. His interests and therapeutic training are in the field of analytical and Jungian psychology, and attachment theory. His spiritual background is influenced by Buddhist concepts, Sufism, Christian Mystics, and Shamanistic experiences. At present, Grace runs his online private practice worldwide (in English and Portuguese). He also runs workshops online and around the world. Besides that, he spends the rest of his time being a spiritual mentor, psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, teacher, coach and writer. www.jaimegrace.org  
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Online Psychotherapy and Groups: Telemental Health with Dr. Pec Indman 1.2
Dr. Pec Indman is a internationally recognized expert in the field of mental health related to pregnancy and postpartum. She works with clients experiencing fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, depression and anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. She has a private psychotherapy (counseling) practice in San Jose specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety and mood disorders that occur when women are: -Pregnant or during the prenatal stage -Postpartum-the first year after the baby is born -While planning a pregnancy or attempting to become pregnant  -Faced with fertility challenges -Grieving a loss during pregnancy or soon after -Dealing with a premature or ill baby Dr. Indman is the Chairperson of the Education and Training Committee of Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net) and speaks all over the world. As an invited participant, she has contributes to several federally funded programs on the topic of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.  She is the co-author of the award-winning book, Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. Amazon Author Page  
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Information Management Needs of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs
Dr. Tom Trabin is now in his 24th consecutive year of organizing and chairing a national conference and trade show on how information systems can help improve care for persons with mental health and substance use disorders. The conference features presentations on the challenges and opportunities presented by electronic health record systems, the most current developments in electronic health information exchange including privacy and security issues, and the practical uses of data for management and clinical decision making.  Dr. Trabin is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in policy making, management, and clinical services within the behavioral health care field.  He currently serves as Deputy Director of the California Drug Medi-Cal External Quality Review Organization, working to support the effective implementation of organized delivery systems for substance use treatment throughout California.  Dr. Trabin worked to design and promote national standards for performance measures, electronic and personal health records, and health information exchange through federal agencies and accrediting organizations, and prominent standard-setting organizations. Dr. Trabin served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the groundbreaking Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions. He is active in statewide committees that help formulate the design and implementation of California’s substance use treatment systems of care. He organized and chaired over 30 national and statewide conferences; produced over 60 professional publications including several books; and presented at over 150 international, national and state conferences.   
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The Narcissistic Abuse Survivor's Guide to Healing and Recovery: Randi G. Fine
Randi Fine is a narcissistic abuse survivor who has become a dedicated pioneer in the NPD abuse awareness movement. She is a professional narcissistic abuse counselor to clients worldwide, the host of the highly acclaimed podcast, A Fine Time for Healing, and the co-owner of a successful business Randi is the author of highly acclaimed book, Close Encounters of the Worst Kind: A Narcissistic Abuse Survivors Guide to Healing and Recovery. Close Encounters is a comprehensive, compassionate and supportive guide to understanding the unique and complex nature of narcissistic abuse and the emotionally crippling syndrome that results from it. This groundbreaking book gives narcissistic abuse survivors the most complete and trustworthy road map to guide them through the healing process, into recovery, and ultimately to the freedom and happiness they deserve. Written in a non-labeling, non-judgmental style, survivors will find this book highly educating and empowering. www.blogtalkradio.com/randi-fine
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Empowered Empaths: Nurturing the Highly Empathic Child
Long needed Empowered Empath show about highly sensitive children with Melanie Vann and our Co-Editor in Chief, Emily Rose Parker. We've been waiting for Emily to join us on the show and she'll now be a regular. They discuss signs of highly empathic children which is necessary in order for parents to determine if their child is highly sensitive.  We'll have this discussion again because it helps those of us who were highly empathic children understand our childhoods and release some of the possible shame we experienced for simply being who we were. 
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Mental Health and the Holidays
Dr. Paul Meier, Psychiatrist, Best Selling Author, and founder of www.meierclinics.com joins Melanie Vann and guest host Molly Messer to discuss mental health care during the holiday season. Molly is the editor of our Mental Health eBook due in 2018 and a regular on The Clinical Christian podcast soon to be a part of Deconstructing Stigma! www.theclinicalchristian.com www.deconstructingstigma.org
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It's Not Always Depression with Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
To relieve her patients’ suffering, psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel switched from practicing traditional talk psychotherapy to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Traditional therapy focuses on people’s thoughts and stories while AEDP is a healing methodology that helps people connect with their core emotions. Hendel teaches us that core emotions like joy, anger, sadness, fear, and excitement, are automatic and universal physical experi ences; this is firmly grounded in neuroscience. Lack of access to these core emotions is at the root of anxiety, depression, and many other problems people suffer from today. We can all be taught to rediscover our core emotions with The Change Triangle, an easy to learn tool that Hendel uses to help people move through emotions to a place of calm and which is an important part of healing anxiety and depression. After years of using this tool in her private practice, Hendel was convinced that it could be a life-changing resource for anyone. HILARY JACOBS HENDEL received her BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, and an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. She has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals. Hilary was the Mental Health Consultant for the Emmy Award winning television show Mad Men on AMC. She lives in New York City. www.hilaryjacobshendel.com www.aedpinstitute.org Amazon Author Page
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Sexual Harassment
Dr. Paul Meier joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker to discuss the current climate in America and abroad around sexual harassment. Paul is the founder of Meier Clinics, a practicing psychiatrist, and best selling author. He shares his wisdom yet again with us about the unveiling of an epidemic that has been going on for hundreds of years. www.meierclinics.com
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America & Mental Health: Dr. Paul Meier Goes To Washington
Dr. Paul Meier, Psychiatrist, Best Selling Author, and owner of www.meierclinics.com gives us the inside scoop on his recent visit to Washington D.C. He along with several other leaders in the field of behavioral health were asked to join our current administration to discuss mental health and America. Listen in as he shares with us what this visit was all about and what the administration is doing for mental health.  
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Beyond Your Past: Healing After Sexual Abuse with Matt Pappas
Matt Pappas is the host of the long running and popular podcast Beyond Your Past. He and our hosst Kristin Walker talk about their experiences a sexual abuse survivors on this deep and resonating show. Beyond Your Past exists to validate and encourage all who have survived the trauma of abuse. Matt Pappas is a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Narcissistic Abuse, and Bullying. This blog is my story of living with Dissociation, Anxiety, and PTSD, shared openly in writing, podcasts, and videos. On his site you will find blog posts written not only by himself, but also guest bloggers who have decided to share their story and let the world know that they are not ashamed! He regularly interviews Therapists, Life Coaches, Mental Health Advocates, Bloggers, and others who have a passion to help raise awareness and do their part to help erase the stigma of mental health challenges and survivors of trauma. The need for support and encouragement for abuse survivors has never been greater. No matter what type of abuse you have suffered, you are validated for what you endured. It was NOT your fault. As adult survivors, we've often felt like having the life we dreamed of was never possible; that we weren't worthy of such lofty dreams and goals. Through healing, we learn that we are worthy, a fulfilling life is possible, and we can move from seeing ourselves through the eyes of a victim, to the eyes of a Survivor who will Thrive and Conquer our Past. www.beyondyourpast.com
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The New Generation of ABA: Alice Ynirro at Next Gen Revolution Summit
Applied Behavior Analyst Alice Ynirro sat down with our host Kristin Sunanta Walker live at the Next Gen Revolution Summit in November 2017 in Miami, Florida. This is THE in person and online summit to attend for anyone interested in ABA, Artificial Intelligence, Human Behavior, Mental Health, Virtual Reality, Autism, and more.  Take a listen as Alice talks about her career path and why ABA and Next Gen Revolution are a part of her career path in behavioral health.
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DBGM In My Mind Conference: National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Promoting dignified care to older adults and nursing as an opportunity to Latinos. Francisco Díaz MSN, GNP-BC , CDE  Is a member of NAHN- New York. Mr. Diaz earned both of his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Nursing Science degrees in Nursing from Columbia University where he made the Dean’s List.  He has been a full-time nurse for over 10 years and specializes in gerontology and is a certified diabetes educator. He is passionate about addressing the cultural underpinnings of the healthcare delivery; particularly when addressing chronic morbidities, older adults, ethnic backgrounds and to individuals marginalized because of their sexual or gender orientation. As an active member of NAHN, he promotes tirelessly the profession of nursing to Latinos and other ethnic group as a profession to offers not only financial stability; but because it offers an opportunity to the health status of their communities as well. Facebook.com/NAHN.NYCHAPTER/ Twitter: @NAHN_NY Instagram: @NAHN_NY
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Maggie Pavone on Applied Behavior Analysis at Next Gen Revolution
Applied Behavior Analyst Maggie Pavone sat down with our host Kristin Sunanta Walker live at the Next Gen Revolution Summit in November 2017 in Miami, Florida. This is THE in person and online summit to attend for anyone interested in ABA, Artificial Intelligence, Human Behavior, Mental Health, Virtual Reality, Autism, and more.  Take a listen as Maggie talks about her career path and why ABA and Next Gen Revolution are a part of her career path in behavioral health.
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Understanding Female Libido: What Couples Need to Know with Irene Fehr
Irene Fehr joins us again to discuss female libido! Her own personal experience of losing her libido and ending up in a sexless marriage led her to create tools to reconnect to who she is, what she wants, and to gain the skills needed to ask for what she deeply wants — and deserves. She rediscovered her sexual fire, developed the ability to experience deep and fulfilling orgasms, and opened her heart to deeper intimacy and love than she had ever dreamed of — all of which she's here to share with you to help you have the same. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the prestigious Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA and a trained sexuality coach with OneTaste.  "I blend together a variety of modalities and extensive study of sexuality, especially women's sexuality, Orgasmic Meditation, mindfulness, positive psychology, shadow work, somatic awareness, guided visualizations, and intuitive work to help you remove blocks, rewire your system to feeling sexual desire and create new behavioral patterns that form the foundation to your thriving sex life. My ongoing studies include training in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing work, Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy with Dr David Schnarch, Gottman Method Couples Therapy with Drs John and Julie Gottman,immersing myself in neuroscience research around behavioral change, and learning new modalities that will benefit my clients." www.irenefehr.com  
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Self Help Made Easy! Open Forest's Dr. Michiel Bosman
Dr. Michiel Bosman is a psychiatrist and always on the lookout for truly epic content about mental health issues to share with his patients. This collection of evidence-based, useful and relevant articles has lead to the Open Forest initiative. His MD/PhD crew add new content daily, with the help of an ever-growing group of contributors from all over the world! They not only offer unique, high-quality blog posts, but also mental health self-tests and acclaimed self-help modules. Whether you use these self-help modules on your own, or in a “blended therapy” setting (which basically means you combine self-help modules and regular counseling sessions), they are pretty sure you will find the website useful. www.openforest.net
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Owning Our Own Bodies: Healing In Revealing with Shahida Arabi
Shahida Arabi joins podcaster Melanie Vann of www.memiorsofmadness.com and host Kristin Walker to discuss the #metoo movement and how triggering but necessesary it is to talk about rape culture. It's being dismantled and we've been targeted, harrassed, maligned, and revictimized for talking about it. But - #nowisthetime. We give thanks to the millions of women whose shoulders we stand upon in order to use our voices. Shahida is a graduate of Columbia University graduate school and is the author of three #1 Amazon Bestsellers. Her bestselling books include The Smart Girl's Guide to Self-Care, a #1 Bestseller in Women's Personal Growth and Becoming the Narcissist's Nightmare, which was featured as a #1 Amazon bestseller in three different categories and has been a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Personality Disorders for 12 consecutive months after its release. Her new book, POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse, was also featured as a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Applied Psychology. Her interests include psychology, sociology, education, gender studies and mental health advocacy. She studied English Literature and Psychology as an undergraduate student at NYU, where she graduated summa cum laude and was President of its National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter. Her viral blog entries, "Five Powerful Ways Abusive Narcissists Get Inside Your Head," and "20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You" have been shared worldwide and her work has been endorsed and shared by numerous clinical psychologists, mental health practitioners, bestselling authors, and award-winning bloggers.
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Treating Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: Dr. Donald Teater & Martha Teater
Don Teater is a family physician western North Carolina. In 2004 he started a clinic to treat those addicted to opioids in his primary care practice. He has worked as Medical Advisor at the National Safety Council addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose. Dr. Teater was lead facilitator for the expert panel discussion during the development of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He has also served on the World Health Organization Committee. He and his wife Martha created Teater Health Solutions to concentrate on educating prescribers and others on the science of opioids and how that should influence treatment and policy decisions. He works with the Center for Disease Control on the academic detailing of prescribers to educate them on the appropriate use of opioids for the treatment of pain. He continues to treate those afflicted by the disease of addiction at Meridian Behavioral Health Services. ?Martha Teater is a licensed clinical addictions specialist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has been in private practice in Waynesville, NC, since 1990. A consultant and presenter, Martha has done trainings all over the U.S. and internationally on such topics as behavioral treatment of chronic pain, DSM-5, evidence-based treatment of trauma, compassion fatigue, and ethics. 
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First Degree Attempted Murder Saved My Life
Guy "Max" Maxwell is the Program Director for Albuquerque Treatment Services in New Mexico. The program that Max directs has over 17 employees and 560 patients. Max has not always been a program director, in fact almost 30 years ago, Max was facing many charges up to and including First Degree Attempted Murder. It was on January 3rd, 1989 that Max's drug career and violent way of life would come to an end. Choices had to be made, and for change to happen, there had to be a solid foundation of recovery put in place. After many years of 12 step recovery, as well as a strong faith in God, and the help of numerous people, Max uses his past to help others realize that they don't have to go down as far as he did before they reach out for help. His goal is to be there for someone in their worst moment, without judgement. 
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The Truth About Weed: THC, The Pot Lobby, & The Commercial Marijuana Industry
Ben Cort's passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/15/96, he has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable; from a recipient, to a provider, to a spokesperson, Cort has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012 after leaving PM to be a part of the "No on 64" Campaign. Following the passage of A64 he has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers and their Allies). Ben's passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him a frequent guest in the media. His first book, Weed, Inc., published by HCI is due out in 2017. Ben resigned from his position with the University of Colorado Hospital inside of their chemical dependency treatment service line January 2017 to focus on marijuana education and consulting inside of the substance use disorder treatment field. www.cortconsult.com
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Depression is Contagious and Other Fallacies with Author Debi Gliori
Join illustrator and author Debi Gliori and our host Kristin Walker for a deep yet funny discussion about depression. A groundbreaking picture book, Night Shift, on depression with stunning illustrations. With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out. Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She published her first book in 1990 and since then has published so many successful books that she has lost count. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What's the Time, Mr Wolf?,Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bathand Alfie in the Garden for Bloomsbury. www.debiglioribooks.com
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The Overweight Brain with Dr. Lois Holzman
Dr. Lois Holzman is a highly respected scholar and teacher who is pioneering a cultural approach to human learning and development rooted in the human capacity to perform, play and pretend. Author The Overweight Brain (How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World),  she has helped bring and deepen the insights and discoveries of Lev Vygotsky to the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, education, youth development and organizational and community development, all while creating a new methodology for learning and development known as social therapeutics.   A chief organizer of an emerging international movement of ‘performance activists,’ Dr. Holzman is an outspoken advocate for reintroducing play and creativity to advance emotional growth, educational reform and social and organizational change. She is also founder and director of an activist think tank, the East Side Institute. If you would like to learn more about the East Side Institute and its approach, or would like to be in touch with Dr. Holzman, contact Mary Fridley, Director of Special Projects at mfridley@eastsideinstitute.org.   www.eastsideinstitute.org
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Round Table Discussions with Paul Meier: The Ups and Downs of Success
Join Dr. Paul Meier, best selling author, psychiatrist, and founder of www.meierclinics.com with Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker as we talk about the ups and downs of success. The definition of success is different for each person. The best way to get there is to know it's a journey of ups and downs: probably more down times. Those "failures" teach us how to be grateful for every small step towards success we take on our journey. Dr. Paul Meier has known celebrity, wealth, recognition and yet he's turned down many offers to instead focus on charitable works. Sometimes the road paved in gold is the last road you should take when it comes to long term success.  Thanks for joining us!
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BestSelf Behavioral Health with Dr. Howard Hitzel
Howard K. Hitzel, Psy.D., MPA is a licensed psychologist and President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York. BestSelf Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive, family oriented treatment and rehabilitation services to children and adults with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the product of a June 1, 2017 merger between the former Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health. The organization employs more than 700 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $35 million. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York and served more than 20,000 consumers in 2016.   Radhika Iyer joins us as cohost and is an EHR consultant with our sponsor organization everythingEHR. She is also spearheading our Mental Health Conference initiative with universities and colleges cross the globe. She is an attorney and seasoned healthcare consultant in healthcare law, regulatory compliance, executive oversight, project managment, Meaningful Use, and HIPAA.
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The Addiction Mental Health Connection with Ora Nadrich and Johnnie Calloway
Our often guests Ora Nadrich and Johnnie Calloway are collaborating to help those suffering from addiction. Using Ora's Says Who method from her award winning book and Johnnie's lived experienced they discuss this new initiative with our host Kristin Sunanta Walker.  Ora Nadrich is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher, and author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change The Way You Think Forever. Johnnie Calloway is the author of multiple books including Dragons to Butterflies which details his past struggle with addiction, recovery, and mental illness. www.oranadrich.com www.johnniecalloway.com www.morphintoanewyou.com https://www.facebook.com/SaysWhoForAddiction/
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Virtual Reality and Autism: BehaviorMe at Next Gen Revolution Summit
Chris Medina, Andy Chavez, and Annie Escalante join Kristin Walker and Jonathan Bertrand to talk about the Next Gen Revolution Summit coming up November 2017 in Miami, Florida. Our listeners can use the code "MHNR” for a 20% discount off all ticket types. This is THE in person and online summit to attend for anyone interested in ABA, Artificial Intelligence, Human Behavior, Mental Health, Virtual Reality, Autism, and more.  We talk about how virtual reality is being used to help those with Autism. These four entrepreneurs created the organization BehaviorMe and are presenting at the summit.  BehaviorMe is developing immersive virtual reality simulations for behavioral specialists to treat their clients more effectively and efficiently. Our VR simulations will give practitioners the opportunity to teach basic life skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities in a new, innovative, and effective way. Our roots lay in the behavioral sciences and our passion drives us to help people all over the world. www.behaviorme.co
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Don't Just Sit There! Nick Green at Next Gen Revolution Summit
Nick Green, Kristin Walker, and Jonathan Bertrand talk about the Next Gen Revolution Summit coming up November 2017 in Miami, Florida. Our listeners can use the code "MHNR” for a 20% discount off all ticket types. This is THE in person and online summit to attend for anyone interested in ABA, Artificial Intelligence, Human Behavior, Mental Health, Virtual Reality, and more. Nick discusses why we need to get up and move! Nick Green is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and focuses on improving the health of others through practice and research. Nick’s previous experiences include 5 years of clinical work with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, working within organizations to evaluate and improve processes, managing and overseeing the training of small teams. For more detail on his experience, education, and professional involvement: His experience and education bring a unique perspective when designing pro-health solutions.Nick’s main focus and research interest in reducing sedentary behavior (too much sitting) in the workplace. His passion is:“Improving human performance and health with behavior analysis.” When Nick is not in a book or writing, he enjoys training his dog Pete, improving productivity, photography, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit. www.behaviorfit.com
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Tales From The Grift: The "Art" of the Con
Join Dr. John Huber (Forensic Psychologist and Host of Mainstream Mental Health), Megan Lyons (Attorney and Host of Law & Disorder), and Kristin Sunanta Walker (Host & CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network) for a frank discussion about con artists, grifters, schemers, and more. How can you tell? The "best" are almost undetectible until your money is missing, your life is turned upside down, and quite possibly you are in trouble with the legal system.  There are many people who have highly developed maladaptive ways to take what they want from anyone (family, friends, strangers) without remorse. We get into it on this show discussing what to watch out for, our own life experiences, and tales from our professional life.    
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Why We Do What We Do: Ryan O'Donnell at Next Gen Revolution Summit
Ryan O'Donnell, Kristin Walker, and Jonathan Bertrand talk about the Next Gen Revolution Summit coming up November 2017 in Miami, Florida. Our listeners can use the code "MHNR” for a 20% discount off all ticket types. This is THE in person and online summit to attend for anyone interested in ABA, Artificial Intelligence, Human Behavior, Mental Health, Virtual Reality, and more!  Ryan hails from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada. He likes his climate like he likes his data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. He is a master of science; that is, he has a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however he has since grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. He has used this degree to work with a lot of great people to help organizations and families in Florida and Nevada that support people with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently he leads product development and distribution for High Sierra Industries as a Learning Systems Development Specialist. His focus outside this role is on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. His interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do (wwdwwdpodcast.com). In his spare time you can find him consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with his camera in his hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). 
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Family Dynamics Getting Your Goat? Scapegoating with Glynis Sherwood
Join Glynis Sherwood and host Kristin Walker for a discussion about scapegoating. Glynis Sherwood, MED, is a Counselling Therapist and Author who helps people around the world overcome childhood emotional abuse and neglect - including family scapegoating - that manifests as low self worth, unresolved trauma, identity confusion, relationship difficulties, attachment problems, chronic grief, inappropriate guilt and shame.  Harnessing the power of Video and Blogging, Glynis provides services to English speakers across the globe.  Well versed in many effective models of individual therapy, Glynis also has a solid background in developmental and attachment models of couples counselling, having completed training with the Couples Institute in California. www.glynissherwood.com
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Gambling: The Underground Addiction with Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best-selling Author of her shocking debut Memoir "Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat. She has fast become well known in the addiction & recovery communities. Her book shares her raw, unedited and haunting past of gambling addiction, living with mental health challenges, a childhood trauma, and abuse survivor, as she helps many in recovery and advocates about these important issues to Shatter Stigma, Raise Awareness, and Educate the public, and those who have been 'touched' by the same. Her mission is to spread HOPE to others looking to recover and warn that suicide is not an option or answer for someone with a gambling addiction. "I'm just a regular woman who wanted to share my personal story about a very big addiction." NO, I am not rich, famous, or a reality star, I just wanted to share what I've been through so others can have more understanding of problem & addicted gambling, and how devastating and cunning this disease is as it devastates your life and how you can recover!" "Gambling addiction is the hush, hush addiction no one talks about. That now needs to change when 2.9% of our population are problem gamblers thanks to the expansion of Indian casinos and state lotteries in the US. GAMBLING ADDICTION IS currently the highest 'Suicide Rate' than any other addiction." https://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/
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The Struggle is Real: Modern Parenting with Dr. Alicia La Hoz
Throwing temper tantrums. Truancy. Substance Abuse. Breaking expensive things. Going over data limits. Sound familiar? At one point or another, you'll have to face an uncooperative child and attempt to bend him or her to your will. That's when you know that the struggle is real. As a 21st century parent, you try to figure out which tactics to use out of the many you've heard of, including those shared by your parents, your friends and parenting experts. At this point, you'll try almost anything. Drs. Paul Meier and Alicia La Hoz understand the struggle of raising holistic children while taking into account their development, personality, and social and emotional growth. In this book, they share insights based on research and theology to help you: Raise confident children. Think of this book as a guide for navigating through your toddler's, teenager's or young adult's emotions and behaviors. Dr. Alicia La Hoz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Executive Director of Family Bridges. Dr. La Hoz has worked with the Latino community in the Chicagoland area in collaborative and community efforts developing and coordinating Family Bridges comprehensive marriage and relationship programs serving approximately 10,000 persons annually. 
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The Wizard of La La Land: Harvey Weinstein and Other Narcissists
How many of you have felt triggered reading and hearing about the Harvey Weinstein allegations? Many of our listeners have. We have. We support the #metoo movement spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano and have a very powerful discussion with host Kristin Sunanta Walker, Melanie Vann, and Melissa Richards about sexual misconduct and abuse.  We've learned that while the abuser and society may wish to paint those who come forward as people who: Can't seem to "move on" or "let things go" Are vitriolic Are unfair Are "crazy" Are only women This is simply not the case. Uncomfortable topics need to be discussed. Every victim and then survivor of sexual harassment has their own journey to recovery. As you evolve, your voice and understanding of what you experienced changes. It does not disappear.  Being quiet supports the abuser not the abused. It also supports those who enable and act as accomplices to the abusers. This is not gender specific. The days of "men are just men" are over. For Good. Thank you for joining us on this poignant and deeply personal show. www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com  
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Empowered Empaths: Scared Single - Is Codependency a Curse?
Join Melanie Vann, Melissa Richards, and Kristin Walker as they discuss the winding road of codependency on our most popular show: Empowered Empaths. Is it a curse? It can definitely feel like it especially if you have been in and out of toxic relationships. Time to know yourself, by yourself is important for growth and determining exactly who you'd like to be in relationship with.  Melanie Vann is the Program Director for Mental Health News Radio Network and the host of Memiors of Madness podcast. Melissa Richards is the Content Director of Mental Health News Radio Network and the host of The Clinical Christian. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network and host of Mental Health News Radio. www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Scared to Snooze? A Look at Sleep Paralysis with Baland Jalal
Baland Jalal is a neuroscientist at Cambridge University, Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. He has previously been a Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at San Diego. He has worked with the renowned neuroscientist VS Ramachandran (TIME magazine 100 most influential people in the world) since 2012.   His work has been featured widely in the international press (USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Romania, China, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Venezuela, Nigeria, Vietnam, Cyprus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Polen, Ukrainian, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, India, Singapore etc.), including The Today Show, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine, Fox News, Discovery, New Scientist, Discover Magazine, VICE, Science Daily, International Business Times, YAHOO!, The Times of India, Fusion, Business Insider, Daily Mail and  many more. He was listed on the media outlet Van Winkle’s  “15 Most Interesting People in Sleep” (list of researchers, writers, and cultural figures). Baland Jalal’s research focuses on neuropsychiatry and cognitive neuroscience. He is an expert on sleep paralysis and has explored this phenomenon in various countries around the world, including USA, Denmark, Egypt, Italy and Turkey. He recently designed one of the first ever treatments for sleep paralysis called Meditation-Relaxation Therapy, or MR Therapy for short. Moreover, with Devon E. Hinton, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, he has designed and co-authored a mindfulness-based CBT (transdiagnostic) treatment manual for patients suffering from anxiety and mood disorders. www.balandjalal.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Alcoholism
Dr. Paul Meier joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker to discuss the impact that alcohol has on our lives. How abuse of alcohol affects your brain chemistry and what constitutes drinking too much. What is an alcoholic and what kinds of treatment are available that actually work. Dr. Meier is the founder of www.meierclinics.com and the author of over 80 books. He joins us each week to help our listeners navigate the world of psychology and psychiatry.  www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Sam Webb Livin As A Mental Health Ambassador
Our friend and fellow mental health advocate, Sam Webb, joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker for a discussion about what it's like to build an organization and have your life totally focused on Mental Wellness.  Sam Webb is from Sydney, Australia. Sam has appeared on a number of TV commercials and was also a contestant on a reality TV show for boxing. Sam spent some of his time living in St Louis MO, where he worked as a banker after graduating with a finance and accounting degree in 2012. After his return to Australia in 2013, Sam Co-founded the charity organization- LIVIN (www.livin.org.au) after the death of his good friend to suicide. Using an innovative approach to smashing the stigma on mental illness Sam and his partner Casey are now distributing their fashion line internationally that promotes the mantra, “It Ain’t weak To Speak”. Sam has been both a loss survivor and a sufferer of mental illness. Having lost some of his family and many friends to suicide, Sam knows all too well the impact that suicide and mental illness has on the people around them. He now speaks internationally where he shares his experiences and delivers his approach for living a happier and healthier life one day at a time. 
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Empowered Empaths: Walking On Eggshells in Relationships
Join counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Sunanta Walker discussing how highly empathic individuals end up walking on eggshells while navigating relationships. Loose editing on this one as we really bare our souls and get into the muck of emotional mortar fire. How do we identify these patterns early on and decide whether or not we want to engage. The shows where we are steeped in our own vulnerability are always the most downloaded. This is one of those shows. www.mhnrnetwork.com www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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DBGM In My Mind Conference: Dr. Leonard Cruz on Laban Movement Analysis
Dr. Leonard Cruz is a Dancer, Choreographer, Certified Integrative Health Coach, Community Activist, and Teacher. He was also a presenter at the In My Mind: A LGBTQ+ Mental Health People of Color conference in New York. We interviewed him live amongst the hustle and bustle of New York City.  For more information about Dr. Cruz please visit his website at http://leonard-cruz.com/. Even there you'll see how movement is foremost in his thoughts and action as you try to navigate the site. Ingenious! www.dbgm.org    
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In Your Backyard: Addiction Meets Action with Ryan Hampton
Ryan Hampton serves as an outreach lead and recovery advocate for Facing Addiction, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in America. Prior to that, he worked with multiple non-profits across the country and served in a staff capacity for various political campaigns. In 2016, Hampton publicly disclosed his decade-old struggle with heroin and prescription medications, along with his journey in recovery, in an effort to advocate for reform on a national public policy level. He was an elected delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention from California, specifically advocating for the addiction & recovery community. Hampton produced a 7-part documentary series, Facing Addiction Across America, chronicling his cross-country road trip to the DNC advocating for reform and seeking out other like-minded people in long-term recovery to join the growing movement to end the addiction epidemic. For his work on the #AddictionXAmerica project, Hampton has been called “the guy who is changing the way America looks at addiction.” His journey has been featured by the Huffington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, Upworthy, Dr. Oz, and the White House. Most recently, Hampton was featured by Forbes Magazine as one of four top social entrepreneurs advancing the nationwide recovery movement. www.ryanhampton.org
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Mental Health and How To Happy with Donovon Jenson
Over the past few years Donovon Jenson worked hard to cultivate his mindset toward positivity and growth. The process is constant and at times has been extremely difficult, but he found himself becoming happier as he improves. When he reflected on his journey, there are certain tools and ideas that have fundamentally changed his life for the better and he wished he had encountered them earlier. HowToHappy.com is his commitment to constantly research tools to happiness and share his findings with anyone who can benefit. We all deserve to live our best possible lives and the resources you encounter make all the difference. He aims to make them more available.  He is a Utah native who has long been interested in human development and health. He double majored in psychology and health policy, graduating Magna Cum Laude through the Honors College at the University of Utah. He is the author of Real Resolutions and Surviving Customer Service.  https://howtohappy.com
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Empowered Empaths: What Is Emotional Starvation?
Counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Walker discussing how people with high empathy can be starved emotionally. Putting your hearts on the line day in and day out can become draining and unhealthy. How do we stop the madness when someone in high drama is bleeding us dry. We also discuss how emotional manipulators purposely manage us down in order to keep us giving them what they need. www.mhnrnetwork.com   
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Sex Workers & Mental Health: Porn & the Pursuit of Happiness with Leo Donato
Adult industry insider and star, Leo Donato, joins our show to discuss his presentation at the annual In My Mind: A LGBTQ+ People of Color Mental Health Conference. His advocacy is a bridge between sex workers and mental health professionals. The presentation is about the sexual objectification of Black men in the gay community by White men of a different social economic background and the self-esteem mental health effects this produces in Black gay men.  Leo aka Jeffrey Feliz-Ybes has been in the Gay Adult Modeling/Acting Industry over the course of 13+ years, during which time he has performed and or model both in print and films from world renowned Lucas Entertainment to Dragon Media Corporation, The Leatherman, Biaggi Videos, Macho Factory, Ducati Models, DawgPoundUSA, Treasure Island Media and Tyson Cane Videos, just to mention a few. He was also featured in an exhibit honoring the late Tom of Finland, which is currently touring in Europe by famed Barcelona photographer Xavier Vazquez Solano. His other body of work in Print Modeling is as diverse ranging from Homo-erotic Nudes, to Website Banner Model as well as Non-erotic Editorial RTW Fashion Prints. He is currently represented by Meak Productions, Inc. www.leodonatoxxx.com    
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The Modern Shaman with Rachel Kirkland
Rachel Kirkland, The Modern Shaman, is a world renowned Psychic and Shaman. She has appeared on the BeYou channel, numerous radio shows, and was recently awarded “Best Female Medium in the World” in the 2016 World Paranormal Awards!  She offers in person, phone, and Skype sessions for shamanic healing, traditional psychic advice, past live visions, remote viewing, channeling, mediumship, medical intuition, elemental energy balancing. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education and travels the globe teaching and hosts workshops for psychic development at all levels of spiritual inquiry.  Her passion for empowering others in their own metaphysical connections has led her to offer weekly Facebook Live Feeds with Question and Answer dialogue as well as a popular YouTube Channel discussing all things spiritual. www.TheModernShaman.net  
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Mental Health within Visible Disability Communities: Advocate Jose Rosario
We often talk about mental illness as an "invisible disability". What happens for those with visible disabilities that also struggle with mental health issues? Join hosts Kristin Walker and Joe Fusaro with advocate Jose Rosario to discuss his mental health journey. Jose is a young man that just wants to change the world and create a space where we can support each other and remember that we are not alone. As a member of many marginalized groups, he believes we must empower others to rise. Jose graduated from RIC with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies. He recently accepted the Coordinator of Disability Services position at RIC. I have just been named the Chairman of the RI Democratic Party’s “I’m Able” caucus and am slated to serve on a Congressional Diversity Advisory Board. www.thepheonixempowered.com https://www.facebook.com/jose.r.rosario.7 https://twitter.com/jrosario_27 https://www.instagram.com/jrosario_27/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jose-rosario-b71817bb/  
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DBGM In My Mind Conference: Mental Health Advocacy with Chuck Tarver
Chuck Tarver is one of the volunteers for this years In My Mind Conference with DBGM held on October 5th and 6th in New York City, New York. He is also the outreach manager for NAMI Delaware. Chuck talks about how mental illness within his family inspired him to become an advocate within the behavioral health community. He signed on to help coordinate this years conference in order to help promote awareness within the LGBTQI+ community for people of color.  https://chucktarver.myportfolio.com www.namidelaware.org www.dbgm.org
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DBGM In My Mind Conference: Mental Health in LGBTQI+ and Caribbean Communities
Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. His dissertation adviser is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner in History, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson.  He is an historical dramatist of five works, most recently, The Original Mrs. Garvey.  He has published in the Third World Press, CLA Journal, Callaloo, and most recently the Caribbean Quarterly.  Dr. Fraser is one of the presenters at In My Mind: An LGBTQI+ People of Color Mental Health Conference.  www.drrhonefraser.com
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Men & Anxiety: Creating Safe Spaces to Share Our Experiences
Join host Kristin Walker for this inagurual show about Men and Anxiety. Where is a safe space to talk about this "man to man"? Kristin will soon exit the format and leave the show in an estrogen free environment. We'll have different hosts leading the show with regular guests and experts on occasion.  Our first show includes Jeff Fink, founder of www.gofetchwellness.com, Rob Lohman, founder of www.liftedfromtherut.com (future podcast host of Beyond the Bars on our podcast network), and Jonathon Bertrand, founder of The Global Touch Foundation (podcast host of The Social Networking Effect on our podcast network). The goal is to talk openly about how anxiety affects men, how they cope with it, and to offer some peace of mind to all men who suffer from a disorder that plagues most, if not all, men at some point in their lives. 
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DBGM In My Mind Conference: HIV and Mental Health
Antoine Craigwell joins our host Kristin Walker again to discuss his upcoming event: In My Mind: A LGBTQI+ people of color mental health conference and Mental Health and HIV. As a journalist, Antoine Craigwell wrote for Out In Jersey magazine, The Bilerico Project, FORTUNE Small Business magazine, The Bronx Times Reporter, The New York Amsterdam News, was the assistant editor with The Network Journal, and a contributor to mainstreet.com. He graduated from Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, and in 2008 he earned awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists for a public policy series about NYC’s Riker’s Island, and on healthcare in NYC. He produced the documentary “You Are Not Alone” in which Black gay men speak about their struggles with depression and facilitates discussion forums on depression and HIV in Black gay men. he presented a poster exhibition “Examining Depression and HIV in Black gay men” at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. Antoine founded and is president and CEO of DBGM, Inc.a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of the underlying factors contributing to depression in Black gay men, to prevent their suicides. The organization has hosted several community discussion forums on depression affecting Black gay men nationwide. www.dbgm.org
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Delivering Mental Health Care Remotely with Telepsychiatry: Dr. Tarik Shaheen
Telepsychiatry (alternately known as tele-psychiatry or telepsych) is the practice of delivering mental health care remotely. It’s no secret that we’re in the middle of a mental health care crisis in America, with the need for services overwhelming local resources and preventing many individuals across the nation from receiving treatment. Telepsychiatry leverages recent advancements in communications technology to make quality psychiatric care available to nearly everyone. Join our host Kristin Walker and the founder of Iris Telehealth, Dr. Tarik Shaheen, as they discuss how his organization is helping mental health organizations provide services.  Tarik Shaheen, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in treating children, adolescents and their families. He founded Iris Telehealth with the goal of providing a more patient-friendly telehealth company that is able to quickly adapt to an organization’s needs. With nearly 10 years of experience and training at the University of Virginia in telepsychiatry, Dr. Shaheen has learned the ins and outs of how to give great care via telemedicine and how important building relationships between partners is to delivering that care. Leading Iris Telehealth, he is able to enjoy his clinical role just as much as is administrative one! www.iristelehealth.com
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Could Mental Health Go Mainstream? Get to Know Dr. John Huber
Dr. John Huber joins our podcast network with his own podcast on www.mainstreammentalhealth.org. He is Dr. John Huber, a mental health professional and university professor that has been in mental health for over twenty years. His experience began as a School Psychologist. Today, he is in private practice as a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals.  In addition, he is a professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology at Texas State University.  Dr. Huber will provide the public face for Mainstream Mental Health.
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: An Interview with Chris Maxwell
Chris Maxwell is the Member Engagement Coordinator for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and works closely with crisis centers across the country to connect and collaborate. He has worked in the suicide prevention and mental health field for the past eight years, first as a volunteer crisis counselor and then later as a statewide suicide prevention grant administrator. Chris is passionate about preventing suicide and about harnessing the capability of social media to assist in that goal. More information can be found at the following websites: suicidepreventionlifeline.org  ourdatahelps.org https://www.facebook.com/chrsmxwll September is National Suicide Prevention Month. #BeThe1To help someone in crisis. Learn more at bethe1to.com
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Hope For The Warriors: Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training
Since 2015, Kristy Schwartz is the Social Media Coordinator and Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship Program Manager for Hope For The Warriors (HFTW) in the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina office. Her primary responsibilities include managing social media accounts, positively representing the HFTM brand and mission in the virtual world, representing HFTW at events, telling the organization’s and client’s stories, designing marketing materials and ensuring the goals of the Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship program are met. Being a military spouse, Kristy feels very fortunate to advocate for higher education and employment for military families. Take the online QPR Training. Vicki Lane, MSW, LCSW/LICSW is the Director, Clinical Support Services and MSW Internship Program for Hope For The Warriors® (H4W) in the Springfield, VA office; she has been with H4W since January of 2013. Her primary responsibilities include assessing service members, veterans, and their families for critical care and clinical needs, providing supportive counseling and advocacy, researching and identifying community resources, and conducting outreach activities. Vicki is also the Lead Field Supervisor for masters’ of social work (MSW) students; she provides direct one-to- one supervision, support, mentorship, and guidance during their internships at H4W. Vicki has been a Navy spouse for over 35 years; she and her husband have three grown children. Vicki has a passion for working with our military members, veterans, and their families and feels very fortunate for the opportunity to work with the dedicated and compassionate staff at Hope For The Warriors®.
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Out of the Woods: A Graphic Novel About Anxiety and Depression
A New Zealand-native, Brent Williams is a human-rights lawyer, film maker, and author of Out of the Woods—a graphic novel which chronicles his personal journey dealing with depression alongside latest research findings and practical self-help strategies. He founded the Wellington Community Law Centre, implemented the Care of Children Act and the Parenting Through Separation Program for the Family Court in NZ, and established the Legal Rights Resources Trust.     Brent joins our host Kristin Walker to talk about his book Out of Woods and the journey he took through his depression and anxiety to bring this graphic novel to life. Outofthewoods.co.nz
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Empowered Empaths: Does The Squeaky Wheel Always Have To Get The Grease?
Join counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Walker on a powerful show about chaos, drama, squeaky wheels, and being ultra responsible for IT ALL. Is codependency the "blame" for all that ails you or is it something more? Negative relationships require participation from all sides but we can choose how much of our emotional capital is used to defuse people and the drama they create, including our own dramatics!  Pay attention the quiet ones that enter your field of experience and learn to share yourself with those that don't bring chaos and histrionics into your life.  www.mhnrnetwork.com  
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Empowered Empaths: The Dangerous Road of Misunderstanding
True Empaths handle misunderstandings in unique ways. We handle them from a place of love and empowerment. Join Melanie Vann, Melissa Richards, and Kristin Sunanta Walker as they delve into the very human experience of misunderstandings. This can be a road fraught with danger when dealing with toxic personalities. We handle them with grace and need to take to heart that whether or not someone follows the wisdom we may be imparting is not our concern. Join them on this informative journey around crossing those roads safely. www.theclinicalchristian.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Round Table with Dr. Paul Meier: Mental Health and Medication Management
Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Walker to discuss psychiatric medication. There is so much debate and stigma around medication for mental health. We talk about the medications we three take with absolute candor. Are supplements a necessary part of your regimen for mental wellness? Absolutely. We talk about this as well. Join us for a refreshing conversation about why medication management is imperative for many of us and that it's okay to talk about it. www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Pharmacogenetic Testing in Mental Health: Rural, Population, & Global Health
Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD is a rural healthcare expert and advocate with more than 15 years of senior healthcare executive experience in many key areas addressing policy initiatives, funding and operations as it relates to critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural health clinics (RHCs), Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s), Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) physicians, and patients. Dr. Ali-Dinar is a sought-after speaker on Capitol Hill. A former hospital CEO and regional rural strategy executive, Janelle serves on many state and federal boards addressing the needs of rural, public, minority, Tribal, refugee and international community health and healthcare access. She is also a past National Rural Health Association Rural Fellow, Rural Congress member, and Nebraska Rural Health Association president. She is currently the Nebraska DHHS Chair of The Office of Minority Health Statewide Council. She serves on the Regional Health Equity Region VII council as co-chair of Rural Health and Partnerships, The Mid Western Public Health Training Center Advisory Council and National Diabetes Advisory Council. She also serves on the RAC Monitor Editorial Board and provides weekly national podcasts and colum on healthcare, policy and issues of technology, access and delivery. Dr. Ali-Dinar is currently the VP of Population Health, Rural Health and Global Health Initiatives for MyGenetx providing population/precision health solutions in behavioural health, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Janelle holds a master’s degree and doctorate in communications and policy and is a recent graduate in public health/ public health leadership. jalidinar@mygenetx.com Dave Vigerust, Ph.D. is the Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx joins host Kristin Walker.  www.mygenetx.com
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The Stress Solution with Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He is a contributor to The Creative Living Foundation, was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org and is also in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area.  Dr. Ciaramicoli is the author of The Curse of the Capable: The Hidden Challenges to a Balanced, Healthy, High Achieving Life, Performance Addiction: The Dangerous New Syndrome and How to Stop It from Ruining Your Life and The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding, and Lasting Love.  Dr. Ciaramicoli’s latest book, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience. www.balanceyoursuccess.com
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Marriage Success Secrets with Larry Bilotta: Are We All Doomed to Fail?
Back in the 90’s, Larry Bilotta was suffering MISERABLY in a loveless marriage. He needed a way to reduce the stress, anxiety and tension in his marriage. Not because he was devoted to his wife, but because he needed to maintain his own SANITY. Larry’s wife didn’t believe in divorce. Needless to say, Larry set out on a mission to find a REAL solution to their ongoing struggles. And after 27 years of misery – he finally found it. Today, Larry and his wife have been happily married over 40 years…and they’re closer than ever. Larry is one of the few marriage experts who actually transformed his OWN marriage and today, holds the key to bringing back a marriage from the brink of divorce – even AFTER the papers have been filed. At the core of Larry’s teachings is his “secret method” that allows individuals to transform themselves from the inside out, and positively influence their spouse as a result. By learning to eliminate their negative feelings in just 60 seconds, Larry has taught individual spouses how to completely change the environment of the marriage through his Environment Changer program for the past 15 years. Join hosts Rob Lohman of www.liftedfromtherut.com and Kristin Sunanta Walker for an engaging discussion with Larry! www.youcansavethismarriage.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Natural Disasters and Trauma
Dr. Paul Meier joins us once again for a discussion around healing after a natural disaster. He joins first responder, Stephen Kavalkavich, of Rescue the Rescuer podcast, Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker on this special show dedicated to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding in August of 2017. Dr. Meier is a resident of Dallas and was safely out of danger but discussed the many times he has worked as first responder in his career as a psychiatrist. We invited Stephen to join us as he spent many, many years working as a paramedic.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of Houston, Texas and to all of the first responders handling this crisis. www.rescuetherescuer.com www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Under My Helmet: Football Player Keith O'Neil On Battling Bipolar Disorder
Join Keith O'Neil, former NFL football player, with sports writer Travis Pipes and host Kristin Walker as they discuss Keith's advocacy in mental health after his diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Keith played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. During his professional career he served as team captain and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI Championship team. Keith speaks to audiences in the sports and mental health communities. He is also the President and Founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness. Keith also recently wrote a memoir titled, Under My Helmet - A Football Players Lifelong Battle With Bipolar Disorder. Keith played in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness, bipolar disorder, and is extremely passionate about helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is devoted to erasing the stigma of mental illness in our society. He is utilizing his book along with motivational speaking engagements to create awareness of mental illness. Keith believes, "with the proper diagnosis, medical attention and determination, anyone can achieve anything. If he can make it in the high stress environment of playing in the NFL with bipolar disorder, anything is possible!" Keith lives in Pendleton, NY with his wife Jill and two sons Connor and Tanner. Keith's father, Ed O'Neil was an All-American linebacker at Penn State University, and a first round draft pick in the 1974 NFL Draft.  www.keithoneil.com
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Navigating the Waters of Addiction and Recovery: An Interview with Luke Richards
Luke is one of our favorite guests. His honesty about facing addiction and swimming through recovery makes it hard to end any conversation with him. Join Luke and our host Kristin Walker as they keep it real on this incredible show! Luke Richards is a recovered addict and a survivor of suicide. Over 4 years ago his life was on a singular trajectory - caught in the cycle of addiction with no hope of recovery. With the help of lots of people he did recover, and have been blessed with an amazing life. He believes that society writes addicts off as "lost causes" and today is trying to change perceptions about addicts through sharing his journey and his latest project a 2018 English channel swim. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/health/recovered-alcoholic-who-couldnt-swim-is-now-taking-on-the-english-channel/news-story/97e559ebe75e69468252361816c92b68 www.facebook.com/Swim4Recovery
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Evidenced Based Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Director David Emerson
Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of the forthcoming, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia. David Emerson, E-RYT, TCTSY-F The Trauma Center, Brookline, Massachusetts ?Director of the Yoga Program www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
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Empowered Empaths: How Do Ego and Vanity Feed Entitlement?
Join Melanie Vann, Melissa Richards, Steve Kavalkavich, and Kristin Walker as they discuss entitlement. What are we entitled to? Is all entitlement bad? What is "good" entitlement? How does vanity and ego feed the "bad" kind of entitlement? We are all fired up on this one so get ready to take notes! www.rescuetherescuer.com www.restorationcounseling.me www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Trauma Sensitive Yoga: The Student Experience with Sonshine Yoga
Sharon joins us in the podcast studio to talk about her experience as a student and aid in the trauma sensitive yoga classes facilitated by certified instructor Kim Mulholland.  Join Sharon as she gives practical examples of how this practice has helped her own healing as well as many of the inmates at Haywood County Detention Center.  www.sonshineyoga.com
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What Is Trauma Sensitive Yoga? Facilitator Kim Mulholland
Kim Mulholland is a Certified TCTSY Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator through www.traumacenter.org and www.traumasensitiveyoga.com. She joins our podcast to discuss how TCTSY was created and how Trauma Sensitive Yoga is uniquely different than standard Yoga classes. She delves into the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center.  www.sonshineyoga.com Kim facilitates classes with female inmates and with a local homeless shelter. She also facilitates classes in our Mental Health News Radio Network podcast studio. All proceeds for classes taken at our studio are donated back to her Yoga practice in the form of scholarships for those who cannot afford them. 
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Covert Narcissism: The Insidious and Hidden Nature of Psychological Abuse
This year, Chanel participated in the Boston photo exhibition, Invisible Fractures: The Hidden Trauma of Emotional Abuse. She hopes to raise awareness that emotional abuse is domestic violence, and that narcissistic abuse, especially when it's covert, is particularly insidious. She enjoys hiking, baking, reading and writing. Chanel joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker as she takes us on her harrowing journey through psychological abuse at the hands of a covert, malignant narcissist. 
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Where Does Good Parenting End And Codependency Start?
Kevin Petersen, LMFT joins us for another discussion with a focus on parents, children, and codependency. Kevin is a dedicated, caring, and understanding professional who works with families in crisis. Kevin was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA and earned a bachelors from USC in 1994, and enjoyed a prosperous career in Sales and Marketing before he decided to return to school in 2008. Kevin has earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling both from Regis University. He started his career working as a therapist for Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in Child and Family Services in 2011. Kevin opened his private practice, Petersen Family Counseling, in 2014 and specializes in working with families and individuals struggling with addictions, codependency, and parenting. www.petersenfamilycounseling.com
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Minority Mental Health Awareness with Dr. Sheila D. Williams
Dr. Sheila Williams has  over  25  years  of  successful  professional  experience. Her expertise   is   very   extensive  as   she is   CEO of SW Consulting Services,  LLC,  a  Mental  Health  Therapist,  Published  Author , Empowerment Speaker and  Media Personality.  She  has  an  extensive  educational  background  as  she   holds  a   BA   in   Psychology   with   a   minor   in   Sociology,   an   MA   in   Counseling,   and   a   Ph.D.   in  Leadership  and  Education.   After   caring   for   her   Mother   who   suffered   from   Clinical   Depression   and   Multiple  Sclerosis,  Dr.  Williams decided to  pursue  her  education  and  career  in  the  Mental  Health   field.   Her autobiography, ‘My Mother’s  Keeper’  gives  you a very up close and personal look  into  her  life,  the  mystery,  the  challenges and  the  truth  behind  what  motivated  Dr. Williams  to  persevere  and  accomplish  all  the  things  she has  set  out  to do; and she’s just beginning.   drsheiladwilliams.com
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Sustainable Recovery: A Whole Family Solution with Tim Harrington
Sustainable Recovery™, Inc., believes in supporting the whole family: mind, body, spirit. We realize emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well being are intertwined.  We believe, while it’s important for a loved one to realize that they have an illness, they are more than that illness. We can help someone figure out on their own who they really are. Instead of saying 'You're an addict', ‘You’re bipolar’ or ‘You’re schizophrenic,’ we can help someone feel comfortable and say, ‘I’m a person, not my diagnosis.’” The point is to move forward in life. Adopting an addict identity can be especially problematic for young people whose identities are not yet fully formed. Doing so may make what may well be a transient problem into a long-term one, by teaching them that addiction is inevitably chronic and relapsing. Since no one can predict which youth will “mature out” of addiction and which will not, teens should never be forced to attend 12-step groups—nor should they be made to label themselves as addicts. We also believe that working in tandem with compassionate, clinical, professionals is crucial.  Each family is unique and is treated that way. We don’t see our clients as a diagnosis or a billing number.  "The words most frequently used to describe what we do includes the following: identify, engage, encourage, motivate, share, express, enhance, orient, help, link, consult, monitor, transport, praise, enlist, support, organize, and advocate"  - Timothy Harrington, Chief Empowerment Officer, Sustainable Recovery™, Inc. www.sustainablerecovery.net
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Skating on Thin Ice: Hockey Player and Coach Pascal Morency Talks Mental Health
Pascal played professional hockey for over 12 years in countries around the world. In those 12 years, his greatest accomplishments included overcoming  depression, dark thoughts, addiction, sadness, ignorance, hopelessness, serious injuries and so much more.   Pascal’s life forever changed in Croatia when he suffered a severe brain trauma which left him in critical condition. He went through severe side effects such as paranoia, extreme fear, and panic attacks. The need for change was inevitable. Through this suffering, Pascal realized that the change had to first come from within, turning the present moment into a stepping stone that leads to a continuing journey to invest inward.  The development of his curiosity, the practice of wisdom, and the choice of change was driven by the discovery of guidance found through the internal pain. Pascal knew the best way to raise his son wasn't about what we say to a child, but to "be about" what we say.    Pascal went on to study many powerful books about and take considerable courses in psychology, spirituality and personal development. Pascal is very aware of the ignorance we all experience to the many different levels of consciousness and perspective. This realization has created an inner purpose for him - to help others discover an awareness within themselves. One must acknowledge the life within themselves. By neglecting his inner life, Pascal experienced considerable suffering. This awakening led him to become a Certified Professional Life Coach - to help people identify their own purpose, passion, values, false limited beliefs and to help them create light to their darkness.   www.pascalmorency.com
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: What Is Effective Leadership
Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins the crew to discuss what leadership is all about. Join counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Walker as they discuss with Paul the qualities that make an effective leader including the necessary mistakes along the way. Great show for long time CEO's and entrepreneurs who've been through the trenches. www.meierclinics.com
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I’m Not Perfect – I’m Only Human: How to Beat Perfectionism with Darlene Lancer
Darlene Lancer joins us again on Mental Health News Radio to discuss perfectionism. Her eBook, "“I’M NOT PERFECT––I’M ONLY HUMAN” –– HOW TO BEAT PERFECTIONISM" is available at www.whatiscodependency.com.  Darlene discusses overcoming perfectionism – something common among codependents and people with low self-esteem. She discovered in her research that it spans from people with positive perfectionism, where it raises their self-esteem, to narcissists, whose perfectionism is damaging to others. Enjoy the show!
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Rescue the Rescuer: An Interview with First Responder Stephen Kavalkovich
Do You Ever Feel Like Everything Is Going Up In Flames? Fire fighters, police officers, military, EMS providers, and all first responders are under immense pressure and stress, day in and day out. This can lead to incredible challenges both at work and at home. Steve's mission is to put a spotlight on these problems and help find solutions with the Rescue the Rescuers podcast and blog. Join Steve and our host, Kristin Walker, as they discuss his mission and how his podcast is already changing lives.  www.rescuetherescuer.com 
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The Family Recovery Solution: Addiction Navigation for Families
Jeff Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds certifications of Certified Addiction Counselor III, ARISE Interventionist, and Certified Intervention Professional. He has expanded the context of addiction and created a three-phase program that empowers families to safeguard their loved one in an addictive cycle or recovery, while they engage in a process to stop the addiction cycle in this generation. Jeff Jones MA, LPC, CACIII The Family Recovery Solution: Addiction Navigation for Families www.thefamilyrecoverysolution.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TFRSolution/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TFRSolution Podcast Interview:  http://www.spreaker.com/show/recoveryinnovators EmpowerIng individuals and families to engage in a process of healing from the ramifications of addiction.
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Empowered Empaths: Welcome to Fantasy Island
Join counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they talk about Fantasy Island. Is this really where you want to live? How do highly empathic people find themselves dwelling there and how narcissists weave a web of deceit and at all costs, including YOU, will defend their island.  How and when do we "split" from reality in order to survive trauma? When does this become a crutch and unhealthy as an adult. What is the difference between being wounded and being proud, entitled, and arrogant? We cover it all and have some fun while we are doing it. Enjoy the show.  
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A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal with Jen Waite
“Like Big Little Lies, A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren’t real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn’t turn away.”—Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted What do you do when you discover that the person you've built your life around never existed? When “it could never happen to me” does happen to you? These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband—the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life—fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage. After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn't part of the long-con of lies and manipulation. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting. www.jenwaite.com
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Round Table Discussion with Dr. Paul Meier: Generational Trauma & Family Systems
Join Dr. Paul Meier, practicing psychiatrist, best-selling author, and founder of www.meierclinics.com with counselor Melanie Vann, and host Kristin Walker about the generational trauma and family systems. One of our best shows with Dr. Meier as we discuss the complex dynamics within family systems and how trauma can be perpetuated throughout generations. www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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La Hacienda: Addiction Treatment & Co-Occurring Disorders with Dr. James Boone
Sarah Oliveira McDonald, a long time listener of our podcast and part of the La Hacienda family, extended an invitation on behalf of La Hacienda Treatment Center for our team to visit their incredible campus located in Hunt, Texas. As our listeners know, we are always searching for treatment facilities that provide exemplary services. We volunteered our time with a mission to get to know their staff who are considered family and interview some of their clinical team. Please welcome Dr. James Boone to the show. Dr. Boone is the medical director for La Hacienda and shared his love of working in the Behavioral Health. Dr. James Boone has worked with La Hacienda Treatment Center since 2004. James’ career in medicine began when he graduated from Baylor University in 1980 with a BS degree, followed by attendance at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX where he graduated with honors in 1984. He did his internal medicine internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and completed the program and his board certification in Internal Medicine in 1987. He began his career by practicing in the family’s private practice in Pasadena, Texas. In 2004, he joined Dan in the full time practice of Addiction Medicine in Hunt, TX. He has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 2004 and is board certified in Addiction Medicine. www.lahacienda.com
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La Hacienda: The Full Spectrum of Addiction with Dr. Katherine McQueen
Sarah Oliveira McDonald, a long time listener of our podcast and part of the La Hacienda family, extended an invitation on behalf of La Hacienda Treatment Center for our team to visit their incredible campus located in Hunt, Texas. As our listeners know, we are always searching for treatment facilities that provide exemplary services. We volunteered our time with a mission to get to know their staff who are considered family and interview some of their clinical team. Please welcome Dr. Katie McQueen to the show. We had the honor of listening to one of the many educational sessions she provides for staff and residents. She joined us in her office to discuss addiction and co-occurring disorders. Join us for an eye opening discussion about the full spectrum of addiction disorders with some special focus on food addiction.  Katie McQueen, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of addiction medicine. She has written several book chapters and articles related to addiction and has lectured extensively on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), as well as prescription drug misuse, and addiction as a medical disorder. While on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and UTHSC-Houston, Dr. McQueen developed and was the Medical Director for InSight, the State of Texas SBIRT program. InSight screened more than 90,000 Harris County residents for substance use problems and provided both brief intervention and more intensive services when appropriate to more than 20,000 patients. Her pioneering work in SBIRT has been recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Prior to joining the medical staff at La Hacienda she practiced Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine in Houston, Texas. For more information please visit www.lahacienda.com.
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: How Awake Are You?
Join Dr. Paul Meier, practicing psychiatrist, best-selling author, and founder of www.meierclinics.com with counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Walker about the different states of our consciousness. It doesn't get deeper than this and we handle the subject as gently as possible. Each of us brings our own levels of awareness to the forefront. www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Treating Narcissism: Is It Actually Possible with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC
What a powerful conversation from the frontlines with licensed clinician Christine Hammond. She works with survivors of narcissistic abuse but also those with personality disorders. It takes an iron gut and an iron will. She's got it. What a pleasure. Enjoy some practical advice! Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor by the State of Florida with over fifteen years of experience in counseling, teaching and ministry.  She works primarily with exhausted women and their families in conflict situations to ensure peaceful resolutions at home and in the workplace. She is also the author of the The Exhausted Woman's Handbook. www.christinehammondcounseling.com
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Restorative Justice and the Theater with Lindsey Sherwin
Lindsey is an actress, model, drama and performing arts specialist, youth development practitioner and speaker, poet, published author, and social entrepreneur. She is a world traveller having lived, studied, and worked abroad throughout Eastern Europe and the UK  and taught drama and performance art in NYC, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania.. After moving back to NYC to pursue a career in Non-Profit Management and Youth Development, she worked for several large non-profit and social service agencies building and developing educational and personal development programs for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system. She discussed the the impact that drama therapy and the creative arts therapies have when applied as intervention techniques toward improving social and emotional learning skills, personal development outcomes, and behavior change catered to diverse multi cultural youth populations. For more about Lindsey visit her website here. 
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Deconstructing Stigma: A Root of Depression Is Trauma With Marlena Davis
Sometimes, there are just no words to express what you’re feeling. A year ago, Marlena stopped the antidepressant medication she had been taking for a dozen years. She had hoped to have a baby. But instead, she developed memories of childhood abuse. It happened more than 30 years ago. The perpetrator had abused other kids. The trauma had blocked it from my memory. What Marlena had remembered was the depression, irritability, and isolation.  Marlena uses photography, drawing, poetry, and painting to express the way she is feeling. Through PeaceLove Studios in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, she honed her expressive art skills through their CREATORS program, with hopes of teaching the technique to others, including kids and teens with autism. On Facebook, she talks about her own battle with mental illness, and launched the Pix of the Day project, a series of rich, moving photos that instill emotion. When she’s not behind the camera, Marlena surrounds herself with animals—including a 2-year-old pitbull, Kemo, and her rabbit, Penelope. She now sees her therapist of 13 years weekly to work through her childhood memories. And she hopes to revisit her dream of motherhood soon. She is committed to speaking up about her mental health, to change attitudes about an illness that is not unlike any other. www.deconstructingstigma.com
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Empowered Empaths: Trauma Bonding
Join the discussion with counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards and host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they discuss how trauma bonds are formed. Imperative to know when you've been hooked and how to begin to move out of those toxic relationships.   www.mhnrnetwork.com
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The High Functioning Addict: Dr. Michael Genovese & Jaime Vinck
Did you know that new reports are showing that more U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any time in the last 12 years, according to data coming out today from Quest Diagnostics Inc., one of the largest workplace-testing labs in the nation? Many people suffering from substance abuse have fallen victim to addiction and someone suffering from a secret addiction to drug and/or alcohol will often go to great lengths to ensure that they keep their secret safe and keep up the appearance that everything is fine. Because of these great lengths, it is difficult for employers or even loved ones to notice, even if it is right in front of them. Join Dr. Michael V. Genovese, Chief Medical Advisor Acadia Healthcare Recovery Division and Jamie Vinck, COO of Sierra Tuscon's treatment center as they discuss this topic with our host Kristin Sunanta Walker.  www.sierratuscon.com www.acadiahealthcare.com
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The Changing Tide in Applied Behavioral Analysis with Melissa Engasser
Melissa holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2009. She has over 14 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities and at-risk youth, working with clients across the lifespan. Her areas of clinical expertise include analogue functional analysis,  verbal behavior, and system-wide implementations of applied behavior analysis. Melissa has presented professionally at both national and international conferences, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Additionally, Melissa is an active presenter for Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) and Common Ground Parent Support Group, both non-profits that provides free ABA training to parents and educators across New Jersey. She is also passionate about the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis beyond the autism community; and currently serves as the Chair for the Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis, a Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Melissa is a member of New Jersey Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.  www.bedrocknj.org  http://aboutbehavior.webs.com/ www.nextgenrevolutionsummit.com
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Recovery Innovators Radio: James Healy Talks Podcasting with Kristin Walker
James Healy is an Addiction Recovery Specialist, Podcast Host & Radio Show Producer. Join James as he talks shop with our founder, Kristin Sunanta Walker, about podcasting. James and Kristin met at the Navigating the World of Addiction conference in Littleton, Co. They talk about his journey to sobriety and his dedication to helping others suffering from addiction. https://recoveryinnovatorsradio.com/meet-james/ http://bombproofrecovery.com/
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Severe and Persistent Mental Illness with Lloyd Hale: Ride4SPMI
Lloyd works to break down racial, gender, and age difference barriers. As an African American male he talks openly about his mental health and substance abuse issues and the stigma of seeking help.  He has such a positive character and has been on a personal journey to motivate the young people of South Carolina for the last 6 years. Hale is an outstanding young person with a powerful recovery story and an engaging speaker. www.ride4spmi.org
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Love Addiction
Dr. Paul Meier joins counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Sunanta Walker to talk about Love Addiction. What is it? Is it a symptom of codependency? Real life and clinical examples shared between our guests on this powerful show.  www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Human Energy Fields with Colin A. Ross, M.D.
Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of dissociation and trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his training in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a hospital-based Trauma Program in Dallas, Texas since 1991. Dr. Ross' book, The Trauma Model: A Solution To the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, was first published in 2000, with a second edition appearing in 2007. Other recent books of his include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (2009), The C.I.A. Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists (2006) and Moon Shadows: Stories of Trauma & Recovery (2007). In addition, Dr. Ross has authored over 170 professional papers, has reviewed for numerous professional journals and grant agencies and is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries and has published essays, aphorisms, poetry, short stories and screen plays. www.rossinst.com
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Independent Minds In Conversation with Teodrose Fikre of The Ghion Journal
A few years ago, Teodrose Fikre was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton making a six figure salary consulting agencies at the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir and Department of Treasury and a wide array of defense and civil agencies throughout the Washington, DC metro area.  I provided IT and business process improvement consultation for an alphabet soup of federal agencies and led a very comfortable life. I built up an "impressive array" of credentials and degrees; an MBA from Johns Hopkins, a PMP certification as well as a six sigma certified project manager. From the outside, I was the quintessential American success story. But these things, titles and accomplishments, could not fill the void I felt as accomplishments for the sake of accomplishment always felt like I was chasing unfulfilling pavements. Then the swerve of life happened and in a fell swoop, I fell into a crevice of turbulence. Equal parts malicious imposition and my own imprudence took me from upper-middle class comforts to day to day distress that comes with indigence. But where burdens exist, blessings are evident if we only look for them. It was precisely my two-year exodus that gave me a revelation of true injustice and gave me the wisdom to pursue truth and justice without regard to the labels and constructs that separate us. I am a published author and a writer whose speech idea was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina victory speech in 2008. Once thoroughly entangled in politics and a partisan loyalist, a mugging by way of reality shed political blinders from my eyes and led me on a journey to fight for universal justice. For more about The Ghion Journal visit their website www.ghionjournal.com.
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Historical Views on Sexual Abuse & Narcissism with Dr. Colin Ross
Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of dissociation and trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his training in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a hospital-based Trauma Program in Dallas, Texas since 1991. Dr. Ross' book, The Trauma Model: A Solution To the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, was first published in 2000, with a second edition appearing in 2007. Other recent books of his include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (2009), The C.I.A. Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists (2006) and Moon Shadows: Stories of Trauma & Recovery (2007). In addition, Dr. Ross has authored over 170 professional papers, has reviewed for numerous professional journals and grant agencies and is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries and has published essays, aphorisms, poetry, short stories and screen plays. www.rossinst.com
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MyCounterpane: A Healing Platform of Support and Connection with Kate Milliken
My Counterpane evolved from the experience of Kate Milliken, who was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006. A video producer by trade, Kate produced a series of videos to showcase her first year with MS and launched them in 2009 on Katescounterpane.com. A counterpane is a patchwork quilt created from a variety of fabrics which, when sewn together, create warmth and beauty as a whole. Her emotional honesty struck a chord and the project gained wide viewership in the MS community, especially among the newly diagnosed. What became clear to Kate through her own experience was that people need a way to connect each other not only via sharing the daily experience of illness (the clinical), but by sharing the emotions behind the illness (the psychological). Mycounterpane.com started with MS, but as the site gained traction, other communities were born. Our aim is to be the experiential version of a counterpane patchwork quilt: a community that celebrates the virtual, remembers the real, and ultimately, counters pain with the knowledge of who we are, what we know, and how we feel. Joseph Fusaro joins us as co-host. He is a MyCounterpane member, mental health advocate, author, and friend!  www.unreadletters.com
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Knocking Out Mental Health Stigma with Jesse James Leija
Two-time world champion boxer, Jesse James Leija, joins host Kristin Sunanta Walker on Mental Health News Radio to talk about the mind-body connection. Mental acuity, continued acts of service through advocacy, love of family, humility, and entrepreneurship are all at the heart of Jesse James Leija. He discusses the many phases of his career and how his training as a boxer kept him mentally and physically able to take on world champion competitors and stay in the ring. Please visit his website at www.jessejamesleija.com for more information about his organizations and the charities he not only supports financially but rolls up his sleeves and puts the hard work in day after day. 
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Letters From A Sex Addict: My Life Exposed with Wendy Conquest and Dan Drake
Wendy Conquest is a psychotherapist, Director of SACC, a sex and addiction treatment center in Boulder Colorado and author of Letters To A Sex Addict: The Journey Through Grief and Betrayal. Ms. Conquest’s passion is to understand and create paradigms for change. She has developed programs dealing with drug, alcohol, sex addiction, and treating partners of sex addicts with hospitals, agencies and treatment centers over the last 17 years always using cutting edge research.  Wendy has also been successful incorporating Alma, her therapy dog, with clients in individual, couples, and group settings.  Her newest book, Letters From A Sex Addict; Seeing Inside My Mind, written with co-author, Dan Drake, will be available in 2017. www.wendyconquest.com Dan Drake is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist. He specializes in treating sex addicts, their partners and families. He is in private practice in Studio City, CA and is EMDR trained. In addition to treating sex addiction, he has years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups on issues such as depression, anxiety, relational difficulty, and spirituality. www.dandrakemft.com
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Get Your Zen On: Electronic Health Record Integrity In Addiction Treatment
Two of the founders of ZenCharts.com join host Kristin Walker to discuss why electronic health records are being put to the test in the addiction treatment side of behavioral health. Features like customer relationship management (CRM) have to be incorporated in order to handle the onslaught of patients needing help from substance abuse treatment centers.  Find out who is behind where you store something as important as protected health information. Thank you to Rick Glaser and Sean Callahan for joining and being the first sponsor of Mental Health News Radio. www.zencharts.com
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Empowered Empaths: Daughters of Narcissistic Fathers
Our friend and guest on the show, Shahida Arabi, inspired this podcast. Her articles on Daughters of Narcissistic Fathers can be found here. Definitely a trigger warning for listeners - be prepared prior to listening to this one with counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards joined by host Kristin Sunanta Walker. We highly recommend you visit Shahida's website.  
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Mental Health and Murder: Massachusetts In The Spotlight with Michael Rezendes
Mike Rezendes is a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In more than two decades with the Globe, he has investigated a wide array of additional subjects, including the September 11 attacks, health care costs, and prison suicides. While working with the Spotlight Team, Mike was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once in 2007 for an investigation of the debt collection industry, and again in 2017 for an exposé of the mental health care system in Massachusetts.  On this show our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Mike discuss the mental health system failure in Massachusetts.  Read the full blog articles on both of our Spotlight team interviews! For more information please visit The Boston Globe Spotlight team.
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Mental Illness and Alcoholism with Author Jodee Prouse
Jodee Prouse is an outspoken advocate to help eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding Addiction and Mental Illness from a family perspective. She is the author of the just released, powerful memoir, The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction, and How I Broke Free which instantly went to #1 in her 3 categories. (Adult Children of Alcoholics, Dysfunctional Families, and Alcoholism). www.jodeeprouse.com www.facebook.com/jodee.tisdaleprouse www.instagram.com/jodeeprouse www.linkedin.com/in/jodee-prouse-530a8329/
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Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: In the Spotlight
Phil Saviano is a victim of child sexual abuse by a Massachusetts Catholic priest in the 1960s. In 1992, at the age of 40, he went public about his abuse, generating national headlines. Through the pursuit of a civil suit, he gained evidence that least 7 bishops in four states had known that his abuser, Fr. David Holley, was a child molester. After settling his lawsuit with no confidentiality restrictions, he established the New England Chapter of SNAP, the national support network. Through SNAP, he formalized his outreach to other victims of child clergy abuse and assumed a role of expert and media spokesperson on the issue. Phil’s year 2001 contributions to the Boston Globe’s landmark investigation of clergy abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston, MA are portrayed in the movie “Spotlight,” the Academy Award Winning Best Film of 2016.  Mike Rezendes is a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In more than two decades with the Globe, he has investigated a wide array of additional subjects, including the September 11 attacks, health care costs, and prison suicides. While working with the Spotlight Team, Mike was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once in 2007 for an investigation of the debt collection industry, and again in 2017 for an exposé of the mental health care system in Massachusetts.  Shari Botwin, LCSW joins the show with host Kristin Sunanta Walker. 
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Take the ADD/ADHD Test!
Dr. Paul Meier joins counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Sunanta Walker to take the World Health Organization's test on ADD and ADHD. We all take the test LIVE on the show. We share our scores. What medication can help and what this diagnosis means are vital to all of us so affected.  www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com Take the test with us or on your own here. 
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Bipolar Disorder
Another great discussion with Dr. Paul Meier, counselor Melanie Vann, author Johnnie Calloway, and host Kristin Sunanta Walker about Bipolar Disorder. Hear from clinicians and real, lived experience with this often misunderstood diagnosis. A timely and authentic discussion about how this disorder is diagnosed and treated. www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com www.morphintoanewyou.com  
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Free Will Is A Skill With Author and Mindfulness Teacher John Bruna
John Bruna (Jangchub Chophel) is an author, counselor, educator, mindfulness and Dharma teacher. With humble and challenging beginnings, he grew up in a low-income environment, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, and violence. In 1984, at the age of 22, John began a spiritual journey that changed the course of his life. As a result of that journey, John has been able to turn his experiences of being a dishwasher, auto mechanic, corporate manager, graduate student, and spiritual practitioner into insights on how to live productively, creatively, and collaboratively. After living in different cultural and economic environments, along with educational and spiritual training, John has become an accessible, authentic teacher and role model for people who want positive change and progress in their life. John is the director of Way of Compassion Foundation and Co-Founder of the Mindful Life Program. He is also the author of the upcoming book, The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness. John's Tedx Talk Free Will is a Skill can be viewed here: https://www.mindfullifeprogram.org/tedx-talk/
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The Many Faces of Mental Illness with Advocate and Sports Writer Travis Pipes
Travis Pipes was a featured speaker at the '17 'Many Faces Of Mental Illness Conference' and hosted by Siouxland Mental Health. His presentation focused on lived experience in both substance abuse recovery while struggling with a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. It's a story highlighted by perseverance, acceptance and finding the freedom to change. Travis was featured in the 'National Council Magazine' (Issue 1 of the 2015 edition) and brings his story of strength and hope as a survivor of addiction in collaboration with suicide prevention advocate Kevin Hines. They've collaborated to develop mental health content for articles on Huffington Post. Travis also appears in Hines' upcoming documentary film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect." Travis is also a member of the 'CNQR (pronounced 'Conquer') Collective' based out of Atlanta, GA. It's a program of the Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation. It's a social impact initiative that aims to eradicate suicide and champion brain health by collaborating with change makers and social entrepreneurs. Travis is a Midwestern native currently residing in Wisconsin. He is a published sports writer and studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. https://twitter.com/travisfpipes  https://www.facebook.com/t.money.pipes http://icnqr.com/travis-pipes https://17mproductions.com/ 
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You Can't Fake the Funk: James Lott, Jr. and Kristin Sunanta Walker
What on earth can we write about James Lott, Jr.? Witty, charming, warm, funny, charismatic - but the man knows. He knows what's up. Probably one of our most enjoyable podcasts with a fellow podcaster! Who introduced him to us? The great connector, Dr. Cali Estes.  James is an artist, a writer, a television host, a podcast host, a professional organizationer, coach and so much more. He knows the ins and outs of the entertainment world and STILL laughs from his belly. This was a fun show where we stole his line, "You just can't fake the funk!" For more about James visit any of the amazing places below: James Lott, Jr. AFIS CNA CTACC The Super Organizer LLC 213.309.3685 thesuperorganizer.com thesuperorganizeruniverse.comthesuperorganieruniversetips.blogspot.com blakhopeproductions.com @blakhopela @thesupero @alottinla
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How Society Can Kill Creativity with Alan Scherer and Kristin Sunanta Walker
Our good friend Alan Scherer joins us after sharing the award-winning, animated short film Alike with our host, Kristin Walker.  Please check out the film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDHIyrfMl_U which is a short film by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez.  Alan is an incredible photographer, speaker, and advocate about Mental Health. He was one of the selected participants in the initiative called Deconstructing Stigma with McLean Hospital.  Alan shares his truths openly with so much passion and inspiration it's hard to not feel the rush of his spirit whenever he is speaking. Join us for a short show about creativity, spirit, and  how important it is to live your passion! For more information about Alan go to www.alanschererphotographer.com. 
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Empowered Empaths: The ABCs of Authenticity
Join counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Walker as they talk about the ABC's of Authenticity. What does being authentic mean? Is it always a "good" thing?  Can someone be authentically "bad"? What is the difference between being gifted at something, being authentic, and being gifted AND authentic.  www.mhnrnetwork.com
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What Does Designing Your Life Look, Feel, and Taste Like with Ryan Orrock
A bio from Ryan Orrock is never going to be a traditional bio. So let's play but please read his bio here. Best to listen to the show to hear what he does, why he does it, and how he can help you.   Student. Writer. Facilitator. Communicator. Coach. Mindworker. Bodyworker. Counselor. Healer. Trainer and even Dom. Most of all, Energy Worker. www.ryanorrock.com www.patreon.com/ryanorrock www.facebook.com/ryan.orrock
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Passive Aggressive Personality
Dr. Paul Meier joins us on Mental Health News Radio discussing Passive Aggressive Personality. Counselor Melanie Vann, Author Johnnie Calloway and host Kristin Sunanta Walker open up the topic with Paul to discuss the symptoms of this disorder via case studies and personal interactions. What exactly is passive aggressiveness? Have you ever been accused?  It's term thrown around loosely and typically without any actual understanding of what it is and how counseling can help.  www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Post Traumatic Growth: Global Healing-Not Shaming & Calling Narcissism Out!
Thanks to Bree Bonchay, LCSW for calling June 1st the date of World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day. It was important for our host, Kristin Walker, to interview the friends that brought this awareness to Mental Health News Radio: Andrea Schneider and Christine Louis de Canonville. We've shared this walk for many years before we knew each other and then together the past 3 years. A whole lot of healing has gone on for each of us and for listeners of our shows.  Please visit Christine's website here for more information about her and her work. Please visit Andrea's website here for more information about her and her work.  Join us as we talk about what this day means for us, our friendship, and the thousands of people that have reached out for help upon finding our writing, hearing a podcast, being a part of a training session, or bumping into us on the street!   www.mhnrnetwork.com www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com    
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365 Days of Healing for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse with Anna M. Jones
Anna M. Jones, coauthor of What We're Afraid to Ask, received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. Jones’ training includes integrative approaches built upon her belief in Christianity around areas such as trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance related and addictive disorders, adoption, identity, and spiritual issues. Jones believes that everyone has value, was created with purpose, and her belief that Jesus is the answer. whatwereafraidtoask.com facebook.com/whatwereafraidtoask 
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Paranoid Personality Disorder
Dr. Paul Meier joins us again on Mental Health News Radio discussing Paranoid Personality Disorder. Counselor Melanie Vann and host Kristin Sunanta Walker open up the topic with Paul to discuss the symptoms of this disorder via case studies and personal interactions. Anyone can go through a time of paranoia or several but to reach a level where this becomes pathological has damaging effects on the person diagnosed as well as those they interact with especially in close relationships. It is certainly treatable should the person affected make the brave journey into counseling. www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com  
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Let's Get IGNTD About Mental Health And Addiction Recovery: Dr. Adi Jaffe
One of our best interviews to date is with Dr. Adi Jaffe of www.igntd.me. His talks all over the globe are always a surprise for the audience. You'll find out why on this show. Great back and forth discussions about how the industry behind behavioral health has got to change in order to truly be effective. He's a disrupter - expect the unexpected and enjoy the show! Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D., in Psychology, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his TEDx talk has been watched, and lauded, throughout the world for its authenticity and insight. Check out his visit with Dr. Oz here.  Using tools as varied as cognitive behavioral education, mindfulness techniques and the latest in biofeedback and neurofeedback, Dr. Jaffe has been known to change lives. www.nationalcouncil.org www.igntd.me
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Counselors Corner: The Link Between Eating Disorders and Trauma
Eating disorders are widely misunderstood and yet they effect all races and all genders.This is a global epidemic that has been ravaging people for centuries.Two counselors, Shari Botwin and Melanie Vann, join host Kristin Walker for a very intimate conversation about treatment, our personal histories, and how misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated people are that suffer from this lifelong problem. Recovery takes on many forms over the course of someone's life. Certainly Western culture plays its negative role but this a problem all over the world. Melanie Vann is the Program Director for Mental Health News Radio. For more information about Melanie click here. Kristin Walker is the host of Mental Health News Radio and Founder of MHNRNetwork.com. Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counseling survivors of trauma and abuse for over 20 years. She has given expert testimony on most major news outlets and will be featured in a documentary later this year on healing from sexual trauma. She is working on her second book, Conquering Trauma. Through the years she has witnessed patients go from surviving to thriving into a full life.  The Role of an Eating Disorder in Staying Stuck in Trauma - Monte Nido http://www.montenido.com/2017/05/18/the-role-of-an-eating-disorder-in-staying-stuck-in-trauma/ www.sharibotwin.com
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Digging Deeper Into Genetics & Behavioral Health with Dr. Dave Vigerust
Dave Vigerust, Ph.D. is the Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. In 2014 he joined MyGenetx Clinical Laboratory as the Chief Scientific Officer and directs the scientific and educational missions of the lab. Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in cardiology, behavioral medicine, infectious disease, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. Dr. Vigerust has been widely published, including in 2016, studies in Clinical Diabetes, Future Cardiology, Future Neurology and Postgraduate Medical Journal. Dr. Vigerust was a speaker at 2016 TEDxNashville on the topic of Precision Medicine. www.mygenetx.com
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Navigating The World of Addiction: Yes! I Said No with Barbra Russell
Barbra Russell joins us LIVE from Navigating the World of Addiction in Littleton Colorado. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor as a “second career” and has spent many hours working with individuals, couples and families in her private practice. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Counseling and that “second career” prompted a move from Pueblo to Denver, Colorado where she works as the Director of the Counseling Department at the Potter’s House Church. Joins us as we discuss her new book, "Yes! I Said No!" which is now available through Amazon.com. www.barbrarussell.com
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Navigating The World of Addiction:Poverty Consciousness with Author Kevin Cullis
Author and businessman Kevin Cullis joins us LIVE from Navigating the World of Addiction in Littleton Colorado. We discuss his theory on having a poverty mindset and how to change your thinking about prosperity. His books can be found on Amazon here. Kevin Cullis is a former USAF officer, currently a business geek and an entrepreneur. He has his Masters Degree in Administration as well as 12 years of face-to-face experience selling both Macs and PCs to businesses. He loves helping entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners integrate, utilize, and optimize their marketing, sales, and business management processes to be profitable. The combination of both a business and a computer process perspectives makes him unique in saving and making money, especially when using a Mac. "How to Start a Business: Mac Version" is his first book. His second book, "HWJDB How Would Jesus Do Business?: Bible Secrets for Startups and Entrepreneurs" came about while discussing business with former Navy SEAL SOC Jimmy Graham. Did you know that in the parable of the talents a talent was up to 200 LBS OF GOLD? At 75 lbs one talent is worth in todays dollars $1.44 MILLION. One slave got over $7 MILLION to work with. Di you also know that 85% of the parable Jesus spoke were business topics? HWJDB goes into some details on how moral businesses should be. www.hwjdb.com
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An Expert In The Field of Addiction Medication Dr. Dawn V. Obrecht
Broadcasting LIVE from the Navigating the World of Addiction conference in Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Dawn Obrecht shares her passion for the field of addiction treatment. She has traveled the globe and is the author of three books. Visit her Amazon author page here. Dawn V. Obrecht, M.D., was graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and did an internship in general surgery and residency in emergency medicine. She has been the medical director of a chemical dependency unit and is a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. For many years she had a busy family medicine practice. Licensed in several states, she now travels to small, rural communities, filling in for physicians who need time off. Having been in recovery from drug addiction for over a quarter century, Dr. Obrecht uses her experience with life-threatening illness to identify with and help others to heal and to hear God. DocDawn lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Erik Landvik, where she writes and consults in addiction medicine between her travels. Just as Dr. Obrecht found the courage and support needed to surface from 20 years of addiction with her professional skills and caring spirit intact – she has found a way, in this book, to not only help the addict but to also entertainingly enlighten family members, non-addicts and other physicians on the importance of their role in also understanding the recovery process. www.docdawn.com
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From the Gridiron to Addiction Recovery with Randy Grimes
We had the pleasure of meeting Randy and Lydia Grimes at the Navigating the World of Addiction conference in Littleton Colorado. Randy and Lydia were there with the treatment center they passionately serve Behavorial Health of the Palm Beaches. Sharing the stage to discuss their story as a family was inspiring for all of us.  Randy made sure to invite Lydia to join him to share her part of the journey as well.  Addiction is a family disease and hearing from both husband and wife was powerful. Randy was an American football player who played center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1983 to 1992. He also played for Baylor University during the early 1980's and was part of the 1980 Southwest Conference Champion Bears. He is now an interventionist, speaker, and part of the team at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.  Our podcast is known for Keeping it Real and that is exactly what you get with Randy. This was very personal for the entire team at Mental Health News Radio and many of our listeners. A healing took place for all of us since meeting Randy and especially for our host Kristin Walker during this intimate and poignant interview. Our heartfelt thanks go out to him, his wife Lydia, his family and the staff of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.  Randy and Lydia continue to share their experience with addiction and recovery using their knowledge to help not only athletes but any family struggling with their road to recovery. We are honored to take part in working with Randy sharing the stories of the many lives saved because of USING YOUR VOICE. www.bhpalmbeach.com
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Navigating The World Of Addiction: The Family Disease with Kevin Petersen, LMFT
We met Kevin Petersen, LMFT at the Navigating the World of Addiction conference put on by Rob Lohman. He came in at the last minute to take over as one of the keynote speakers. Kevin Petersen, LMFT is a dedicated, caring, and understanding professional who works with families in crisis. Kevin was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA and earned a bachelors from USC in 1994, and enjoyed a prosperous career in Sales and Marketing before he decided to return to school in 2008. Kevin has earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling both from Regis University. He started his career working as a therapist for Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in Child and Family Services in 2011. Kevin opened his private practice, Petersen Family Counseling, in 2014 and specializes in working with families and individuals struggling with addictions, codependency, and parenting. www.petersenfamilycounseling.com
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The Link Between Mental Health and Mindfulness with Ora Nadrich
Author and life coach Ora Nadrich discusses the link between the words we use to think and how that affects our mental health. Ora is an author, certified life coach, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month it was important to tune in with Ora. She is one of those people that spreads so much well-being to everyone around her, we didn't want the show to end! Sit back and enjoy more of her wisdom around mindful thinking and how your thoughts can change your life! www.oranadrich.com Read her full blog article here.
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Will to Live: John Trautwein on Teen Suicide and Mental Health Awareness
Our guest is John Trautwein. His book My Living Will: A Father’s Story of Loss & Hope details the October 2010 tragic loss of his oldest child, 15-year-old Will. A strong, popular and successful young man, Will was a freshman at Northview High School, and his death devastated not only the Trautwein’s but the entire community. As a result, John and his wife Susie started a nonprofit called “The Will To Live Foundation” to work closely kids to not only help spread the message of teen suicide awareness in our community but also help these teens recognize the wonderful bonds of friendship we call “life teammate bonds” that help each other find the good in life! John is a Graduate of Northwestern University and former baseball player, playing 7 years in the Expos and Red Sox organizations.  Since the foundation started, John has been making well over 100 speeches and presentations annually to high school students, college students, teams of all kinds, parents, coaches, teachers across America. John has turned the tragedy of the loss of his son, into a positive message that improves the lives and the Will To Live of kids everywhere. The “kids of Will To Live” have raised over $1,000,000 in an effort to raise awareness, increase education and deliver hope to each other, and their efforts have funded the acclaimed “Signs of Suicide” Program in schools all over the country. The Will to Live Foundation has been recognized on CNN, Major League Baseball, The Big Ten Network, and Fox Sports, just to name a few. In 2012, John and his wife Susie were awarded the “Presidential Point of Light” award for their work with the Will To Live Foundation.
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Navigating the World of Addiction: Getting Down With Dr. Cali Estes
Dr. Cali Estes joins us again on Mental Health News Radio LIVE from The Navigating the World of Addiction conference put on by Rob Lohman. As always, Cali is frank and controversial. She says it like it is and wowed the audience with her knowledge of the addiction world. Tune in as we sit down for a quick chat to discuss the venue and what it is like being a disrupter in the addiction treatment world. www.caliestes.com www.theaddictionscoach.com
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The Genie In Your Genes with Dawson Church, PhD
Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning author whose best-selling book, The Genie in Your Genes, (www.YourGeniusGene.com) has been hailed by reviewers as a breakthrough in our understanding of the link between emotions and genetics. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to study and implement promising evidence-based psychological and medical techniques. His groundbreaking research has been published in prestigious scientific journals. He is the editor of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, a peer-reviewed professional journal The Energy Psychology Journal and a blogger for the Huffington Post. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy psychology to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe (www.EFTUniverse.com), one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web. www.dawsonchurch.com
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Beauty From His Ashes: Losing My Son to Heroin with Trisha Grose
Trisha Grose, author, public speaker,  and real estate agent at Spirit Bear Realty in Colorado. Ms. Grose is currently completing this book with the support and love of her family, friends, and co-workers.  Her book, Beauty From His Ashes, is about being a parent of a teen addicted to Heroin, the struggles associated with Brendan’s recovery, the holes in our system for caring for these children, and the grief of losing God’s most precious gift – a child. Trisha joins us LIVE at the Navigating the World of Addiction conference in Littleton, Colorado. She was one of the keynote presenters for this intimate and incredible FREE conference put on by Mr. Rob Lohman. www.beautyfromhisashes.com
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Empowered Empaths: What Is Emotional Responsibility?
Join Counselors Melissa Richards and Melanie Vann with host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they discuss Emotional Responsibility. Touchy subject but we've had a lot of emails lately about flirting, dating, relationships, and emotional maturity. Keeping it real as always! www.mhnrnetwork.com www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com  
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Deconstructing Stigma: A Chat About Bipolar Disorder with Joe Fusaro
Joe Fusaro joins us to talk about the incredible initiative he is a part of with McLean Hospital: Deconstructing Stigma. Since elementary school, Joe has had trouble with something that comes so naturally to most people—sleep. Despite his sleep patterns, good grades always came easily to Joe. He played music and was good at sports. Yet Joe frequently felt anxious. Just days after he started college, the 9/11 attacks happened and placed a cloud over daily life. One night, Joe felt unmotivated to do schoolwork, and a friend introduced him to the drug Adderall. It was the start of a decade-long love/hate relationship with medication. The drugs would help for a year or so, then the upper and downers would impact Joe’s sleep. He’d have major depressive episodes and wind up in detox and the hospital. The cycle would repeat again and again. Making matters worse, Joe began having  psychotic episodes, talking to himself about spaceships and someone trying to kill him. Doctors prescribed more medication. It was 2013 when Joe decided there must be another way. He found a new doctor who taught him meditation techniques and proper nutrition and referred him to an herbalist to help manage his symptoms. Joe repaired relationships with friends and family. He wanted to give back and looked to the diary entries he made over the years as a possible way to help others. Joe has published three books of insight and poetry about his illness, with part of the proceeds going to mental health organizations. He still sees a psychiatrist regularly. Someday, he wants to work with kids with learning disabilities or mental health issues. www.unreadletters.com
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Navigating the World of Addiction: Recovery Unplugged with Grant Hanson
Grant Hanson joins our host Kristin Walker LIVE at the Navigating the World of Addicition conference in Colorado.  Grant first began to seek recovery while still a teenager. After experiencing all the things that he thought would never happen to him, like eventually living on the street, using needles, and a couple of prison stints, he found a desperation unlike any he had ever known. There was not a thing he wouldn't do if it meant staying sober. He is passionate about recovery and driven by a sense of purpose and dedication to helping families as well as individuals that are struggling with substance use disorders.  He came to Recovery Unplugged with a few years experience in the treatment industry, which started out with a job washing dishes. Thanks to some amazing people along the way any and his willingness to follow suggestion, he is now an Outreach Manager at their Texas location. Recovery Unplugged uses the power of music to help our patients heal from drug and alcohol addiction. Their staff is made up of experienced and qualified addiction care professionals and acclaimed songwriters and musicians. These professionals have come together to lend their expertise to a truly unique and effective recovery program. If you or a loved one is battling addiction or substance abuse, Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you heal through music-based treatment and recovery. granth@recoveryunplugged.com www.recoveryunplugged.com www.rutexas.com
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Navigating the World of Addiction: Fire Mountain Programs Aaron Huey
Join hosts Johnnie Calloway and Kristin Sunanta Walker LIVE at the 2017 Navigating the World of Addiction conference as they interview Co-founder and President Aaron Huey of Fire Mountain Programs. Aaron was a presenter at this  year's event.  He was as fired up in our interview as he was on stage! So much empowerment and wisdom to share.  Aaron has been working with children, teens and parents for over 18 years. After ten years directing camps and empowerment programs around the world, Aaron opened Fire Mountain because he wanted to work with kids and families on a deeper level. Over the first few years of running programs like Teen Rites of Passage The Warrior Phoenix Challenge, and numerous cries for help from parents, Aaron realized the need to turn his efforts towards teens struggling with drugs, alcohol and the behaviors and issues related to addiction. An addict in recovery since 2000, he felt a calling to put together an expert team and open Fire Mountain. His mission is to awaken confidence and leadership. “It‘s not about being better, it‘s about giving up the struggle to be different from who you are.” Aaron’s formal educational background is in acting. He graduated from the top acting school in the US, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1990. His skills in comedy and drama make him an  influential speaker and presenter, and a favorite among the kids. His confidence, compassion and humor set the tone for deep healing, and fun. Aaron is also trained as an EMT, a Wilderness Survival Instructor and Martial Arts teacher, all of which he weaves into the Fire Mountain RTC curriculum. www.firemountainprograms.com
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The Power of Words in Mental Health: Deputy Director Nanette Larson, DHS
Nanette V. Larson, BA, CRSS, serves as the Deputy Director/Ambassador for Wellness & Recovery for the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health. Since 1999, Ms. Larson has worked with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health, providing leadership and consultation to further the development of recovery-oriented services within the mental health system. In her more than 15 years as a state employee, Ms. Larson has served in a variety of positions within the Division. In her role as Ambassador, Ms. Larson will continue to forward many of DMH’s successful recovery initiatives, such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®), Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) training and development & monthly Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls. Additionally, she and her team will develop and expand proactive, outcome-focused wellness strategies organized around the eight dimensions of wellness identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Larson is a nationally recognized leader in the mental health recovery movement and has provided numerous presentations to diverse audiences on recovery, spirituality, and related topics. Her passion for this work comes from her personal experience of recovery from mental illness, and her message is one of hope for all whose lives are affected by these conditions. For more information about Nanette please visit www.illinois.gov.  www.thenationalcouncil.org
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Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier 21 Hidden Signs of Psychopathy
Dr. Paul Meier joins us again on Mental Health News Radio discussing one of his best selling books and his knowledge of anti-social personality disorder. We discuss 21 traits of Psychopathy as well as the entire spectrum from Narcissistic Personality Disorder to Sociopathy to Psychopathy. Counselor Melanie Vann joins Paul to discuss these widely misunderstood character disorders, their negative and tragic impact on society, and how we can heal from toxic people.  www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Dr. Paul Meier Round Table Discussions on Perfectionism and OCD
Dr. Paul Meier joins us again on Mental Health News Radio to talk about Perfectionism and Obssesive Compulsive Disorder. There are three types and Paul with counselor Melanie Vann and Host Kristin Walker discuss the link between OCD and the need to be perfect. www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com
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Minimalism: Caring For Your Soul In The Digital Age With Joshua Garrin, Ph.D.
Join Joshua Garrin and host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they talk about the importance of Minimalism. Two highly empathic people at it again sharing trusted emotional space for and with each other on another show. Caring for your soul in the age of the digital imprint is a full-time job. Dig in with both of them to find out how to stay focused on being present in your life.   Joshua holds a Ph.D. in health psychology, an M.S. in cognitive psychology, and a B.S. in general psychology and journalism. Following the completion of his doctorate in 2014, Joshua was the recipient of Walden University’s Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research for his inquiry on health beliefs, outcome expectancies, and stress appraisal in college seniors. In addition, he is the recipient of Walden University’s 2015 Presidential Alumni Research Dissemination Award for having published his award-winning dissertation research via multiple literary channels. As a health psychologist, Joshua’s interests focus on the intrinsic motives that underlie sustained health behavior change—seven of which serve as the conceptual framework discussed in his upcoming book, “The I-Way to Well: Mapping the Seven Selves of Health Motivation”, which is scheduled for launch in early 2017. www.joshuagarrinphd.com
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Deconstructing Stigma: Mental Illness is a Family Centered Illness
Ann Roselle is a nurse practitioner who has been in the nursing field for nearly twenty years. She currently practices in the field of adult and geriatric psychiatry. She lives in greater New Haven Connecticut with her husband and three children.  Ann took part in McLean Hospital's initiative www.deconstructingstigma.com to talk about postpartum depression and how the medical community can stigmatize those who work in the field when they report mental health problems. www.bipolarandme.virb.com
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Essential Living: Reclaiming Your Essential Self With Dr. Shelley Uram
Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks around the country about psychological trauma and how it often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. She is best known for communicating very complex information in an interesting and easy to understand way.   Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain and is currently writing a book on the subject.  www.shelleyuram.com
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Can Mental Illness be Cured? Our Interview with Alice Washington
Alice Washington is an associate at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Ms. Washington was awarded a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Stanford University during March of 1988.  Her major was Sociology:  Social Sciences. In the past few years, Ms. Washington has received a Train-the-Trainer Certificate from California State University, Sacramento.  In 2013, Alice completed an A.S. in Graphic Design. She also completed a Diploma in Web Design and Interactive Media in December 2015. Finally, Alice has skills in developing technology-based trainings.   Alice has been living with schizophrenia, depression and anxiety since age 27. She has had diabetes for about 6 years during to Zyprexa and obesity. www.facebook.com/alice.washington.125 LinkedIn.com/in/alicejographics
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Sexual Assault Survivors: Voices of Experience and Healing
Join Kristin Sunanta Walker, counselor Shari Botwin, and Patricia Leary Steuer, all sexual assault survivors as they discuss their experiences and the healing necessary in order to find measures of peace. All three of these women keep it real and very personal as a shared discussion on the trauma, long-term PTSD, anxiety, and depression that we all suffer after these kinds of experiences. A full transcript of the show can be downloaded here. Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counseling survivors of trauma and abuse for over 20 years.  She has given expert testimony on most major news outlets and will be featured in a documentary later this year on healing from sexual trauma.  She is working on her second book, Conquering Trauma. Through the years she has witnessed patients go from surviving to thriving into a full life. Listen to Shari's first interview here. Shari's article in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the Bill Cosby trial is here. www.sharibotwin.com Patricia Leary Steuer joins us to share her personal story as another survivor of sexual assault. Her interview in New York Magazine can be found here. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of www.mhnrnetwork.com and host of Mental Health News Radio. A long time advocate and speaker about sexual abuse, incest, and trauma.
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India and Mental Health: An Interview with Gopinath Narayanan
A friend of our CEO, Kristin Sunanta Walker, joins us for this special show. Gopinath (Gopi) is the owner of a very successful technology company based in Bangalore India. He joins us today to talk about the state of affairs in India around Mental Health stigma and services. Gopi and Kristin started out as colleagues 13 years ago working on extensive projects in technology. They became close friends and that friendship is conveyed in this eye opening interview. If we think we have issues eradicating stigma around mental health in the U.S. just wait until you hear how it treatment is viewed in India.  A fascinating show with a very compassionate and intelligent man that Kristin is honored to call friend.   
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Deconstructing Stigma: Amy Cerel Shares Her Journey with Postpartum Depression
Amy Cerel is a 57 year old wife and proud mom of 2 young men ages 22 and 18.  She began her family after earning an MSW and MBA, and embarking on a successful career as a clinical social worker and organizational consultant.  She suffered a postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, and with the support of wonderful family and an outstanding physician, sought and received the appropriate treatment for her illness.  She chose to stay on her treatment course and did not relapse following the birth of her second child.  While raising her sons she returned to work part time, as she continues to do now that her sons are grown.  She volunteered to participate in McLean Hospital's public awareness campaign, Deconstructing Stigma, to raise awareness that postpartum depression is an illness to be treated and not a character flaw or judgment on one's ability to be a mother and love her children.  Today she is actively involved in her local community outreach efforts to support organizations that assist the most vulnerable populations at physical and emotional risk.  www.deconstructingstigma.com
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Boutique Addiction Treatment Services: Alignment Addiction Recovery
We met the lovely Eamon and Nina at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment confernece in Los  Angeles, Ca. They were calm in a sea of noise on a busy exhibit hall floor. We simply had to interview them! Eamon O’Hara comes from a substance abuse treatment background. He was originally introduced to this industry through personal experience where he attended a facility early in his 20’s and began his journey of continued sobriety.  When achieving one  year of sobriety he began work at a drug and alcohol rehab facility and climbed through the ranks becoming the company’s director of operations in. Eamon has helped thousands of people get clean and sober and his involvement in the industry brings unprecedented insight to Alignment Addiction Recovery Group. Christina (Nina) Warthen is from an upper class family with no addiction in sight. At twenty years old she began a successful fifteen-year career in modeling. While modeling she was very often struck by how many people in that industry were functioning addicts and alcoholics. Eventually she had become one of those functioning addicts and reached out for help right before it was too late. Traveling and living all through Europe, and South Africa while based in NYC, her sobriety began after going to a treatment facility and attending AA meetings in September 2005. Her passion for twelve step programs and seeing what a sober life had awarded her externally but even more internally, lead her to seeking out a more meaningful career in treatment. 
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Enthusiastic Recovery: An Interview with Bill Prasad of Lifeway International
Bill Prasad, LPC-S, LCDC, Certified Trauma Counselor is the Vice President of Clinical Programs for Lifeway International where he drives clinical operations and builds high performance teams. As an L-P-C Supervisor and L-C-D-C he also works as a therapist for Contemporary Medicine Associates where he treats people who are challenged by trauma, addiction, depression and anxiety. He has worked as a Director of Intake, outpatient/Inpatient services for two Houston psychiatric hospitals. He is also a certified trainer of group C-I-S-M response and has run on calls including the Navy Yard shootings in Washington which resulted in 12 people being gunned down in the workplace. Before moving to Houston, Bill directed a behavior health program for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Virginia where he worked closely with law enforcement and firefighters. Also, he worked as an EAP counselor for Raytheon and the Office of Naval Intelligence in Maryland. Bill has post graduate certifications in leadership from the University of Houston-Downtown and in the treatment of psychological trauma from Johns Hopkins University. He has a Master’s Degrees in counseling psychology and in the study of religions and ethnic conflict. He lives with his wife in Houston. His hobbies including teaching spin, scuba diving and having his heart broken each football season by the Philadelphia Eagles. www.lifewaycares.com
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Empowered Empaths: Seeing Clearly Through Rose Colored Glasses
Highly sensitive beings can have a tendency to see the world through rose colored glasses. It's a measure of safety, naivete (sometimes), but also a gift. Seeing the best in others when we aren't well boundaried can lead us down roads where we end up in trauma. Many toxic people count on us wearing those glasses and keeping them foggy. We cover a lot of ground on this show with our original trio of Melanie Vann, Melissa Richards, and Kristin Walker. The message is simple though - wear those glasses proudly, just remember to keep the lenses clear.  www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Deconstructing Stigma: OCD and Anxiety Disorder with Jessica Fahey
Another terrific contributor to McLean Hospital's mental health inititative Deconstructing Stigma, Jessica Fahey joins our host Kristin Walker to talk about OCD and Anxiety Disorder. Jessica is the picture of success. She manages more than 25 employees that oversee lab space where scientists work on lifesaving discoveries. She recently married her love, an army veteran of the Afghanistan war turned police officer. They bought a house and rounded out their family with a new puggle puppy (a pug/beagle mix). Jessica accomplished all this with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorder. Looking back, Jessica remembers the ritualistic behaviors she developed as a young child. She would recite prayers over and over again until they were perfect, otherwise she feared someone in her family would die. She also pulled her hair and eyebrows out and picked at her cuticles until they bled because of her nervousness. Her senior year in high school, she had her first panic attack—gasping for breath and white flashes in her vision—and called her mother, terrified. Curious about her illness, Jessica studied psychology in college. She started weekly therapy there, and while she feels much more in control of her anxiety and OCD today, she still sees a therapist every month to keep it in check. She wants others dealing with mental illness to know that even when you can’t see a way out, there is one. Don’t be afraid to step forward. Tell someone you need help. www.deconstructingstigma.com
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The Angry Therapist: John Kim on Mental Health News Radio
We have been reading The Angry Therapist's posts for a while thinking, "Who is this awesome and cutting edge healer?"  It was a great pleasure to interview the founder John Kim and find out exactly what he and his message are all about.  John practices complete authenticity and transparency with his many clients, frowned upon in the clinical world, and continues to look for new and unconventional ways to help people. John lives in Los Angeles where he makes videos on his phone, Crossfits, and rides his motorcycle to coffee shops to do sessions. His work has been covered in TheAtlantic.com, Hyphen, Psychology Today, MindBodyGreen.com, NPR.com, and Mental Health News Radio (where we love things that are "frowned" upon).  www.theangrytherapist.com Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/theangrytherapist/  Twitter:       www.twitter.com/angrytherapist Facebook:   www.facebook.com/theangrytherapist You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/theangrytherapist   
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Suicide Prevention Social Media with Dr. April Foreman: spsmchat.com
As she's already heard, April is a breath of fresh air. We met by chance at The National Council for Behavioral Health and immediately set up a live interview.  Now MHNR Network is doing all we can to further her message with www.spsmchat.com.  Doc Foreman has her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys working in rural settings, and finds that the picture in her office of her grandmother holding up an enormous catfish can often mean more to her clients than the degrees hanging on the opposite wall. She believes that using information technology and social media resources can bring state of the art mental health care to her rural clients. She has experience using a system of phone texting to help clients chart their daily mood and share them with a treatment team and trusted circle of friends and family. She also uses social media platforms like Twitter to connect with innovators and thought leaders in healthcare across the world, and uses her website to curate compelling Twitter chats on issues about which she is passionate. Her work in this area has been featured in the ARHQ Innovations Exchange. Currently, Doc Foreman is serving Veterans as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Baton Rouge. She enjoys using her clinical skill, and talent for practical problem-solving to prevent suicide in US Veterans, who have *twice* the risk of dying by suicide as the general public. www.docforeman.com www.spsmchat.com www.thenationalcouncil.org
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Dr. Paul Meier Round Table Discussions on Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Dr. Paul Meier joins us again on Mental Health News Radio discussing one of his best selling books and his knowledge of anti-social personality disorder. The topic is about Narcissism. Counselor Melanie Vann, and Host Kristin Walker join Paul to discuss this widely misunderstood character disorder, it's negative and tragic impact on society, and how we can heal from toxic people. Listen in to see who could be hiding right under your nose. www.meierclinics.com www.mhnrnetwork.com  
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The Samaritan Institute: President and CEO Robert Johnson at NatCon17
We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Robert (Bob) Johnson, LCSW and CEO/President of The Samaritan Institute. I haven't received a hand written thank you card in a very long time. Bob wrote one to me after we met at The National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Seattle of 2017. A gentleman and forward thinker ready to take the institute to new heights and sheppard in technology, compliancy, and growth for the 60+ organizations under the Samaritan umbrella.  Robert (Bob) P. Johnson, MS, LCSW joined the Institute in July 2016. Prior to this, he served on the Institute Board of Directors, the Clergy and Congregation Care (CCC) Leadership Team, and has been a member of Leadership Consultation Group (LCG) II since its inception in 1998. Bob was the Executive Director of the American Foundation of Counseling Services, a Samaritan Center, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1996 – 2016. During this time the Center grew from providing 5,000 hours of service annually to over 20,000 hours across three program areas:  Outpatient Behavioral Health; Treatment Foster Care; and Clergy and Congregation Care. The Center has also become known as a leader in the development of collaborative working groups to address the mental health needs throughout the community. Bob holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Norbert College and a MS in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. www.samaritaninstitute.org www.thenationalcouncil.org  
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Empowering Mental Health With Data: CEO Glen Coppersmith, PhD of Qntfy
Glen Coppersmith, PhD is the founder and CEO of Qntfy (pronounced “quantify”), a software company that combines capabilities rarely found under one roof: data science to construct research hypotheses, automated data collection from non-traditional and traditional sources, and the ability to build complex data-driven systems. We translate data science and machine learning into practical, patient centered solutions. He is also an independent consultant on a range of data science related work, including various DARPA data science programs and some engagements with my friends at The Data Guild.  We met Glen at the 2017 National Council for Behavioral Health conference held in Seattle.  www.qntfy.com  
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Dr. Paul Meier Round Table: Live To Love And Be Loved
Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins us again for a round table discussion with Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker about living a life of love which includes loving yourself! One of his many best selling books is Windows of the Soul: A Look at Dreams and Their Meanings spearheaded today's discussion. We talk about our own dreams, as well as, share some clinical perspective on how to analyze them. We also talk about how to graciously accept yourself and how that opens the door to a lot more love in your life! To listen to more of our shows with Dr. Meier visit us here.
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The Fix Film: A Story of Drug Addiction Gets For Real with Becca Braren
Becca Braren's brother died of a drug overdose in 2012. In the aftermath of his death she decided she had to do something to better understand and help prevent this senseless loss of life. The result is a feature documentary focusing on alternative modalities in addiction prevention and recovery. She introduces global experts and an award-winning team of filmmakers, who are all donating their time. Her production partner, Kristen Murtha, just debuted her most recent film BANDAID at Sundance three weeks ago. It is featured here at the top of Rolling Stone's most anticipated movies of Sundance. (Rolling Stone Article) Their goal is to unite the nation in a battle against the suffering that causes addiction and end the battle against individuals who suffer. In our film, we share how other nations have done this. Together we can turn this crisis around.  www.thefixfilm.com  www.vandiverproductions.com 
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Mental Health America CEO Paul Gionfriddo on Mental Health News Radio
Paul Gionfriddo was named President and CEO of Mental Health America on May 1, 2014. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning over thirty years. In 2013, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a four-year term on the 12-member National Advisory Council to the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. Prior to joining MHA, he was a consultant, speaker, and writer, and author of a popular weekly health policy blog entitled Our Health Policy Matters. His essay entitled How I Helped Create a Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions – And My Son, was published as the Narrative Matters essay (and was the most-read article) in the September 2012 issue of Health Affairs and was also published in the Washington Post in October 2012. The full-length version of the story was published as a book, entitled Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He lives with his wife, Pam, who is CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, in Lake Worth, Florida.  They have five adult children and two grandchildren.  www.mentalhealthamerica.net
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Deconstructing Stigma: No Shame On U Founder Miriam Ament
No Shame On U Founder and President, Miriam Ament, has a B.A. in American History from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She was also a recipient of the JCC PresenTense Chicago 2014 Fellowship and, in 2016, earned her Certificate in Leadership from Northwestern University and Spertus. In addition, Miriam is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Miriam is also a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Faith Communities Task Force. Over thirteen years ago, Miriam was hospitalized three times for depression and encountered stigma and isolation from many friends and family members who didn't have the emotional tools and practical knowledge base to deal with the illness. Miriam is dedicated to utilizing her life experiences in order to normalize the mental health conversation and end the stigma. She lives in Chicago with her husband, musician David Forman. Miriam was a part of McLean Hospital's initiative www.deconstructingstigma.com. www.noshameonu.com
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Deconstructing Stigma: Jamie Lenis on Managing Depression and Motherhood
Jamie is one of the incredible partipants on an initiative created by McLean Hospital called Deconstructing Stigma. Our podcast platform has agreed to help spread the word about this incredible program. Jamie was one of our first guests on the podcast and her story is so raw, honest, funny, and exactly what millions of people deal with every day, including our host Kristin Walker. Join us for what was an joyful yet painful conversation about both of their triumphs, struggles, and the on-going work it takes to stay on the path to mental well being. www.deconstructingstigma.com  Read more the story around the intiative in the Boston Globe HERE.
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Advocating for Your Own Mental Health: A Visit with Sam Webb at NatCon17
Sam Webb joins us live at The National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference in Seattle, Washington NatCon2017. Not often we get to do in person interviews between our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Sam but they are always powerful. Sam talks about the foundation he is co-founder of Livin (A suicide awareness organization), his production company www.webbproductions.com, and his upcoming podcast on MHNRNetwork, www.vulnerabl.com. Life has been moving fast for Sam so we get into it about taking care of yourself and making sure that your personal well being is first. Givers tend to put themselves last on the list but this doesn't help you on your own mental health journey. www.mhnrnetwork.com www.thenationalcouncil.org  
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Beyond Silence: Be Vocal and Speak Up For Mental Health
Jeff Fink of www.gofetchwellness.com (Often guest on our show, co-host, and soon to be podcaster on our network) along with Lloyd Hale of www.ride4spmi.org were 2 of three people filmed for the documentary Beyond Silence.  The film was just showcased at this years National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Seattle, NatCon2017. They sit down for a chat about the experience of participating in the documentary that is sweeping the globe. Earl, Jeff's service dog, joined in for some interesting chats around going public with your mental health story and how to take care of yourself when you are not used to being in such a spotlight. www.bevocalspeakup.com
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Is HIPAA Compliancy in Behavioral Health Boring? Not On Our Show!
HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus,  PCI regulations - these are words that can strike fear into the heart of any Behavioral Health organization.  They don't need to as we found after speaking with our guest today on Mental Health News Radio.  We sat down with Marc Haskelson, the President and CEO of Compliancy Group, to find out how easy compliance can be. Read the full article HERE. What is the difference between HIPAA and Meaningful  Use (MU) ? Do I have to attest for Meaningful Use?  What If I don’t attest? Who is considered a Vendor or a Business Associate? I am now accepting Medicare, does that put me at a higher risk for an audit just like everyone else? If I completed a Risk Assessment last year, do I have to do it again this year? Is there an insurance policy available that helps an entity with HIPAA  fines? What triggers an audit?  How do they know that they should audit you? Has your software solution ever been involved where an actual audit was being done by either CMS or OCR? If an EHR vendor or billing agency, as an example, are not following HIPAA compliance where can one go to report these actions? www.compliancygroup.com www.thenationalcouncil.org
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The Power of Horses and Healing with CheckPoint One
For our heroes and their families ?The services that our armed forces and first responders provide to all Americans are too numerous to mention. The sacrifices their families make are equally as important.  The honor of being able to provide these services and activites is the least we can do for all of them. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard - Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, Retired, Veteran and their families. First Responders, EMT, Trauma Doctors/Nurses and Mental Health Professionals, Firemen and Women, Policemen and Women and their families Checkpoint One is a non-profit organization that provides, at no cost the following for our community's First Responders (including ER Doctors/Nurses/Mental Health Professionals) and our nations active Military & Veterans AND all their immediate families and caregivers : - Equine assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA MODEL) & Equine Assisted Learning (including TEAM BUILDING &  personal growth with a focus on PTSD/Trauma/Compassion Fatigue) - Restorative, gentle, yin, and Nidra Yoga ? - Meditation  - Many nature/outdoor infused stress management resources (nature trails, fishing, gardening)  www.checkpointone.org
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You Think You Know? You Don't: Social Media's Effect on Behavioral Health
Jonathan Bertrand attended Maynard Evans High School and graduated with the class of 2014. Being raised in a Middle/Upper class family, he was raised with high standards and morals. While attending high school Jonathan was bullied because he dressed for success which wasn’t well received amongst his peers. Jonathan slipped into depression and became an introvert. After graduation he realized his calling was to help others in similar situations. In December 2012 he ran an anti-bullying campaign with Lexton Cage of Orlando, FL. Jonathan received Congressional recognition for his outstanding and valuable service to his community on December 11th of that same month. In November of 2014 “The Social Networking Effect” What’s Your Story?” movement was created. This movement is to generate awareness of the side effects social media plays in people’s lives. In December 2015 The Global Touch Foundation was formed. The foundation is a non–profit organization designed to promote 5 areas of study, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND POLICY. Pioneering Social Media Awareness Via his Foundation , The Global Touch Foundation Inc.  YouTube www.theglobaltouchfoundation.org Jonathan was a panelist speaker at The National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference.  www.thenationalcouncil.org
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Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man with Johnnie Calloway
Johnnie Calloway grew up in a small town in Kentucky, with the population at around 11,000. His mother passed when he was only five, leaving him to grow up with an angry, alcoholic, sexually confused father. Johnnie was born into a reputation that he never wanted but was obligated to live up to. Still, Johnnie always wanted to be the “good guy.” The conflict between his personal desire and his sense of obligation to his dad’s/family’s reputation created a great torment that was oddly accompanied with an insatiable yearning to learn. Eventually, Johnnie became a seeker of truth. And has now devoted himself to sharing what his seeking has taught him with others. He has written two books, “Taming the Dragon” and Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man, and is currently working on, “Within the Chrysalis, It’s an Inside Job”. www.dragonstobutterflies.com
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The Importance of Genetic Testing in Behavioral Health with Dr. Dave Vigerust
Dave Vigerust, Ph.D. is the Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. In 2014 he joined MyGenetx Clinical Laboratory as the Chief Scientific Officer and directs the scientific and educational missions of the lab. Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in cardiology, behavioral medicine, infectious disease, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. Dr. Vigerust has been widely published, including in 2016, studies in Clinical Diabetes, Future Cardiology, Future Neurology and Postgraduate Medical Journal. Dr. Vigerust was a speaker at 2016 TEDxNashville on the topic of Precision Medicine. www.mygenetx.com
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A Naked Thinking Approach To Motivating Yourself and Others
For more than twenty-five years, Phil D’Agostino, a licensed therapist, life coach, and personal-development specialist, has spoken to thousands of individuals about what makes them miserable and stops them from achieving their greatest life goals. Almost always, it boils down to a single fact: they know what to do and even how to do what it takes to be happier or more effective, but their own emotions stop them in their tracks. In Naked Thinking, D’Agostino explains his concept of thinking critically without the wet blanket of emotions stifling you. He outlines practical techniques that will energize your soul, help you take greater control of how you feel, and find the power and will within yourself to live a life by design and without regrets. He includes specific strategies for: •improving the way you think; •taking greater control of your emotional control panel; •making the most of your life and all its vagaries; •improving your relationships with your loved ones, children, boss, customers; •focusing the power or your mind and what you already know to make great decisions that really work; •becoming more self-confident to speak to groups and present your ideas to management and others; and •taking greater control over your depression or anxiety disorder and just be happier. Through real-life examples, Naked Thinking illustrates how to tame your emotions so you can focus your abilities and become more effective in decision-making and implementation, find the power within yourself, and become the master of your own life plan. Visit www.NakedThinking.Com.
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Navigating The World of Addiction: Lifted From The Rut with Rob Lohman
Rob Lohman is the Founder of Lifted From The Rut. Rob is an Interventionist and Addiction Recovery Coach. Since his sobriety date of June 8, 2001, Rob has learned a great deal about trials and believing that there is a great blessing on the other side of each trial….even though some of the trials of life can seem hopeless at times. When He went from hating the image in the mirror, to loving the image and the potential within, a huge paradigm shift happened.  Rob has definitely made errors in sobriety, but it is in those life lessons he discovered his calling to help others regain the hope in themselves that they too were created for a great purpose in life. To restore hope in others and to help lift them from their life ruts that seem to have stolen their confidence in who they are. Rob says “God does not make junk!” As a father of two precious children, the husband of an amazing woman who chose me to be her life partner, a committed man to follow God’s leading in his life, and believer that anyone can change their path in life to discover and become their best, Rob is committing his life to help others love themselves again through this journey called Lifted From the Rut! Join Mental Health News Radio live at the 2017 Navigating the World of Addiction Event.  Twitter:  @RobLohman Business:  https://www.facebook.com/LiftedfromTheRut Website:  www.LiftedFromTheRut.com    
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Empowered Empaths: Where Do We Travel Past The VictimHood?
Join our host Kristin Sunanta Walker with panelists Megan Lyons (Attorney and Board Member of Mental Health News Radio Network), and Johnnie Calloway (Author of Dragons to Butterflies).  It's round table discussion time again folks.  Join these four powerful voices on another edition of our most popular show, Empowered Empaths, as they discuss the ways in which we hang on to familiar behaviors and thoughts especially living in the hood - Victimhood.  While it is important to own your having been victimized, it's equally important to move to another neighborhood.   An inspiring talk and thank you for joining us! www.mhnrnetwork.com www.fiercerepresentation.com https://todayilaugh.wordpress.com
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Medication Assisted Treatment in Opioid Use Disorder: Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD
Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, CPE, FACP, FAPM, FAPA; a seasoned world-renowned physician executive, with more than 15 years of clinical and leadership experience. I am currently in clinical practice in the Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and engaged in several cutting-edge entrepreneurial initiatives including telepsychiatry and concierge psychiatry. I am Residency trained in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia and fellowship trained in Consultation Psychiatry and Reserach at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda Maryland. I have an international reputation for pioneering research on the psychiatric aspects of Hepatitis C, and have been engaged in research on applying lean management principles in psychiatry. www.alyrifai.com
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Window Of The Soul: What Your Dreams Can Tell You with Dr. Paul Meier
Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins us again for a round table discussion with Kristin Walker about our dream life! One of his many best selling books is Windows of the Soul: A Look at Dreams and Their Meanings. We talk about our own dreams, as well as, share some clinical perspective on how to analyze them.  To listen to more of our shows with Dr. Meier visit us here.  
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A Naked Thinking Interview with MHNR Network Founder Kristin Walker
Every so often a guest on this show becomes a friend. Phil D'Agostino is one of those folks. Excellent to interview - he makes "good radio" and the personality to fill an entire show with great wisdom. His book Naked Thinking was the topic of our first show with him. Over the course of time, Phil asked our founder, "Can I interview you?" Although Kristin Walker was suffering from "If I see one more picture of me in a meme I am going to be sick" syndrome, she relented.  We've had a lot of communication lately about why Mental Health News Radio decided to become a network of podcasts. What is the reason? Why potentially take the focus off of an already successful venture? Why is she always holding a dog in EVERY picture? Why is the show so personal? These questions and more are answered in this show with more to come.  www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com www.nakedthinking.com  
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Transforming Our Internal Dialogue About Trauma: Kathleen Murphy, MA, LPC
Kathleen Murphy, M.A., LPC is the Executive Clinical Director of Breathe Life Healing Center. Kathleen’s career is built on more than 30 years of experience working with people suffering from substance abuse issues complicated by relational trauma. Kathleen has made use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS, AEDP, Interpersonal Neurobiology, polemics, and didactics. Her focus on psycho-education, and experiential group processes heavily influenced by attachment theory as well as psychodramatic techniques, assist clients in reframing and reclaiming the self as a being in relationship. Prior to joining Breathe as the founding Clinical Director, Kathleen had the honor of deepening her experiential group therapy skills at Breakthrough at Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Kathleen earned her BA in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin and then her MA in Counseling at St Edward’s University. With has a passion for the practice and teaching of Kundalini Yoga, Sound Healing, Zen Buddhism, and all the wisdom traditions she enjoys mental gymnastics, poetry and philosophical discourse as a way to help clients change their state of being. Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Credentialed Counselor, Kathleen is trained in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Level 2 EMDR L and as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and is a member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and National Board of Credentialed Counselors. Additionally, Kathleen is a Certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and certified by Mehtab Benton in Gong Yoga therapy.
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Conquering Trauma: A Healing Guide for Survivors and Families with Shari Botwin
Shari Botwin, LCSW has been counseling survivors of trauma and abuse for over 20 years.  She has given expert testimony on most major news outlets and will be featured in a documentary later this year on healing from sexual trauma.  She is working on her second book, Conquering Trauma. Through the years she has witnessed patients go from surviving to thriving into a full life.  Her article in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the Bill Cosby trial is here. www.sharibotwin.com
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Disrupting the Addiction Treatment Industry with Rich Jones
Richard “Rich” Jones is an experienced strategist, non-profit executive, and creative catalyst with a passion for program and policy development, human resources, building partnerships and exploring systems innovation to drive social impact across multiple domains including mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, & intellectual disabilities. He is a Senior Healthcare/non-profit Director with over 16 year’s management experience and has provided leadership and administration to start up non-profit organizations nationally and regionally. As the Executive Director of Faces And Voices Of Recovery (FAVOR) Greenville, an innovative and unique program that aggressively attacks the problem of addiction and other behavioral health issues; FAVOR Greenville is focused on fundamentally changing the way that recovery support is provided.  Rich actively looks for opportunities to have on-going and transparent conversations around mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, & intellectual disabilities issues, situations, and challenges facing our community. He earned is Master of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Addiction Studies , a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management and holds several certifications including Certified Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional, DOT Certified Substance Abuse Professional, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist. Rich is one of the keynote speakers at the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health. http://favorgreenville.org
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Behavioral Health Straight from the Hill with Rebecca Farley
Rebecca C. Farley, MPH, is Vice President, Policy and Advocacy for the National Council for Behavioral Health, where she monitors federal legislation and regulations related to behavioral health and health reform; educates members on policy developments and trends; mobilizes grassroots campaigns to support public policies that strengthen the mental health and addiction safety net; and directs the National Council’s annual Hill Day. Ms. Farley received her Master in Public Health from the George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton College. News straight from the policy makers that affect our nation's mental health directives.   www.thenationalcouncil.org  
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True Love Scam Recovery™: The Ins and Outs of Life Married to a Con Artist
Jennifer Smith, Founder of True Love Scam Recovery™ joins host Kristin Walker for a discussion about how to survive a relationship with a con artist. www.truelovescam.com was founded November 2014. True Love Scam – Recognize and Survive a Relationship with a Con Man and True Love Scam Recovery™ and it’s agents are not licensed attorneys, medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists or therapists. www.truelovescam.com content and it’s linked social media or other online articles, emails, information or advice is not intended to replace services or advice from professional therapists, psychologists, medical practitioners, legal authorities, U.S. immigration authorities or licensed attorneys of any specialty and is not responsible for decisions, actions or their outcomes made by true love scam readers.  
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Empowered Empaths: What is Spiritual Warfare?
Join counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards with host Kristin Walker talking about what spiritual warfare is and how we combat this in our lives. Regarless of your spiritual beliefs everyone has a journey of self-discovery. Many on the path choose a belief system that works for them and then are greatly challenged in those beliefs. We explore this dynamic on our show and hope to offer some insight from varying beliefs on how to combat what we refer to as spiritual warfare.   www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Empowered Empaths: From Victim Shaming to Empowerment
Join counselors Melissa Richards and Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker talking about how we victim shame ourselves just as much, if not more, than others do.  We talk about how anyone can turn that shame into incredible empowerment.  We've got a show with four wise and, at times, weary women helping each other grow through the pain of these toxic relationships.  It's a completely different story when you are surrounded by a strong and loving tribe of men and women. www.mhnrnetwork.com www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com 
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ManTalks with Connor Beaton on Mental Health News Radio Network
Connor Beaton is the Founder of ManTalks. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Connor comes from an exciting (and eclectic) background ranging from the world of opera to technology sales and management. Connor is a leader, with a dynamic personality, unstoppable energy and charisma which has made ManTalks the success it is today. Connor is passionate and committed to developing others and giving them the tools to create top-performing teams and organizations. Connor has a strong vision for the future of ManTalks, and it is through his leadership that the team strives for success. He is a great listener, constantly curious, fascinated by human performance and always pushing himself and those around him to be their best. ManTalks is about the modern man evolving through authenticity, community, purpose & accountability. Join Connor and our host Kristin Walker as they talk about how ManTalks is spreading their message across the globe. www.mantalks.com 
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Narcotics Anonymous: Lane Joins Us on Mental Health News Radio
Lane joins host Kristin Walker at The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles, California.  He is a representative from Narcotics Anonymous. Lane joined the conference to respresent the Southern California branch of NA. Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.  www.na.org
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Addiction Counselor Certification Board: An Interview with Carmen Donoto
Carmen Donato, BA, CATC III has worked with CAADE since 2014. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for CAADE and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Arts in Human Services, with a concentration in Mental Health Recovery. She also has a Certificate of Completion in Alcohol & Drug Studies from Long Beach City College, one of CAADE's accredited programs. She is credentialed as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist under CAADE's organization. She is currently at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work and plans on also earning a Doctorate Degree in Forensics Psychology once completing her MA and after becoming an LCSW. Carmen loves her ministry, hanging with friends, spending time with family, different types of music, and learning new cultures. She wishes to also teach in the field of mental health, substance abuse, and addiction studies. Carmen is currently an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician at St. John's. Well Child and Family Center providing direct services to Spanish speaking, under-deserved low SES, Co-Occurring Dx, LGBTQIA+, and/or Dual Dx individuals, while using a holistic approach and working with a Muti-Disciplinary team. www.caade.org CAADE was a part of The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference held in Los Angeles  California in 2017.
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A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women: Dr. Sonnee Weedn
Dr. Sonnee Weedn is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing since 1980 in Novato and Newport Beach, CA. She consults to numerous treatment organizations in continuing education, psychological assessment and programmatic enhancement to benefit those being treated for chemical dependency. She is a teacher for other therapists and a popular retreat leader. Most recently, she has served on the DSR-30 Committee writing behavioral health recommendations for the astronauts going to Mars in 2030 and will make her fifth trip to India in October as an invited speaker at the Tibetan Medical Society and volunteer at an Indian orphanage. Most importantly, Sonnee has been married to Robert Weedn for forty-six years, is the mother of two adult sons and a grandmother to two. On a lighter note, the biggest barge on the San Francisco Bay is named in her honor. When you see the Sonnee Delight working the Bay, that’s her namesake. www.drsonneeweedn.com Jean Campbell joins as co-host. Information about Jean's work can be  found at www.theactioninstitute.com.
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Intimacy Disorders in Women: How They Impact Their Romantic and Sexual Lives
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—in particular sex, , and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he has served as a subject expert for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including “Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating,” “Sex Addiction 101,” “Sex Addiction 101: The Workbook,” and “Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men.” He is also the co-author, with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, of “Closer Together, Further Apart” and “Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age.” He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Psych Central, Counselor Magazine, I Love Recovery Café, and Mind Body Green. Currently, he is Senior Vice President of National Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, creating and overseeing addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen high-end treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas. Rob was instrumental in bringing Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculum into the Elements system. Previously, he developed intimacy disorder and sexual addiction treatment programming for both men and women at the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and The Life Healing Center in New Mexico. www.robertweissmsw.com
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The Family Recovery Solution with Certified Addictions Counselor Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds certifications of Certified Addiction Counselor III, ARISE Interventionist, and Certified Intervention Professional. He has expanded the context of addiction and created a three-phase program that empowers families to safeguard their loved one in an addictive cycle or recovery, while they engage in a process to stop the addiction cycle in this generation. Jeff Jones MA, LPC, CACIII The Family Recovery Solution: Addiction Navigation for Families www.thefamilyrecoverysolution.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TFRSolution/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TFRSolution Podcast Interview:  http://www.spreaker.com/show/recovery-innovators EmpowerIng individuals and families to engage in a process of healing from the ramifications of addiction.
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Innovative Technology for Adolescent Treatment Success
Homeward Bound Founder and CEO, Dr. Tim Thayne joins hosts Kristin Walker and Valerie Quintanilla to talk about his career in mental health, the nationwide adolescent treatment services provided by Homeward Bound coaches, and how the technology Family Bridge is engaging parents during treatment and creating successful transitions to home with a group of natural support mentors called the Home Team. After founding successful teen treatment programs, and frustrated by relapse, in 2005 Dr. Tim Thayne turned his attention to addressing the gap between out of home wilderness or residential treatment, and the complexity of home life.  By focusing on the significance of transitions, capturing the momentum of treatment, and empowering parents in their roles as culture builders and change agents, lasting success is possible. www.homewardbound.com www.thefamilybridge.com  
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Empowered Empaths: The Original Trio Talking About Therapists Dealing with NPD
The original trio are back! Counselors Melanie Vann and Melissa Richards join host Kristin Sunanta Walker on an empowered empath show. We talk about emotional currency. We also talk about the many therapists that have written to us sharing their struggles with their clients while they realize they are going through their own tauma about narcissistic abuse. A special show because we missed each other but also because we get into what it means to really be someone that thinks of others first - the opposite of a narcissist who always thinks of themselves first. We also address the many counselors that listen to our show and write to us that during their journey helping clients they realize they suffered the same type of abuse. Melissa and Melanie bring it home about how to cope with your own stuff, as a therapist, while guiding your clients in trauma.  #missedthegirls   www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com  
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Emotional Currency and Empathic Capital: Our Most Powerful Currency
Join Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com joins activist and CEO Sam Webb, counselor Melanie Vann, and Host Kristin Walker for a discussion about emtional currency. What does this term mean and why is it so valuable? Is it the same thing as empathic capital? What are the kinds of relationships in our lives that help refill our emotional capital and the toxic ones that deplete our empathic bank account. How can we fill this up ourselves and which specific personality type is the one we must avoid at all costs.  Emotional currency is our most valuable asset and people with a lot of it to go around create wonders in this world that drive innovation and advocacy. Giving to others is part of your DNA but over-giving can deplete those internal resources and leave us with an empty emotional bank account.  Listen in as a group of caretakers talk about this all important asset.   www.meierclinics.com www.livin.org.au www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com
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Hanging: Award Winning Short Film on Suicide Awareness by Nick LeDonne
Nick LeDonne is an award winning short film director, a publicized mural artist, and a current senior animation student at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia graduating this spring. LeDonne has gained international recognition in the film community for his short piece "Hanging" which has screened in 49 Film Festivals in 20 countries across six continents winning both student and professional awards. Notable accolades include "Semi-Finalist" of the 43rd Student Academy Awards, "Finalist" of the 59th CINE Golden Eagle Awards, "Award of Excellence" at the Accolade Global Film Competition, and "Best Animated Short" of the Catalina Film Festival. He has given a 90 minute Animation Masterclass at London's Barbican Centre (the largest arts venue in Europe) during the Global Health Film Festival and has been featured in various publications such as Animation Magazine, MadArtist Publishing, WeAreMovingStories, and theCGbros Animation Channel.  Before Hanging, Nick was a student of Ringling College of Art & Design and Animschool while pursuing his passion for animation. In 2015 he also started a small LLC "The Art of Nick LeDonne" where he painted large scale murals, gave art classes to elementary school kids, and ran programs encouraging kids to purse their passions for art & design. Today, LeDonne is currently animating his senior thesis film "Silent Night" while pushing forward in his professional career to make impactful pieces of art that challenge the world's social problems.  www.nickledonne.com Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/197106166
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Core Belief Restructuring™: Jean Francois Benoist on Mental Health News Radio
Jean-Francois Benoist is the creator of Core Belief Restructuring™ (CBR) and the founder of The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii. He is a certified professional counselor trained at The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center. He began his studies in human development and empowerment in 1983 with Robert Hargrove and Relationships, Inc., and has been deeply involved in mentoring others and training leaders for over twenty years. Jean-Francois is a worldwide leader in the men’s empowerment non-profit ManKind Project, which focuses on shame-release and support systems for healing. Author of The Exclusive Guide to Becoming Deeply Happy, Jean-Francois has a depth of experience in helping individuals, couples and families address and heal issues involving addictions, physical violence, sexual abuse, relationship concerns, bereavement, critical health challenges, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression. He is versed in individual therapy as well as group counseling. The direct correlation between deeply-held beliefs and painful addictions is Jean-Francois’ highly-refined specialty. He is experienced and rigorously trained in a Socratic methodology and deep listening, enabling him to impart powerful life-changing skills that create immediate results. www.JFBenoist.com www.TheExclusiveHawaii.com
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Welcome Dr. Paul Meier to Mental Health News Radio
We welcome Dr. Paul Meier as a regular guest on Mental Health News Radio. He let us know he used to host a radio show that is still going today. That show has over 2 million downloads per show. He is the owner of a multi-agency non-profit behavioral health organization Meier Clinics. They have practices all over the United States. He is also the author of over 80 books translated into multiple languages. Let's also not forget he is a practicing psychiatrist. www.meierclinics.com
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An Origin of Addiction: Ben Levenson on Mental Health News Radio
Mr. Ben Levenson is the Founder, Co-owner with his family's office and former CEO of Origins Behavioral HealthCare, a Nationally Accredited meteoric multi-campus, dual diagnosis treatment hospital system with over 40,000 alumni now worldwide.  Origins operates gender separate milieu's seaside on Texas'  Gulf of Mexico, in West Palm Beach, FL at the esteemed Hanley Center, at Headwaters, Origins' ultra high-end executive program on exclusive Singer Island and at Gate Lodge, basic treatment in Vero Beach, FL. He is the Chairman and Founder of The Levenson Foundation, a Delaware non-profit, providing medical, clinical, financial and systems architecture support to NGO's, governments and other entities providing treatment for addictive illness and comorbidity in the developing world, including the Middle East and now Turkey. He's forty years old, enjoys traveling to scuba-dive, cave-dive spearfish and always to soak up the culture in remote places with his wife Cara and their son Maxwell.  Ben attended Manhattanville College in New York for business and theatre, and is widely recognized for his unashamed dialog across seven seasons with a focus on addiction, treatment, celebrity, and recovery on the world's number-one rated television talk show, Dr. Phil. He is a contributor for thehill.com and is a repeat subject matter expert for USA TODAY, PEOPLE MAGAZINE and many other distinguished centers of journalism.  OriginsRecovery.com LevensonFoundation.org
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Nancy Virden on Mental Health and Recovery Advocacy: Don't Miss This Show!
Nancy Virden is a suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about sharing hope. She is an author, Mental Health and Recovery Advocate, Founder of Always the Fight Ministries, and host of Compassionate Love Radio. She and host Kristin Walker took a journey, as often happens on this podcast, letting the discussion take on a life of its own. Probably one of the more fun and relaxed interviews Kristin has done. Two mental health patients talking about their experiences around getting well. Nancy was diagnosed with Major Depression Recurrent in 2005, and closely related to people with the same disease, Nancy has been on two intense sides of the issue. Audiences relate to her experiences as she encourage those who struggle with depression, and teaches supports how to help loved ones without becoming overwhelmed. Nancy offers a revealing look into major depression and recovery as only one who has been there can. She shares her experiences and unique insights in-person, in interviews for publications and radio programs, and via the Compassionate Love Blog. Her books can be purchased via her website. www.nancyvirden.com www.alwaysthefight.com 
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Deconstructing Stigma: Alan Scherer Shares His Personal Views on Mental Illness
An incredible project created by McLean Hospital called Deconstructing Stigma strives to showcase what mental illness looks like from all walks of life. One of their participants, Alan Scherer, reached out to us for an interview in order to spread awareness about this project and his personal struggles with Bipolar Disorder. Our interview is about his personal beliefs around mental illness, medication, relationships, how men are treated in households mostly controlled by women in trauma - the affects on the young men trying to define themselves. For more information about Alan go to www.alanschererphotographer.com.   
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California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: Kristina Padilla
Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education. She also is Director of Business Development wherein she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.  Formerly she served as the Education Director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming.  Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP). www.ccapp.us
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What is NLP and How Can It Be Used to Work with Trauma? Mike Bundrant
As usual each show is a journey. Our host Kristin Walker asked Mike some tough questions about NLP and he was excited to address some of the issues that are associated around NLP. Mike Bundrant is the founder of iNLP Center. He is an NLP Master Practitioner, IANLP Fellow Trainer and retired psychotherapist (NM). He became a certified NLP practitioner in 1993 by taking a 27-day NLP certification course from Western States Training in Salt Lake City, UT. He has designed and taught several NLP courses every year as a master trainer, and have been fortunate enough to teach twice annually in Tokyo, sponsored by the great Kazuhiko Umemoto of Team Medicine and supported by the world’s best translator, Nobuko Kobayashi. The programs I teach in Japan were recently certified by IANLP. Mike decided to take the NLP courses and certification program he developed over the years online, developing the iNLP Center. His disappointment at how NLP is advertised and perceived has driven him to create an honest curriculum that doesn’t hype NLP or pretend it is “easy” and will give you magical powers. It’s a wonderful set of skills that is sure to enhance your life.   
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What Exactly is EMDR and Why Does It Help with Trauma? Dr. Larry Anderson
Larry L Anderson, PsyD, LP joins author and men's trauma specialist Dan Griffin along with Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss EMDR and the effect this treatment modality has on trauma.   Dr. Anderson is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Institute and HAP Facilitator  Dan Griffin is the CEO of Griffin Recovery Enterprises, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Men's Trauma Specialist, Author, and podcast host of #themanrules.  www.dangriffin.com. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network and host of Mental Health News Radio.
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The Breakout Rock Opera: A Darker and Edgier Look at Teens and Mental Health
We enjoy interviewing part of the creative team for the musical The Breakout Rock Opera. Chris Edgar and Jenn Page sit down for a chat with our host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss the why the film was made and the tremendous response they've received. The film is edgy, hip, and cool - think Glee meets Freaks and Geeks. It's also hit the film circuit by storm winning multiple awards. We find out from Chris and Jenn what their plans are for the future of the film! The Breakout: A Rock Opera: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/breakoutseries/ Twitter:  @breakoutseries Instagram:  @breakoutseries Amazon link:  www.seethebreakout.com Jenn Page: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jennpagefilmmaker Twitter:  @thejennpage Instagram:  @jennpagefilmmaker Chris Edgar: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/chris.edgar.9 Twitter:  @acordaamor Instagram:  @chrisedgarmusic
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Self-Love and Valentine's Day: Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier
Join Dr. Paul Meier of www.meierclinics.com with Host Kristin Sunanta Walker for a discussion about self-love. Filling your own cup instead of the unrealistic expectations we can all make by expecting others to meet all of our needs.   Grateful for Dr.Meier's wisdom, humility, and graciousness around supporting our podcast and our mission around Mental Health. Dr. Paul Meier is the author of over 80 books, several of them best sellers, his own popular radio show garnering over 1 million downloads per day, and national and mutli-location behavioral health organizations.  
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Episode II: Christine Louis de Canonville on The Three Faces of Evil
Author, trainer, speaker, and counselor Christine Louis de Canonville joins us (always a listener favorite) for episode II on Mental Health News Radio. A quote from her book, The Three Faces of Evil, ingrigued our host Kristin Sunanta Walker. What is the dark triad? What are the three levels of narcissism and how to do they build upon each other?  This and more on today's show. http://narcissisticbehavior.net/about-me/
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Episode I: Christine Louis de Canonville on The Three Faces of Evil
Author, trainer, speaker, and counselor Christine Louis de Canonville joins us (always a listener favorite) for a two episode arc on Mental Health News Radio. A quote from her book, The Three Faces of Evil, ingrigued our host Kristin Sunanta Walker. What is the dark triad? What are the three levels of narcissism and how to do they build upon each other?  This and more on today's show. http://narcissisticbehavior.net/about-me/
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Myths and Misconceptions in the World of Autism: Dr. Matthew Fisher, MD
Join Melanie Vann, Kristin Walker, and Dr. Matthew Fisher at the first annual Converge Autism Summit hosted by Springbrook Behavioral Health. We talk about brain disorders, CT Scans, Autism, Medication, and on and on.  Dr. Fisher is a wealth of information.  Being a chemist and psychiatrist gives him a unique perspective into the worl d of behavioral health disorders. Thankfully we had about 45 minutes to hear his refreshing voice.  He's able to get to the point, deliver it with some humor, and dive into the science behind brain and behavioral disorders.   Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of South Carolina. He serves as Medical leader of SpringBrook's Psychiatric Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism. www.springbrookbehavioral.com
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Converge Autism Summit 2017: CEO Mike Rowley Springbrook Behavioral Health
Take a listen to CEO, Mike Rowley, of Springbrook Behavioral Health discussing the world of Autism and Behavioral Health at their first annual Autism Summit: Converge!  Springbrook is an acute psychiatric and chemical dependence in-patient services for adults as well as PRTF services for children and adolescents. Child and adolescent services include specialized units for those diagnosed with high and low functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, units for males and females with oppositional defiant disorder and other psychiatric issues, and specialty programming for female sex offenders. www.springbrookbehavioral.com
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Empaths and Sexual Energy: Soul Discussions with Jean M. Campbell, LCSW, TEP
Join Jean and Kristin as they traverse the fascinating subject of being an empath and why protecting your sexual experiences are so important (physically, mentally, emotionally). Jean M. Campbell is a Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, a Practitioner and Trainer of Psychodramatic Bodywork®, a Masters Level Certified Experiential Therapist, an EMDR practitioner, a Level II Reiki practitioner, and is currently training in Somatic Experiencing®. In addition, Jean has extensive teaching experience, including as an Adjunct Professor at San Diego University for Integrative Studies, San Diego, CA; as an Instructor at UCLA Extension, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; as a Faculty Member at Ryokan College in Los Angeles, CA; as a Psychodrama Trainer at Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, TN, and as a Program Faculty Member of the I*CARE (Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement) Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. www.theactioninstitute.com www.moonlightworkshops.com
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Equine Therapy in the World of Autism with Melanie Watt
Join counselor and our Program Director Melanie Vann as she interviews on her favorite subject: Equine Therapy.  She speaks with Melanie Watt who has a Masters of Education and a background as Special Education teacher. She is now the Founder & Executive Director of Hope Remains Youth Ranch, an equine program that offers riding lessons, after school programs, certified equine therapy session and professional counseling to children and families throughout the Upstate of SC. Melanie has a heart for seeing children succeed and sees Hope Remains Youth Ranch as a place of healing, both physically, emotionally and spiritually for children and families. Melanie is one of the speakers and exhibitors at the first annual Converge Autism Summit by Springbrook Behavioral Health. https://hoperemains.org/ http://www.springbrookbehavioral.com/converge-autism-conference-2017  
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Converge Autism Summit: Awareness Jeff Cohn Style!
Join host and counselor Melanie Vann, our Program Director, as she interviews Occupational Therapist Jeff Cohn at the Converge Autism Summit 2017.  The conference is hosted by Springbrook Behavioral Health in Greenville, S.C. With a BS and MS in Occupational Therapy, Jeffery Cohn has a deep well of educational professional experience. As lead OT in a pediatric development outpatient clinic, lead OT in CA school districts, experience in long and short term rehab facilities, and now with experience in the Autism Program at Springbrook Behavioral Health, Jeffry brings a wide range of real-world patient and clinical experience with a specialization in Autism. www.mentalhealthnewsradio.com  
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Mental Health and Self-Care: What's the Connection?
Join host Kristin Sunanta Walker with Dr. Paul Meier, Sam Webb, Valerie Quintanilla, and counselor Melanie Vann for a lively, intense, and deep discussion around the importance of taking care of you first.  All five of us on this show are care takers but Sam Webb so wisely reminded us on the show about putting the oxygen mask on yourself first.  We have more to give (since that is what motivates each of us - giving to others - leading with the heart of a servant) when we practice self-care.  Take a journey with us as we talk about personal stories, our ups and downs when it comes to over giving and under caring about ourselves, and how our listeners can make an important difference in their own self-care.   An important show! For more information about Dr. Paul Meier please visit him at www.meierclinics.com.  He is a psychiatrist, author of over 80 books, entreprenuer, pastor and just all around incredible human being. For more information on Sam Webb go to www.livin.org.au and his podcast #Vulnerabl lauching in March of 2017.  Sam is one of the founders of LIVIN, a global charity that focuses on mental wellness and suicide awareness.  Melanie Vann is a licensed counselor and the Program Director for Mental Health News Radio. Valerie Quintanilla is the Chief Operating Officer of Mental Health News Radio Network. Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of www.everythingehr.com and Mental Health News Radio Network.  She is also the founder and host of Mental Health News Radio.
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