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Part 1: NBPA & Changing the Culture of Wellness in Athletics with Dr. William Parham, Derek Anderson, and Tracy Murray – Episode 162

Part 1: NBPA & Changing the Culture of Wellness in Athletics with Dr. William Parham, Derek Anderson, and Tracy Murray – Episode 162

July 12, 2022

An athlete’s mental health is their mental wealth. And the National Basketball Player’s Association is looking to lead the conversation in terms of redefining what mental health and mental illness is. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. William Parham, the director of the National Basketball Players Association’s Mental Health and Wellness Program, and two Wellness Program Advocates and former NBA superstars Derek Anderson and Tracy Murray. Together they discuss the NBPA program and its goals, the importance of managing one’s mental health, survivor mentality, physical adversity, and the hidden genius inside each of us. There is a light inside us and the people around us that illuminates, so when we do the work to see how bright we shine, you’ll see the star system around us. The goal of the NBPA Mental Health and Wellness program is to help shepherd athletes with an outlet and education to find illuminate their hidden genius.

 

For more information about NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Program, please visit: https://nbpa.com/mentalwellness

For more information about mental health and athletics, please visit: https://mindhealth.nba.com

For more information about Stamina Foundation, created by Derek Anderson that empowers youth and young adults with life skills, please visit: https://staminafd.com

We want to remind our listeners about the upcoming National Lifeline set to launch this July. If you need someone to talk to and/or in need of mental health resources, please dial 988.

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective and Serving the Underserved with Paul Fugelsang & Caitlin Erwin – Episode 161

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective and Serving the Underserved with Paul Fugelsang & Caitlin Erwin – Episode 161

July 5, 2022

People are interested, motivated, and earnest in wanting to get help and begin therapy that is going to benefit their lives, but sometimes access to therapy or financial barriers can make that very, very hard. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Paul Fugelsang and Caitlin Erwin. Both Paul and Caitlin join us from Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a national nonprofit providing affordable psychotherapy to uninsured or underinsured individuals, couples, families, and children. Paul is the Founder and Executive Director of Open Path. Paul is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 26 years of experience working in the mental health field. Caitlin is the Program Manager at Open Path. She has a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University. In her 6 years of experience with Open Path, Caitlin has helped break down barriers to access to mental health support. Together they discuss the Open Path platform, the ways clients can access therapists in a variety of specialties, the qualifying process as a therapist to become part of the collective, the free incentives available to therapists who work with Open Path, and finally, they discuss a new program focused on the healing arts called the Open Path Healing Arts Collective. Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is providing people with important mental health services, but with sensitivity to the financial and economic piece of access to care.

 

For more information about Open Path Collective, please visit:

https://openpathcollective.org

For more information about the Open Path’s Therapist Referral Program, please visit: https://openpathcollective.org/blog/open-paths-therapist-referral-program/

For more information about Open Path Healing Arts Collective, please visit: https://healingarts.org

For more information about Open Path Online Wellness Courses, please visit: https://mentalhealth.openpathcollective.org

Psychological Perspective of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher with Lloyd Sederer – Episode 160

Psychological Perspective of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher with Lloyd Sederer – Episode 160

June 30, 2022

There is something about Jack Reacher, the protagonist in a series of crime thriller novels by a British author, Lee Child, that is special. Child has written 24 New York times best-selling Jack Reacher thrillers, 14, having reached the number one position suggesting that Reacher is touching something in us that might just be worth understanding psychologically. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Dr. Lloyd Sederer, mental health commissioner, adjunct professor, and super-fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reach book series. Lloyd has written four articles about the Jack Reacher character. Together Graham and Lloyd discuss the qualities we gravitate towards Reacher and a deeper discussion around reclaiming masculinity in the healthiest, most loving, tender-hearted, strong, courageous, noble kind of way.

 

Read Lloyd’s review of Blue Moon: A Jack Reach Novel: https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/blue-moon-jack-reacher-novel

Read Lloyd’s review of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Books: A Confession and Holiday Reading List: https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/blue-moon-jack-reacher-novel

Read Lloyd’s review of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Books: A Confession and Holiday Reading List: https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/blue-moon-jack-reacher-novel

For more information about Dr. Lloyd Sederer, please visit: https://www.askdrlloyd.com

For more information about Ink-Stained for Life by Lloyd Sederer, please visit: https://www.askdrlloyd.com/ink-stained-for-life

Public Policy and Systemic Change with Reyna Taylor – Episode 159

Public Policy and Systemic Change with Reyna Taylor – Episode 159

June 28, 2022

If we see the passion behind changing the system for mental health and substance use, both on the federal side and the state side, we have a real opportunity to make a difference in the change of that system. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Reyna Taylor. Reyna is the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy. She leads public policy and government affairs activities, supervises legislative matters, and guides overall public policy strategy at the state and federal levels. Together Graham and Reyna discuss the work the National Council is doing on a federal and state levels, implementing systemic change, and the impact of national programs to assist both communities to address mental wellness as well as the health and wellness of providers to keep the workforce strong.

 

For more information about the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org

For more information about the National Council’s Policy Priorities, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/get-involved/be-an-advocate/policy-priorities/

For more information about Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/ccbhc/

Commanding Collaborative Care with Virna Little – Episode 158

Commanding Collaborative Care with Virna Little – Episode 158

June 21, 2022

Concert Health is aiming to rearchitect the nation's behavioral health system with a mission to give every American access to higher quality behavioral health services in collaborative care with their trusted primary care provider. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Virna Little. Virna is the Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer for Concert Health, a national organization providing behavioral health services to primary care providers. Virna has a Doctoral degree in Psychology, a master’s in social work. She has over 22 years of experience as Senior Vice President for a larger FQHC network in New York overseeing over 300 behavioral health and community staff and worked in New York City Health and Hospitals as a city-wide family violence coordinator. Together they discuss the challenges of primary care in addressing mental health needs, the successes and improved patients from collaborative care, and the integration process and measurements used to identify patients, review patient progress, and build key relapse prevention. Concert Health is taking the mental health component off the hands of primary care physicians, making it easier for them, and supporting primary care physicians to truly practice whole person care.

 

For more information about Concert Health, please visit: https://www.concerthealth.io

To contact Concert Health about Partnership, please visit: https://www.concerthealth.io/contact-us

For career opportunities and joining the Concert Team, please visit: https://www.concerthealth.io/careers

Social Justice Leadership with Tamanna Patel, MPH – Episode 157

Social Justice Leadership with Tamanna Patel, MPH – Episode 157

June 16, 2022

The Social Justice Leadership Academy was created to help individuals really understand the impact of injustices and see the inequities and really how complex systemic racism really is. In today’s episode, Dr. Erin Elmore speaks with Tamanna Patel. Tamanna is the Director of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Tamanna has experience coaching communities in applying adaptive strategies with a focus on building relationships and trust, capacity-building opportunities, and long-term sustainability. Her particular interest includes addressing health equity and social determinants of health in rural communities. Together they discuss advancing social justice to advance mental wellbeing, effecting change on multiple levels: interpersonal, intrapersonal, organizational, communal, and systemic levels, and recommendations on how people can start their reflection on biases to be a leader in social justice reform. This begins with inner reflection and slowly getting to the awareness of what you can do within your sphere of control and create change. 

 

For more information about the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org

For more information about The Social Justice Leadership Academy, a free 12-month virtual series, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/program/the-social-justice-leadership-academy/

For more information about upcoming Social Justice Leadership Academy Events, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/program/the-social-justice-leadership-academy/events/

For more information about White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, please visit: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566247/white-fragility-by-dr-robin-diangelo/

Address the Workforce Crisis with Ayla Colella, LMHC – Episode 156

Address the Workforce Crisis with Ayla Colella, LMHC – Episode 156

June 14, 2022

There is a workforce crisis happening in the behavioral health industry. There are staff shortages, there’s a lower rate of same-day access, there's a lower threshold for stress, and the need for this like extreme resiliency that we haven't experienced before. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Ayla Colella, LMHC. Ayla is a Senior Director at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and works in project leadership, training, technical assistance, supervision, and public speaking. Her experience as a clinical practitioner, her rapport with members, and her work with Talkspace have given her a pragmatic perspective on developing relevant training for behavioral and mental health professionals. Together Graham and Ayla discuss the challenges of workforce training and staffing, the thinking behind the creation of programs, the unique understanding and empathic attunement to the needs of both those receiving services as well as practitioners, and finally, they discuss ways of providing the best services to support clinicians on a continuum of their career. The National Council has a deep and a very wide bench of consultants that do a lot of work with local community behavioral health organizations to help them both overcome or mitigate some of the stressors that they're experiencing, but also help them better understand how to develop a plan and address what it is they're going through and how to better articulate their needs.

 

For more information about the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org

For more information about The Social Justice Leadership Academy, a free 12-month virtual series, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/program/the-social-justice-leadership-academy/

For more information about Public Health, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/focus-areas/public-health/

For more information about Workforce Development, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/focus-areas/workforce-development/

For more information on Leadership Training and Consulting Services, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/consulting-training/consulting-services/

For more information about the National Council’s Policy Priorities, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/get-involved/be-an-advocate/policy-priorities/

Vicarious Trauma and Practicing Self-Care Strategies with Dr. Christina Mally – Episode 155

Vicarious Trauma and Practicing Self-Care Strategies with Dr. Christina Mally – Episode 155

June 7, 2022

Vicarious Trauma is the permanent transformation of the inner experience of the practitioner. In today’s episode, Dr. Erin Elmore speaks with Dr. Christina Mally.  Christina is a wellness consultant who encourages and empowers people to identify and reach their future goals especially related to overall health and wellness. Christina’s specialties include sleep problems, stress management, intuitive eating, support through life transitions, nutritional needs, hormones, fertility concerns, pre-pregnancy prep, and pre/postpartum adjustments. She also has an extensive research background in the realm of vicarious trauma. Together Erin and Christina discuss the challenges around vicarious trauma, warning signs, the effects on a body over time, the influence of the pandemic on vicarious trauma, and practices and strategies for self-care for both practitioners and lay people. Self-care is not a muscle that comes naturally at least to most people, but the more we practice it, the more it becomes a rhythm to your life so when we’re in crisis we’re going to utilize those self-care strategies and be intentional about it.

 

For more information about the Vicarious Trauma Institute, please visit: https://vicarioustrauma.com

For more information about Vicarious Trauma and a personal fact sheet from the American Counseling Association, please visit: https://www.counseling.org/docs/trauma-disaster/fact-sheet-9---vicarious-trauma.pdf

To connect with Dr. Christina Mally through Facebook, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/drchristinamally

To connect with Dr. Christina Mally through Instagram, please visit: https://www.instagram.com/drchristinamally

Integrating Systems of Care with Alicia Kirley – Episode 154

Integrating Systems of Care with Alicia Kirley – Episode 154

May 31, 2022

Behavioral health care has really evolved and is continuing to evolve. There's been just such rapid change in the world in the last two years, that there's an interest in innovating and leveraging technology to deliver more access to care. In today’s episode, Dr. Erin Elmore speaks with Alicia Kirley, MBA.  Alicia is the Senior Director of the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. She oversees the delivery of training and technical assistance to advance the implementation of high-quality care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Together Erin and Alicia discuss creating a team-based network around the population of clients, planning around client care, challenges around integrated care, training and education, and measuring outcomes of success.  At its basic level, integrated care is creating opportunities to advance health equity and to look at these models and approaches to create a sustainable and comprehensive system. Due to the pandemic, we have this great opportunity right now to look at how integrated care can start to address a lot of the complexities of our health system.

 

For more information about the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org

For more information about the Center for Excellence in Integrated Health Solutions, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/program/ccbhc-e-national-training-and-technical-assistance-center/

For more information about the National Council’s Policy Priorities, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/get-involved/be-an-advocate/policy-priorities/

For more information on Improvement and Consulting, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/consulting-training/

For more information about Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/our-work/ccbhc/

Part 2: FAQs to Starting Therapy with Dr. Erin Elmore – Episode 153

Part 2: FAQs to Starting Therapy with Dr. Erin Elmore – Episode 153

May 26, 2022

In this concluding episode, we resume our today with Producer Peter Fenger and Dr. Erin Elmore. Erin is our co-host and Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in working with children and adolescents and is one of our most experienced content experts here at Triad. In our last episode, we discussed the different types of therapy access and which medium either online or in person would be a good fit. We talked about places to find a therapist, highlighted some details to help you find the right therapist, and some red flags to look out for. We'll resume our conversation today by talking about the application process and the beginning steps to getting ready for your first session.

 

If you are in crisis and need to speak to a therapist, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 and speak with a crisis counselor.

For a list of crisis hotlines, please visit https://blog.opencounseling.com/hotlines-us/

For more information about finding an In-Person therapist, we recommend psychologytoday.org, goodtherapy.com, or find-a-therapist.com.

For more information about finding a therapist online, we recommend betterhelp.com, zencare.co, goodtherapy.org, ginger.io, or if you’re seeking a child therapist, please visit presencelearning.com.

For more information on Own Your Past Change Your Future by Dr. John Delony, please visit https://www.ramseysolutions.com/store/books/own-your-past-change-your-future-by-dr-john-delony

For more information on Best Mental Health Apps for 2022, please visit: https://www.verywellmind.com/best-mental-health-apps-4692902

For more information about mental resources and about the APA, please visit: https://www.apa.org

For more information about Psychology Tools Self-Help resources, please visit: https://www.psychologytools.com

To view our own archive of past episodes and various topics around mental health, please visit: https://www.triadhq.com/bht

Part 1: FAQs to Starting Therapy with Dr. Erin Elmore – Episode 152

Part 1: FAQs to Starting Therapy with Dr. Erin Elmore – Episode 152

May 24, 2022

In honor of Mental Health Month, we would like to speak to our listeners who might be thinking about starting therapy on their own and answer some frequently asked questions to better guide those starting therapy for the first time. In this episode (part 1 of 2), Producer Peter Fenger speaks with Dr. Erin Elmore. As you know, Erin is our co-host and Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in working with children and adolescents and one of our most experienced content experts here at triad. Together Peter and Erin discuss the process of starting therapy, different types of therapy access and which medium, either online or in-person, would be a good fit for those new to therapy. We talk about how to find a therapist, highlight details to understanding the levels of therapy degrees, using insurance, the application process, and some red flags to look out for. It takes a lot of courage to be a first-time client in therapy, but our goal is to make that process easier to understand and encourage others to seek needed help.

 

If you are in crisis and need to speak to a therapist, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 and speak with a crisis counselor.

For a list of crisis hotlines, please visit https://blog.opencounseling.com/hotlines-us/

For more information about finding an In-Person therapist, we recommend psychologytoday.org, goodtherapy.com, or find-a-therapist.com.

For more information about finding a therapist online, we recommend betterhelp.com, zencare.co, goodtherapy.org, ginger.io, or if you’re seeking a child therapist, please visit presencelearning.com.

For more information on Own Your Past Change Your Future by Dr. John Delony, please visit https://www.ramseysolutions.com/store/books/own-your-past-change-your-future-by-dr-john-delony

For more information on Best Mental Health Apps for 2022, please visit: https://www.verywellmind.com/best-mental-health-apps-4692902

For more information about mental resources and about the APA, please visit: https://www.apa.org

For more information about Psychology Tools Self-Help resources, please visit: https://www.psychologytools.com

To view our own archive of past episodes and various topics around mental health, please visit: https://www.triadhq.com/bht

Brain Food & Nutritional Psychiatry with Dr. Drew Ramsey – Episode 151

Brain Food & Nutritional Psychiatry with Dr. Drew Ramsey – Episode 151

May 17, 2022

When we consider our health, we typically think first of the foods that we tend to eat. Our third largest body organ is the brain. And when we consider nutrition as an aspect of our mental wellbeing, we have control over the healthy food choices that positively impact our brain and our mental health. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Drew Ramsey. Drew is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has a psychiatric practice and the founder of the brain food clinic in New York City. Drew co-hosts Friday Sessions an IGTV series on male mental health for Men’s Health Magazine. He’s delivered three TED Talks and appeared on the BBC documentary Food and the Brain. Drew has authored four books, including his newest book , Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety, and his writings have been featured on the Today’s Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Together Graham and Drew discuss nutritional psychiatry and the importance of food on mental health, the reasons behind why we eat, using foods as a primary preventative option for our mental health, teaching ways for clinicians to incorporate nutrition into their practice, nutrient density, and the eight favorite foods for optimal impact on the brain. Evolve as a eater and be open to these things that actually have some real positive impact on the things that we can control and contribute to our wellbeing.

 

To learn more about Dr. Drew Ramsey, please visit: https://drewramseymd.com

For more information about Dr. Ramsey’s new book, Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety, please visit:https://drewramseymd.com/books-publications/eat-to-beat-depression-and-anxiety/

Follow Dr. Ramsey on Instagram, please visit: https://www.instagram.com/drewramseymd/

Follow Dr. Ramsey on Facebook, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/drdrewramsey/

Follow Dr. Ramsey on Twitter, please visit: https://twitter.com/DrewRamseyMD

Re-Imagining the AMHCA with Dr. Beverly Smith – Episode 150

Re-Imagining the AMHCA with Dr. Beverly Smith – Episode 150

May 10, 2022

Dr. Beverly Smith is the 45th President of the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association (AMHCA) and leads from a heart of advancement as she ushers her organization into a new paradigm. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Smith. She has 26 years of professional counseling experience in various settings including private practice, public education, corrections, community counseling, and higher education. She is the owner and principal therapist of B. Smith Consulting Group, LLC as well as an adjunct professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Together Graham and Beverly discuss her professional life, leadership qualities, the areas of focus of AMHCA, leadership and strategic support, multicultural and social justice advocacy, counseling compact, and other services AMHCA provides for its members. If you have a desire to be a member of AMHCA, join. If you have a desire to be a leader, go for it. Plan strategically, but also surround yourself with people who can help you plan and help advance the agenda of the profession, as well as help your Individual experience personal success. Where you are gifted and where you have a gift to give, then serve and work in your gifted areas.

 

If you would like to get involved with AMHCA, please visit: https://www.amhca.org/home

Reach out to Dr. Beverly Smith personally at bevsmithphd@gmail.com

For more information about Dr. Beverly Smith’s private business, please visit B Smith Consulting Group, LLC and visit https://www.bscg.co

 

Dramatic Growth of Healthcare from Private Equity with Jon Wolf– Episode 149

Dramatic Growth of Healthcare from Private Equity with Jon Wolf– Episode 149

May 5, 2022

Since 2011, Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. grew from 16 facilities to over 70 with 2,600 employees and is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country. Jon Wolf, Pyramid Healthcare’s founder, and CEO, credits their success to private equity investors and the opportunity it gave them to grow and serve the demand for mental health services. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Jonathan Wolf. Jon is the CEO at Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. Founded in 1999, Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. is an organization of committed professionals, identifying human service needs and creating solutions for growth and improved quality of life. Pyramid Healthcare offers substance use and mental health programs and over 70 locations that help individuals of all ages manage chemical dependence. Mental health eating disorders and autism. Together Graham and Jon discuss the increase in private equity coming into the behavioral healthcare field and its benefits to both practitioners and to the patients they serve.

 

For more information about Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. please visit: https://www.pyramidhealthcarepa.com

For more information about private equity and Pitchbook, please visit: https://pitchbook.com

Valant EHR Solutions with Ram Krishnan – Episode 148

Valant EHR Solutions with Ram Krishnan – Episode 148

May 3, 2022

Valant EHR software understands both the technical aspects and the emotional aspects of what's happening between the client and the provider interaction at the time. Valant has created clinical documentation that happened in a way that retains the connection between the two, during a session, that's so critical. In today’s episode, Dr. Erin Elmore is joined by Ram Krishnan, CEO of Valant an EHR software solution for behavioral health private practices. Ram has experience in healthcare information management, working on market-changing products, and started as a systems engineer. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Ram joined Valant in 2020 and has led the organization through its next stage of growth, listening to customers and building strong teams, providing a strong foundation for Valant to double down on serving the behavioral healthcare market. Together they discuss the common challenges with EHRs, the features of Valant including measurement-based tracking, billing software, and group therapy, and Valant’s specific focus on addressing the needs of behavioral and mental health. Valant gives you an integrated solution that allows you to provide better care, run a smoother and more efficient operation, and remain compliant.

 

For more information about Valant and their EHR software, please visit: https://www.valant.io

To request a free live demo of Valant’s EHR software, please visit: https://www.valant.io/request-live-demo/

 

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