Thoughtful Counselor

Mar
02

Counseling and Religious Coping – The Role of the Church in African American Communities with Janeé Avent Harris

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Dr. Janeé Avent Harris about her recent work on religious coping in African American churches. They reflect on the nuances of “positive” and “negative” religious coping, navigating theological questions in the counseling context, and collaborating with churches. PresenterAbout Janeé: Dr. Janeé Avent Harris received her Master [...]
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Feb
26

Getting Involved in Sexual Health Advocacy – A Conversation with Dr. Robert Zeglin

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Megan Speciale talks to Dr. Robert Zeglin about how students, practitioners, and educators can participate in sexual health advocacy. Dr. Zeglin describes why sexual health and education advocacy is important for mental health professionals and provides practical strategies for getting involved locally and nationally. PresenterAbout Robert: Robert Zeglin, [...]
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Feb
19

Theory, Practice, and In-Between – Musings on the Strengths and Shortcomings of Theory with Matthew Lemberger-Truelove

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Dr. Matthew Lemberger-Truelove on the complex interplay between theory and practice, the benefits and downsides of grabbing on to what is new and shiny in mental health culture, and the importance of context when developing and applying theory in practice. PresenterAbout Matthew: Matthew Lemberger-Truelove is a [...]
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Feb
12

The Quest for Wellness – A Conversation with Dr. Gerard Lawson

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Self-care is a journey. Dr. Gerard Lawson shares personal wisdom, guidance, and self-care strategies from his 30-year professional journey that counselors can call upon throughout their careers to move from merely surviving to truly thriving in their work. PresenterAbout Gerard: Dr. Gerard Lawson is a professor in the Counselor [...]
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Feb
05

Treating Individuals with Autism – Carlos Castañeda and Amanda Pena on Psychoeducating the Mental Health Community

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Carlos Castañeda and Amanda Pena share insight on Autism and guidance on how current and future mental health practitioners can feel confident, competent, and empathic to their clients who are on the spectrum. They also discuss comorbid symptoms people may experience such as anxiety, depression and trauma along with [...]
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Jan
29

Contemporary Thoughts on Addiction and Recovery – A Conversation with Dr. Oliver Morgan on How Learning Neuroscience has Influenced his Teaching and Practice

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Oliver Morgan shares insights into the ways neuroscience has shaped his view of addiction and recovery.  He offers practical applications of this learning, including trauma and attachment sensitive approaches and various evidence-based interventions that address family and community involvement in the treatment and recovery process. PresenterAbout Oliver: Oliver Morgan, Ph.D. [...]
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Jan
22

The Three-Word Narrative – How “Subject, Action Verb, and Object” Facilitate Change with Les Gura

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Les Gura on applying ideas from his career in journalism and practice of narrative writing to the counseling process. PresenterAbout Les: Les Gura has been interested in narratives his entire life. After 35-plus years as an award-winning journalist, writer and editor, his own narrative took a [...]
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Jan
15

Counseling as Hospitality – Trinitarian Reflections for Practice and Education with Watiri Maina

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Watiri Maina about the practice of hospitality in the counseling process, counselor education, and professional ethics. PresenterAbout Watiri: Watiri is a counsellor and spiritual director, originally from Kenya. She is married to Steve Maina and they have two daughters. She is interested in people and connecting [...]
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Jan
08

The Nature of Evidence (Part 2) – A Brief History of Research in the Social Sciences with Thom Field

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike continues his conversation with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice”. PresenterAbout Thom: Thom Field, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, he worked [...]
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Jan
01

The Nature of Evidence (Part 1) – A Brief History of Research in the Social Sciences with Thom Field

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice.” PresenterAbout Thom: Thom Field, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, he worked as an [...]
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Dec
25

Moving Through Trauma with Jess Smith

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with Jess Smith, LPC, LAC on the impact of complementary therapies such as yoga, walking meditation, and Rolfing in treating trauma and counselor self-care. PresenterAbout Jess: Jessica Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in private practice in Denver. She is a trauma-informed therapist [...]
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Dec
18

Otherness in Relation – Mikhail Bakhtin, Hospitality, and Love with David Crawley

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with David Crawley on the intersection of counseling and spiritual direction through the lens of narrative therapy and Mikhail Bakhtin’s work and dialogic interaction. PresenterAbout Dave: Dr.David Crawley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Laidlaw College. He specialises in the areas of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral [...]
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