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Our podcast, Behavioral Health Today (a Triad Production), is designed to share unique and relevant topics occurring within our world and communities, and bring them a behavioral and mental health perspective.

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Most shame-based messages are I am _____, and then we fill in the blank with whatever it may be. Most of our shame is unconscious. We have compensatory behaviors develop typically from an early age that set a course in our lives that everything we do is unconsciously driven by trying to avoid that feeling of I am (shame-based message) and to keep others from discovering this about us. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Ragan Schriver, PsyD, MSW. Ragan is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work as well as the Director of the MSSW Program, Knoxville Campus, and chair of the Forensic Social Work Certificate Program. He teaches clinical and leadership courses in the MSSW program. He also serves as the Special Assistant to the President of Catholic Charities USA. In this role he takes part in a team process to develop integrated health programs within the network. Together they discuss the experience of shame and how it can become a fundamental part of our lives. They discuss ways to find shame when working with clients and the challenges around shame. They discuss the idea of healthy shame can assist in understanding our limitations, but when we become overwhelmed with negativity, shame can limit our perspective. We discuss shame from a neurological perspective and some ways shame shows up in four general categories. Finally, we discuss how a therapeutic relationship can provide mirrors to question some of our shameful... (More)
This episode resumes the conversation with Dr. Graham Taylor and his guests Dr. Jeanne Stanley and Dr. Theo Burnes. In our last episode, we discussed the best practices of the graduate school application process and guidance on where to start, we listed off some questions to ask yourself to help create a list of needs and wants as you look at graduate programs, and we discussed the importance of knowing when graduate school is the right time for you. We’ll resume our talk today by discussing the admissions interview and coaching students to help them feel secure and be successful.
Pursuing graduate school is a significant undertaking. For some students, they may not necessarily know exactly what they want or what they're looking for before they enter this process. Where do you start to help navigate the process successfully? In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Jeanne Stanley and Dr. Theo Burnes. Jeanne Stanley is a licensed psychologist and the CEO of Watershed Counseling and Consultation and founder of the company, Grad School Coaching. She also works as a national trainer, consultant, published author, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in their Counseling programs with more than 25 years of experience. Theo is a licensed psychologist and professional clinical counselor in private practice. Theo is a professor in the graduate MFT and counseling program at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Together they discuss the best practices to the application process of graduate school, creating a list of needs and wants, and they discuss the importance of knowing when graduate school is the right time for you.
Up to a third of developing children will experience some sleep disturbance with most children experiencing difficulties going to sleep or maintaining sleep during the night. However, when we think of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we don’t often realize that as many as 80% of these children experience debilitating sleep disturbances with trouble falling asleep and a tendency to wake up throughout the night. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Emily Varon, BCBA. Emily is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a dedicated focus on sleep-related behaviors. She has over 22 years of experience and devoted her practice to improving the sleep habits of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2010. Emily’s company Ready.Set.Sleep, provides education, CEUs, sleep program development, and individual consultation to families seeking support with their child’s sleep. Together they discuss the challenges to sleeping and its effects on the body, we discuss the signs and symptoms of sleep disturbances, and finally some sustainable strategies to ready the body for sleep. Sleep is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to health and wellness, and the sustainability of these strategies do work.