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Episode 183 - Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright: Wounded Bonds: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (GLB) Military Service Members and Veterans

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Episode 227 - Dr. Kristie Seelman: Sexual Minority Older Adults: Addressing Health Disparities and Promoting Healthy Aging

Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD

Monday, November 06, 2017, 7:53:57 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Kristie Seelman discusses the unique challenges that lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults face, as well as the need for services that are culturally competent and account for their unique realities. She describes her current research emphasizing coping strategies and differences in mental, cognitive, and physical health among sexual minority older persons.

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Episode 223 - Amber McDonald: The Underground Sex World and Vulnerable Youth: A Professional Social Worker's Perspective

Interviewer: Caitlin Beck

Monday, September 11, 2017, 7:40:10 AM

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Human sex trafficking is the largest illegal trade in the world, and the issue has gain increased attention over the last several years. In this episode, Amber McDonald describes her research involving vulnerable minors' involvement in sex trafficking and the reasons why youth engage in trading and selling sex. She summarizes current federal legislative initiatives targeting sex trafficking and discusses implications for social work practice.

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Episode 222 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Thomas Nochajski, PhD

Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:52:07 AM

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In part two of a two-part podcast, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino continue their discussion related to spiritual injury and military trauma. They describe the conception and process of creating their program. Observing that traditional evidence-based treatments did not easily address the existential issues they were hearing about from their clients, our guests explain how they developed the key components of their program. Feedback from participants and continuing evaluation efforts conclude the conversation.

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Episode 220 - Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino: At My Core, I'm Not the Same: Spiritual Injury and Military Trauma (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Thomas Nochajski, PhD

Monday, July 31, 2017, 8:14:58 AM

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In the first of two episodes, our guests Dr. Clyde Angel, John Sullivan, and Dr. Vincent Starnino differentiate between religion and spirituality, and their role in meaning making. They use the images of shattered spirituality and wounding to emphasize the depth of traumatic experiences by service veterans. Our guests discuss their research and what they are learning about the impact of spiritual risk and protective factors on healing spiritual injury and wounding.

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Episode 194 - Dr. David Brennan: Online Sexual Health Outreach for Gay and Bisexual Men: Providers' Perspectives

Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD

Monday, June 20, 2016, 7:40:40 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. David Brennan talks about his work in the development and evaluation of online outreach to address issues of gay and bisexual men’s health. To highlight this work, Dr. Brennan describes CRUISElab, a research lab focused on gay and bisexual men's health. He also talks about the "Cruising Counts" study, which has been essential in developing new guidelines for online health outreach to gay men in Ontario.

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Episode 191 - Dr. Adrienne Dessel, Dr. Michael Woodford, and Kevin Goodman: LGBT Discrimination on Campus and Heterosexual Bystanders: Understanding the Intention to Intervene

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD

Monday, May 09, 2016, 7:47:06 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their research related to LGBT discrimination on college campuses and the context in which heterosexual bystanders are most likely to intervene. They highlight the specific skills and attitudes that can be fostered to promote supportive heterosexual bystander involvement and inclusive environments for LGBT individuals.

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Episode 180 - Dr. Howard Lipke: HEArt for Veterans: Identifying the Hidden Emotion

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, LCSW

Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:43:15 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Howard Lipke describes what he calls the Hidden Emotion Articulation (HEArt) Program, a contrast to traditional anger management programs. This approach, developed especially for the unique needs of veterans, helps clients identify the hidden emotion that lies beneath their feelings. Dr. Lipke contends that identifying the hidden emotion can help vets understand and prepare for sensitive situations in which they may be triggered into anger (and, for many vets, rage).

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Episode 145 - Jorien Brock and Siobhan Fitzgerald-Cushing: Meeting the Health Needs of Transgender People

Interviewer: Steven Halady, PhD

Monday, June 09, 2014, 9:31:38 AM

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, people who identify as transgender are estimated to comprise between one quarter and one percent of the U.S. population. Often targeted for overt discrimination, a transgender person may, rightly, feel the need to protect themselves from the intolerant or rejecting responses they are subjected to. However, the need to be open and engaged is critical to ensure appropriate health care. In this episode, members of the Pride Center of Western New York discuss how the Center's Transgender Health Initiative meets the health care needs of transgender people.

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Episode 130 - Michael Boucai: The Impact and Ramifications of the Recent Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD

Monday, October 28, 2013, 10:17:22 AM

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In this episode, Law Professor Michael Boucai discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. He describes the specifics of those rulings and the practical effects the rulings produce at the level of people's everyday lives and social practices.

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Episode 120 - Dr. Nikki Wooten: Gender Differences Among Army Service Members in Substance Use Treatment Utilization During the Year Prior to Deployment

Interviewer: Thomas H. Nochajski, PhD

Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:52:47 PM

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In this episode, Dr. Nikki Wooten, herself an Army officer, describes her current research into the gender differences related to substance use treatment utilization of Army members in the year prior to their deployment. Her findings reveal the unique needs of women in our military, especially as they play an increasing role in our armed services.

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Episode 114 - Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Dr. Jayshree Jani: 'Cyber-Marriage': Wartime Military Relationships and Partners' Perceptions of the Impact of Telecommunications

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, March 04, 2013, 8:23:30 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Alexa Smith-Osborne and Jayshree Jani discuss their work studying the impact of technological advances in communications on relationships experiencing separation related to military deployment. Focusing on the perspective of the female partners, our guests contrast the experiences of the target population with those of civilian women in long-distance relationships. Protective factors as well as risk factors of the multiple modes of communication are explored.

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Episode 91 - Dr. Shelley Craig and Dr. Brett Engle: Motivational Interviewing Implementation and Practitioner Skill Acquisition in an Agency Serving Sexual Minority Youth

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, March 05, 2012, 8:59:26 AM

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In this episode, Drs. Engle and Craig discuss their training and research study in which they adapted Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills to a strengths-based case management already in place at an agency. They describe their experience in developing MI skill acquisition in service staff, the unique needs of this population, and MI's broader applications based on their findings.

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Episode 89 - Dr. Eugene Walls: School Engagement Among Sexual Minority Students: Allies, Alliances, and Academic Outcomes

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Monday, February 06, 2012, 8:29:45 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Eugene Walls discusses his research on school engagement among sexual minority students. His research is aimed at understanding the contributing roles of school climate, adult allies, and gay-straight alliances in predicting academic outcomes.

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Episode 47 - Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Commitment, Intentionality, and Hard Work: What It Takes To Do Culturally Competent, Ground-Breaking Research

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 9:32:14 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Caitlin Ryan discusses the challenges of breaking ground in new areas of research, especially work that may be considered controversial, and what it takes to do work that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. The conversation ends with advice for those interested in following similar lines of research.

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Episode 33 - Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth: The Critical Role of Family Support

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD, MSSA

Monday, November 16, 2009, 10:01:40 AM

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Dr. Caitlin Ryan discusses her work on the Family Acceptance Project, the first major study of LGBT youth and their families. Findings from the project will be used to develop training and assessment materials for human service providers working with LGBT youth and families and to develop a new model for family-related care to improve health and mental health outcomes for all LGBT adolescents.

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Episode 32 - Dr. Harold Kudler: Helping Veterans and Their Families Succeed: Current Research and Practice Guidelines in Management of Traumatic Stress

Interviewer: Barbara Rittner, PhD, MSW

Monday, November 02, 2009, 9:44:58 AM

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In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Harold Kudler discusses his most recent work with veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. In an approachable manner, he relates his current research findings and project work to the current literature and emerging debates in the study of Traumatic Stress. He advocates moving beyond the narrow lens of PTSD in conceptualizing our thinking about Traumatic Stress, and gives practical suggestions about developing a community response for returning veterans and their families.

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Episode 27 - Dr. Charles Figley: Veterans and PTSD: Time for a New Paradigm?

Interviewer: Nancy Smyth, PhD, MSW

Monday, August 24, 2009, 12:54:35 PM

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In the one-year anniversary episode of our series, Dr. Charles Figley discusses the mental health and support needs of veterans and their families. Dr. Figley calls for a change in the way we conceptualize the deleterious psychological effects of combat on soldiers, from stress disorder to stress injury.

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