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Episode 29 - Dr. David Biegel: Facilitators and Barriers to Supported Employment for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders

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Episode 221 - Dr. Jennifer Cullen and Dr. Jolynn Haney: Understanding and Treating Autism in Women: Using Lived Experiences to Shape Practice

Interviewer: Gretchen Bennett, MA

Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:28:52 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Jennifer Cullen and Dr. Jolynn Haney discuss gender differences in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the reasons why obtaining an accurate diagnosis may be difficult for females. They describe their research involving the socialization process of women diagnosed with ASD within an online community and how social workers can more effectively assist these individuals.

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Episode 201 - Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar: Multisystemic Therapy: A Strengths-Based, Collaborative Approach for Working with Negative Adolescent Behaviors

Interviewer: Julie Hasselbeck, MSW

Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:57:48 AM

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Anyone working with the disruptive behaviors of a challenging adolescent understands just how difficult that work can be. When these problematic behaviors are present, successful resolution may require involvement from several of a child's networks. Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an intensive intervention that works with the adolescent and their family, while also engaging the other important systems in the child's life. In this episode, Dr. Steven Halady, Erin DeWolfe, and Jessica Bonczar describe what MST is and how its ecological foundation informs and directs its application.

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Episode 190 - Dr. Geoffrey Greif and Dr. Michael Woolley: Adult Sibling Relationships

Interviewer: Jacqueline McGinley

Monday, April 25, 2016, 8:18:05 AM

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When addressing the topic of family therapy, the focus is generally on children or adolescents and their parents, or the marital/partner dyad. This podcast, however, looks at a different family system: adult siblings. These relationships are generally the longest relationships we have, but little is known about them. In this episode, Drs. Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley discuss their research on and clinical implications for adult sibling relationships.

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Episode 188 - Dr. Rebecca Mirick: "I Think I Want to Die...": Training Practitioners to Work with People Considering Suicide

Interviewer: Carissa Uschold, LCSW-R

Monday, March 28, 2016, 7:54:53 AM

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The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Social workers often find themselves working in settings where suicide and parasuicidal behavior are of ongoing and significant concern and, therefore, are in need of specialized skills to address these potentially life-threatening situations. So, does social work education provide social workers with the resources needed to feel confident in addressing suicidal intentions? Have the response protocols in agencies that train and employ social workers kept pace with advances in dealing with suicidal behavior? In this episode, Dr. Rebecca Mirick shares her work developing a suicide intervention training program and the follow-up research she conducted to determine its impact on knowledge and confidence of those receiving the training.

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Episode 184 - Nancy Roget: Around the Next Curve: Using Technology in Addiction Social Work Practice

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, February 01, 2016, 7:51:28 AM

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The literature on the use of tele-mental health is more than 50 years old, yet its integration into clinical social work practice has lagged. In this episode, Nancy Roget illustrates how technology can be incorporated into clinical social work by using applications being developed to address the treatment and recovery needs of substance addicted individuals. Additionally, Ms. Roget explores the of use of technology in clinical supervision.

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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 148 - Dr. Erin Kelly: Workplace Violence and Staff Well-Being: Everyday Hassles and Acute Crises

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, August 04, 2014, 8:16:42 AM

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While working at an inpatient psychiatric facility early in her career, Dr. Erin Kelly became interested in workplace violence, struck by the tension of maintaining staff and patient safety. She also developed an appreciation of the importance of building relationships with patients and other staff in such a challenging environment. In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses her research on the impact of workplace violence on staff at a large psychiatric hospital. Dr. Kelly suggests a number of strategies to ameliorate staff conflict as one method of reducing staff-patient conflict. She also makes suggestions for the individual clinicians working in settings with elevated levels of conflict.

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Episode 141 - Tara Hughes: Disaster Mental Health: An Emerging Social Work Practice

Interviewer: Steven Schwartz

Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:00:00 AM

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Tornados, floods, bombings, transportation accidents, and mass casualty scenarios, whether natural or human-caused, are examples of extreme events that confront us. Tara Hughes is a mass casualty subject matter expert and one of two New York State disaster mental health advisors. In this episode, Ms. Hughes identifies the domains of disaster survival response and describes the process of employing psychological first aid in the disaster scenario.

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Episode 139 - Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner: The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): A Conversation

Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:01:22 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Robert Keefe and Dr. Barbara Rittner engage in a conversation about the recently released DSM-5. Their discussion reviews many of the important changes to the manual. They also discuss several of the challenges and concerns identified with this edition.

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Episode 134 - Dr. Kelli Canada: The Role of Caseworker-Client Relationships Within Mental Health Courts

Interviewer: Charles Syms, LCSW

Monday, January 06, 2014, 8:07:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Kelli Canada discusses her research on the perceived relationship between mental health court participants and their caseworkers, and its effect on outcomes.

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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 118 - Dr. Jonathan Singer: The Use of Creative Arts as a Community-Based Suicide Prevention Effort

Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:02:50 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Singer describes his work drawing on the creative arts that by its nature is a community-based effort at preventing suicide. He argues that traditional prevention efforts, while effective at addressing the stigma associated with suicide on a person-at-a-time basis, do little to address the larger public stigma that is so prevalent and alienating for this population.

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Episode 108 - Dr. John Brekke, Anthony Fulginiti, and Rohini Pahwa: "For Them, With Them, By Them": A Peer Health Navigator Intervention for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

Interviewer: Anthony Guzman, MISM, MNCM

Monday, November 26, 2012, 8:43:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. John Brekke, Anthony Fulginiti, and Rohini Pahwa discuss their research with a Peer Health Navigator Intervention aimed at improving the health of persons with serious mental illness. Describing the intervention as a comprehensive engagement and self-management approach, our guests highlight what makes the intervention unique, recent findings from its application, and its benefits for the Peer Navigators as well.

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Episode 102 - Bruce Nisbet, LMSW: Health Homes: A Virtual Home of Care Coordination for Medicaid Enrollees with Chronic Conditions

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 8:09:59 AM

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In this episode, Bruce Nisbet discusses Spectrum Human Services' involvement with Health Homes, a Medicaid health program providing integrated and coordinated services to people in the community who have serious and persistent mental illness or two or more physical health conditions. Mr. Nisbet discusses the inception of the program, services offered, the program's relevance, and implications for social work practice and education.

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Episode 98 - Professor Susan Green and Dr. Thomas Nochajski: The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC)

Monday, June 11, 2012, 9:46:49 AM

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In this episode, UB School of Social Work faculty members and co-directors Susan Green and Thomas Nochajski introduce the new Institute for Trauma and Trauma Informed Care. They describe the series of events and experiences that led to the development of the Institute and how the needs of the service delivery systems in the Buffalo area led to the development of, and continue to inform, the Institute's mission. Current activity and future plans are discussed.

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Episode 96 - Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Preliminary Outcomes and the Role of Environmental Influences

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD, MSSW

Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:42:29 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Amy Watson and Brian Kelly discuss their research into Forensic Assertive Community Treatment, an adaptation of traditional ACT that attempts to explore the unique challenges faced by previously incarcerated persons with mental illness as they re-enter communities. Dr. Watson and Mr. Kelly interpret their findings and advocate for a broader response beyond focus on this population's mental illness to an appreciation for environmental factors (such as housing) in the population's attempts to avoid recidivism and experience success in the community.

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Episode 95 - Dr. Janis Whitlock: The Cutting Edge: Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults

Interviewer: Rebecca Eliseo-Arras, MSW

Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:29:35 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Janis Whitlock discusses the disturbing phenomenon of self-injurious behavior among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Whitlock discusses the causes, prevalence, and risk factors of self-injurious behavior and explains its active though maladaptive coping dimension as well as the challenge of finding effective treatment.

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Episode 85 - Dr. Stella Resko: Risk Factors for Early Treatment Dropout Among Women with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and PTSD

Interviewer: Amy R. Manning, PhD, LMSW

Monday, November 28, 2011, 9:50:51 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Stella Resko discusses her research examining the role of substance use, PTSD, and environmental barriers in contributing to early treatment dropout.

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Episode 71 - Katherine Montgomery: Individual and Relational Factors Associated with Delinquency Among Throwaway Adolescents

Interviewer: Charles Syms, MSW

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:08:56 AM

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In this episode, Katherine Montgomery, MSSW and doctoral student, reports on the findings and implications of her recent study on domain-specific factors that distinguish "throwaway youth" from delinquent youth. Ms. Montgomery also describes how understanding specific individual and relational factors may inform more individualized, evidence-based treatment planning among this unique population of adolescents.

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Episode 59 - Dr. Gail Steketee: Too Much Stuff: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Hoarding

Interviewer: Kathryn Kendall, LCSW

Monday, November 15, 2010, 9:02:52 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Gail Steketee, Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Boston University, discusses compulsive hoarding behavior. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Steketee has co-authored an accessible monograph about hoarding and hoarders in a way that will have us thinking about the "stuff" of our own lives.

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Episode 55 - Dr. Elizabeth Robinson: I Should've Could've Died: Spiritual Change in Recovery from Alcoholism

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, September 20, 2010, 8:30:47 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Robinson discusses her work on spiritual and religious changes associated with recovery from alcohol problems. Dr. Robinson notes changes in client sense of forgiveness and purpose as well as day-to-day religious practices and experiences. Dr. Robinson also offers insights about how to nurture the spiritual quest as part of social work practice behaviors.

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Episode 48 - Robert Whitaker: Rethinking Psychiatric Care: If We Follow the Scientific Evidence, What Must We Do to Better Promote Long-term Recovery?

Interviewer: Amy R. Manning, LMSW, PhD Candidate

Monday, June 14, 2010, 8:08:28 AM

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In this episode, author and journalist Robert Whitaker discusses what he has discovered through study of the evidence that is utilized to guide the treatment of psychiatric illness. With a critical eye, he describes the paradoxes in the conventional wisdom and practice in this field and how faithfully "following the evidence" would transform care for the drug-based treatment of mental illness.

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Episode 46 - Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa: Developing Mental Health Literacy Tools for the Latino Community

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:48:18 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa discusses his research and development of culturally competent interventions for Latinos experiencing mental health issues. He describes his motivation to work with the Latino community and the social work practice implications in developing mental health literacy tools for them.

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Episode 45 - Dr. Sharon Bowland: Strength and Struggle: Spirituality and Recovery From Interpersonal Trauma (part 2 of 2)

Interviewer: Elaine Rinfrette, PhD, LCSW-R

Monday, May 03, 2010, 9:38:34 AM

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This is the second of two episodes on spiritually and older women survivors of interpersonal trauma. Dr. Bowland discusses emergent themes such as forgiveness, isolation, and strength in the midst of struggle. Dr. Bowland also notes the utility of a feminist critique of the harmful and helpful aspects of faith traditions in relation to the experience of interpersonal trauma and the need to make space for discussions of religion in social work.

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Episode 43 - Dr. Sharon Bowland: I Believe, But Will It Help?: Spirituality and Recovery from Interpersonal Trauma (part 1 of 2)

Interviewer: Elaine Rinfrette, PhD, LCSW-R

Monday, April 05, 2010, 9:46:45 AM

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Dr. Sharon Bowland discusses a spiritually-based, psycho-social intervention for older women survivors of interpersonal trauma. In this first of two episodes, Dr. Bowland describes the intervention and reports on the positive mental health and spiritual well-being outcomes.

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Episode 35 - Dr. Elizabeth Tracy: Social Networks, Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Dual Disorders Among Women

Interviewer: Charles Syms, MSW

Monday, December 14, 2009, 10:20:43 AM

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In this podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Tracy traces the significance of social networks in social work practice, describes the types of social network interventions used by social workers, and discusses her research concerning social networks and the role of trauma and violence among women presenting with substance abuse or dual disorders.

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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 30 - Dr. Paul Smokowski: Acculturation and Adjustment in Latino Adolescents: How Cultural Risk Factors and Assets Influence Adolescent Mental Health

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, October 05, 2009, 12:21:44 PM

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In this podcast, Dr. Paul Smokowski describes his current research exploring the protective and risk factors involved for Latino youth as they attempt to integrate into United States culture. Discover what he learned about the "Critical Aspects of Acculturation" for this fast-growing population.

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Episode 28 - Dr. Elaine Maccio: Helping Survivors of Katrina - An Evaluation

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

Monday, September 07, 2009, 10:13:17 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Elaine Maccio discusses an evaluation of an initiative designed to address the mental health needs of hurricane Katrina survivors.

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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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Episode 23 - Bruce Nisbet, LMSW: Empowerment and Recovery: The Impact of George W. Bush's "President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health"

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Monday, June 29, 2009, 2:16:08 PM

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In this episode, Bruce Nisbet talks about how the "President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health" transformed service delivery for individuals with severe mental illness in New York and across the United States.

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Episode 19 - Dr. Michael Hogan: The "President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health": Promise, Progress, and Challenge

Interviewer: Catherine Dulmus, PhD, MSW

Monday, May 04, 2009, 10:51:22 AM

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Dr. Hogan discusses his work on the Bush Administration's President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which he chaired from 2002-2003. He discusses how the work of the Commission focused research and service efforts in mental health on promoting recovery, resilience, and transformation in the lives of individuals with mental illness, and what he sees as the ongoing challenges of the work.

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Episode 16 - Dr. Wooksoo Kim: Drinking Behavior Among Elderly Korean Immigrants

Interviewer: Adjoa Robinson, PhD, MSW

Monday, March 23, 2009, 11:50:30 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Wooksoo Kim discusses her research on alcohol use among elderly Korean immigrants in Toronto, Canada.

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Episode 15 - Kathryn Kendall, LCSW: Promoting Mental Health in the Wake of Disaster

Interviewer: Susan Green, LCSW

Monday, March 09, 2009, 2:19:01 PM

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This episode features a discussion on mental health in the wake of natural, technological, and man-made disasters. Kathryn Kendall articulates the stages of disaster and mental health-promoting responses to individual and community trauma.

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Episode 10 - Dr. Sandra Bloom: The Sanctuary Model: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Treatment and Services

Interviewer: Susan Green, LCSW

Monday, December 29, 2008, 11:27:32 AM

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Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., co-creator of the Sanctuary Model, discusses a trauma-informed approach to treatment and systems change. Dr. Bloom describes the paradigm shift needed to understand the psychobiology of trauma and its impact on recovery from mental illness.

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