#553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells PhD

Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. This group developed the first global, consensus guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support for people in emergency settings. Among other things, these guidelines call for a holistic approach that does not regard all war-affected children as traumatized.

He has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children, and he is author of Child soldiers: From violence to protection (Harvard University Press, 2006). Currently, he is lead researcher on inter-agency, multi-country research on community driven interventions for strengthening linkages of community-based child protection mechanisms with government led aspects of national child protection systems. This work has included learning from girls and boys directly about their lived experiences of violence and their coping and resilience amidst adversity. He regularly advises UN agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools. Throughout Africa and Asia he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.
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Video Preview of 553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells

I speak with Dr. Michael Wessells, who is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. He is a long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner who advocates a holistic approach that does not regard all war-affected children as traumatized.

Dr. Dave at The Psychedelic Science Conference

My former M.A. student from the early 70s was at the conference and we met for lunch. He regaled me with amazing stories from his life. For me, that was the highlight of the conference. He had his A/V setup with him and he made this little slide show. No interview this week but I hope you enjoy the slide show.

#552 – Recovery From Addictions & Compulsions with Andy Matzner

Andy Matzner, MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist, educator, workshop facilitator and public speaking coach. Since 2005, Andy has been serving the transgender community of Southwest Virginia and beyond as a gender therapist. He also teaches psychology, mental health skills and gender studies at Virginia Western Community College and Hollins University.
Prior to his career in mental health, Andy taught English as a second language in locales such as Japan, Thailand, Australia and Hawaii. He also trained as an anthropologist (Master’s Degree, University of Hawaii), focusing on gender diversity in non-Western cultures.

Andy is the author of several books, including Recovery from Addictions and Compulsive Behavior: A Journaling-Based Guide to Becoming Your Best Self and Having a Life Worth Living (2017); Everyone Has a Story: Using the Hero’s Journey and Narrative Therapy to Reframe the Struggle of Mental Illness (2015); The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (2013); and Male Bodies, Women’s Souls: Personal Narratives of Thailand’s Transgendered Youth (2007, with LeeRay Costa).

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Video Preview #552 – Recovery From Addictions & Compulsions with Andy Matzner

I speak with return guest, Andy Matzner LCSW, about using Journaling to recover from addictions and compulive behavior. In fact, we’ll be discussing Matzner’s 2017 book, the subtitle of which is A journaling-based Guide to Becoming Your Best Self and Having A Life Worth Living.

#551 – Managing Anger Through Compassion with Russell Kolts PhD

Russell Kolts PhD is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University near Spokane, Washington, USA. He has received numerous awards at EWU, including twice being named the Associated Student Body’s Faculty of the Year (in 2002 and 2014). An internationally recognized trainer in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Dr. Kolts has pioneered the use of CFT in the treatment of problematic anger. He the author of several books, including CFT Made Simple; The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger; Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life (with Thubten Chodron), and Buddhist Psychology and CBT: A Practitioner’s Guide (with Dennis Tirch and Laura Silberstein). An active scholar, Dr. Kolts has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations, and in 2015 was featured in his own TEDx talk, titled “Anger, Compassion, and What it Means to be Strong.” Read More »

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Video Preview of #551 Managing Anger Through Compassion with Russell Kolts PhD

I speak with Dr. Russell Colts, clinical psychologist, professor, and trainer in Compassion-Focused Therapy. He is also the author of several books, including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger: using compassion-focused therapy to calm your rage and heal your relationships.

#550 – Archetypal Roots in The Evolution of Consciousness and the Upheaval of Paradigm Shift with Jerome S. Bernstein

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Jerome Bernstein is a Jungian Analyst in Private Practice in Santa Fe, NM, a senior training analyst with the Santa Fe Jung Institute, with 40+ years of clinical experience has a forty-five year collaborative clinical relationship with a traditional Navajo medicine man. He teaches and lectures internationally on the Psychology of Politics, Borderland Consciousness, the Global Climate Change Crisis, Trauma, and is the author of two books, Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma; and, Power and Politics: The Psychology of Soviet-American Partnership; and was Co-Editor with Philip Deloria of C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions by Vine Deloria, Jr. as well as numerous articles on clinical and collective psychology.

 

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Video Preview of 550 – Archetypal Roots in The Evolution of Consciousness and the Upheaval of Paradigm Shift with Jerome S. Bernstein

I speak with Jungian Analyst, Jerome S. Bernstein about the archetypal roots of the national and global situation we find ourselves in today. Among his many publications, he is the author of the book, Borderland Consciousness: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma.

#549 – Developments in Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Dr. Ben Sessa

Dr. Ben Sessa (MBBS BSc MRCPsych) is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addiction services and with custodial detained young people in a secure adolescent setting. He trained at University College London medical school, graduating in 1997. He is interested in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental health disorders. Dr Sessa is currently a senior research fellow at Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities, where he is conducting the UK’s first clinical studies with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence syndrome. In the last ten years he has worked on several UK-based human pharmacology trials as study doctor or as a healthy subject administering and receiving test doses of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine. He is the author of several dozen peer-reviewed articles in the mainstream medical press and has written two books exploring psychedelic medicine; The Psychedelic Renaissance (2012) and To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic (2015). In speaking publicly at universities and medical conferences, Dr Sessa is outspoken on lobbying for change in the current system by which drugs are classified in the UK, believing a more progressive policy of regulation would reduce the harms of recreational drug use and provide increased opportunities for clinical psychedelic research. He is a co-founder and director of the UK’s Breaking Convention conference.
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