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A podcast for early career psychologists. If you're looking for inspiration and advice for your psychology career, you're in the right place. Amy Felman interviews working psychologists from diverse fields with all levels of experience as they share their journeys, challenges and career breakthroughs that have lead them to where they are today. Tune in and discover how we all wear it differently.

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A podcast for early career psychologists. If you're looking for inspiration and advice for your psychology career, you're in the right place. Amy Felman interviews working psychologists from diverse fields with all levels of experience as they share their journeys, challenges and career breakthroughs that have lead them to where they are today. Tune in and discover how we all wear it differently.

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By Pete M ^ - Oct 09 2018
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Great quality. Informative. Interesting. Helpful. Thanks!

So thankful for this!

By LRSonder - Apr 24 2017
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I am starting a doctoral program in Clinical Psych in a few months and I am SO thankful to have found this amazing series... I have learned so much from this podcast -- not only about the field, but also about my own interests and my own mind. I love learning about other psychologists' journeys and work. Amy Felman is a great host and her guests are incredible and inspirational. The knowledge I have gained from this series is invaluable!! Thank you, Amy, for igniting a fire inside me!

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
8
3
0
1

Great positive

By Pete M ^ - Oct 09 2018
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Great quality. Informative. Interesting. Helpful. Thanks!

So thankful for this!

By LRSonder - Apr 24 2017
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I am starting a doctoral program in Clinical Psych in a few months and I am SO thankful to have found this amazing series... I have learned so much from this podcast -- not only about the field, but also about my own interests and my own mind. I love learning about other psychologists' journeys and work. Amy Felman is a great host and her guests are incredible and inspirational. The knowledge I have gained from this series is invaluable!! Thank you, Amy, for igniting a fire inside me!
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We All Wear It Differently - A Podcast for Early Career Psychologists

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A podcast for early career psychologists. If you're looking for inspiration and advice for your psychology career, you're in the right place. Amy Felman interviews working psychologists from diverse fields with all levels of experience as they share their journeys, challenges and career breakthroughs that have lead them to where they are today. Tune in and discover how we all wear it differently.

Rank #1: #9 - Part : 1 Motivational Interviewing Trainer and Clinical Psychologist Helen Menther

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Helen Mentha is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT Inc). She currently runs her own private consultancy Menther Consulting where she provides Specialist Training in Motivational Interviewing and consultation. Prior to this Helen worked for many years in the drug and alcohol field as a counsellor, dual diagnosis senior clinician, manager and supervisor.

Helen is committed to ethical, respectful person-centred care and brings this ethos to her clinical and supervision practice, training and consultation. She is a highly experienced and sought after facilitator with a reputation for accessible, engaging, well-informed and practical training in a positive learning environment. She has trained professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and areas of focus, including drug and alcohol, mental health, medical and nursing, allied health, community welfare, aged care, forensic, education and corporate settings. She has provided training across Australia and in China and has collaborated with colleagues from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and China to provide training and program development.

Helen told me she’s counted 400 days of her life that she's spent standing in front of large groups of people and speaking, and for a self-described introvert, she says she is still amazed by this. According to Helen curiosity about her self, others and the world, as well as playing to her strengths, have helped her to achieve this which she so generously discusses throughout the interview.

Check out Part 2 of this interview with Helen Menther to hear more about motivational interviewing.

Remember to visit the website to check out all the links Helen talked about and her best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Aug 02 2015

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Rank #2: #2 - Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Therapist - Sarah Joyce

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Sarah Joyce is a clinical psychologist and trauma therapist with close to 20 years experience in the field. She currently works in her own private practice and as a consultant clinician for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program for war veterans at the Geelong Clinic.

Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and Criminology at Melbourne University, and her Master of Clinical Psychology at Latrobe University in Melbourne. She began her career in psychology in trainee roles at Heidelberg Repatriation General Hospital, Forensic Psychiatry Services, Brunswick Road Clinic, and at the East Bentleigh Community Health Centre. It is here that she stayed for five years and developed a strong interest in working with victims of trauma. Sarah has continued to work in this area as a Sessional Consultant Psychologist and as a Senior Psychologist and clinician at the the well known Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA).

Sarah has experience supervising post-graduate students, has been a member of the Human Ethics Committee at Latrobe University and is a member of the Australian Psychological Societies Working group on Ethical Guidelines for Recovered memories. Sarah also happened to be my clinical supervisor whilst I was doing my masters at Deakin University, and it is an absolute gift to have her on the show.

Visit the website for all the links related to this show and Sarah's best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Apr 26 2015

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Rank #3: #31 - Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy & The Art of Teaching with Clinical Psychologist Dr Rebecca Sng

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Dr Rebecca Sng is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and the Deputy Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong, NSW. Alongside her university commitments she works in private practice, seeing Families in the Illawarra area.

Rebecca completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2006, and a family therapy internship at the 'Calgary Family Therapy Centre' in Canada, in 2010.

Some of her previous work includes as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at MacKillip Family Services and as the Unit Head at the Alternative Care Clinic, Redbank House. Much of her early work involved working wth children in out-of-home-care who presented with emotional, behavioural and relational difficulties due to complex trauma and attachment disruption.

Rebecca is influenced by and work from various therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy, Post-Milan Systemic Family Therapy, Bowen, and Intervention Interviewing.

She is also closely involved with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.

As a university lecturer, Rebecca is considered by many of her students as inspiring, engaging, and thought provoking - always encouraging curiosity, and for each person to find their authentic voice and style as practitioners.

So let's see how we all wear it differently with Dr Rebecca Sng

For all the links Rebecca spoke about and her best self-care tip check out the website.

Jul 24 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: # 43 - Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings with Dr Suzanne Barret and Dr Fiona Zandt

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Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt are both clinical psychologists with over 30 years experience combined working with children, adolescents, parents and families.

In addition to their clinical work, Suzanne and Fiona run popular Creative Child Therapy Workshops including: 1) Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions & Playful; 2) Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety.

More recently they published their first book, Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings: A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children. The essence of the book is about using play to introduce therapeutic concepts to children and provide a space in which they can explore these ideas.

Visit the website for all the links related to this show and Suzanne and Fiona's best self-care tip!

May 09 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #5: #48 - Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 1 - Jim Smith

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This episode is the first of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They're either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.

I love how in this small sample of seven people, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each person reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!

Chatting to this special seven also normalises the up and downs of early career life!!

In this episode I'm chatting to Jim Smith. Jim is 54 years old, lives in Canberra, and is in his first year of the Clinical Master’s Program at the University of Canberra.

Jim was born in Michigan, USA. He met his wife (Jenny) in Munich, Germany and came to Australia in 1987. He has 3 grownup children. Jim has been working since he was 14 years old in some capacity or other, and has had A LOT of different jobs. However he considers Psychology to be his first career. 

Jim wanted to do this interview to let people know that becoming who you are meant to be, isn’t always a straight road, and that finding the true you can take time. Jim Says "Be patient." So have a listen and see how we all wear it differently with Jim Smith.

Jul 23 2017

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Rank #6: #19 - Clinical Psychologist and Creator of Happi Habbits Dr Rebecca Ray

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Dr Rebecca Ray is a Clinical Psychologist and the creator of a 12 week e-book and online program on positive psychology techniques to help people boost their well-being and learn how to get their happy on!

Rebecca began working as a psychologist intern in 2003 at a private psychiatric hospital in the small NSW coastal town of Taree. In her early career she was exposed to a variety of clients and clinical presentations and began treating trauma through running groups programs for veterans.

Rebecca completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2006 and her thesis was on examining the effectiveness of a Group-Based Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Program for combat veterans with PTSD.

On completion of her doctoral studies Rebecca returned home to the Gold coast where she worked for a year as a Clinical Psychologist for the Veterans’ & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) before starting her own private practice where she continued to specialise in trauma, particularly with military and police personnel.

At the beginning of 2015 Rebecca closed her private practice to have a break from clinical work. Not being able to sit still she wrote Happi Habits, a 12 week e-book and online program on positive psychology techniques to help people boost their well-being!

Rebecca plans to continue developing digital products and is currently working on a self-worth program.

Let's see how we all wear it differently with Dr Rebecca Ray!

Visit the website to check out all the links that Rebecca spoke about and her best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Dec 20 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: #26 - Educational and Development Psychologist Dr Chelsea Eacott

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Dr Chelsea Eacott is an Educational and Developmental
Psychologist with over ten years experience working as a
psychologist within the education system and private sector
organisations in Victoria and Queensland.

Chelsea is currently the Director of Student Services at Eltham
College, Victoria, and lectures in the Masters of Educational
Psychology program at Melbourne University. Some of her previous
roles include: Director of Student Wellbeing at Rockhampton Girls
Grammar School; Psychologist at Autism Queensland Rockhampton Early
Intervention Centre; and Junior School Psychologist at Yarra Valley
Grammar.

Chelsea has multiple research publications examining the
effectiveness of psychological interventions in school settings,
and in particular the challenges for youth living in rural
areas.

She has extensive experience running group interventions in
schools including:

  • Whole school approaches to bullying, behaviour management and
    pastoral care.
  • Experience with kidsmatter, MindMatters, Restorative Practices,
    and Social Emotional Learning initiatives
  • ASIST suicide prevention training Training in responding to
    self harm in schools
  • Experience in delivery of; Tuning into Teens, Peer Mediation,
    Peer Support, MPower Girls, Protective Behaviours, the ‘Best of
    Coping’ and Social Skills programs.

Whilst very experienced in the field, Chelsea is just starting
out her career as an academic, so it will be fabulous to keep in
touch with her and see where her research journey ventures!

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psychologists.

May 01 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #8: #29 - Working with young people on the Autism Spectrum with Dr Marie Karakis

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Dr Marie Karakis is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist with experience working in schools, community and clinical settings.

She is the owner and director of private practice Young Minds Psychology.  She has specialist training in assessment, counselling and behavior management for a range of developmental issues, such as: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioural difficulties, grief and learning issues. She has extensive experience working with young people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s syndrome and has a special interest working in the area of early intervention and school readiness.

In the interview Marie talks in depth about the complexities of such a diverse and large spectrum, and why each individual case, requires careful assessment, formulation and treatment planning.  She also discusses the critical role that families and schools, play in the treatment of children with Autism, and the challenges that this often presents.

One of the most important tips Marie give those in this line of work is to be playful. During the interview, I could see in the background of her office a large castle filled with superheroes - so I guess she means literally, be playful.

So, lets see how we all wear it differently, with Marie Karakis.

For all the links Marie spoke about and her best self-care tip check out the website!

Jun 26 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: #24 - Executive Coach and Consulting Psychologist Naomi Harrison

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Naomi Harrison is a Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach with 20 years experience as an in house and consulting psychologist and HR professional. She is currently based in Singapore where she runs her own consultancy ‘PsychInsight’.

As a teenage uni student Naomi knew she had to do something with people and in business. She was passionately interested in how the world was operating, how companies were operating, and essentially how a person fits into the system. Hence she ended up studying Psychology, and Business Psychology through her Master of Arts in Psychology at UNSW.

Whilst working and living in London 8 years later Naomi embarked on a Masters of International Business. Naomi has also completed Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy to assist her with a deepened understanding of systemic theories.

During her career Naomi has consulted with a range of clients in different industries including banking, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals. Her roles have included such things as recruitment, enterprise bargaining, management development and transitioning, leadership development, talent management, and of course executive coaching. Naomi's assignments have spanned over twenty countries from Nigeria to Brazil, and she loves the challenge of taking cultural implications into account when consulting.

Prior to starting PsychInsight Naomi worked as the Group Global Talent Development Manager for Cadbury Schweppes. Here she Co-created Cadbury’s Global Early Career Assessment Centre, and designed and delivered the Global Graduate programmes and the Global Early Careers Strategy.

Naomi was an Australian Psychological Society (APS) national committee member for the Coaching Psychology Interest Group for 5 years from 2010-2015.

Naomi says coaching as an industry is a changing landscape and believes the psychology profession has a lot to offer this field. and that there are many opportunities for psychologists aspiring to be executive coaches.

So lets see how we all wear it differently with Naomi Harrison!

Visit the website to check out all the links that Naomi spoke about and her best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Apr 01 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: Episode #33 – Online Counselling, why aren't more of us doing it? With Therapist Clay Cockrell

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Today my guest is Clay Cockrell, LCSW, a therapist based in New York City.

Six years ago, Clay began his journey into the online world by the creation of Online Marital Counseling (www.maritalcounseling.com), where he works with couples all over the world to improve and/or salvage their broken relationships. He and his clients have found it incredibly valuable, particularly when the couple is living apart (perhaps as expats) or having scheduling issues that prevent them from engaging in traditional couples counseling.

As Clay chatted to colleagues about the benefits of online counselling it became evident many didn't’ know what it was or liked the idea but were fearful or put off by the technological side.

In 2016 he founded Onlinecounselling.com – a listing directory with the mission of helping clients all over the world to find the therapist or life coach that will best meet their needs. The site also provides educational resources and podcasts to help counselors work online in an ethical, responsible and legal manner.

Whilst clearly savvy with technology, Clay is also one for the outdoors. He started his career as the creator of Walk and Talk Therapy (www.walkandtalk.com). Instead of meeting in a traditional office, he conducts counseling sessions while walking through Central Park in NY.

ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN and New York Times were interested in walkandtalk.com and Clay’s other endeavours as was I. So let’s see how we all wear it differently with Clay Cockrell.

Check out: www.onlinecounselling.com www.walkandtalk.com www.maritalcounseling.com

For more information on Clay and for his best self care tip, check out the show notes!

Sep 04 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #11: #25 - The Consumer Psychologist, Adam Ferrier

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Adam Ferrier is 'The Consumer Psychologist', Australia's leading consumer psychologist. Adam was the Founding Partner and Global Head of Naked Communications, one of Australia's most awarded agencies, and is currently the Global Chief Strategy Officer / Partner at Cummins & Partners, a leading creative media agency in Australia.

After graduating from university with degrees in commerce AND clinical psychology, Adam began his career as a forensic psychologist in maximum security prisons, before making the leap to advertising!

Adam is a regular commentator on consumer behaviour on TV, including being a regular panelist on the Gruen series, Sky News and Ten News. He has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and Australia's Next Top Model. He has a weekly segment on national drive show 'The One Percenters' on radio station MMM, and monthly show with James O'Loghlin ABC Sunday Nights. He's commentated and/or written for TIME, The Australian, Mumbrella, B&T (on editorial board), Fast Company, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and others.

Adam's work has won multiple awards, he is an in-demand keynote speaker. Adam was part of the team that created and oversaw the implementation of the 2014 ABC Mental As... program. A week of content to raise awareness, and create action for mental health issues in Australia.

Adam was the Curator and Co-Founder of MSIX (Marketing Sciences ideas Xchange) and the MSIX Awards. A conference dedicated to the helping marketers and advertisers embrace science and scientific principles to enhance their marketing, media and advertising efforts.

In May 2014 Adam released his first book, 'The Advertising Effect: How to change behaviour' (Oxford University Press).

If you're don't know what a consumer psychologist is or does, or perhaps you're wondering what influences your purchasing decisions, then listen to this interview!

Visit the website to check out all the links that Adam spoke about and his best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Apr 20 2016

58mins

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Rank #12: #9 - Part 2: Motivational Interviewing Trainer and Clinical Psychologist Helen Menther

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Helen Mentha is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT Inc). She currently runs her own private consultancy Menther Consulting where she provides Specialist Training in Motivational Interviewing and consultation. Prior to this Helen worked for many years in the drug and alcohol field as a counsellor, dual diagnosis senior clinician, manager and supervisor.

Helen is committed to ethical, respectful person-centred care and brings this ethos to her clinical and supervision practice, training and consultation. She is a highly experienced and sought after facilitator with a reputation for accessible, engaging, well-informed and practical training in a positive learning environment. She has trained professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and areas of focus, including drug and alcohol, mental health, medical and nursing, allied health, community welfare, aged care, forensic, education and corporate settings. She has provided training across Australia and in China and has collaborated with colleagues from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and China to provide training and program development.

Helen told me she’s counted 400 days of her life that she's spent standing in front of large groups of people and speaking, and for a self-described introvert, she says she is still amazed by this. According to Helen curiosity about her self, others and the world, as well as playing to her strengths, have helped her to achieve this which she so generously discusses throughout the interview. So have a listen to find out how we all wear it differently with Helen Menther.

Check out the website for Helen's career tips, self-care tip and suggested rescources.

Aug 02 2015

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Rank #13: #39 - Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Richard Chambers

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Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. He has authored books on the topic including The Art Of Mindful Origami and co-authored Mindful Learning and Mindful Relationships. Richard was also one of the developers of Smiling Mind (mindfulness app), and co-founder of Recharge.

Richard provides clinical psychology sessions in his private practice for individuals and couples. These emphasise the transformative effects of mindfulness combined with a range of other effective, evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT and Gottman Couple’s Therapy.

Richard provides mindfulness presentations, workshops and courses for organisations and the general public that are designed to teach you how to be more present and engaged in every area of your life. His goal is to teach mindfulness in a practical evidence-based way so it can be easily grasped and seamlessly integrated it into one's personal life or workplace.

At Monash University, Richards is leading an initiative to create the world’s first mindful university, embedding mindfulness in the core curriculum for all students.

For over 15 years Richard has helped a growing number of individuals, educational institutions, businesses, professional sporting teams and community organisations use mindfulness to improve their wellbeing and performance.

He regularly features in mainstream TV, radio and print media, discussing how mindfulness, wellbeing, productivity and positive psychology can enhance our lives.

Check out the website for the show-notes and all the links that Richard spoke about.

Dec 06 2016

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Rank #14: #52 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 5 – Emily Green

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This episode is the fifth and final chapter of the early career psychologist series, showcasing early career psychologists who are either completing their training, or in their early years of working.

These psychologists have come from all different backgrounds and have vastly different life experiences. I love how in this small sample of seven, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each interviewee reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving regularly!

In this episode I chatted to Emily Green, a 27 year old from Brooklyn, New York.  Emily graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in May 2016 from Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY.

In the US, to obtain a license to practice, you are required to pass the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) after you've received your degree.  Emily completed hers in April 2017.  She is currently completing her doctoral training (a years worth of supervised clinical hours) at a community mental health centre.  This role involves working with children, adults and families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic communities.  She described her clients as representing the "whole gamut of pathology" from depression and anxiety, to substance abuse disorders, and psychotic-spectrum disorders.

It was fabulous to chat to an early career psychologist from overseas!

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Oct 08 2017

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Rank #15: #35 – The Art of Investigative Interviewing with Dr Kimberlee Burrows

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Dr Kimberlee Burrows is a Research Fellow and lecturer at Deakin University, and a Research Fellow with the Centre For Investigative Interviewing. Dr Burrows has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Psychology (Hons) and a background in law and child protection. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis entitled Improving the Evidential Quality of Child Witness Interviews about Abuse.

Dr Burrows research role involves working closely with police and legal professionals in Australia and overseas to both (a) incorporate legal requirements into child witness investigative interviewing protocol,and (b) provide legal professionals with professional development around principles of child development and trauma so as to minimise systemic abuse of child witnesses and maximise the quality of their evidence.

In addition to her research, Dr Burrows currently chairs the undergraduate unit Child & Adolescent Development (currently undertaken by approximately 1100 students) and teaches across a variety of Psychology undergraduate units including Psychology in the Criminal Justice System and Individual and Social Development.

In this interview Dr Burrows opens our eyes to the complexity of investigative interviewing, and her passion and energy for researching, developing and supporting the implementation of best practice interviewing in legal systems around the world is inspiring. A quick note - everything Dr Burrows has said in this interview is based on her own views and are not representative of Deakin University.

For all the links Dr Burrows spoke about and her best self-care tip, check out the show notes.

This episode was sponsored by the ANZ ACBS 2016 Conference.  If you're interested in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion and Mindfulness check out there website for further details!

Oct 03 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #16: #44 - Compassion Focussed Therapy with Dr Dennis Tirch

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Dr. Tirch is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the USA.   He is also the President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA – the North American wing of the training, research and development community for CFT.

Dr. Tirch has been described as one of the country's foremost experts on CFT and the contextual psychology of compassion. He has dedicated his research and scholarship to bettering our understanding of how therapies like ACT and CBT can be strengthened and further developed by bringing a compassion focus to our work.

For more information on Dennis, all the links he spoke about and his best self-care tip, check out the show notes on the website!

May 25 2017

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Rank #17: #36 - Using ACT in Neuropsychology Settings with Dr Brooke Davis

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Dr Brooke Davis is a senior clinical neuropsychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and The Mind Room. She is particularly interested in how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be used with clients in neuropsychology settings to enhance wellbeing and promote positive change regardless of the challenges they face.

As a supervisor of students and early career psychologists Brooke provides us with many pearls of wisdom about how we can utilise ACT principles in our own work and personal lives, to manage challenges, increase our skills sets, and have long and sustainable careers.  

For all the links Dr Davis spoke about and her best self-care tip, check out the show notes.

This episode was sponsored by the ANZ ACBS 2016 Conference.  If you're interested in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion and Mindfulness check out there website for further details!

Oct 17 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #18: #28 – Working with survivors of domestic violence with Psychologist Carmel O'Brien

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Carmel O’Brien is a Counselling Psychologist and National Convenor of the APS Women and Psychology Interest Group. For the last 23 years she has worked predominantly with people who have lived with violence at home.  This includes working in child protection services, the Victorian Women’s Prison, in critical incident management and relationship and general counselling practice.

Most of Carmel’s work has been in the welfare sector.  Carmel has also conducted a part-time private practice in eastern Melbourne since 1998.

From 2001 to 2015 Carmel managed the clinical services programs for a large community agency, including general counselling and clinical supervision services and a suite of support programs for women and children who have experienced abuse. Her special clinical interest is the recovery of women from family violence.

Carmel initiated some unique models of service provision including utilizing trained mentors to aid recovery, commencing a domestic violence prevention program for girls and schools, and starting a successful choir for survivors. She launched two iPhone Apps at Doncare (LiveFree and iMatter) delivering information to the public about domestic violence issues and healthy relationships.

In January, 2008, Carmel received a Menzies Award for her work in innovative service provision. In 2010 she received the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Elaine Dignan Award for her contribution to women through her profession. She is also a Fellow of both the APS and the Cairnmillar Institute.

She has just finished writing a book about intimate partner violence and is assisting the APS to develop practice guidelines for psychologists working with family violence. She has extensive experience delivering training and offering supervision to therapists.  

For all the links Carmel spoke about and her best self-care tip check out the website.

Jun 05 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #19: Episode #32 - When the Professional becomes Personal, with Writer and Psychologist Dr Jodie Fleming

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Today I’m speaking with Dr Jodie Fleming, who is a Clinical and Health Psychologist currently working at St John of God Health Care in Warrnambool, as well as running her own small private practice.

In Jodie’s early career in Newcastle NSW, she developed an interest in psycho-oncology an area which she pursued, starting out working with CanTeen, and then later working with families at the John Hunter Children's Cancer Hospital.

As with any person regularly exposed to particular health issues, one can become acutely aware of their own health and wellbeing. For Jodie this meant regular checkups with her doctor, and an increased awareness of any changes to her physicality.

In 2010, Jodie received her own cancer diagnosis. She relocated back home, to Victoria, to be closer to her family, and figured out a way in which she could continue working, whilst embarking on her own journey of survival.

Jodie was determined to continue working, and whilst there were many challenges Jodie says that in a way her work also saved her. This was 6 years ago and Jodie is now well and thriving. Jodie has rediscovered her passion and the healing potential of writing and in March this year, she launched her blog ‘The Psychology of It’ where she writes about psychology in five different styles, with the view of connecting, human to human.

Visit the website to check out all the links that Jodie spoke about and her best self-care tip!

Thank you Jodie for your courage in sharing your story. 

Aug 21 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #20: #14 - Speaking with School Psychologist Justine Tonner-Joyce

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Justine Tonner-Joyce is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working with young people and adults in clinical, educational and private practice settings. Justine currently works at Melbourne Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Victoria, where she has worked for the past 10 years. Justine began her career the Albert Road Centre for Health as a probationary psychologist working with high-risk adolescents in the later 1990’s.

Justine completed her Graduate Diploma of Educational Psychology and Masters of Counselling Psychology at Monash University and is a Member Australian Psychological Society and an affiliate member of the APS College of Sports Psychology.

Whilst training to become a psychologist Justine was also training and competing as an elite rower becoming a world champion and world record holder in the women’s lightweight pair. She was recently inducted into the Rowing Victoria Hall of fame.

Justines Suggested Resources

Visit the website to check out all the links that Justine spoke about and her best self-care tip for early career psychologists.

Oct 11 2015

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#58 - Self Doubt and Fear of Failure with ACT expert Dr Russ Harris

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Russ Harris, is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap.’ In this episode we chat about the universal human experience of self-doubt and fear of failure.  Russ generously shares with us his personal experiences, and his view on why therapists might experience this stuff more than most!  Russ also gives us ideas on how to live with self doubt and fear of failure if they're holding you back from living a rich, full and meaningful life!!

For more information on Dr Russ Harris check out the show notes!

Mar 20 2019

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# 57 - The Gottman Method and couples therapy with Clinical Psychologist Trish Purnell-Webb

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Trish Purnell-Webb is an experienced psychologist with 38 years of work experience. She is a certified Gottman Marital Therapist, and is the only certified Gottman Marital Therapy Trainer and Consultant in Australia. Trish is also certified to present the Gottman Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop. 

Today we chat Gottman Therapy!

For more information on Trish Purnell-Webb check out the show notes!

Feb 01 2019

1hr 15mins

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# 56 - Psychodrama in the Criminal Justice System with Clark Baim PhD

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Clark Baim PhD is a psychotherapist and psycho-dramatist with over twenty years’ experience.  

In his early 20’s Clark accepted an acting contract with the Geese Theatre Company (US) which involved performing in prisons across the country.  An aspiring performer, Clark was convinced this would be the best acting education he could get. Not only were his expectations met, but Clark developed what would become a lifelong passion for changing lives through performance.

For more information on Clark and his best self-care tip check out the show notes!

Oct 01 2018

1hr 21mins

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# 55 - Forensic Psychologist and Adult Parole Board Member Dr David Curnow

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Dr David Curnow is a Forensic Psychologist, expert on White Collar Crime and full time member of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria.  He is the first Forensic Psychologist to sit on the board which is populated by Lawyers and community members.

Dr Curnow also provides consultancy services and training to corporations on such topics as embezzlement and employee theft.  His PhD examined both personality and decision making of incarcerated embezzlers who took from 100k to 25 million dollars from their organisations.  Other specialist training programs he presents include Violence Treatment, Forensic Interviewing and Offence Mapping.

Earlier in his career David worked at the Department of Justice as the Regional Manager of Offending Behaviour Programs.  Prior to this he was a senior clinician for Corrections Victoria.

David also has a strong interest in Chronic Pain.  One of his great loves is group work and he strongly encourages psychologists to consider management roles, enabling them to effect change at a systematic level!

For more information on Dr Curnow check out the show notes!

Feb 09 2018

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#53 - LA Concierge Psychologist, Dr Crystal Lee

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Dr. Crystal Lee is a licensed psychologist and owner of a private practice called LA Concierge Psychologist, based in Los Angeles, California. Through her unique "house call" therapy model, she's able to join her clients in partnership and transform their lives. Dr. Lee's life’s passion is to help others grow through life, achieve their goals, and become the best version of themselves. In her practice, she uses this passion to support emerging adults (18-29 year olds), who feel stuck, successfully transition to full-fledged adulthood. In her professional endeavours, she channels that passion into supervising and mentoring early career psychologists.

Check out the website for the show notes and links Crystal spoke about!

Nov 01 2017

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#52 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 5 – Emily Green

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This episode is the fifth and final chapter of the early career psychologist series, showcasing early career psychologists who are either completing their training, or in their early years of working.

These psychologists have come from all different backgrounds and have vastly different life experiences. I love how in this small sample of seven, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each interviewee reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving regularly!

In this episode I chatted to Emily Green, a 27 year old from Brooklyn, New York.  Emily graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in May 2016 from Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY.

In the US, to obtain a license to practice, you are required to pass the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) after you've received your degree.  Emily completed hers in April 2017.  She is currently completing her doctoral training (a years worth of supervised clinical hours) at a community mental health centre.  This role involves working with children, adults and families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic communities.  She described her clients as representing the "whole gamut of pathology" from depression and anxiety, to substance abuse disorders, and psychotic-spectrum disorders.

It was fabulous to chat to an early career psychologist from overseas!

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Oct 08 2017

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#51 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 4 – Rose Evans and Anastasia Hronis

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This episode is the fourth of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They’re either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.

I love how in this small sample of seven people, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. After publishing just 6 of these interviews you’ll see what I mean!  

Each person reminds me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!

In this episode I chatted to Rose Evans, 51 year old mum of 4 (her kids are aged between 23 and 10), owner of 3 chickens and 2 beagles. I also chat to Anastasia Hronis who is 25,  and as well as being a psychologist is a professional pianist!

Rose lives in Northwest Sydney and is in her first year of general registration.  She works in a variety of different roles including in private practice at PSYCHmatters in Concord and at a small clinic in West Pennant Hills; director at CAE Psychological Profiling; National Supervising Psychologist for Australian Mensa; and marking for Charles Sturt Uni.  Rose also mentors provisional psychologists, which is one of her areas of passion!

Anastasia Hronis was raised and lives in Sydney. She has a Masters of clinical psychology and is in her first year of working as a fully registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar.  

Anastasia studied a Bachelor of Psychology and Honours at the University of Sydney and Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney. She is currently doing her PhD in the area of adapted CBT mental health interventions for children and adolescents with intellectual disability.

Anastasia currently works in a private practice and at St John of God Hospital where she runs group day programs (anxiety groups, depression groups and DBT). 

She also works as a musician, has two music performance degrees and has spent time teaching piano and also working as a concert pianist. This is essentially what got her interested in psychology, as she was very curious as to how the mind worked, and how people and children learnt.

Anastasia was keen to do this interview because she's a huge fan of the podcast and find it inspiring hearing what other people do.  She says "I'm constantly amazed by the diversity within the field of psychology."

For more information check out the show notes!

Sep 08 2017

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#50 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 3 – Ceara Rickard

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This episode is the third of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They’re either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.

Each interviewee reminds me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!

In this episode I chat to Ceara Rickard, 31 year old resident of Hobart, Tasmania.  Ceara completed her honours in psychology in 2006, and has worked in psychology-related roles for 10 years. She is currently halfway through her 4+2 training, and previously completed  a Grad Dip of Counselling for Health and Social Care from University of New England.  

Ceara is currently working in a youth mental health NGO.

Ceara described where she grew up as a pretty rough area of rural QLD. She is from a *huge* family and says her background had a big influence on how she sees psychology, recovery, social justice, and her work with vulnerable members of the community.

Ceara was keen to do this interview as she sees many new students and graduates who feel anxious and distressed if they don’t follow a linear pathway to their career and hopes sharing her story may provide a different perspective!

Check out the website to comment on Ceara's episode. 

Aug 22 2017

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#49 – Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 2 – Kieran and Tania

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This episode is the second of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They’re either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.

I love how in this small sample of seven people, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. After publishing just three of these interviews you'll see what I mean!  

Each person reminds me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!

In this episode I’m chatting to Kieran Martin, 40 year old father of 5 and 27 year old Tanya Muller who lives on a sheep station in rural NSW. So have a listen and see how we all wear it differently with Kieran Martin and Tanya Muller.

Check out the website for further info!

Aug 09 2017

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#48 - Early Career Psychologist Series, Chapter 1 - Jim Smith

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This episode is the first of a series of five chapters with early career psychologists. They're either completing their training, or are in their early years of working, and come from all different backgrounds with vastly different life experiences.

I love how in this small sample of seven people, you get a sense of the diversity of individuals that come to this profession. Each person reminded me of the sheer determination and hard work it takes to become a psychologist, something we should pat ourselves on the back for achieving, regularly!

Chatting to this special seven also normalises the up and downs of early career life!!

In this episode I'm chatting to Jim Smith. Jim is 54 years old, lives in Canberra, and is in his first year of the Clinical Master’s Program at the University of Canberra.

Jim was born in Michigan, USA. He met his wife (Jenny) in Munich, Germany and came to Australia in 1987. He has 3 grownup children. Jim has been working since he was 14 years old in some capacity or other, and has had A LOT of different jobs. However he considers Psychology to be his first career. 

Jim wanted to do this interview to let people know that becoming who you are meant to be, isn’t always a straight road, and that finding the true you can take time. Jim Says "Be patient." So have a listen and see how we all wear it differently with Jim Smith.

Jul 23 2017

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#47 - Sex Therapy with Dr Janet Hall

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Dr. Janet Hall is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, sex therapist, author, professional speaker, trainer, and media consultant.  

Dr Jan founded the Richmond Hill Psychology clinic which provides services to: 1) Adults (Specializing in Success Coaching, Relationships and Sex Therapy) and 2) Children/Families (Specializing in Confidence, Self-esteem and Bedwetting)

Dr Jan consults regularly with print media and is a frequent guest on talk-back radio and current affairs shows.  She was a regular for two years on the Sex Life television program in Australia.

In this interview we chat about sex therapy.

For all the links Dr Jan spoke about, and her best self-care tip, please see the show notes!

Jul 09 2017

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#46 - Synchronicity & Data Collection in Private Practice with Chris Mackey

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Chris Mackey has over 35 years’ clinical experience, including 10 years as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Geelong and Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals. He is the owner of Private Practice Chris Mackey and Associates, and is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of therapy interventions in real-world settings, including that of his own practice.

In this episode we also chat about his interest in Synchronicity from a therapeutic perspective, and his new book Synchronicity: Empower your life with the gift of coincidence.

For all the links Chris spoke about and his best self-care tip, check out the show notes!

Jun 26 2017

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#45 - Transdiagnostic Approaches with Dr Peter Norton

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Professor Peter Norton is an internationally recognised expert in the study and cognitive-behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders.  He is also an expert in Transdiagnostic Approaches to mental health treatment.

Dr Norton's research explores transdiagnostic and diagnosis-specific factors across anxiety and other emotional disorders, and translates these factors into efficacious and efficient interventions. This work involves a combination of basic and experimental research to better understand common and unique aspects of affective psychopathology, and clinical outcomes research to develop and evaluate new or modified interventions to target these core features.  

Dr Norton's training and career has crossed continents including Canada, the US and Australia.  He is currently a Professor of Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne Australia.

For all the links Dr Norton spoke about and his self care tip, check out the show notes on the website!

Jun 13 2017

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#44 - Compassion Focussed Therapy with Dr Dennis Tirch

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Dr. Tirch is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the USA.   He is also the President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA – the North American wing of the training, research and development community for CFT.

Dr. Tirch has been described as one of the country's foremost experts on CFT and the contextual psychology of compassion. He has dedicated his research and scholarship to bettering our understanding of how therapies like ACT and CBT can be strengthened and further developed by bringing a compassion focus to our work.

For more information on Dennis, all the links he spoke about and his best self-care tip, check out the show notes on the website!

May 25 2017

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# 43 - Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings with Dr Suzanne Barret and Dr Fiona Zandt

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Dr Suzanne Barrett and Dr Fiona Zandt are both clinical psychologists with over 30 years experience combined working with children, adolescents, parents and families.

In addition to their clinical work, Suzanne and Fiona run popular Creative Child Therapy Workshops including: 1) Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions & Playful; 2) Practical and Purposeful Approaches to Childhood Anxiety.

More recently they published their first book, Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings: A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children. The essence of the book is about using play to introduce therapeutic concepts to children and provide a space in which they can explore these ideas.

Visit the website for all the links related to this show and Suzanne and Fiona's best self-care tip!

May 09 2017

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# 42 - Life Transitions in the Workplace with Dr Sarah Cotton

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Dr. Sarah Cotton is an Organisational Psychologist specialising in helping individuals and organisations navigate the challenges of modern work. Sarah co-founded Transitioning Well™ in 2011, which a which focusses on supporting management and employees to navigate Parental-Leave, Work-Life and Mature-Age transitions.

Sarah has over 15 years experience as a coach, trainer and consultant, and her background spans across the university, corporate and not for profit sectors, in addition to private practice.  Her academic background includes a PhD in the area of work-stress, and specific training in political and policy related psychology.

In her early career Sarah worked at Psychology Beyond Borders, and as a project Manager at World Vision.  She was also an Associate at Issues Deliberation Australia/America for 10 years - (IDA) a not-for-profit, non-partisan political psychology and public policy think tank.

Having both published and presented widely, Sarah’s research experience strengthens her profile and motivates her to get research to where it is needed most – real life!

For the show notes and links Sarah spoke about check out the website!

Apr 04 2017

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# 41 - Aboriginal Affairs with Dr Anthony Dillon

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Dr Anthony Dillon (Phd) is actively involved in research into the areas of mental health and Aboriginal well-being. He is proud of both his Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry, and is an active social commentator on Aboriginal issues.

Dr Dillon is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney Australia and lectures university students and different community groups on Aboriginal issues.

Anthony believes that Aboriginal affairs is everyone’s business and that for as long as Aboriginal people are diminished, Australia is diminished. He further believes that political correctness is killing Aboriginal people as fast as drugs and alcohol. His writings can be found at www.anthonydillon.com.au

For all the links Anthony spoke about and his self-care tip check out the show notes! 

Feb 28 2017

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#40 - ACT with Author, Trainer and Therapist Dr Russ Harris

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Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book 'The Happiness Trap', is an world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ's background is in medicine. As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change - from medicine to therapy and coaching.

Since 2005, Russ has run over 500 workshops and provided ACT training for over 22,000 health professionals, including therapists, coaches, counselors, doctors, and psychologists. He has authored two ACT textbooks (including ACT Made Simple), and four ACT-based self-help books (including The Reality Slap). The Happiness Trap, is now the most widely-translated ACT book in the world, with over half a million copies sold worldwide, and editions in over 30 languages.

Visit the website for all the links Russ spoke about and his best self-care tip!

Feb 14 2017

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#MM10 – Q&A Mondays with Moshe Lang: Humour in Therapy

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This is Episode 10 of the Q and A series with psychologist Moshe Lang.  Moshe is one of Australia’s best known family therapists, a renowned author and teacher.  He has been practicing psychotherapy for over 52 years and is insatiably curious, and wonderfully wise.

This week's series of questions are from me, on the topic of using humour in therapy.

For more info on Moshe Lang check out the show notes on the website!

Dec 12 2016

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#39 - Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Richard Chambers

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Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. He has authored books on the topic including The Art Of Mindful Origami and co-authored Mindful Learning and Mindful Relationships. Richard was also one of the developers of Smiling Mind (mindfulness app), and co-founder of Recharge.

Richard provides clinical psychology sessions in his private practice for individuals and couples. These emphasise the transformative effects of mindfulness combined with a range of other effective, evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT and Gottman Couple’s Therapy.

Richard provides mindfulness presentations, workshops and courses for organisations and the general public that are designed to teach you how to be more present and engaged in every area of your life. His goal is to teach mindfulness in a practical evidence-based way so it can be easily grasped and seamlessly integrated it into one's personal life or workplace.

At Monash University, Richards is leading an initiative to create the world’s first mindful university, embedding mindfulness in the core curriculum for all students.

For over 15 years Richard has helped a growing number of individuals, educational institutions, businesses, professional sporting teams and community organisations use mindfulness to improve their wellbeing and performance.

He regularly features in mainstream TV, radio and print media, discussing how mindfulness, wellbeing, productivity and positive psychology can enhance our lives.

Check out the website for the show-notes and all the links that Richard spoke about.

Dec 06 2016

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By Pete M ^ - Oct 09 2018
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Great quality. Informative. Interesting. Helpful. Thanks!

So thankful for this!

By LRSonder - Apr 24 2017
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I am starting a doctoral program in Clinical Psych in a few months and I am SO thankful to have found this amazing series... I have learned so much from this podcast -- not only about the field, but also about my own interests and my own mind. I love learning about other psychologists' journeys and work. Amy Felman is a great host and her guests are incredible and inspirational. The knowledge I have gained from this series is invaluable!! Thank you, Amy, for igniting a fire inside me!