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Conversations with KidsPeace

Advice, information and inspiration from experts at the leading provider of mental and behavioral health services for children, adults and those who love them.

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Special Edition COVID 19 | Walk in Assessments | CWK#029

A mental or behavioral health crisis is terrifying enough for an individual or their family in the best of times, but it’s even worse during a global crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. KidsPeace’s outpatient offices in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County offer free walk-in assessments for those in crisis – providing guidance on their next steps in resolving the crisis while keeping them out of hospital emergency rooms at this critical time. KidsPeace Outpatient Program Manager Harvie Oliver discusses what happens during one of these assessments, in a special episode of the “Conversations with KidsPeace” podcast. Bob Martin hosts.

13mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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TeenCentral and the COVID-19 Crisis | CWK#028

On a special edition of the “Conversations with KidsPeace” podcast, we discuss KidsPeace’s TeenCentral.com service and the role it can play amid the COVID-19 crisis. TeenCentral.com leader Jodi Whitcomb offers insights into how her team is providing specific information on coping with COVID-19, while continuing to give young people a safe place to ask questions, share stories and seek advice in a time when they may feel more alone than ever before. Bob Martin hosts.

17mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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How to SURVIVE teenage attraction and angst | CWK#027

The Conversations with KidsPeace podcast returns for its third season just in time for Valentine’s Day 2020 – and examines the phenomenon of “young love”… Therapist Breannah Allen discusses how young people deal with romantic attraction and attachments, and ways parents can help them navigate those situations.  Bob Martin hosts.

13mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Pets, Animals and Nature | Helping People Heal And Thrive | CWK#026

The new issue of KidsPeace’s Healing Magazine is out now, and on the Conversations with KidsPeace podcast host Bob Martin talks with three contributors who shared their stories of the therapeutic benefits that pets, animals and nature can provide.

26mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Interview with Adrienne Pauling and Michelle Callahan on Family Therapy | CWK #025

Treating a child suffering from mental or behavioral health challenges often involves treating their families, too. On the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, host Bob Martin welcomes back therapists Adrienne Pauling and Michelle Callahan to discuss the importance of family therapy and ways it can make a difference in helping kids thrive.

23mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Interview with Bennie Eliason of LVHN Street Medicine | CWK#024

The next “Conversations” podcast discusses a program from a local hospital network that seeks to care for the physical and mental health needs of members of our community who are our “street neighbors.” Bob Martin hosts.  More information about the Street Medicine initiative can be found at https://www.lvhn.org/community-health/street-medicine-program

17mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Interview with Dr. Caron Farrell | CWK#023

On the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, host Bob Martin talks with Dr. Caron Farrell, the new Vice President of Medical Affairs at KidsPeace Hospital, about her philosophy of care and how an interdisciplinary approach can lead to better results for the kids treated at the Hospital.

10mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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On Location At the Sensory-Sensitive Playground | CWK#022

For the past year, kids in KidsPeace’s autism programs in the Lehigh Valley have had a place to play designed for their particular needs.  On the latest episode of the Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, host Bob Martin tours the playground with program manager Alexis Harvey to learn what makes it a special experience for our clients.

12mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Things teachers wish parents knew | CWK#021

On the latest episode of Conversations with KidsPeace, a teacher shares what she WISHES parents would know about their kids heading Back to School. Bob Martin hosts. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.” Also check out our YouTube channel for more content.

22mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Recruiting for Mental Health Professionals | CWK#020

The latest installment of the Conversations with KidsPeace podcast examines how the organization is dealing with a tight labor market for skilled healthcare professionals. Bob Martin hosts. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.” Also check out our YouTube channel for more content.

13mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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40 Years of Foster Care | CWK#019

The Spring/Summer issue of Healing Magazine Is now available and on the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, host Bob Martin talks with two of the magazine’s contributors – discussing KidsPeace’s 40 years of foster care services, and a new approach to treating addiction and underlying mental health issues as the same time. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.” Also check out our YouTube channel for more content. The Spring/Summer 2019 edition has a special section, “Foster Care at 40” – which looks at fostering from a variety of perspectives: An examination of how the service has evolved from the 1970s to today Views of a Member of Congress on how policy initiatives can support families better An hour-by-hour description of “a typical day in foster care” (proving there’s no such thing), by the voices behind the popular Foster Talk blog series And ideas and suggestions from the most important people in the discussion – foster kids themselves. KidsPeace also announced that starting June 15, Healing Magazine will be carried in the magazine racks of the Barnes & Noble Booksellers store at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley, PA, as a free community publication.  It’s the first time in the history of Healing Magazine that it will be available in a retail setting.

20mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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A Mother’s Story | CWK#018

In time for Mother’s Day, the Conversations with KidsPeace podcast brings you a story of one woman’s struggle with a child in mental health crisis, and how she and her family found the help they needed through KidsPeace’s outpatient programs. Guest host Dr. Ashleigh Anderson talks with Gosia Sutliffe about navigating the health care system to find the right path for her child and her family. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.” Also check out our YouTube channel for more content.

17mins

8 May 2019

Rank #12

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A Conversation with KidsPeace Interim CEO Michael Slack | CWK#017

For the first time in over a decade, a new individual is in the top management position at KidsPeace. New Interim President and CEO Michael Slack discusses his career and vision for the organization on the latest Conversations with KidsPeace podcast. Bob Martin hosts. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.” Also check out our YouTube channel for more content.

24mins

10 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Combating Mental Health Stigma | CWK#015

It may be the single biggest barrier to seeking help for many suffering from a mental health condition – the stigma society associates with mental illness.  In our podcast series, host Bob Martin talks with author Michael Schlossberg and Dr. Matthew Koval as they take on the issue of stigma from personal, medical and societal perspectives – including: How a depression emerged for one of the guests during college, and how he got past “self-stigma” to seek help.  The role Robin Williams’ suicide played in prompting Schlossberg to become a public advocate for viewing mental illness as a chronic condition, and how his latest writing venture carries that message into the realm of young adult science fiction. The need to humanize depression in order to combat the stigma against treatment, especially among men and minority communities:  Why primary care physicians need to be ready for what’s called “the doorknob comment,” as the opening to learning what may truly be troubling their patient. And why turning around the old saying, “Don’t just sit there, DO something!” can reveal a path to help individuals suffering in silence because of stigma. To subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace.”  Also check out our YouTube channel for more content.

31mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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De-Escalation | CWK#012

On the Conversations with KidsPeace podcast, we look at the latest issue of Healing Magazine and its focus on de-escalation of kids in crisis.  We talk with the head of an organization promoting a comprehensive strategy for defusing situations quickly and effectively.  We also discuss what therapists and professionals need to keep in mind when counseling populations at risk for suicide amid a wave of attention to the subject in popular culture.  And a KidsPeace clinician reviews a new book by an Olympic champion about enduring and triumphing over horrific sexual abuse.  Bob Martin hosts. 1:22 - Jamie Pfister, KidsPeace - Addressing Suicide Amid Popular Culture 11:40 - Kim Sanders, Ukeru Systems - Creating an Environment of Comfort vs. Control 23:36 - Eric Sell, KidsPeace - Book Review: Fighting Back by Kayla Harrison, et al. Listen here, or to subscribe to the podcast, go to iTunes or Google Play and search “Conversations with KidsPeace” Ukeru Website: https://www.ukerusystems.com The new issue of Healing Magazine was published November 19; to view it and back issues of the magazine, visit www.healingmagazine.org.

29mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #15