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The Team Around PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment): Ellenhorn.com

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Zoi Andalcio and Lisa Copolla, part of the counseling team discuss with our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, the impact that working with and for Ellenhorn.com’s mental health community has made in their lives. Prakash Ellenhorn has changed it’s name to “Ellenhorn”. This change has absolutely no impact on the level of care that we provide or how we work with our clients – it is simply just a change in the name itself.

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Earlier this year, Dr. Ross Ellenhorn purchased the company from his business partner, Dr. Madhavi Prakash, on very good terms. Since then, our team has been spending time thinking about a new name, and decided on Ellenhorn. Prakash Ellenhorn is widely recognized and held in high regard within the mental health community and with many business partners – and we did not want to lose the name recognition entirely.

With the launch of our new name comes a significant branding transformation. We have a fresh new look that emphasizes our philosophy at Ellenhorn: rebuilding purposeful lives through compassionate care. Having spent years in Arlington, getting to know the specific historical culture of our town, we have also decided to revisit our residence’s old roots and re-name it “The Brackett House,” as this better represents the house itself.  Please visit our brand new website – www.ellenhorn.

Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio Network: Beck Gee-Cohen

Beck Gee-Cohen has a passion for trans issues—and by that, he means talking the greater community through how they can fix their “issues” with trans people. “I identify as transgender,” he says. “And when I talk to clinicians, I explain to them: It’s not us, it’s you.”

Listen to Beck’s first show on our podcast: Gender Matters.

Listen to Beck’s second show on our podcast: The Language of Gender.

Sure, Beck has a personal connection to issues of gender and sexuality. But his background has also afforded him a wealth of experience and skills to further the trans conversation in this country. “I’ve been working with the LGBT population for a long time,” he says. “My passion is with the trans community and helping clinicians, therapists, and the world to know more about trans people.”When he’s talking to an audience on how clinicians can better help their trans clients in addiction treatment (he’s a regular NCAD presenter), he can tell it’s a controversial topic—because not everyone wants to talk about it. But overall, Beck says it’s less about the mistakes you make in speaking the wrong way and more about being open to learning a different and better way. “I wanted to give a voice to the trans community, and that begins by not being afraid to start that conversation,” he says.

Whether he’s talking to professionals at prisons, schools, or treatment facilities, the message about how we can better serve the trans community is clear: Language is powerful. But the healing starts in speaking out. “This is such a traumatized community, and we need to talk about it,” he says. “We need to start asking questions: Why are they hypervigilant? What are they angry? Why are they scared? Because the world around us is scary.”

Beck’s role at MHNR is evolving, and we’re excited to explore more issues that delve into the intricacies of gender and sexuality. Stay tuned for more conversations on the chasm that exists between male and female and how clinicians can better help those clients, who often feel trapped in a world that doesn’t know their name. “Let’s get beyond the semantics of he/she,” says Beck. “It’s really not that difficult. We’re all just people.”

Electronic Health Records: Can the Whole Experience be Zen – Dan Callahan!

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Before becoming cofounder of the behavioral health EHR company ZenCharts (chief sponsor of Mental Health News Radio), Dan Callahan enjoyed a long career in human services. After earning a master’s in social work degree from Fordham University in New York City, he worked as a social worker and a certified addictions professional, in therapeutic, administrative, even executive capacities. His 30-year career also includes authoring two workbooks and coauthoring a training curriculum for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

What made him make the jump from human services to software? Mental Health News Radio host Kristin Walker recently caught up with Callahan to find out. For the story on what led Callahan to the EHR market, as well as how his personality aids him in helping effect positive changes in the behavioral health market, keep reading and listening.

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Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT): Dr. Ross Ellenhorn on MHNR

Join our host Kristin Walker as she interviews Dr. Ross Ellenhorn of www.ellenhorn.com. Dr. Ellenhorn and his former partner, Dr.  Madhavl Prakash, founded Prakash Ellenhorn, now Ellenhorn, with the goal of  synergizing their expertise and experience to create a private, state-of–the–art PACT program.  Not only will you learn about Ellenhorn, a facility that embraces a holistic and psychosocial perspective, but you will also learn about the man that runs a vibrant, energized organization that is innovative,  flexible, thoughtful, and provides individualized treatment planning for clients .  Dr. Ellenhorn is the first person to receive a joint Ph.D. from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. After the interview, you will understand that this first won’t be his last.

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Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths

big-laugh-no-sweater-copyAfter earning a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, Melissa Richards moved to Tampa, Florida, where she encountered a variety of populations and concerns in her many hours of training to become a licensed mental health counselor. Coincidentally, Tampa is also the birthplace of her first foray into private practice: otherwise known as Restoration Counseling Center.While she continues to practice today (though now based in Miami), Melissa enjoys any opportunity she’s offered that allows her to expand her counseling reach and notes the honor and joy she receives from “walking alongside so many hurting people.” That includes writing articles and speaking to larger audiences through various conferences or podcasts—and as of this summer, it also includes joining the Mental Health News Radio team.


Nutrition and Mental Health: What is the Connection? Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN

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Join our host Kristin Walker as she learns about focusing on Mental Health and Nutrition with Christina Veselak MA, LMFT, CN. Christina’s experience and training as a Mental Health Nutritionist has led her to see how our personal biochemistry affects our mood and behavior. By practicing Mental Health Nutrition she is able to help her clients identify nutritionally based issues such as protein intake, blood sugar balance & hypoglycemia, food intolerance’s and genetic issues in order to reduce depression, anxiety, insomnia, relapse, and even some psychotic symptoms. Most complex disorders have both emotional and biochemical components to them, therefore, we need to address both at the same time.
 
 
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Dan Griffin on his NCAD Message about Men’s Trauma

Furthering a “Trauma-Enlightened” Conversation

dangriffinDan Griffin, an author and international expert on men and trauma, has a bone to pick with the behavioral healthcare system, and he’s not afraid of how controversial it may sound. “I don’t think it’s men who are failing treatment; I think it’s we who are failing them,” he said recently in an interview with Kristin Walker on Mental Health News Radio—one that proved provocative in its candid discussion of gender, the danger of man rules’ rigidity, and the concept of conscious masculinity. Listen to a list of all of Dan’s podcasts:

7/13/2016 The Man Rules: Real Men, Real Recovery with Dan Griffin

8/12/2016 Sex in the 21st Century: An Interview with Rob Weiss and Dan Griffin

9/8/2016 Dan Griffin and Kristin Sunanta Walker Keepin’ It Real: Mental Health News Radio

9/9/2016 What is Spiritual Abuse? A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Marich

9/18/2016 The Man in the Mirror – The Truth about Body Image and Men

10/6/2016 The Journey of the Sensitive Male with Dan Griffin and Kristin Sunanta Walker

10/11/2016 What is Misandry and How Is It Impacting Your Life?

10/17/2016 The Language of Gender: Beck Gee-Cohen and Dan Griffin on MHNR

10/20/2016 Men and Extramarital Affairs: Dan Griffin and Kristin Walker Talk About Why

12/04/2016 The Presidential Gender Effect with Dan Griffin and Kristin Sunanta Walker

12/11/2016 The Both And: What is it about Men and Women? Dan Griffin and Kristin Walker

12/26/2016 Wendy Behary on Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Under Fire and On Point!

 


Supporting Addiction and Recovery: Jon Meredith with MyBrainSolutions

logoHost Kristin Walker had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Meredith, Director of Business Development of MyBrainSolutions. With Mental Health News Radio’s upcoming NCAD event, this insightful and educationally packed interview lends to a thought out evidence based approach to addiction that we truly are encouraged by. Their three step process of assess, train, and monitor helps to generate new brain patterns and aid in the recovery process.  Listen as Jon shares his passion and expertise with Kristin in this intriguing interview.

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Mental Health News Radio Live at The National Conference on Addiction Disorders

NCAD (1)Mental Health News Radio is heading to Denver again! MHNR’s Kristin Sunanta Walker will be doing live interviews at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders starting August 18. From the halls of the conference floor and a media room that the conference graciously set up for the show, Walker will be touching base with vendors, participants, and session presenters (many of whom have appeared on the show previously), with no topic off the table. Through live interviews and lots of candid conversation, Walker hopes to make new connections and further much-needed conversations on the most crucial messages coming out of this conference. Here, Walker talks about why she wanted to make this trip, what she’s most excited about, and how you can listen along.

We ♥ the National Council for Behavioral Health

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Billed as the nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery, the National Council for Behavioral Health wears many hats that serve one cause: mental health. Whether it’s by effecting federal change by pushing through much-needed policies on the Hill or stifling mental health stigma with science or social media, the National Council is a best friend to behavioral health providers and vendors alike—even if they don’t know it (you likely do).

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