84. Courageous Conversations About Childhood Sexual Abuse with Feather Berkower

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and in this episode Debbie talks with Feather Berkower, a leading expert in sexual assault prevention. Feather has been on the podcast before (Episode 19: Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse), and today we delve deeper into how to have uncomfortable conversations, with both adults and children, to promote sexual abuse prevention.

We learn:

· How to talk to children about sex and body parts in an open, developmentally-appropriate way

· What to say to an adult whose behavior with your child makes you uncomfortable

· A leading expert’s opinion about sleepovers, play dates, and online safety

· The difference between normal sexual play between children and sexual abuse

· Ways to encouraging children to tell if abuse occurs, and how to talk to children after a disclosure of abuse

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83. The Tao of Work and Family

In this episode, Yael is joined for a discussion of Taoism by What’s This Tao All About podcast hosts, Tod Perry and Dr. Carl Totton. Join us for a lively discussion about how ancient Taoist wisdom can help us find greater balance between work and family roles.

Listen and learn:

‧ New ways to think about the conflict between work and family roles

‧ How Taoists define yin and yang and how the balance of these forces support greater harmony

‧ How to find moments of quiet in the busyness of modern working parent life

‧ How Taoist principles can help us find greater happiness

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82. Clinician's Corner: Therapist Self-Doubt with Jim Lucas

As therapists, we may sometimes doubt whether our skills are good enough to help our clients. Surprisingly, self-doubt may actually be useful, when used courageously as a tool for improvement. In this episode, Debbie speaks with Jim Lucas, a therapist in the UK who specializes in training and supporting mental health professionals. They discuss:

‧ The upside of self-doubt

‧ The surprising relationship between therapist self-doubt and client outcomes 

‧ Balancing how to find self-compassion with the courage to improve your work 

‧ A brief self-inquiry exercise that can be used to foster healthy therapist self-doubt

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80. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Jeff Warren

In this episode, author and meditation expert Jeff Warren reveals the art, science, and fun of meditation for the fidgety skeptics among us. 


If your interest has been piqued by the buzz around meditation but you haven’t been able (or willing) to develop a meditation practice, then check out Yael’s conversation with Jeff Warren. Jeff is the co-author of the recent best seller, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. In this episode, Jeff discusses:

‧What “counts” as meditation (hint: satin cushions, an empty mind, and major life changes are not required).

‧ Why equanimity is the “super juice” of meditation. 

‧ The benefits (and drawbacks) of incorporating technology into a meditation practice.

‧ How Jeff deals with intense emotions and fidgety-ness in his own meditation practice.

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79. Thriving In Adolescence with Dr. Louise Hayes

How can we help adolescents develop skills to live well and reach their full potential? In this episode, Debbie talks to Dr. Louise Hayes, co-author of The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection, about her developmental approach to adolescents that moves them from surviving this challenge time to thriving. 

You’ll learn about: 

‧The unique developmental tasks of adolescence

‧Why adaptive risk-taking is necessary and important in adolescence

‧How the skills of Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor and Vitality (DNA-V) help adolescents develop flexible strength

‧What matters most for parents of teenagers

‧Why adolescents are sunsets…not problems to be solved

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78. The Self-Driven Child with Dr. William Stixrud

According to neuropsychologist Dr. William Stixrud, parents should be their kids’ consultants not their managers. When we spend our time trying to control our kids, we weaken them and exhaust ourselves. In this episode, Diana talks with Dr. Stixrud about how to support healthy development, self-motivation, and emotional resilience in our kids.

Dr. Stixrud shares:

‧Why giving kids more sense of control sets them up to thrive

‧A more effective approach to homework battles, technology use, and underage drinking

‧The parenting magic of the words, “It’s your call”

‧How to prepare your kids for college (and it’s not practicing SAT’s!)

This episode is a game changer for parents and clinicians, but, of course, “It’s your call” if you want to listen!

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77. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Dr. Jill Stoddard

Join us for a conversation about a powerful therapeutic approach and general guide to living well, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Jill Stoddard walks us through the principles of ACT, which have been shown to help individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, relationship problems, and general stress improve their happiness and general well-being. Dr. Jill Stoddard explains the basics of ACT and how we can use ACT-based ideas and strategies to live more meaningfully. 

Join the conversation and learn how to become the “me you want to be”!

‧Learn about psychological flexibility, the ability to stay in touch with present circumstances so that you can make choices to persist or cease behaviors in the service of your most important values

‧Discover how reframing emotional pain can allow you to make that pain work better for you

‧Hear illuminating metaphors that bring to life the 6 core processes of ACT which help us to live more effectively

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76. Gender and Sexual Minorities with Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Dr. Matthew Skinta

On today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Matthew Skinta and Aisling Leonard-Curtin, two mental health providers who specialize in working with gender and sexual minority clients. We discuss:

‧ the emotional impact current events can have for gender and sexual minorities

‧ coming out with compassion

‧ issues of shame, rejection, and minority stress than can arise

‧ promoting resilience among gender and sexual minorities

‧ a mindfulness- and acceptance-based clinical approach to working with LGBT clients

‧ the importance of community and connection

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