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Caring for Kids in Crisis with Play Therapy Expert Beth Mullins-Hughes
This week's guest Beth Mullins-Hughes is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both Alabama and West Virginia, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Trauma Therapist. Beth specializes in the treatment of traumatized children, along with their families.
We talk with her about how play therapy works, the effects of the pandemic on today's kids, kids being over-medicated, her mobile therapy bus that rolls across Appalachia, and more on this week's Big Time Talker podcast, powered by Speakermatch.com!
Beth graduated in 1992 from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. In 2001, she graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. After graduation, Beth served in various roles as a Social Worker. She began her career as an independent living coordinator and then a director of residential services at the Presbyterian Home for Children.
In 2003, Beth began private practice in Alabama, specializing in complex trauma and treatment of children with dissociative symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has also worked with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Grief and Loss issues. Additionally, she performed psychotherapy for traumatically physically injured children- including those with brain and spinal cord injuries.
In following years, Beth served over 2,500 foster children in the State of Alabama; assisting in the determination of best practices for youth with varying diagnoses. She has also served as an expert witness in court testimony, provided crisis intervention for physically, emotionally, and sexually abused children, conducted various private adoption home studies, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama Graduate School of Social Work. For more info, visit www.bethhughes.org and www.wvpowerofplaytherapy.com.
Harlem Globetrotter legend Nate Branch joins the podcast!
From 1967-83, Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Nate Branch entertained millions of fans on basketball courts around the world, television variety shows, guest appearances with the 'Trotters on television programs, and his likeness was even featured in some of the day's most popular Hanna-Barbera cartoons (Nate was "Fluid-Man", and voiced by none other than Scatman Crothers!)
Along with his legendary teammates Meadlowlark Lemon, Curly Neal, Geese Ausby, Sweet Lou Dunbar and the rest of the gang Nate toured the globe, bringing smiles and laughs to kids of all ages! Today, Nate is a sought after piano player, singer, and has his own hilarious stand-up comedy show. He's a motivational speaker, an MC, a mentor to children, and a basketball camp clinician. Oh, and he's a former Nebraska Cornhusker with an awesome story to tell about his lifelong journey from Northern California! Nate has played piano with Johnny Cash, Ronnie Milsap & Charley Pride, had 3 visits to the White House, met with the Premier of China, and the BEST part of it all... he's one of the nicest guys on the planet...er...globe!
Visit Nate online at www.natebranch.com, and be sure to subscribe to the Big Time Talker Podcast, or ask Alexa to play the "Big Time Talker with Burke Allen". Thanks for listening!
Calvin Fisher, author of the new sci-fi novel NORTHFIELD talks books with us!
In Calvin Fisher’s “Northfield”, clouds of neon death have suffocated the earth’s surface for over a decade. When Mark Northfield gets blackmailed in this world into an assassination mission, his only choices are to accept his own execution or corrupt himself forever. Find out more about “Northfield” and author Calvin Fisher online at https://calvinfishermedia.com/
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Chip Rowan from Beautiful Rainbow Cafe in Alabama is our special guest!
Today's Big Time Talker podcast (powered by Speakermatch.com) guest is Chip Rowan, the head honcho at the amazing Beautiful Rainbow Cafe, an award-winning vocational training program of the Gadsden AL City Schools...and one of the cities best lunch spots!
Its mission is to use innovative strategies to enable adolescents and young adults with significant cognitive disabilities to acquire employment and functional academic skills through organic gardening and sophisticated food production. The Cafe is an organic and vegetarian restaurant which provides a gourmet garden-to-table experience. It is the only full-service cafe in the country that is staffed entirely by students with significant cognitive disabilities, but the concept could be coming to your town soon!
Visit them online at www.beautifulrainbowcafe.com.
Media Bias and how to avoid it with expert Vanessa Otero
Today's Big Time Talker guest is Vanessa Otero, the creator of the Media Bias Chart, the viral image that prompted many lively discussions around the internet about where people get their news. In addition to being a practicing patent attorney, Vanessa is the head of Ad Fontes Media, fulfilling the need revealed by the popularity of the Media Bias Chart—the need for an easy-to-understand, reliable news rating system. Through this company, Vanessa impacts the way consumers and organizations deal with today’s complex media landscape. Visit her online at www.adfontesmedia.com.
Lynyrd Skynryd, Billy Ray Cyrus Tour Manager Paul Abraham joins us
Going on the road with a bunch of talented musicians isn’t all glitz and glamour, says today's Big Time Talker guest Paul Abraham, but a more enjoyable job would be hard to find. Paul takes us behind the scenes, offering intimate details of the kind of life a roadie or a musician leads.
Having grown up in the Mississippi Delta, the Birthplace of the Blues, Paul’s interest in music flourished and would expand into a wide range of sounds—from classical to classic rock, from country to bluegrass, from big band to jazz. He has been influenced by it all. The first concert he attended was the Beatles in 1966, and from that moment, Paul knew what he wanted to do. Live music was where it was happening, and by hook or by crook, he was going to be involved.
Paul eventually would meet Ronnie Van Zant and the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. No one could guess at the time that Paul’s fate would be to befriend this legendary band and, a long time down the road, to actually tour with the survivors of the 1977 plane crash. He was witness to and, often times, a participant in the antics we discuss on this week's show.
Paul went on to tour with other artists such as Bad Company, the Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Rodgers and Michael Peterson. He also spent with Billy Ray Cyrus.
The Gospel According to Abraham is available at https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-According-Abraham-Delta-Manager-ebook/dp/B0768S4FV6