The Chill Spot Podcast, a safe spot for people of color to discuss topics that affect our mental health and identity. We’ll explore strategies to support mental wellness, examine the ways in which various things impact our mental health, and process how to manage it all. Mental health, especially amongst people of color, has long been stigmatized, inadvertently keeping our people from accessing and reaching mental well being. This podcast aims to transform stigma into strength. Your hosts work in the mental health field, varying in their experience within the mental health profession.
Making Mistakes to Innovate
The Chillspot Radio warmly welcomes CSUN MSW Alumni, Michael Curry. Being among the first graduating class in the pandemic, Michael reflects on how he navigated that time period. He shares the real ways he accesses self-care including painting, fitness, and commuting as a means of decompressing. He also shares his aspirations and goals not only for professional growth, but his personal mission to make social work and mental health services more accessible for black people. We talk about the importance of representation within higher education, training spaces, and how we can meaningfully and intentionally take up more space!
(Non-Profit Organization) Stronger Together Now: https://www.strongertogethernow.online
The Road Worth Traveling
Terrence Stewart, ASW joins us for the podcast today and reflets on his educational journey as one of the few Black men in the CSUN Master's of Social Work Program during his time in the program. He shares how he found wellness through balance and intentionality (from daily meditation habits to mentors modeling and holding compassionate and supportive spaces) during the many demands and stressors of graduate school. With warmth, authenticity, and enthusiasm, Terrance is an inspiration for anyone, but particularly black men, questioning whether they could/should pursue higher education.
Not Goin’ with the Flow
Dr. Daniel Lee, Mayor and first Black elected Council Member of Culver City, CA joins the Chill Spot Radio. We look at black male identity and how it intersects with social work values, the systematic racism and urban education. We learn how, "not going with the flow" bends the arc towards change.
Councilmember Lee if running for U. S. House Representative for CA-37. Please visit his website to learn more: https://danielwaynelee.com/
There are so many conversations to be had
It's been quite a year... and we're back! Glad to have you all listen in on today's podcast where we take a look back on the year and examine where we are in terms of healing. We've been subjected to a lot as black people, and where there has been some justice, there needs to be larger healing. How do we do that? What does that mean? Join the conversation and listen now.
Healing for the Healer
Sarah, LCSW, joins the podcast for an introspective conversation on racial identity, self care, and radical healing. We look at the parallel process of being a mental health provider who engages in mental health services. Sarah also shares how she maintains her strength and grounding in the midst of rising hate crimes against her identified racial group.
In this episode of the Chill Spot Radio, three generations of Black male therapists converge on issues of identity, culture, and experience. Reflecting on his 42 years of therapeutic work, Michael Hughes, LMFT, shares his story. With a unique view of working as a Black therapist on the Westside of Los Angeles since the 1970s, Michael details through storytelling how he came into his "clinical own".