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Integrative Conversations is a series sponsored by the Academy of Integrative Mental Health. Each episode, we host lively and informative conversations with some of the most influential and cutting edge professionals and experts. These conversations are geared towards mental health professionals or people interested in holistic mental health.

Integrative Conversations Juniper Owens, LCSW

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Integrative Conversations is a series sponsored by the Academy of Integrative Mental Health. Each episode, we host lively and informative conversations with some of the most influential and cutting edge professionals and experts. These conversations are geared towards mental health professionals or people interested in holistic mental health.

    Recovery Unplugged with Betsi Kreshover

    Recovery Unplugged with Betsi Kreshover

    In this episode Juniper sits down with Betsi Kreshover, Director of Outreach- East Coast for Recovery Unplugged, a trailblazing organization focused on the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, to discuss-
    what the Recovery Unplugged model looks like in action, using music as the "universal connector" in addiction recoveryhow music and other expressive arts are integrated in a variety of ways to help clients feel seen and heard, process trauma, and foster connectionthe history, reach, and success rates of Recovery Unpluggedthe impact of COVID-19 on ability to provide service and level of demand for carethe importance of centering recovery around the client, meeting them where they are, and being open to multiple models of treatmentWith 10 years of experience working in the behavioral health and private substance use disorder treatment field, Betsi shares that she's never seen a model or organization quite like Recovery Unplugged. By blending music with traditional approaches, Recovery Unplugged helps those recovering from addiction build trust, heal from trauma, and embrace recovery with empowerment, strength, and passion. In their own words, "Everyone connects with music, and most of us turn to it during our hardest times. Recovery Unplugged uses this connection to build trust with our clients and help them embrace lifesaving care". Recovery Unplugged focuses on the client, meeting them where they are with the understand that the historical or standard models of addiction treatment may not work for everyone. By being adaptable to each group and individual that comes into Recovery Unplugged, and using their unique music treatment model, their success outcome is up to 4x higher than the national average.



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    Exploring Ourselves As Spirit with Robin Monson-Dupuis, LCSW, SAC, RYT

    Exploring Ourselves As Spirit with Robin Monson-Dupuis, LCSW, SAC, RYT

    In this episode, our director and co-founder Juniper sits down for a conversation with Robin Marie Monson-Dupuis, LCSW, SAC, RYT. Their beautiful discussion covers - 
    Robin’s personal story of grief leading to the writing of her book, Spirit Sonexploring and understanding ourselves as Spirit how our own stories and experiences can influence the ways in which we do our work clinical and spiritual methods for working with grief and trauma, and the intersection of these perspectivesand more!As a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience, Robin’s goal is to help her clients uncover, or rediscover, their strengths as an individual, find peace amidst stress, trauma, or the curve balls life throws their way. Together they work to introduce and solidify wellness practices into their lives, whether in their relationships with themselves, their partners, their family, or their work. Robin works with a wide variety of clients struggling with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, stage of life issues, marital issues, spiritual crises, and substance abuse. She specializes in working with law enforcement and first responders.

    About Robin’s book, Spirit Son
    When Robin Monson-Dupuis, psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor, loses her son Ethan to a heroin overdose after an eight-year journey trying to help him stay alive, it shatters everything in her world. She finds her beliefs tested: her role as a mother, her faith, her marriage, and her purpose in this world.

    Spirit Son: A Mother’s Journey to Reconnect with Her Son After His Death From Heroin Overdose is a courageous memoir detailing one mother’s story of surviving her unimaginable pain, beginning to heal, and even growing after her traumatic loss. This raw account of losing a child to the opioid epidemic and struggling to find peace offers honest analysis and reflections as well as a profound message of hope: that the everlasting bond between us and our loved ones can be embraced, even deepened, despite their physical death.

    Where to find Robin and purchase her book:
    RMM Wellness
    Ethan’s Fund

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    Using a Relational Model in Grief and Trauma Work with Arielle Sokoll-Ward

    Using a Relational Model in Grief and Trauma Work with Arielle Sokoll-Ward

    Arielle Sokoll-Ward, LCSW-S, CCTP-II, (she/her/hers) finds it to be most rewarding working directly with clients in a warm, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment. Arielle likes to provide a space where clients feel comfortable processing difficult emotions so they can leave the session feeling a greater sense of resilience, confidence, and happiness. Arielle is here to listen, hold space, and process with you as you tell your story.

    As a grief and trauma therapist trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and a Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Arielle knows that processing our past can be an intimidating and vulnerable experience. Foundationally, coming from a relational approach, she is here to tell you that you are not in this alone and she will meet you where you are in your journey. Arielle graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and has years of experience working with an array of populations. She has been professionally speaking since 2014 and a 2019 TEDx speaker on finding resilience within grief. Arielle is the author of the new book, Adding the E: Perspectives of Grief Through Recounts, Letters, and Poetry.

    In this episode your host Laurel Sims-Stewart and Arielle Sokoll-Ward discuss grief, trauma, and using a relational model in clinical practice. Arielle shares about the path that led her to grief and trauma work, and we talk together about how the bodymind processes trauma, modeling humanity as a therapist, self-disclosure for building rapport as part of a relational model in treating trauma, and more! Arielle also shares about her experience writing her newly published book, “Adding the E: Perspectives of Grief Through Recounts, Letters, and Poetry.”

    Check out Arielle’s website: https://www.ariellesw.com/

    Find her on Instagram: https://instagram.com/adding_the_e

    Arielle’s TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/KfxCcMUWTp4

    Buy Arielle’s book, “Adding the E”: https://www.gcrr.org/inara-publishing-books/adding-the-e
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    Collaborative Divorce Process with Tammy Berman

    Collaborative Divorce Process with Tammy Berman

    As part of our Re-Writing Relationships series, I had a conversation with Tammy Berman, who specializes in helping people through the divorce process using the collaborative divorce process. She is the current president of the collaborative family law professionals of Florida and is active locally and statewide in educating the public about the collaborative law process. 


    Tammy Berman, LMHC is a mental health professional and the founder of My Counseling Connections.  She specializes in helping people through the divorce process, working with teens and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has a shared vision with the founder to support and advocate for DBT Skills to be a part of school curriculum across the world.  She is certified in Motivational Interviewing, she is a Supreme court certified family mediator, a qualified parenting coordinator, a national board certified counselor and an accredited collaborative professional.  She is the current President of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Florida and is very active locally and statewide in educating the public about the Collaborative Law Process.  



    We discussed divorce and conflict in relationships and the typical paradigm of divorce in the United States for many people. We talk about what the collaborative process is; which goes beyond meditation and the idea of having a winner and loser in the process. You will learn all about the divorce process approach used in mitigation and mediation as well as how collaborating with a multi-diciplinary team and the people involved in the divorce process. How to reach Tammy and learn more! 


    www.MyCounselingConnections.com 


    https://www.facebook.com/mycounselingconnections/


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    Monthly Topic: Grief and the Pandemic

    Monthly Topic: Grief and the Pandemic

    We have been creating a resource bundle each month that we are calling starter packs. Our monthly bundles include blog posts, worksheets and materials and guided practices that you can use in sessions and for yourself. If you sign up for our monthly newsletter you will also get access to our monthly curated playlist that goes along with the theme of each bundle. 
    This month, our topic of focus is on grief and specifically honoring grief as the two year mark of the COVID 19 pandemic is upon us. Anniversaries are important placeholders for the mind and body and are significant considering how we respond and cope with grief and trauma.

    In this episode we discuss:
    Grief as it relates to the Covid 19 PandemicGrief anniversariesTypes of grief (cumulative, prolonged and complicated grief and collective grief) How grief effects the body and mindThe relationship between grief and praiseTechniques of how to grief individually and in communityGuided grief breathing practice Poems, clips and more! Resources mentioned in epidsode:
    The Centre for the Grief JourneyGood Grief NetworkThe Smell of Rain on Dust by Martin PretchelThe Work that Reconnects The Well of Grief by David Whyte'Grief and the Pandemic' resource pack (AIMH)Yin Yoga practice for grief (AIMH)If you are interested in alternative and nature based mental health services for grief processing and more, check out your host's website www.juniperowinds.com

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    yesterday by cheif. on chillhop daydreams
    Poets by Ciaran Delany - The Waves 
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    Exploring Doula Work as Mental Health Advocacy with Kazia Bryant

    Exploring Doula Work as Mental Health Advocacy with Kazia Bryant

    The host for this episode is  Tina Zeller, a collective member and collaborative educator with the Academy for Integrative Mental Health focusing on trauma sensitive yoga and family advocacy from birth and beyond. This is a conversation with Kazia Bryant, which explored the details of doula work and the impact of doula support on the collective mental health of families.

    Kazia is a full spectrum doula, reproductive justice advocate, community healer, and Midwifery student. She is the Doula Program Coordinator and Executive Director at Mama to Mama, and is the Doula Program Manager at Black Birth Justice. She is passionate about serving her community and reducing the black and brown maternal death rate. She believes our community deserves postpartum experiences that are not traumatic. Her goal is to care for families during one of the most vulnerable moments of their lives.

    Where you can find Kazia: 

    https://www.mamatomama.us

    https://www.blackbirthjustice.org

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