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In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years. Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia.

The DECODE Project Podcast Dr. Cara Ooi, MD

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In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years. Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia.

    Manon Doran, the Carbon Almanac, Eco-Anxiety, and Unlocking the Power of Teens to Address Climate Change

    Manon Doran, the Carbon Almanac, Eco-Anxiety, and Unlocking the Power of Teens to Address Climate Change

    In this episode, I speak with Manon Doran, a French-Canadian visual artist and arts educator, about the Carbon Almanac. 

    The Carbon Almanac is a book as well as a movement ​​of now over 2000 people starting a meaningful conversation about climate change.  

    In this episode we speak about eco-anxiety in youth, her tips for unlocking the potential of teens, and concrete steps we can all take to move the needle on climate change. #factsconnectionaction

    Learn more about the Carbon Almanac: Website//Educator’s Guide (Spirit of Change p. 49)//LinkedInLearn more about Manon Doran: Website//Instagram

    Other links from the episode: Switch to the Ecosia search engineThe David Suzuki Foundation

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    A Glance at the Episode

    >>>3:36: What is the Carbon Almanac?>>>8:05: Eco-anxiety>>>13:10: How to take action: small steps; starting with what feels good, is fun, and is easy; what she has learned in creating and working in the teen mental health and suicide prevention program Pens and Paints; habit stacking; taking consistent action>>>22:16: Common limiting beliefs and misconceptions; the value of failure in changing the world; the importance of play>>>33:13: How teens and adults can get involved in the Carbon Almanac movement>>>37:48: The power of youth>>>40:56: Where to invest our efforts to combat climate change>>>46:08: The #1 action step she recommends 

    The Carbon Almanac Website//Order here



    About The DECODE Project PodcastIn the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years. Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia.

    Music by Micheal Lerner 

    DisclaimerThe content of this podcast provides general information and is not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider. The provided content should not be relied upon for medical diagnosis or management. Please direct questions or concerns to your physician and/or qualified health care provider.

    • 48 min
    7. Giving Your Teen the Tools to Tackle Insomnia: A Parent Perspective

    7. Giving Your Teen the Tools to Tackle Insomnia: A Parent Perspective

    In this episode, you’ll hear anonymously from a parent of a teen who went through a pilot version of the DECODE Insomnia Program run for teens and their parents earlier in the year.

    For the privacy of today’s guest and their teen, I will be keeping this guest’s identity anonymous and her voice has been altered.  All parties, including the teen mentioned in this episode, have listened to and consented to this episode being shared.  

     

    About The DECODE Project Podcast

    In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years.  Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia. 

    Music by Micheal Lerner

    Disclaimer

    The content of this podcast provides general information and is not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  The provided content should not be relied upon for medical diagnosis or management.  Please direct questions or concerns to your physician and/or qualified health care provider.

    • 36 min
    6. Community, Fun, and Learning to Do Hard Stuff: Summer Camp Round Table with Julia Smith, Erin Wicker, Caitlin Dooley and Lisa Rae

    6. Community, Fun, and Learning to Do Hard Stuff: Summer Camp Round Table with Julia Smith, Erin Wicker, Caitlin Dooley and Lisa Rae

    In this episode, you get a window into my teen years when I worked as a staff at Christie Lake Camp, an overnight summer camp run by Christie Lake Kids, for campers living below the poverty line. 

    Today, you'll hear me speak with four of my camp friends, Cait Dooley, Lisa Rae, Erin Wicker, and Julia Smith.

    We talk about 


    How our camp director, the late Dr. Dan Offord, cultivated a community where campers and staff thrived despite difficult circumstances


    How we were willing and eager to wake up early every day and do hard work because we knew we were part of something that mattered


    How being given lots of responsibility and having incredible role models in the older staff profoundly shaped our self-view and our chosen work


    And how camp and everything it stood for provided us with an anchor through the rocky teen years.   



    A Glance at the Episode

    >>>3:01: Powerful memories of our camp director, Dr. Dan, and the lessons we learned from him (the importance of curiosity, seeing the campers and staff as whole people, actively seeking out the people who need help but are not coming to the door, being fully present, and being part of the team)

    >>>8:01: How fun, the community, and a common purpose motivated us to do really hard work 

    >>>12:37: How Christie Lake provided an environment for campers and staff to thrive (structure, scheduling low ration of campers-to-staff, the near-peer influence, developing skills through extracurriculars, rituals, routine, and the music)

    >>>15:58: How camp taught us we were capable of doing hard things and how this has shaped how we perceive ourselves now; the importance of role models

    >>>21:34: How camp provided us with a north star and a safety card to help us navigate through the difficult teen years

    >>>21:34: Our recent camp reunion during the pandemic and how camp and the community still have such a huge impact on us 



    Bios and Links:

    Christie Lake Camp/Christie Lake Kids: Website//Facebook//Instagram

    Caitlin Dooley: Cait has just returned to Canada after living in NYC for 10 years. Her career has taken a few twists and turns and she loves where she has ended up-as a fundraiser for nonprofits. Her career and life path was profoundly shaped by the summers she spent as a teenager at Christie Lake Camp.  She currently works at the Eagle Academy Foundation, a network of schools that incorporates many of the programming and approaches that we used at camp. LinkedIn//Eagle Academy Foundation

    Erin Wicker: Erin is a mama to two little bears, Liam and Tommy. She has been teaching for 15 years. She has taught in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. She has the travel bug and has had the fortune of visiting over 50 countries. Her favourite memories include trying to climb solo up Mountt Fuji in a fog storm, starting an impromptu dance-off at the biggest sand dune in the Gulf region, and following a wild boar though the rainforest in Costa Rica. 

    Julia Smith: Mother of 3. Occupational therapist in community mental health at Northumberland hills hospital in Cobourg.  Loves to cook.  Reads cool books for pleasure.  

    Lisa Rae: Lisa Rae has worked in public policy, strategy, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement for more than 15 years.  She is know for her curiosity, pragmatism, and collaborative leadership style.  Currently, Lisa is the Director of Public Affairs at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) overseeing strategic communications, government relations, and public policy.  She lives in Toronto with her partner and 3 year old son who rivals her, as only preschooler can, in asking "why?".



    About The DECODE Project Podcast

    In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years.  Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia. 

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    • 41 min
    5. Dr. Rachel Mitchell and How to Help Teens with Mood Disorders

    5. Dr. Rachel Mitchell and How to Help Teens with Mood Disorders

    Today, you'll hear from my colleague and friend Dr. Rachel Mitchell, a researcher and youth psychiatrist who works with teens and young adults with mood disorders.

    I wanted to have her on the show because she is so passionate about her work and she is really uniquely positioned in that she has so much experience with complex, layered situations and the tricky dynamics that can arise between teens and parents.

    In this interview, we talk about 


    what needs to come together and what gets in the way in her work with teens and young adults with treatment-resistant mood disorders
    Why lifestyle interventions (including addressing sleep issues) are foundational in addressing mood disorders 
    How to support a teen who is not yet ready for change and the approach that works best in helping them move towards being ready

    Twitter: @DrRachelHBM



    A Glance at the Episode

    >>>3:01: The complexities of getting better from a mood disorder

    >>>8:01: Why lifestyle interventions (including sleep) are so foundational to properly addressing mood disorders

    >>>12:37: How to best support teens when the teen is not yet ready to make changes

    >>>15:58: How to help teens get to the point of being ready for change

    >>>21:34: The most common beliefs that keep teens from being able to move forward and take action as well as what really motivates teens to want to change



    Dr. Rachel Mitchell’s Bio:

    Dr. Rachel Mitchell is a staff psychiatrist and clinician-investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and an Associate Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute.  She has a busy clinical practice focusing on mood disorders in adolescents and on youth in need of urgent assessment and treatment after presenting to the emergency department.  Her research focuses on sex and gender differences in mood disorders, bipolar disorder, self-harm and suicide in adolescents and she has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Mitchell is a featured spokesperson and content expert for youth mental health.



    About The DECODE Project Podcast

    In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years.  Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia. 

    Music by Micheal Lerner

    Disclaimer

    The content of this podcast provides general information and is not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  The provided content should not be relied upon for medical diagnosis or management.  Please direct questions or concerns to your physician and/or qualified health care provider.

    • 29 min
    4. Hannah Gelman and How to Dream and Act Big

    4. Hannah Gelman and How to Dream and Act Big

    Today, you’ll hear from Hannah Gelman, a now 23-year-old actor and voice actor. If you listened to episode #3 with Dr. Elyse Dubo, you might find it interesting to know that Hannah is Elyse’s daughter. Hannah opens up about her struggles with anxiety and sleep as a teen, how she dreams big despite the uncertainty of her field, and what her parents did really well.  

    Instagram @hannah_gelman   Website www.hannahgelman.com



     A Glance at the Episode

    >>>2:42: Finding stuff you love; holding on to joy; avoiding the traps of comparison and needing validation

    >>>9:35: Where Hannah learned to dream big and how she responds to the uncertainty of pursuing a career in the Arts

    >>>18:20: Growing up with anxiety and what helped

    >>>24:39: Her role models and what her parents did well

    >>>34:11: How she stopped worrying about what others think and how she navigates tricky moments

    >>>40:57: Her struggles with sleep in the teen years; how she deals with a busy mind at bedtime; how she organizes herself so she has enough time for sleep

    >>>1:02:02: Her dream life in 5 years and how she stays focused on what she really wants



    Hannah Gelman’s Bio:

    Hannah Gelman is an actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur with an online health and wellness business. She is passionate about helping young people up-level their mindset and create a life on their own terms. Hannah is a mental health advocate and strives to decrease stigma around mental health issues. 

    Instagram @hannah_gelman   Website www.hannahgelman.com



    About The DECODE Project Podcast

    In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years.  Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia. 

    Music by Micheal Lerner

    Disclaimer

    The content of this podcast provides general information and is not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  The provided content should not be relied upon for medical diagnosis or management.  Please direct questions or concerns to your physician and/or qualified health care provider.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    3. Dr. Elyse Dubo and How to Empower and Stay Connected to Your Teen

    3. Dr. Elyse Dubo and How to Empower and Stay Connected to Your Teen

    Today, you'll hear from my first guest Dr. Elyse Dubo, a youth psychiatrist with 30 years of experience working with teens and their parents.    

    I've known Elyse since my residency when she supervised me in my last year of training. At the time, I was struck by her unique and empowering approach in working with young people.  Elyse is also the mother of three daughters in their teen and young adult years.  She has built close, connected relationships with them and they are thriving.  In this interview, we talk about what she's learned in her career as a youth psychiatrist, how she has shifted her practice to combine coaching and therapeutic strategies, and the two key ingredients for a good relationship with your teen. 

    IG @empoweredelyse and Facebook



    A Glance at the Episode

    >>>6:19: Dr. Dubo’s favourite way to connect with her teen patients

    >>>7:14: The difference between therapy and coaching

    >>>11:44: Dr. Dubo's most impactful strategies when working with teens and their parents

    >>>30:57: Dr. Dubo's experience as a parent and the two key ingredients for staying connected to your teen

    >>>40:52: Advice Dr. Dubo would have like to give her younger self before she had teens



    Dr. Elyse Dubo’s Bio:

    Dr. Dubo is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dubo was a Youth Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Hospital for 20 years where she also served as Postgraduate Education Coordinator and Education Lead for many years. 

    Dr. Dubo currently works in the community in Toronto, Canada and provides consultation and treatment, primarily for mood and anxiety disorders in teens and young adults. She values an integrative approach including both psychotherapy and medications when indicated. She supports more holistic approaches such as mindfulness yoga and meditation as well as nutritional interventions. Her focus is on empowering teens and young adults to improve their mindset and self-care and move forward in their lives.

    Dr. Dubo is an award-winning public educator on teen mental health. She has co-produced award-winning films on teen depression, worked with the Catholic School Board in their Stop the Stigma Program, and has given many public presentations on teen depression to parents and education staff at local high schools. She previously served on the Board of Directors at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and as an invited member of the Ontario Coalition for Child and Youth Mental Health.

    Dr. Dubo is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in General Psychiatry. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice psychiatry by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).



    About The DECODE Project Podcast

    In the DECODE Project Podcast, sleep physician and youth psychiatrist Dr. Cara Ooi speaks to parents, youth, and other experts about what really moves the dial on change during the tricky teen years.  Learn more about the DECODE Project and resources by visiting decodeinsomnia.com or on Instagram @decodeinsomnia. 

    Music by Micheal Lerner

    Disclaimer

    The content of this podcast provides general information and is not intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  The provided content should not be relied upon for medical diagnosis or management.  Please direct questions or concerns to your physician and/or qualified health care provider.

    • 45 min

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