The Inner Peace Diet Podcast with Dr. Aileen McCabe-Maucher
About This Show
My name is Dr. Aileen McCabe-Maucher and I am a licensed psychotherapist, college professor, coach, and author of the book The Inner Peace Diet (Penguin, 2008) I specialize in helping people get clear about their life goals and take immediate action toward their highest vision. For over twenty years, I have helped thousands of people, just like you, tap into their own inner wisdom, overcome challenges and achieve their life-long dreams.
Welcome to The Inner Peace Diet Diet Podcast! Thanks for tuning in. The purpose of this podcast is to provide free resources and information with regard to evidence based stress management strategies as well as experimental self-care technqiues. Many podcast episodes feature interview excerpts from Dr. Aileen McCabe-Maucher's latest book, a textbook entiled Complete Self-Care: Through Yoga and Beyond that will be published by Cognella in December 2018. These interviews feature a diverse and eclectic mix of licensed psychotherapists, Ivy League researchers and industry experts about their personal and professional stress management, self-care, and burnout prevention techniques.
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Dr. Aileen - The Inner Peace Diet Podcast Episode 10 Ft. Erica Sokol
4 days ago
In today's episode, Dr. Aileen interviews Erica Sokol ,founder of the nonprofit organization, StudentsCare about her inspiring story and self-care strategies. In 2010, Erica Sokol was a student at the University of Florida and was looking for a volunteer experience to prepare her for a career in healthcare. She started volunteering at UF Health Shands Hospital in the pediatric unit, but found her volunteer time at the hospital was being spent doing clerical tasks and not directly helping to meet the needs of patients, especially those children who she saw alone in the hospital week after week. Erica saw a need- children and families in need of support- and came up with a solution. She recruited her classmates and started a unique buddy program, in which herself and a handful of other students, were paired with children in the pediatric oncology unit and visited each week, sometimes even several times a week.
After participating in and directing this program at Shands for 2+ years, and seeing its impact, she determined that as a student-run program it could be scaled to reach many more patients and families. In September 2013, Erica established StudentsCare, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to help bring this program to hospitals and college campuses across the country. Erica spent the next two years developing StudentsCare and the hospital buddy program model that exists today, simultaneously earning her Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. During this time, Erica was contacted by hundreds of college students across the country who were hoping to bring StudentsCare to their campus.
By early 2016, Erica had launched 4 student chapters and Hospital Buddy Programs at Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital; St. Louis University and Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis; University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and one in her hometown of Miami at University of Miami and Holtz Children’s Hospital.
In January 2017, StudentsCare received their first grant from the very prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, allowing StudentsCare to continue to grow. The grant proposal aimed for 6 new programs to be in operation by the end of 2017. The grant also allowed StudentsCare to hire its first full-time staff. Erica would now be able to focus her time and effort full-time on growing StudentsCare as CEO of the organization. Tami Robinson, a long-time volunteer for StudentsCare and former school teacher, would become StudentsCare’s first Program Manager to ensure the continued success of all buddy hospital programs.
Good things have continued to come StudentsCare’s way. In April 2017, StudentsCare was featured on Live Life Forward on Lifetime TV. And in July, StudentsCare was featured on People.com.
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