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The Therapy Insights Podcast
57 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
06: Jessie Hillock and the Holistic Approach to Dementia Care
People with dementia generally do not have the insight or awareness to seek help from therapists. Often, it's family members who first attempt to reach out for help. And even though family members need significant support, they are often left out of traditional therapy models due to the nature of the healthcare system, including billing practices and insurance coverage. Join us as we explore Jessie Hillock's revolutionary practice of providing structured, holistic dementia coaching for families as well as therapeutic support for individuals as they collectively embark on the journey of living with a dementia diagnosis in their midst.
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
05: Rich Temple and the Hidden Power of Listening
So often in healthcare settings, providers feel the need to dish out answers in response to diagnoses. But is this what patients actually need or want? Dr. Rich Temple is a neuropsychologist in the field of rehabilitation medicine. He believes that one of the best kept secrets in therapy is the power of not having all of the answers. Join us as we discuss how existing in a space of solving patients' problems for them actually thwarts patient-centered care. We also talk about how to truly listen and honor a patient's story and wishes, how to prevent burnout across a career, and how interdisciplinary collaboration and advocacy for integrated mental health services can lead to more impactful and holistic healthcare for all.
73 minutes | Apr 4, 2020
04 - Katrina Mikiah and the Human Capacity for Presence
How do we as rehabilitation therapists hold space for those who are facing immense grief or life-altering/life-ending diagnoses? Katrina Mikiah is a life, grief, and end-of-life coach. She says that it's not about having a tricked out pack of counseling techniques, but rather much more about our own awareness of our feelings and our ability to be present. Join us as we discuss the difference between a counselor and a coach, the many ways to hold space and be present, and the tools we can offer clients and families to make these kinds of transitions less turbulent and more in line with their life goals and wishes.
57 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
03 - Josh Rubin, James Laskin, and the Learning Health System
What would it look like if, as a healthcare system, we were able to draw from data points from real experiences of real people around the world? What if we could magnify the power of existing medical research methods by incorporating a broader range of people, experiences, and perspectives, including those of practicing clinicians? One of the biggest challenges we face is bridging the gap between clinical research and clinical practice. The concept of the learning health system is not one magical platform that offers to solve this problem, but rather it is a way of thinking, of collaborating, and of experiencing the world that has the potential to radically transform healthcare. Join us in our conversation with Josh Rubin, program officer for learning health system initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School’s first-in-the-nation Department of Learning Health Sciences, president and CEO of the Learning Health Community, and executive director of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation. James Laskin, DPT also joins in on the conversation to provide the perspective of both a clinical research and a practicing clinician. Ready to have your mind shift and start answering some of the biggest questions of our time? So are we.
57 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
02 - Andrew Hill and the Person Behind the Brain Injury
How do we connect with people who have a brain injury? How do we not let our therapy devolve into power struggles? How do we help improve insight without crushing people’s hope? To explore these questions today, we’re talking with Andrew Hill. Andy is a licensed clinical social worker in Missoula, Montana. Before his career in therapy started, he was offered a temp job working exclusively with adults with brain injuries, helping them with everyday tasks and skills. This temp job led him to a degree in social work from the University of Montana. While there, he completed a practicum at Community Bridges through Community Medical Center, a program that specialized in TBI recovery. He has worked in a variety of settings, and now works in private practice. His clinic, Missoula Therapy, provides in a variety of services and is currently the only practice in Montana specializing in traumatic brain injury recovery. His current client base is about 75% people with brain injuries and he is working towards working with brain injuries exclusively. He is the only psycho-therapist certified in brain injury treatment in the state of Montana. Through his work with people with brain injury, he has earned an honorary Blackfeet name, Awaasaapsii napikwan, which he explains in our interview.
51 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
01 - Chris Clasby and the Dignity of Risk
In this episode, we speak with Chris Clasby, LCSW and Peer Advocacy Coordinator at Summit Independent Living in Missoula, Montana. Our conversation touches on what it means to be human, what it means to suffer, and how to find meaning in that suffering. Chris also touches on 2 valuable tips for clinicians- allowing patients to fully experience their emotions and allowing patients the dignity of risk. We also discuss the federally mandated independent living centers spread across the U.S. and how these centers can provide invaluable resources for patients as they transition through different levels of care.
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