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CASAT Conversations

CASAT Conversations

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CASAT Conversations is a resource for exploring behavioral health topics. These topics explore the complex connection between how our environment, behaviors and actions impact our health and wellbeing. With a wide-range of timely topics, CASAT Conversations is geared towards having meaningful conversations with people sharing their capacity for personal growth and change, coupled with subject matter expert educational insights. Contact us at Learning@casat.org anytime!

Funding for the podcast was provided by the Nevada Resilience Project.
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S2 Episode 3: The Cost of Doing Business in High Stress Environments

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S2 Episode 12: Bonus Episode: The Nevada Resilience Project
Kendal Holcomb and Diana Lara share information about the Nevada Resilience project. The Nevada Resilience Project supports families and individuals experiencing struggles and behavioral health challenges. This important resource helps to connect people with local resources, and access care. Within this episode we discuss mental health statistics for the state of Nevada, and what are some of the biggest needs that Resilience Ambassadors are seeing within the state. Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
30:47
December 1, 2021
S2 Episode 11: Anxiety RX: Healing the Root Cause of Anxiety
We are joined this week by Dr. Russel Kennedy, The Anxiety MD. Dr. Russ shares his own journey with anxiety as a healthcare provider, which led him to write his new book, Anxiety RX. He integrates neuroscience with wisdom practices to support healing the root cause of anxiety. You'll want to hear his unique perspective! Key Words: Anxiety, worry, fear, panic, childhood trauma, somatic therapy, root cause, neuroscience, developmental psychology Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
55:10
November 24, 2021
S2 Episode 10: Exploring How Humans Respond to Disasters
Dr. Cohen Silver joins us this week to share her research findings on how people respond to large scale disasters. We discuss the role of media exposure (both news and social media) on stress and well-being, and how important it is to practice technology hygiene when it comes to media exposure. Dr. Cohen Silver also shares important things to consider on how to care for yourself when living in the midst of a disaster. Key Words: Community disasters, National disasters, tragedy, COVID-19 research, resilience factors, media exposure, media consumption, doom scrolling. Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
49:08
November 17, 2021
S2 Episode 9: Giving Voice to Your Trauma and Using Creativity in Resilience Building
Dr. Meghan Corrado shares her resilience journey as she has learned to tap into sources of strength and creativity in order to support her own healing journey. She discusses how healthcare professionals work in difficult environments, and how critical it is to honor the reality of the challenges faced on a daily basis. She shares practical ways to support healing. Key Words: trauma narratives, creativity, wounded healer, collective healing process Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
42:10
November 10, 2021
S2 Episode 8: Understanding Vicarious Trauma
Within this episode, Henry Tobey shares his wealth of experience regarding secondary trauma. He shares what he has found to be helpful, along with what he doesn't find to be helpful when it comes to supporting health-care providers in dealing with the stress and trauma of their work. He shares his vicarious trauma dialogue, which he and his colleagues developed. Be sure to listen, as you may even hear some of the thoughts you've had. Key Words: secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, resilience, healthcare providers Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
30:54
November 3, 2021
S2 Episode 7: Beginning to Understand the Psychological Impacts of COVID-19
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Dana Rose Garfin, a researcher at UC Irvine. She and her colleagues have been conducting research to under the impact of both the acute and chronic stress of COVID-19. She has been studying how we respond to disasters for the past decade, and how to cope with stress. We discuss a balanced approach to looking at both the positive and negative aspects of COVID-19, along with her important research on mindfulness meditation in homeless women. Key terms: COVID-19, acute stress, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, resilience, adaptation, psychological distress, grief Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
37:55
October 27, 2021
S2 Episode 6: Connecting the Mind & Body As a Pathway for Resilience
Within this episode Dr. Gordon discusses the importance of mind-body medicine to support healthcare providers. He shares the importance of looking inward, and the importance of practicing self-care techniques, so that you can bring compassionate presence to the people you serve. Key terms: mind-body medicine, self-discovery, compassionate presence, meditation, nutrition, vagus nerve, microbiome, nutrition psychiatry. Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
53:56
October 20, 2021
S2 Episode 5: CPR for Healthcare Providers
Within this episode Joshua Michael Wenner shares best practices for dealing with stress and trauma. He discusses the importance of creating a warrior culture, and how to practice self-regulation so that you can have better relationships with those that you love. Key terms: Trauma, self-regulation, emotional-regulation, resilience, warrior culture Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
58:07
October 13, 2021
S2 Episode 4: Addressing Burnout through Integrative Medicine
Within this episode, Alaine Duncan discusses the role of Integrative Medicine in treating burnout and compassion fatigue. She discusses how she has combined Eastern and Western philosophies to treat physical symptoms of stress and trauma within the body. Her approach to treating the body, and helping to support the parasympathetic nervous system is critical for helping us understand how the nervous system impacts the people around us (i.e. family, patients, and clients). Key words: acupuncture, integrative medicine, five elements theory, somatic experience, polyvagul theory, trauma, stress
50:42
October 6, 2021
S2 Episode 3: The Cost of Doing Business in High Stress Environments
Dr. Kathy Kain discusses the science behind a somatic approach to help heal the impacts of stress and trauma. She also describes how the body responds to the experiences of our lives, and gives important recommendations for how to support ourselves when working in high stress environments. Key Topics: allostatic load, interoception, exteroception, neuroception, somatic approach, polyvagul theory, stress, trauma, aging, health, chronic disease. Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
01:00:11
September 29, 2021
S2 Episode 2: Stress First Aid
Dr. Patricia Watson has been supporting people in stressful jobs (i.e. military, first responders, healthcare providers) with her work at the National Center for PTSD for many years.  She discusses the stress continuum, along with the five key elements for supporting a person who is experiencing stress, burnout and fatigue. In addition, she discusses the importance of psychological safety, and ways to help build a sense of psychological safety within organizations. Key terms: psychological safety, resilience, meaning and purpose, stress continuum, burnout, fatigue, social connectedness, self-efficacy. Funding for the Nevada Resilience Project was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
45:45
September 22, 2021
S2 Episode 1: Little Moments of Light
Within this episode, Dr. Michael Ungar shares his wealth of knowledge on the key elements of resilience. His research focuses on the impact of the environment on our resilience. You’ll hear about the complexities of resilience and what healthcare providers can do to support their own resilience. Key Topics: Resilience, rugged individualism vs a resourced individual, resilient systems, vicarious resilience, social prescriptions
48:48
September 15, 2021
Episode 14: The Power of Community
Within this episode, Mariah (a wife of a firefighter, and school teacher) shares how creating community beyond the family has supported her and her family. She believes in the power of creating a community of support, and does that through her work as the founder of the Northern Nevada Fire Wives.
24:17
June 3, 2021
Episode 13: How to Support a Family Member With PTSD
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot shares ways on how to support a loved one who has experienced PTSD.
27:33
June 3, 2021
Episode 12: PTSD and Secondary Trauma: What to notice w/ Dr. Trudy
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot explains what signs and symptoms to look for in your first responder/front line staff family member, and resources for PTSD and secondary trauma.
39:24
June 3, 2021
Episode 11: The Impact of the News and PTSD on the Family Unit
Within this episode, Brittany (stay-at-home mom of three, and a police officer wife) discloses the impact of how the way police officers are portrayed in the media have a significant impact on the family.
31:58
June 1, 2021
Coping With Your Fears: Safety and Frontline Staff and First Responders in the news
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot reviews tactics for dealing with worry and fears about a family members safety when at work.
28:54
May 28, 2021
Episode 9: Communicating About Work: The Do’s and Don’t’s
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot walks us through the benefits and drawbacks of disclosing work details. She gives tips for how to set boundaries and communicate about work effectively.
31:60
May 25, 2021
Episode: 8: The Power of Communication
Within this episode, Melissa (an educator and police officer wife) illustrates how working on communication has supported her relationship, and positively impacted her family.
43:39
May 25, 2021
Episode 7: Keeping Your Relationship Strong Under Pressure
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert-Eliot shares many skills to help strengthen your relationship.
38:03
May 25, 2021
Episode 6: Critical Care for Yourself
Within this episode, Amanda (an ICU nurse, and wife of a police officer) shares with us how self-care is a critical tool she uses to deal with life’s challenges.
38:19
May 24, 2021
Episode 5: Self-Care and Connection for Frontline Staff and First Responder Families
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot talks to us about both foundational and targeted self-care strategies. She discusses multiple practices that can implement into your life to improve your self-care routine.
44:23
May 21, 2021
Episode 4: Peer Support: Don’t Make It Weird
Within this episode, Derek Reid (founder of the Nevada Peer Support Network, and Battalion Chief Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue) joins us to discuss resources available in Nevada, the value of peer support, and a vision for the future of how to support first responders. He also shares how family & relationships are critical for the wellbeing of first responders.
38:10
May 19, 2021
Episode 3: You Are Not Alone
Within this episode, Jed (a Fire Captain) and Jen (an Emergency Physician) join us as a unique couple who are both supporting family members and are personally first responder front line staff. They share with us what they have learned throughout their careers to support their family’s wellbeing.
38:52
May 19, 2021
Episode 2: Sleep, Shift Work, and Being On Call
Within this episode, Dr. Trudy Gilbert-Eliot discusses the importance of sleep on health, along with strategies for ensuring good sleep hygiene in the midst of shift work, and spouses being on call.
33:06
May 19, 2021
Episode 1: Resilience and the Frontline Staff and First Responder Family
Within this episode Dr. Trudy Gilbert- Eliot introduces us to resilience, emotional intelligence and what it takes to be a resilient family.
32:08
May 18, 2021
Introduction to Season 1. Behind the Front-Line: Supporting the Families of Front-Line Staff and First Responders
In this episode, you will hear a brief introduction from our hosts, as well as what to expect in season 1. 
05:51
May 13, 2021