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Essential Conversations

Essential Conversations

By Mid-America ATTC
Welcome to Essential Conversations, a podcast for behavioral health providers in Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, and NE). Join us as we explore topics related to behavioral health and addiction, including stigma, trauma informed care, equity and diversity, leadership, and more. Seasons 1&2 are available now! Season 3 loading weekly! This project is produced by the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 7 (MATTC) and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
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The Importance of Housing & Employment

Essential Conversations

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Trauma Informed Caring: The Cycle of Compassion
Episode 8, featuring Keithia Roberts and Sarah Corlett This episode captures our deeply connected conversation with Keithia Roberts of Talbert House and Sarah Corlett of Design Impact, both located in Cincinatti, OH. We dove into matters such as creating space for fellow human beings to be seen and heard without judgment, how fatigue is normal because trauma informed caring is counter-cultural, and the cyclical nature of nurturing compassion Learn more about the MATTC at https://attcnetwork.org/centers/mid-america-attc/homeand Check out the Virtual Room of Refuge at https://bit.ly/communityroomofrefuge.
47:31
November 19, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: We are ALL Human Beings
Episode 7, featuring Kelvin Owens and James Stout Kelvin Owens and James Stout, both in the Public Safety department at University Health, join us for a conversation about preparing your mindset for the ongoing journey of trauma informed caring. We talked about seeing humanity, checking in with each other, and showing appreciation and celebrating the successes along the way.
49:10
November 12, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: All Hands On Deck
Episode 6, featuring Jessica Welch and Kim Colegrove In this episode, we are joined by Kim Colegrove, who teaches meditation and mindfulness for first responders, and Jessica Welch of Phoenix Family. This sometimes-emotional and inspiring conversation centered around how the biggest obstacles to overcome in implementing trauma informed practices are often within ourselves: resistance to seeking help, shame, and overwhelm.
45:30
November 5, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: Put a Vest Around Your Brain
Episode 5, featuring Sean Hess and Aaron Knipmeyer Our guests, Sean Hess of the Kansas City Police Department and Aaron Knipmeyer of the Lafayette County C-1 School District, discuss their experiences navigating various obstacles in implementing trauma informed caring in their settings, from managing crises and resistance to change, challenging long-held cultural beliefs, and overcoming reluctance to seek help.
39:52
October 29, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: Make a Longer Table
Episode 4, featuring Jennifer Manuleleua and Merideth Rose We had so much great conversation with Jennifer and Merideth that we let the recording run to capture more of their insights into the journey of building trauma informed communities. We went deeper into how we roll with resistance and bring others into the work, while also tending to yourself with self-compassion as you, yourself, are transformed.
30:59
October 22, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: Connecting with Your Square Squad
Episode 3, featuring Jennifer Manuleleua and Merideth Rose Jennifer Manuleleua and Merideth Rose, both of Community Services League, share with us how trauma informed caring has transformed not only their work, but their lives and their community through genuine connection with other people.
32:26
October 15, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: Rose, Thorn, and Seed
Episode 2, featuring Doug Burgess and Kreasha Williams Episode 2, Our conversation with Doug Burgess and Kreasha Williams, from University Health Behavioral Health, centers on personal practices that allow us to both connect with others and care for ourselves in trauma informed ways, and important reminders that our work to integrate trauma informed caring is an ongoing learning process. Learn more about the MATTC at https://attcnetwork.org/centers/mid-america-attc/homeand Check out the Virtual Room of Refuge at https://bit.ly/communityroomofrefuge.
42:00
October 8, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring: This Changes Everything
Episode 1, we have an enlightening conversation with Starla Brennan of Amethyst Place about the ways trauma-informed caring changes how we see and respond to so-called “bad” behaviors in those we serve, in our colleagues, in our loved ones, and in ourselves; the importance of maintaining curiosity; and compassionate, effective ways to remove barriers of fear and shame to build trust and deepen our relationships. Learn more about the MATTC at https://attcnetwork.org/centers/mid-america-attc/homeand Check out the Virtual Room of Refuge at https://bit.ly/communityroomofrefuge.
30:23
October 1, 2021
Trauma Informed Caring
Episode 0 Join us for an introduction to the Trauma Informed Caring Podcast, a member of the family of “Essential Conversations” podcasts brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In this episode, you will meet the hosts and learn about our vision for the podcast, how this will be different from other Trauma Informed Care information, and how each episode will flow. Together, as we explore varied perspectives, let us nurture knowledge and inspire courage for practical, transformative action that is “trauma-informed caring” in real life!
17:00
August 12, 2021
Essential Conversations: Where Do We Go From Here? Recapping Important Highlights
This is season 2, episode 4 of Essential Conversations, a podcast for behavioral health providers in region 7. The experts from the series will recap important highlights from season 2 and provide resources for the listeners.  This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
33:54
June 4, 2021
Essential Conversations: Misconceptions of Substance Use
This is season 2, episode 3 of Essential Conversations, a podcast for behavioral health providers in region 7. This episode will discuss common misconceptions of substance use. This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
40:58
June 4, 2021
Essential Conversations: Does This Look Like Me? Emerging Patterns of Substance Use
This is season 2, episode 2 of Essential Conversations, a podcast for behavioral health providers in region 7. This episode will discuss the different stages of substance use and identify if and when someone should reach out to support or offer support to loved ones who may be struggling with substance use.  This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
43:50
June 4, 2021
Essential Conversations: Addressing the Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorder
This is season 2 of Essential Conversations, a podcast for behavioral health providers in region 7. This episode will define and address stigma  and highlight appropriate language and ways you can decrease the impact of substance use disorder.  This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
35:38
June 4, 2021
Post Pandemic Trends in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a timely topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce. During this episode we discuss post pandemic trends in mental health and substance use disorder. We are joined by Susan Whitmore, the President and CEO of FirstCall in Kansas City, MO and Topher Hansen, the President and CEO of CenterPointe in Lincoln, NE. Our guests' share their perspectives on positive outcomes in BH due to COVID-19 and their hopes for the field in the next 20-years.  This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
35:05
November 2, 2020
Psychiatrists' View of Supporting Recovery in 2020 & Beyond
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a timely topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce. During this episode we discuss Psychiatrists' View of Supporting Recovery with Dr. Melissa O'Dell from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, and Dr. Doug Burgess from Truman Medical Centers and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO. During this episode, our guests' share: -What they are seeing in depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.  -Misconceptions about medication for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders -Advice for those who may be experiencing issues with depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders for the first time This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
29:41
September 16, 2020
The Importance of Housing & Employment
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 (formally 20-Minute Tips) is intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a timely topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce. During this episode we discuss social determinants of health and the importance of employment and housing with Suzanne Watson from Southwest IA Mental Health and Disability Services, and Bill Baerentzen from the  Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Our guests' share stories that speak to power of social factors in people's mental health a recovery, how funding mechanisms have shifted during COVID-19, and future planning recommendations for behavioral health providers . This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
33:03
August 28, 2020
Race & COVID-19
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 (formally 20-Minute Tips) is  intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a timely topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce. During this episode we discuss how to have a conversation about race in the workplace. Our guests' Marla Smith, a Behavioral Health Coach at Heartland Family Service in Iowa and Vladimir Sainte, a Team Leader from Truman Medical Centers in MO, share important considerations and tips for behavioral health leaders who are navigating these conversations in the current climate.   Please note the title of the podcast was previously titled 20-Minute Tips: A Podcast for the Behavioral Health Workforce. This episode is longer than 20-minutes. This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA.
37:08
July 22, 2020
Self-Care
Essential Conversations in Social Services 2020 is intended for behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorder (SUD) providers. During each episode, we will interview a subject matter expert on a specific topic and explore tips designed to help the BH and SUD workforce. During the 1st episode, we will discuss the importance of self-care for BH leaders with Dena Sneed, the Director of the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. This project is brought to you by the Mid-America Addiction and Mental Health Technology transfer centers and is funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The content on this podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA. *Please note this episode was previously called 20-Minute Tips: A Podcast for the Behavioral Health Workforce.
22:16
May 24, 2020
Housing Learning Community: How to Get Started
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 6, participants will be able to: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1.  Describe the importance of beginning with the end in mind in housing development. 2.  Identify how the impact of housing development can be measured. 3.  Evaluate the first steps your agency can take toward housing development. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
01:56:27
November 7, 2019
Housing Learning Community: Funding Sources and Development
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 5, participants will be able to: 1. Understand the economic argument for housing as an intervention. 2. Describe landlord law and its relevance to housing development. 3. Identify the breadth of funding sources available for housing. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
55:25
October 31, 2019
Housing Learning Community: Alternative Housing Types
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 4, participants will be able to: 1. Identify at least three alternative housing types. 2. Compare the pros and cons of different alternative housing types. 3. Describe how alternative housing types benefit clients and the community. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
01:00:45
October 11, 2019
Housing Learning Community: Housing with Special Populations, Part 2
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 3, participants will be able to: Understand the history of inequality in the housing system. Discuss special considerations in supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, people with severe mental health issues, and older adults. Determine key stakeholders to collaborate with in supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, people with severe mental health issues, and older adults. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
58:00
October 2, 2019
Housing Learning Community: Housing with Special Populations, Part 1
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 2, participants will be able to: Define the family first philosophy as it relates to housing as an intervention. Identify special considerations in supportive housing for women and children with their families, and transitional youth. Determine key community partners to engage in supportive housing for families and transitional youth. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
01:00:20
September 13, 2019
Housing Learning Community: Housing 101
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is increasingly recognized as a vital part of recovery. What role can substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs play in providing this essential need for their clients? Find out the basics of housing and how to get started in this 6-session virtual learning community series! By the end of session 1, participants will be able to: Discuss the philosophy of housing as an intervention for mental health and substance use disorders. Explain the variety and style of housing options. Summarize the best practices in supportive housing. This series is a collaboration among the HHS Region 7  Technology Transfer Centers (Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center [ATTC], Prevention Technology Transfer Center [PTTC], and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center [MHTTC]).
01:00:23
September 1, 2019