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Connecting Badgers

Connecting Badgers

By UHS UW-Madison
Connecting Badgers aims to enhance learning and student success by promoting, protecting & restoring mental health while acknowledging that stigma & health disparities exist & can be barriers to care. We provide students with evidence based tips & tools grounded from feminist & trauma informed approaches to increase mental health literacy which is the knowledge & beliefs about mental health concerns that aid in recognition, management & prevention.
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Episode 24: Finals, Graduation, and Summer Activities in a Pandemic
On today’s episode, hosts Liz, Casey, Sidra and Mary navigate the conversation of graduation and summer activities with our guest speaker Bjorn Hanson. Bjorn will share several ideas on celebrating your accomplishment of having graduated as well as ideas on what to safely do during the summer for folks who may be staying in the area whether after graduation or during summer break. To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
37:46
May 3, 2021
Episode 23: Finding a Therapist (Part 2)
During today’s episode, hosts Liz and Casey share their expertise with Sidra, Mary, and our listeners regarding navigating insurance with the purpose of getting connected to a community mental health provider. To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
22:28
April 19, 2021
Episode 22: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Content Warning: Our topic for today is on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This material may be triggering for some listeners. Today we have conversations on sexual assault on campus, prevention efforts, and also collective healing and transforming our culture. Our guest today is Nola Pastor from Violence Prevention. ----- On today’s episode, hosts Liz, Casey and Mary discuss several topics connected to Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and culture both on campus and in the general society with our guest Nola Pastor. We ended our episode with an exercise called Heart Tap by Lee-Anne Gray.  For more information on Violence Prevention at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention/ AAU Survey: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/about/aau-climate-survey/ Culture of Respect: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention/culture-of-respect/ For additional resources on transforming our culture feel free to check out:  Podcast -- Irresistible: collective healing and social change (FKA Healing Justice) Book -- Turning this World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture by Nora Samaran Book -- Unf*ck Your Boundaries: Build Better Relationships Through Consent, Communication, and Expressing Your Needs by Faith G. Harper To schedule an access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
32:06
April 5, 2021
Episode 21: Ways to Recharge Without Spring Break
For today’s episode, hosts Sidra and Mary navigate coping with the cancellation of Spring Break this semester. Spring Break is the usually very awaited time to rest, reconnect, reengage and recharge that the entire campus community embraces. With a full year into the pandemic, we explore ways in which listeners can still explore recharging and reenergizing even in the absence of Spring Break.  Mindfulness activity taken from: Schwartz, A. (2020). The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience and Awaken Your Potential. PESI Publishing & Media To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
26:51
March 22, 2021
Episode 20: Finding a Therapist (Part 1)
Today, hosts Casey, Liz, Jamie, Sidra and Mary navigate the conversation on exploring your needs and wants when searching for a community provider. This may be applicable when the options for accessing services on campus are limited and/or you may graduating.  To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on MentalHealth Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
28:40
March 8, 2021
Episode 19: Codependency
On this episode, hosts Sidra and Casey talk with MHS’ Michelle Pitot, EdD, MSSW, about codependency in all types of relationships. Due to some technical difficulties, audio quality may be impacted at times.  To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
32:10
February 22, 2021
Episode 18: Couples Counseling
Hosts Sidra, Jamie, Liz, and Casey talk couples counseling with Mental Health Services provider, Jo Hoese, PhD on why couples counseling, what might lead partners to get counseling together, how to approach the topic with your partner if interested, and what couples counseling might entail. To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ More information on Lets Talk and Let’s Talk for Partners/Couples can be found here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wellness/lets-talk/ The Magic Ratio: The Key to Relationship Satisfaction: https://www.gottman.com/blog/the-magic-ratio-the-key-to-relationship-satisfaction/ Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and how to get unstuck) -Alison Ledgerwood  -TedxUCDavis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XFLTDQ4JMk For general information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
20:32
February 8, 2021
Episode 17: Welcome Back Students & Welcome Sidra to the Podcast
On this episode, hosts Liz, Casey, Jamie and Mary welcome a new host to our Connecting Badgers team, Sidra! This episode is focused on getting to know our new host Sidra and listening to their insight and knowledge. We also spent some time on processing self-compassion and challenging expectations we place on ourselves for the new year and new semester.  To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on MentalHealth Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
30:13
January 25, 2021
Episode 16: Debunking Therapy Myths (Part 2)
This is a continuation of episode 14.  On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary continue to debunk myths about therapy and working with a therapist.  For more information on mental health services at UHS, please check out https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/, Call 608-265-5600 option #2, or webbook an access appointment.  Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com.
28:23
December 21, 2020
Episode 15: Finals and Mental Health
On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary suggest strategies for taking care of yourself during finals week for improved performance as well as maintaining health and wellbeing.  For more information on mental health services at UHS, please check out https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/, call 608-265-5600 option #2, or webbook an access appointment.  Here is the link to sign up for the Taking Down Test Anxiety workshop on 12/11: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2f16sFNAq6XKEOV Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
25:11
December 7, 2020
Episode 14: Debunking Therapy Myths (Part 1)
On this Episode of Connecting Badgers hosts Mary and Casey debunk some common myths about therapy.  For more information on mental health services at UHS, please check out https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/, call 608-265-5600 option #2, or webbook an access appointment. Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
27:34
November 23, 2020
Episode 13: Movember
On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary are joined by MHS provider Corey Steele Ph.D to talk about Movember. For more information, including how to get connected with a UHS provider, visit https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/survivor-services/. Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
23:18
November 9, 2020
Episode 12: Dating and Domestic Violence
CW: Dating and Domestic Violence.  On this episode, hosts Casey, Liz and Mary are joined by MHS and Survivor Services provider Molly Caradonna, PsyD to talk about dating and domestic violence as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They explore the dynamics of power and control within different forms of relationships and offer information on resources both on campus and in the Madison community. For more information on the power and control wheel referenced during this episode please click here. Also, here you can find more information about Survivor Services and how to get connected to a provider https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/survivor-services/. Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
30:34
October 26, 2020
Episode 11: Depression Awareness Month
A content warning for our listeners: This episode of Connecting Badgers discusses self-harm, suicide, and death. If you would like you can skip forward to 18:22 mark for our discussion on self care. If you are in crisis or have concerns about a loved one and need talk to someone about Mental Health Services, call us at 608-265-5600, option 9. October is Depression Awareness Month. In this episode, hosts Mary, Casey, and Liz talk with Jamie Welch, PhD, psychologist and LGBTQ Focused Provider through MHS at UW.  For more information on mental health services at UHS, please check out https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/, call 608-265-5600 option #2, or webbook an Access appointment.  Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
23:39
October 12, 2020
Episode 10: Suicide Prevention
A content warning for our listeners: This episode of Connecting Badgers discusses self-harm, suicide, and death. If you'd like to skip this content, please fast forward to the 11:30 minute mark for this episode's mindfulness exercise. If you are in crisis or have concerns about a loved one and need talk to someone about Mental Health Services, call us at 608-265-5600, option 9. September is Suicide Prevention Month. In this episode, hosts Casey and Liz talk with Emily Hamm, a graduate student and the instructor of The Psychology Of Suicide course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison about suicide prevention.   UHS Resources on Suicide Prevention, including Recognize, Respond, Refer as mentioned in the episode: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/suicide-prevention. Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
16:14
September 28, 2020
Episode 09: Group Services at MHS
On episode 9 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Liz and Mary speak with Ben de Boer, PsyD, CGP, Coordinator of Group Services at MHS. Join us to learn more about the groups program in general at MHS as well as specific group offerings for Fall 2020 including processing groups, support groups, workshops, and more!  You can read the full Fall 2020 groups schedule and descriptions here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/group-counseling/schedule/ If interested in a group that requires a group screening, students can contact the MHS front desk to schedule by calling 608-265-5600, option #2, or schedule an Access appointment if interested in learning more about services. Note that you can sign up for some workshops online, so check out our website for details. Our intro and outro musicis‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
30:20
September 14, 2020
Episode 08: Back to School
On episode 8 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Liz, Casey and Mary welcome students back to campus with a review and discussion of tools and skills to aid studying as well as supportive resources students can access throughout the semester. After exploring these tools, Mary will guide our listeners through an exercise called Off the Top of my Head from The Creative Journal for Teens: Making Friends with Yourself by Lucia Capacchione. To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides UW-Madison students with accessible treatment options 24 hours a day. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/silvercloud/ YOU@WISC is an online portal designed to foster student success in three domains: Succeed (academics/career); Thrive (physical/mental health); and Matter (purpose/community/social connectedness). The portal serves up relevant information and campus resources and personalizes the more you use it: https://you.uhs.wisc.edu Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
26:55
August 31, 2020
Episode 07: Boundaries
On episode 7 of Connecting Badgers co-hosts Casey, Liz and Mary process boundaries: what they are, what they may look like, how to recover after crossing a boundary, etc. After navigating these questions host Mary guides our listeners through a brief visualization exercise of boundaries.  To schedule an access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal at https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/. General information on Mental Health Services at UHS is available at : https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/.  As promised, here are some links to additional tools to learn more about boundaries: https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/boundaries-psychoeducation-printout.pdf https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/setting-boundaries.pdf https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/healthy-boundaries-tips.pdf Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
26:10
August 17, 2020
Episode 06: Financial Aid Resources
On Episode 6 of the Connecting Badgers Podcast co-hosts Mary and Liz interview Joselyn Diaz-Valdes, a Senior Advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid at UW-Madison. Listen in to learn more about the Office of Student Financial Aid, and how they can support UW-Madison Students. Stay tuned to the end for this week’s mindfulness activity ‘hot cocoa breath’. Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
20:48
August 3, 2020
Episode 05: International Student Services at UW-Madison
On Episode 5 of the Connecting Badgers Podcast co-hosts Mary, Liz, Jamie, and Casey interview Morgan Keller, Assistant Director of Student Transition and Co-curricular Education at International Student Services through UW-Madison. Learn more about what ISS does, how they can assist students, programs and ways to get involved, and any new changes to be aware of since COVID-19. Later, Liz guides us through a visualization activity.  More information on ISS can be found here: https://iss.wisc.edu/ To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
24:01
July 20, 2020
Episode 04: Mental Health Services at UHS
In the 4th episode of the Connecting Badgers Podcast, join Mary, Jamie, Casey, and Liz for an overview of the resources available at University Health Services, Mental Health Services.  After this discussion host Mary will lead members in the grounding activity “Butterfly Hug.”  To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or webbook through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/ General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
24:45
July 13, 2020
Episode 03: Accessing Services
Please listen to our previously released short message addressing recent events, the Black Lives Matter movement, and how you can show support and engage directly in anti-racist action.  During this episode two members of our highly skilled Access team will answer some important questions about the intricacies and details of an Access appointment. An Access appointment is a great resource to explore options for services and how to get your needs met within Mental Health Services and/or outside of UHS.  To schedule an Access appointment, please call us at 608-265-5600, option #2 or web book through the MyUHS portal: https://myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu/General information on Mental Health Services at UHS: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ Our intro and outro music is ‘Storybook’ by Scott Holmes: scottholmesmusic.com
23:18
June 22, 2020
Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
The values described in this mission statement of the Connecting Badgers podcast include a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the events going on at the time of this recording. We also acknowledge the limitations of our recording schedule, and that these words might be arriving to you much later than we would like and apologize for this.
02:57
June 22, 2020
Episode 02: FACE COVID
UHS Mental Health Services staff discuss how to “FACE COVID” and demonstrate a grounding technique.
22:18
June 1, 2020
Episode 01: Commencement
Commencement is an important celebration of academic accomplishments. It is valid to grieve the cancellation of our in person commencement ceremony. We hope that this episode gives you strategies and tools to cope with this loss and ideas on how you may want to still celebrate your graduation!
19:46
May 8, 2020