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There is Power in Your Story with Dr. Veronica Hardy

There is Power in Your Story with Dr. Veronica Hardy

By Dr. Veronica Hardy
Welcome to the podcast that integrates faith, health, and wellness into conversations that matter about daily life experiences. Hosted by Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW.

Dr. Hardy is a university professor, consultant, author, and public speaker. To learn more, visit her websites at www.drveronicahardy.com and www.veronicahardy.com

To obtain copies of her publications, please visit Amazon.com
Let's Talk about Finances: A Path to Financial Wellness
The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care
Becoming Un-tangled: Eight Simple Strategies for Cleaning Up Your Life, Mind, and Habits

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Interview with Shakeeta Torres, Co-Author of Just Say No, #1 International Best Selling Publication
Do you know Shakeeta Torres?   Link to Ms. Torres' sites: https://lnk.bio/empowered2shift Link to Ms. Torres' website: https://shakeetatorres.com/  She is a licensed clinical social worker, entrepreneur, life coach, best selling author, founder of an anti-human trafficking non-profit (Doing It For The Kingdom), wife, mother, and more!!!   Tune in to this interview to learn more about her book chapter, What Trauma Stole from Me, the  #1 International Best Seller "Just Say No: 14 Transformational Keys to Set Healthy Boundaries in Business and Relationships" AND about her boundaries program, life coach certification, and Empowered Purpose Academy.   Be inspired! www.drveronicahardy.com www.veronicahardy.com
17:31
May 11, 2022
Exhaustion: The Other Side of Resilience, A Conversation with Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, LCSW
How do you define resilience? What is the relationship between resilience and exhaustion? What are protective factors? Have you ever experienced guilt-free relaxation? To gain insight about these topics, tune in to this podcast recording as I have a conversation with Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, LCSW, Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, and practitioner. Our conversation is titled, Exhaustion: The Other Side of Resilience. To view the video version of this conversation on YouTube, please visit: https://youtu.be/wD2ZvEpHmVk To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW, please visit www.drveronicahardy.com or www.veronicahardy.com
49:53
March 27, 2022
DSW or PhD in Social Work? Tips from Dr. Kennard DuBose, hosted by Dr. Veronica Hardy
Dr. DuBose is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work and previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Services with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  Are you interested in obtaining a doctorate degree in social work? Not sure whether to pursue a DSW or PhD? Concerned about balancing “personal/work” life and “education” life? In this podcast, I am joined by Dr. Kennard DuBose as he discusses these questions and more! To learn more, tune in!   To view the video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/7hp-DB_XFOk More videos:   DSW or PhD in Social Work? Tips from Dr. Shannon Cousineau, hosted by Dr. Veronica Hardy: https://youtu.be/gURPJmWYqmQ  Social Work Doctoral Degrees and Dissertations: 3 Tips for Planning Article and Video Link: https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/education--credentials/social-work-doctoral-degrees-dissertations-3-tips-planning/ www.veronicahardy.com
21:45
October 11, 2021
DSW or PhD in Social Work? Tips from Dr. Shannon Cousineau, hosted by Dr. Veronica Hardy
Dr. Shannon Cousineau has over 20 years of experience working as a social worker. She has worked in the areas of foster care, military, intimate partner violence, medical social work, and crisis intervention. Dr. Cousineau has been a direct care provider, as well as in supervisory and management roles including overseeing outpatient behavioral health clinics, school-based work, intensive in-home therapy, and psychiatric emergency services. Dr. Cousineau earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island; a Master of Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC and a Doctorate in Social Work from the joint program of St. Catherine's University and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining the social work faculty at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Dr. Cousineau was teaching graduate students in the Master of Social Work program at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. Her research interests include spirituality, chronic medical conditions- with a specific focus in autoimmune disorders, children with complex medical needs and mental health. In her spare time, Dr. Cousineau enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering in the community, and reading.   Are you interested in obtaining a doctorate degree in social work? Not sure whether to pursue a DSW or PhD? Concerned about balancing “personal/work” life and “education” life? In this podcast, I am joined by Dr. Shannon Cousineau as she discusses these questions and more!   More Videos and articles: Social Work Doctoral Degrees and Dissertations: 3 Tips for Planning Article and Video Link: https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/education--credentials/social-work-doctoral-degrees-dissertations-3-tips-planning/  More articles/videos: 4 Steps to Your Financial Makeover - An Overlooked Aspect of Self-Care for Social Workers https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/career-jobs/4-steps-financial-makeover-overlooked-aspect-self-care-social-workers/  Mental Decluttering, Impostor Syndrome, and Pioneers? Preparing for Pivot Points in Your Social Work Career https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/career-jobs/mental-decluttering-impostor-syndrome-pioneers-pivot-points-social-work-career/  Transitioning from Graduation to the Workforce: Entering a New Landscape https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/career-jobs/transitioning-graduation-to-workforce-entering-new-landscape/  To learn more about Dr. Hardy or to schedule a speaking engagement, visit: www.drveronicahardy.com or www.veronicahardy.com
42:33
October 06, 2021
Empowered Minds and Self-Care with Louvenia Locklear
How often do you practice self-care? How do you define self-care? To learn about self-care, tune in on this conversation with Louvenia Locklear, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A, owner of Empowered Minds and Financial Coach at Stable Financial Group. To learn more about Louvenia Locklear, her services, or to schedule sessions or presentations, please visit Linktree for access to her website and her social media pages.   Louvenia Locklear's Linktree: https://linktr.ee/lvnjde   To learn more about Dr. Veronica Hardy, please visit www.veronicahardy.com or www.drveronicahardy.com
07:52
August 02, 2021
Calm Your Mind: Enter a Mindfulness Experience with Mitch Davidowitz
How many "stress bubbles" are floating around you today? How often do you dwell on the past or the future? Today, I invited Mitch Davidowitz, who has trained intensively in mindfulness practice since 1974. His primary teachers are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. He has also studied extensively with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine. Are you ready to enhance your awareness of the present? Tune in and listen to Mitch share about mindfulness. Connect with Mitch Davidowitz @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitch-davidowitz-m-s-w-m-ed-ed-s-licsw-4574983/ Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
21:24
July 19, 2021
Grief, Why Me? Why Not Me? A Journey of Self-Discovery with Dr. Kiana Battle
Dr. Battle is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and professional consultant. She is also the co-author of three books, "Real Girls: Shifting Perceptions on Identity, Relationships and the Media", "Real Girls: Reflections" and "Grief, Why Me? Why Not Me?: A Journey of Self-Discovery". Dr. Battle shares her own story of grief and loss and words of wisdom to help us navigate the challenges of loss. Tune in as Dr. Battle engages us in a conversation about internal reflection and self-discovery. To learn about Dr. Battle, visit her website @ https://kbattleconsulting.com/ Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
17:17
July 05, 2021
Is it Time to Make a Switch? Building Better Relationships with Ashley Elliott
Today, I invited Ashley Elliott, a faculty member at Oakland City University and an expert in building healthy relationships. Ashley encourages us to start by looking in the mirror. In other words, understanding ourselves, our triggers, and recognizing the ways we respond to others. Are you ready to make a switch? Tune in and listen to Ashley share about her creative idea, Switch Theory. To watch the Becoming Un-Tangled from Grief video with Ashley Elliott, visit YouTube @ https://youtu.be/ngqTVlXQsvQ Connect with Ashley Elliott @ https://www.elliottlifecoaching.com/ Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
26:38
June 21, 2021
The Benefits of Mental Health: Practicing Everyday Wellness with Dr. Tonya Armstrong
Dr. Tonya Armstrong is the CEO and Founder of Armstrong Center for Hope located in Durham and Raleigh, NC, and author of Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman's Guide to Mental Health and Wellness. Dr. Armstrong encourages us to look internally, set boundaries, and focus on our everyday wellness. Tune in as Dr. Armstrong engages us in a conversation about transformation and self-care.  To learn about Dr. Armstrong, visit her website @ https://drtonyaarmstrong.com/ To learn more about Armstrong Center for Hope, visit the website @ https://armstrongcfh.com/ To obtain your copy of Blossoming Hope, visit Amazon @ Blossoming Hope Along with the book is the companion tool filled with audio to accompany the book. To receive the Blossoming Hope Companion files, please visit Blossoming Hope Companion Subscribe to Dr. Armstrong's email list and get access to the Blossoming Hope Tools  – 111 things you can do everyday for your wellness, please visit Blossoming Hope Tools Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
28:52
June 07, 2021
Coping with Level 5 Prostate Cancer while Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus with Chaplain (Major) Vincent Hardy
Today I invited someone very special to me, my brother Chaplain (Major) Vincent Hardy, to have a candid conversation about how he coped when diagnosed when Level 5 Prostate Cancer, his mindset during post-surgery recovery, and how he has kept his eyes on Jesus. He stands on the platform #MenGetChecked. Learn more about prostate cancer @  https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer.html Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
19:13
May 24, 2021
Un-Tangled: Honestly and Intentionally Navigating the World with Aisha Beau Johnson
Aisha Beau Johnson is a self-care writer, digital content creator, and speaker, specializing in beauty, wellness, travel, and mental health. In 2016, after being stopped on numerous occasions by fellow women of color inquiring about her makeup and skincare routine, Aisha decided it was time to create her own platform. AishaBeau.com originated as a beauty blog, but slowly manifested itself into a digital destination covering self-care as a whole. From beauty to lifestyle, and personal development, each post emphasizes the importance of internal and external well-being.  With an audience of engaged followers, readers, and subscribers on social media Aisha has developed a community eager to dig deeper into their self-care practices.  Aisha has spoken at empowerment events as either a panelist or a featured speaker. She’s been featured on Cosmopolitan.com, Refinery29, Allure.com, and more.  In March 2020, Aisha launched her podcast, Re-Written, which covers all things self-love. Aisha’s writing about mental health and personal development has been featured on FastCompany.com, SUCCESS.com, the Shine Text App, Zora Mag, Forge Magazine, Black Girl In Om, and more. Aisha is also working on her debut book.   To watch the video version of this podcast, visit YouTube @ https://youtu.be/mhu9-qmW9po Connect with Aisha Beau Johnson @ https://aishabeau.com/ Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
20:45
May 15, 2021
Cognitive Behavioral Basics: Promoting Mental Wellness While Coping with Loss with Ashley Elliott
In this episode we are talking about the challenging experience of grief and coping during loss. It is important to understand the "why" behind your coping skills and to recognize when certain skills no longer "serve" you.   Ashley Elliott is a professor at Oakland City University and oversees the Psychology and Addictions Counseling Program. Ashley has developed over 17 Psychology courses, conducted original research with students in her classroom, and has developed a Communication Theory that she has presented at universities and businesses across Southern Indiana. Ashley Elliott, and her husband Chuck Elliott, are grief and relationship specialists who have been working with couples since 2009. As marriage educators for Community Marriage Builders, they gained experience developing and leading small and large workshops. The Elliott’s are certified in eight different psycho-educational programs aimed toward building relational success. Chuck and Ashley have developed and taught multiple marriage programs over the years and love to speak about the topic of relationships.  Ashley is a professor at Oakland City University and oversees the Psychology and Addictions Counseling Program. Ashley has developed over 17 Psychology courses, conducted original research with students in her classroom, and has developed a Communication Theory that she has presented at universities and businesses across Southern Indiana. To watch the video version, visit YouTube @ https://youtu.be/ngqTVlXQsvQ Connect with Ashley Elliott @ https://www.elliottlifecoaching.com/ Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
30:51
May 15, 2021
Simple, Strategic Ways to Strengthen Your Financial Wellness with Louvenia Locklear, LCSW
Louvenia Locklear, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A is the owner of Financial Coach at Stable Financial Group and owner of Clinician at Empowered Minds (Mental Health Counseling). She specializes in aiding individuals and families during their journey toward financial wellness. She speaks from lived experience, when there was a period in her life where she was living from paycheck to paycheck. Yet, she learned how having a growth and intentional mindset could lead her into purposeful directions. Ms. Locklear's YouTube videos have reached many with insights about strengthening budgeting habits and building a financial legacy.  To watch the video version of this podcast, visit YouTube @ https://youtu.be/i-uR0SJPk1k Connect with Louvenia Locklear @ https://linktr.ee/lvnjde Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @  https://www.drveronicahardy.com/  https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
11:15
May 15, 2021
Pause and Reflect: Take an Inventory of Your Life with Dr. Veronica Hardy
This episode is a brief reflection to encourage you to pause for a moment and reflect over the first quarter of this year. What do you see? What have you learned? What do you want to let go of? What would you like to carry forward? Pause and Reflect with Dr. Veronica Hardy. Get Your Copy of Becoming Un-Tangled: Eight Simple Strategies for Cleaning Up Your Life, Mind, and Habits @ Amazon - Paperback and eBook Barnes and Noble - ebook Get Your Copy of Becoming Un-Tangled: Pray with Intention 30-Day Devotional @ Amazon - ebook Barnes and Noble - Paperback Connect with Dr. Veronica Hardy @ https://www.drveronicahardy.com/ https://www.veronicahardy.com/ www.linkedin.com/in/drveronicahardy1
02:20
April 09, 2021
The Power of Identity, Education, and Coping featuring Yazeed Aldhwayan
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story Podcast. A conversation about empowerment, accomplishment, and vision. A podcast dedicated to helping you be inspired through the stories of others. I'm your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, to learn more about me and this podcast please visit my website at drveronicahardy.com and consider purchasing my most recent publication, A Letter to My Sisters a workbook style publication written for women that provides insight through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective journal questions – encouraging you to contemplate on your experiences from a spiritual perspective. During this podcase episode, Yazeed Aldhawayan shares his story about pursuing his degree interest, traveling internationally and building relationships across continents, and coping when missing family and the comforts of home.
17:48
November 21, 2020
"It’s Lumbee Homecoming Y’all! Nakoma’s Greatest Tradition (Lumbee Children Stories)" featuring Dr. Leslie Anne Locklear
Dr. Leslie Anne Locklear is the Co-Chair of the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, a Program Coordinator at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she trains American Indian teachers and administrators to go back in American Indian schools, as well as a College and Career Advisor for high school Native Youth. She also co-authored a children’s book with Ms. Christina Pacheco titled, It’s Lumbee Homecoming Y’all! Nakoma’s Greatest Tradition (Lumbee Children Stories). Tune in to this special episode of There is Power in Your Story to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month and the beauty of Lumbee culture. It’s Lumbee Homecoming Y’all! Nakoma’s Greatest Tradition (Lumbee Children Stories)  can purchased on  Amazon. by Dr. Leslie Anne Locklear (Author),  Christina Pacheco (Author),  Raven Dial-Stanley (Illustrator),  Evynn Richardson (Illustrator) Join Nakoma, an 8 year-old Lumbee boy, as he takes us on the journey of his favorite tradition, Lumbee Homecoming. The book follows Nakoma as he takes part in a weekend of food and fun with his Grandma Etta Ann and Uncle Jerry. Nakoma’s story illustrates the popular tradition of Lumbee Homecoming that takes place in Pembroke, North Carolina, home of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Through the eyes of our youth we see the value of grandma’s, golf carts, and grape ice cream!
14:09
November 18, 2020
The Power of Choice featuring Ece Gurler
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story podcast, I’m your host Dr. Veronica Hardy. To learn more about me, this podcast, or my book titled, A Letter to My Sisters, please visit my website at www.drveronicahardy.com Our guest today is Ece Gurler, an artist, an influencer, and an author of a new and imaginative book titled, Frank. Frank is an 11-year old with an interest in science, has trouble making friends, and sets out on an amazing journey of discovery. Tune in to learn about the power of creativity, making the right choices, and attaining the goal of becoming a published author. To learn more about Ece Gurler, please visit her website at www.ecegurler.com
32:36
November 15, 2020
The Power of Your Migration Story featuring Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story Podcast. A conversation about empowerment, accomplishment, and vision. A podcast dedicated to helping you be inspired through the stories of others. I'm your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, to learn more about me and this podcast please visit my website at drveronicahardy.com and consider purchasing my most recent publication, A Letter to My Sisters, a workbook style publication written for women that provides insight through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective journal questions – encouraging you to contemplate on your experiences from a spiritual perspective. Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Her office focuses on advancing curricular and co-curricular initiatives and practices that advance equitable participation in global learning, integrative learning, and community-based learning for all students for preparation for life, work, and citizenship. Tune in as Dr. Whitehead shares about the power of her family's migration story. Learn more about Dr. Whitehead.
29:49
November 08, 2020
The Power of Self-Work featuring Dr. S. Anandavalli
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story Podcast. A conversation about empowerment, accomplishment, and vision. A podcast dedicated to helping you be inspired through the stories of others. I'm your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, to learn more about me and this podcast please visit my website at drveronicahardy.com and consider purchasing my most recent publication, A Letter to My Sisters a workbook style publication written for women that provides insight through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective journal questions – encouraging you to contemplate on your experiences from a spiritual perspective. Dr. S Anandavalli is a counselor, assistant professor, researcher, and social justice advocate. Dr. Valli was raised in India and she also pursued her higher education in the U.S. Listen to her unique perspective on counseling, realizing that people’s lives are much richer than a diagnosis, how she coped being an international student, and the power of her prayer for instilling hope. Join us to be inspired by her story.
28:27
November 01, 2020
The Power of Being Intentional featuring Virginia Teachey
Welcome to There is Power in Your Story Podcast. A conversation about empowerment, accomplishment, and vision. A podcast dedicated to helping you be inspired through the stories of others. I'm your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, to learn more about me and this podcast please visit my website at drveronicahardy.com and consider purchasing my most recent publication, A Letter to My Sisters a workbook style publication written for women that provides insight through brief narratives, biblical insights, and reflective journal questions – encouraging you to contemplate on your experiences from a spiritual perspective. Our guest for this podcast conversation features Virginia Teachey, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. How did she reach this point in her career? By being intentional ... tune in to learn more about hear career story. Learn more about Virginia Teachey.
14:32
October 25, 2020
There is Power in Your Voice featuring Ashley Jaramillo Cason
On this episode of There is Power in Your Story is Ashley Jaramillo Cason who works with international education, is an adjunct professor, a group fitness instructor, and salary negotiator. She is also a first-generation American, which shaped her career and her current work with international students. Tune in to learn about advocating for yourself and others by using your voice. To learn more about your host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit www.drveronicahardy.com
15:54
September 24, 2020
The Power of Influence featuring Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock
Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock is an accomplished author in the realm of school counseling and currently developing her next publication. She is also an educator, school counselor and entering into retirement to enjoy what life has next! Join us to hear about reflecting, becoming an author, and how to live life well in a discussion called The Power of Influence featuring Dr. Rebecca Groves Brannock. Interested in Dr. Brannock's publications? Please visit the following links. The Essential Guide to Effective School Counseling Programs  https://titles.cognella.com/the-essential-guide-to-effective-school-counseling-programs-9781516533039 Meet My School Counselor, Mrs. Sparks  https://www.jettpublishing.net/school-counseling To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit www.drveronicahardy.com
18:21
September 17, 2020
The Power of Staying Focused featuring Dr. Art Malloy
Dr. Art Malloy is a poet, artist, servant leader, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Malloy has such a creative and intentional spirit. He states that you can view barriers in one of two ways, either as an impediment or as something you can climb up on to take you higher. During our conversation, he shares life experiences that he used as opportunities to go higher and how he responded to race-based discrimination. Tune in to learn about the power of remaining focused, staying in alignment with your intentions, and the effects of racism. If you have enjoyed this episode, please share it with at least two friends and encourage them to tune in. Thank you so much for joining me this week on There is Power in Your Story.  To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit www.drveronicahardy.com
26:59
September 10, 2020
The Power of Creativity: Building Business in 2020 featuring Mackenzie Kerby
Mackenzie Kerby made quite a few transitions in her career from a high school teacher to a diversity-based educator and then laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She decided to use that time to pause and explore her interests. Mackenzie realized how her interest in royal families could lead her to become an entrepreneur. It happened, through the use of text messaging. Listen in to be inspired by this story of career shifts, taking a pause, and becoming the co-owner of Your Royal Closet. Visit the Your Royal Closet website at www.yourroyalcloset.com If you have enjoyed this episode, please express your support by subscribing to this podcast and sharing with friends. Thank you. To learn more about the host, Dr. Veronica Hardy, visit www.drveronicahardy.com
20:14
September 03, 2020
Build Upward: Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Reflection a conversation with Aisha Beau Johnson
Aisha Beau Johnson is a digital content creator, speaker, and founder of AishaBeau.com, a digital destination highlighting all things self-care for women of color. She specializes in writing about beauty, lifestyle, and wellness topics, highlighting the importance of internal and external well-being. Aisha’s writing about mental health and personal development has been featured by outlets such as Fast Company and SUCCESS. Most recently, Aisha launched a podcast, Re-Written, which can be listened to on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio or wherever podcasts are available. During this podcast conversation, Aisha will join us to discuss how to Build Upward: Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Reflection. To learn more about Aisha, please visit www.aishabeau.com
25:42
July 09, 2020
I'm Greater Than the Stigma: A Recovery Testimony a conversation with Tina Locklear
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.” Tina Locklear, MSW, LCSWA is featured in a Missions Mosaic article titled, "Getting to be Me,” by Shelli Littleton. Through Missions Mosaic, Ms. Locklear shared her experience of longterm recovery and the supports that provided her a strong foundation. In addition, Ms. Locklear is currently employed with a non-profit organization focusing on mental health and substance abuse. The aim of this There is Power in Your Story podcast conversation is to discuss Ms. Locklear’s story of removing the mask and transitioning into longterm recovery. National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP
23:21
July 02, 2020
What Happens on the Inside ... Shows on the Outside a conversation with DeAndrea Crockwell
An article titled, The Link Between Skin and Psychology, on the American Psychological Association website highlights a previous research study including a survey of "1,675 patients with  rosacea — a condition that causes facial redness and related symptoms —  90 percent of respondents reported lowered self-esteem and  self-confidence, 54 percent reported anxiety and helplessness, and 43  percent reported depression ... More than half said they avoided face-to-face contact." It is important to place your health high on the priority list. Take steps to recognize whether what you put into (e.g., foods, drinks) your body is affecting your overall health, including skin health. Joining us in conversation about putting health first and engaging in skin health awareness is Ms. DeAndrea Crockwell. Ms. Crockwell is a Master of Social Work graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and currently employed with UNC Health. In 2017, she was crowned Miss UNCP and she stood on the platform of physical and mental health fitness. On this episode of There is Power in Your Story, she joins us to engage in a conversation about eating habits and its effects both physically and mentally.
17:29
June 25, 2020
When the Mask Comes Off: Recognizing the Power of Vulnerability a conversation with Shnika Davis
Shnika Davis, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A is a clinical professional with a private practice called I Rock Therapy located in Fayetteville, NC. She provides services across the spectrum including relationship counseling, chemical dependency evaluations, and group counseling. She responds to life challenges ranging from anxiety, life adjustments and addictions, to domestic violence and self-esteem. During our conversation today on There is Power in Your Story, she will share about vulnerability from the perspective of strength and freedom. During this conversation, listeners will hear the concept of "defense mechanisms," which are often tools used to guard an individual from uncomfortable feelings. Oftentimes, we may be unaware that our defense mechanisms (if any) are taking place. At times, certain types of defense mechanisms can be healthy (depending on the circumstance). On the other hand, there are defense mechanisms that may be unhealthy, especially when used too often. In turn, this can harm relationships or other opportunities. To learn more about defense mechanisms and their effects, please visit a mental health professional for further insight. Also, click here for more information. www.irocktherapy.com
33:43
June 18, 2020
Pulling Up the Roots: Dealing with Anxiety and Fear of Rejection a conversation with Kenneth Joyner
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.” Kenneth A. Joyner, MSW, LCSW has vast experience providing direct care services to individuals with mental health and development diagnoses. He has a passion and clinical interest in working with young men who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Furthermore, he carries extensive experience focusing on anger management, behavioral and trauma-related issues. Mr. Joyner is drawn to enlightening others about overcoming anxiety and the fear of rejection. The aim of this There is Power in Your Story podcast conversation is to discuss Mr. Joyner’s story of confronting the effects of social anxiety. Therapeutic Interactions Counseling Services, LLC U Good, Bro?! 
23:59
June 11, 2020
Aspire! Confronting Homelessness in Higher Education a conversation with Dr. Tamara Savage
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are approximately 560,000 persons experiencing homelessness in the United States. This includes individuals, families, veterans, children, and even college students. Many college students do not have a regular place to sleep and this certainly adds stress during the pursuit of education. The Aspire Program is a mentoring program designed to address the needs of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke students experiencing homelessness. This program is completely supported by generous donations. The aim of this podcast conversation is to discuss a beautiful effort called the Aspire Program developed by Dr. Tamara Savage, an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For more information about the Aspire Program, please email Dr. Savage at tamara.savage@uncp.edu If you would like to send a gift card, please contact Dr. Savage for mailing information. To support the Aspire Program through donations, please use the following link uncp.edu/giveaspire
17:39
June 04, 2020
Let's Talk About It: Wrongful Conviction and Incarceration a conversation with Dr. Tina Barr
What is a DNA exoneration? According to The Innocence Project, "it is a case in which post-conviction DNA testing  results were central to establishing the innocence of the wrongfully  convicted individual, i.e., the DNA testing results were dispositive of  actual innocence and central to vacating the conviction and/or  dismissing the indictment. The indictment must have been dismissed or  the defendant pardoned on the grounds of innocence or acquitted at a  retrial."  What are the statistics? 365 DNA exoneration cases in the U.S. (2019) Our podcast guest, Dr. Tina Barr, is an advocate who will be providing insight on the very important social justice issue of wrongful conviction and incarceration. Visit www.innocenceproject.org to learn more about the persons who experienced being falsely incarcerated. EPISODE NOTE: This episode was initially recorded on May 5, 2019. Since then,"Dr. Tina Barr" successfully completed her doctoral program and continues to address wrongful conviction and incarceration with justice-involved persons.
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May 05, 2019