CWC Talks: The College Mental Health Podcast

Special Preview (All Episodes Available July 6th, 2020)
While all of our episodes will launch July 6th we feel that our episode on Discrimination-Related Trauma is important to share now in light of the awareness of ongoing violence against Black people.

Episode 10 – Discrimination-Related Trauma


 
 
 

CWC Talks is a podcast devoted to honest conversations about mental health and wellness, in college and beyond.

Episodes feature a variety of topics relevant to undergraduate and graduate students, from racism to managing panic attacks to developing resources for hard times.

Episode 1 – Motivation

This episode explores common misconceptions about motivation and goals. What is motivation? Why do we lose it, and how can we get it back? Licensed clinical social worker Judah Cordovano joins me for a conversation about falling down and failing, gaining insight, and gradually getting back on our feet again.


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Episode 2 – Mental Health in the Black Community

Licensed mental health counselor Erika Long joins us for a candid conversation about the stigma of mental health in the Black community, barriers to reaching out when Black, and the potential benefits of seeking support. We talk about lack of Black representation in the mental health profession, common Black experiences of oppression, discrimination, and invalidation, John Henryism in the academy, and how to inquire about a counselor’s cultural competency.


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Episode 3 – Perfectionism


We live in a competitive society that seeks to profit from our insecurities and imperfections. This means that when we inevitably struggle and feel bad, we often blame ourselves and think something is wrong with us. Yet we often have very good reasons for feeling bad or having a hard time. In this episode, clinical psychologist and abnormal psychology professor Ryan Barbeau and I discuss the power of validating difficult experiences and feelings. We discuss how human distress may be a healthy response to an unhealthy society, environment, or situation. We also talk about how the desire to be perfect causes suffering, ultimately making happiness and enjoyment more elusive.


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Episode 4 – Healing From Sexual Assault


CWC’s Kate Wrench and I discuss our personal experiences with sexual assault and substance abuse in our teen and college years, and how we each got started on the process of healing and recovery. We discuss the complexities of consent, the ways trauma shaped our young adulthood and sexuality, and the benefits of getting help, matter how late or painful it may be.


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Episode 5 – The Value of Anger


Just before Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the country, advanced doctoral psychology intern RaiNesha Miller sat down with me for a timely conversation about anger and mental health. In particular, she shares about learning to value her anger at the intersection of being black, female, and educated in systems that were not built with her mental health or well-being in mind.


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Episode 6 – Learning to Like Yourself

Have you ever tuned in to the voice in your head, the one that’s constantly commenting on how good or bad you are, how well or poorly you’re doing? What do you hear? Is your inner voice kind, supportive, and friendly? Or is it cruel, critical, and judgmental? Many of us have come to think that the harsh inner critic is just who we are.

Listen a little longer, and you might start to wonder, “Who does this voice remind me of? How did this voice get in here and gain so much power? Is this voice truly helping me achieve my goals and dreams? What would it be like to live with an inner voice that was compassionate and encouraging, rather than mean and judgmental?” In this episode, Dr. Stephani Jahn and I talk about learning to like ourselves (even with our flaws and imperfections), and why we encourage you to do the same.


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Episode 7 – Developing Resources For Hard Times

With so much stress and uncertainty in the world, we may need to become extra-intentional about how we take care of ourselves. JD Wright, a counseling psychology doctoral intern with training in trauma therapies such as EMDR, encourages us to develop inner resources to ground ourselves in these difficult times.


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Episode 8 – Working With Anxiety

What is anxiety, really, and why are we all so anxious? Licensed clinical psychologist Felicia Brown explains the evolutionary purpose of anxiety, how it can help us, and how too much of a natural human tendency can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health.  From test anxiety to the trauma response, Dr. Brown shares some simple and powerful practices to prevent anxiety from overwhelming us.


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Episode 9 – Panic Attacks

Do you or people you love struggle with panic attacks?  Licensed mental health counselor Olivia Pitkethly had her first panic attack 20 years ago and has been learning to cope with them ever since. We talk about the purpose of panic, how terrifying panic attacks can be, and about how Olivia developed skills to help her “ride the waves” and reduce the intensity and frequency of her panic attacks.


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