Sam Webb discusses how saying too much “YES” can become a problem for your mental health. He joins us live at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington NatCon2017. Not often we get to do in person interviews between our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Sam but they are always powerful. Sam talks about the foundation he is co-founder of Livin (A suicide awareness organization), his production company www.webbproductions.com, and his upcoming podcast on MHNRNetwork, www.vulnerabl.com. Life has been moving fast for Sam so we get into it about taking care of yourself and making sure that your personal well being is first. Givers tend to put themselves last on the list but this doesn’t help you on your own mental health journey.
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Listen as MHNR host, Kristin Walker, interviews Dr. Mario Hernandez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies (within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. In his role as Chair, Dr. Hernandez discusses the new Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program and research development. Most Recently, Dr. Hernandez co authored an article for The Journal of Behavioral Health Services published by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The results of the survey discussed in the article were startling.
Dr. Hernandez provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at the local, national, and international levels. He has also co-edited two books, Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services and Developing Outcome Strategies in Children’s Mental Health which he further discusses with Kristin on the show. He has published articles and book chapters on developing outcome strategies for children’s mental health, cultural competence and in applying logic models to support community change efforts. Additionally, he edited and contributed to: a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, focused on exemplars of community practice that have used logic models to guide their local efforts; the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, focusing on child mental health policy; and, the Journal of Behavioral Healthcare and Research, focusing on system accountability in children’s mental health.
For his full bio visit HERE.
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We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Robert (Bob) Johnson, LCSW and CEO/President of The Samaritan Institute. I haven’t received a hand written thank you card in a very long time. Bob wrote one to me after we met at The National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Seattle of 2017. A gentleman and forward thinker ready to take the institute to new heights and sheppard in technology, compliancy, and growth for the 60+ organizations under the Samaritan umbrella.
Robert (Bob) P. Johnson, MS, LCSW joined the Institute in July 2016. Prior to this, he served on the Institute Board of Directors, the Clergy and Congregation Care (CCC) Leadership Team, and has been a member of Leadership Consultation Group (LCG) II since its inception in 1998. Bob was the Executive Director of the American Foundation of Counseling Services, a Samaritan Center, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1996 – 2016. During this time the Center grew from providing 5,000 hours of service annually to over 20,000 hours across three program areas: Outpatient Behavioral Health; Treatment Foster Care; and Clergy and Congregation Care. The Center has also become known as a leader in the development of collaborative working groups to address the mental health needs throughout the community. Bob holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Norbert College and a MS in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
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Nanette V. Larson, BA, CRSS, serves as the Deputy Director/Ambassador for Wellness & Recovery for the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health. Since 1999, Ms. Larson has worked with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health, providing leadership and consultation to further the development of recovery-oriented services within the mental health system. In her more than 15 years as a state employee, Ms. Larson has served in a variety of positions within the Division. In her role as Ambassador, Ms. Larson will continue to forward many of DMH’s successful recovery initiatives, such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®), Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) training and development & monthly Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls. Additionally, she and her team will develop and expand proactive, outcome-focused wellness strategies organized around the eight dimensions of wellness identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Larson is a nationally recognized leader in the mental health recovery movement and has provided numerous presentations to diverse audiences on recovery, spirituality, and related topics. Her passion for this work comes from her personal experience of recovery from mental illness, and her message is one of hope for all whose lives are affected by these conditions.
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For more information about Nanette please visit www.illinois.gov.
Jonathan Bertrand attended Maynard Evans High School and graduated with the class of 2014. Being raised in a Middle/Upper class family, he was raised with high standards and morals. While attending high school Jonathan was bullied because he dressed for success which wasn’t well received amongst his peers. Jonathan slipped into depression and became an introvert. After graduation he realized his calling was to help others in similar situations. In December 2012 he ran an anti-bullying campaign with Lexton Cage of Orlando, FL. Jonathan received Congressional recognition for his outstanding and valuable service to his community on December 11th of that same month.
In November of 2014 “The Social Networking Effect” What’s Your Story?” movement was created. This movement is to generate awareness of the side effects social media plays in people’s lives. In December 2015 The Global Touch Foundation was formed. The foundation is a non–profit organization designed to promote 5 areas of study, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND POLICY. Pioneering Social Media Awareness Via his Foundation , The Global Touch Foundation Inc.
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Jonathan was a panelist speaker at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference.