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Join one of the speakers at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health’s yearly summit: Converge Autism, Stephanie Holmes MA, BCCC, and Certified Autism Specialist as she discusses the journey of finding a child’s potential when they have autism spectrum disorder. She and host, Melanie Vann, MA and Life Coach from MHNR Network both have children on the spectrum, so their knowledge is first hand.

Discovering your child or loved ones potential can be a trying one, but it can also be one filled with magic and joy. Every child or adult on the spectrum has something to offer. By tapping into one special task done well, a child on the spectrum can find confidence to master other areas of their lives. Don’t ever give up hope; you can help your child find their way in the world; even if it often looks a lot different than everyone else’s!

Springbrook Behavioral Health, the creators of Converge Autism Radio, have numerous resources on their website including blog articles that they will often discuss on their show!


Dr. Larry Burchett / ER Doctor

“I could never be a doctor, I can’t stand the sight of blood.”  Yes you can.  Almost everyone can tolerate visual images of trauma through repetition.  This is called desensitization.  In med school, we had 2 people pass out on the first day of gross anatomy (with cadaver or dead bodies).  Then they got over it.  But there is one of the 5 senses that never desensitizes, and there is a anatomic reason for this…So in the ER with trauma, we get used to it.  Blood gets our heart racing, unleashes the adrenaline and spurs us to action–stopping the bleeding and saving the life.  Not event a moment of shock anymore.

Doctors can be chronically hurt from PTSD–watching people suffer and die.  If PTSD originates from a moment where one’s life is either threatened, or one witnesses another experiencing the same and associates into it, then doctors (nurses etc) may experience micro traumas that accumulate in a PTSD like syndrome.  Especially if professional lines are blurred (you fail to keep your distance).  The best doctors both engage emotionally and keep it professional so as not to burn out–a difficult balance to manage.


Dr. John Huber ( is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues.  A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist


Dr. John Huber & Mainstream Mental Health Radio present –

As a physician, couples therapist and relationship expert, Dion Metzger, MD.

1. How does the brain change when someone is in a relationship? Intense attraction and feelings of connection between two people can actually cause biological changes in the brain. When a person is in a relationship, their brain release specific chemicals including dopamine and oxytocin. This can lead to a sense of euphoria and a strong sense of attachment to their partner. They can act differently by wanting to spend more time with their significant other, participating in romantic gestures and being more expressive about their emotions.

2. Can being in love, or being in a relationship, change you — or even affect your brain chemistry? Being in love can change you by making you more vulnerable and conscious of your emotions. I have also seen it heighten sensitivity in people who may have been emotionally withdrawn before. There are not exactly permanent brain chemistry changes but it can definitely lead to more careful behaviors for those who have been in love before. They want the euphoria feeling again but are guarded about letting their guard down, especially if the last relationship ended with heartbreak. Its a form of classic conditioning. You’re more hesitant to talk the stove if you got burned before.

Welcome back to UpTalk Podcast! Meet Jean-Guy Poirier, hear his story of hope, and what led him to create the Facebook page, PTSD – The Truth Behind The Smile. Don’t forget t play the UpTalk Gratitude Game! Subscribe, Listen, and Share! #InThisTogether #ItsTimeToHaveAChat #MoreLoveLessJudgement

Featuring Dr. John Huber & Kristin Sunata Walker –

What You Halloween Costume Reveals About You 

Halloween costumes are a great way to peer into your friend or loved one’s mind, personality or mood for the day! They are also good reflections of one’s inner, hidden desires that they may be afraid to express. And it allows teens to explore alter egos or their identity and for adults to be kids again.

For example, individuals who choose political figures may reflect party affiliations, who they consider to be polarizing news figures or preferred candidates.

Guys who opt for a pirate costume may reflect their inner rebellious spirit, fearlessness, or secret desire for criminality and decadent behavior.

A sex kitten may reflect a woman who wants to exhibit sex appeal but is not allowed to express that side for fear of judgment while a nurse may want to exhibit warmth and care during the day and sexuality at night.

And finally men who fantasize about being a super hero such as Batman, Spiderman or Superman, may be tapping into their inner savior who wished they could rescue the world while being adored and remaining private.

Join host Melanie Vann and guest Lisa Raiford as they discuss Springbrook’s Converge Autism Summit and her presentation on Putting Together the Puzzle: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder through Evidence-Based Practice.

Lisa O. Raiford, Ed.D. began teaching as a special education teacher, certified in Emotional Disabilities. Her experience in working with individuals with Emotional Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder lead her to earn her National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Serving as a District Teacher of the Year, and a South Carolina State Finalist Teacher of the Year, Dr. Raiford has worked to restructure an alternative school and serve as a Consultant in the area of Emotional Disabilities and Behavior for a large school district. Currently serving as the South Carolina Department of Education Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorders, she has worked to provide education, awareness, and programming for individuals with Autism and their educators, including the development of a statewide Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the ASD Virtual Library, a collection of resources for educators, parents, and students. Dr. Raiford also provides educational workshops for youth programs in the community that embrace the inclusion of youth with disabilities in their programming.


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