One of our previous guests and my good friend, Olivia Quintanilla of Addiction Campuses, referred Lori Vann to Mental Health News Radio. Lori is a pro interviewee having been an invited guest on multiple radio and television shows. She specializes in many areas of behavioral health with a large focus on Self-Injury. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart so I am honored to dive in with a field expert.
Please join Lori and I for an eye-opening discussion on this misunderstood behavior that not only affects our younger generation but is carried out, if not treated early, well into adulthood.
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As our listeners know we have quite an eclectic group of guests on Mental Health News Radio. It is our shows, however, on Narcissistic Personality Disorder that garner the most downloads. Today’s guest is an expert in the field that we hope to enjoy many times on our show.
Randi G. Fine is an Empath and Life Issues Counselor who has compassionately guided thousands of people, both nationally and internationally, in their life journeys. A professional writer, her highly regarded blog Love Your Life is translated and read in 180 countries worldwide. She is also Professional Speaker and Radio Show Host of the acclaimed Blog Talk Radio Podcast: A Fine Time for Healing. She is the author of three books: the memoir Fine…ly, the inspiring self-growth book Awaken from Life and her upcoming book about Pathological Narcissism.
Join us as we discuss the differences between Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Narcissism. As always these shows are very personal, intimate, and include information for victims and survivors of NPD abuse.
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As many of our listeners on Mental Health News Radio know, our most popular shows are always those where the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, and Sociopathology are discussed. We have interviewed experts in this field from all over the globe. Our CEO, Kristin Walker, has been answering requests regarding her experiences working in the field of healthcare and corporate america for over 25 years. The interview requests are regarding how narcissistic personality disorder affects corporations from their staff, to their vendors, to their clients. Join host Randi G. Fine on A Fine Time for Healing and Kristin Walker for a raw and in-depth look at corporate narcissism.
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Our therapy dogs, Myles and Buddy, were very busy the month of November. They were asked to take part in a course given by NCTide on the importance of using animals during behavioral health therapy. Led by Jill Queen, the president of NCTide, Kristin Walker, therapy dog handler, and Barbara Love, mental health counselor. Kristin also presented 2 additional sessions on what is trending next in behavioral health technology.
We decided to make this course experiential. We had about thirty participants join and had them sit in a large circle. Myles and Buddy sat in the middle of the circle with Barbara Love and Kristin Walker. Thankfully someone remembered to bring a lint roller! All we saw were a sea of black pant legs begging to be covered in hair.
We asked the questions our readers have been emailing. Myles of Smiles is a non-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the use of therapy dogs within the mental/behavioral health community.
N: When you and Myles are working with kids, does he seem to bond with any certain types of children, for instance children with a mental health issue or children with behavioral disorders etc.?
K: Great questions. I think all the kids need him just because he is such a positive presence. I always feel like I am delivering flowers. Everyone is happy when the flower delivery person shows up. Myles and I are greeted with smiles, cheers, “thank God you are here”, and lots of hugs. The other day someone said it was our ministry. I was surprised by this but I guess it is although no one has put me and the word ministry in the same sentence before.
Yes. These are the kids and adults he bonds with the most. He is very in tune with whatever is going on with their moods. He was well trained with moodiness (he is my dog after all :)) Seriously though, he gravitates towards all kids but if one of them is upset in some way he spends more time with them. He is great with kids that are really shy about reading too.
N: Do the children themselves seem to respond differently toward Myles depending on their health issues? Are there children with specific mental health disorders or behavioral disorders who seem to “need” the therapy with Myles more so than other children? If so, how do they show this to you? Does Myles pick up on this need?