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Your host, Kristin Sunanta Walker takes part in discussions with mental and behavioral health providers, vendors, volunteers, and consumers on topics that include technology, clinical workflow, HIPAA, Meaningful Use, narcissistic abuse awareness and recovery, animal assisted therapy, and more!


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  • When Imitation is Not Flattering or Zen

    When Imitation is Not Flattering or Zen

    One of the founders of ZenCharts, Dan Callahan, joins our network founder, Kristin Sunanta Walker, to discuss his organization and a side of business practices in mental health that can hurt rather than help patient care.

    We decided that this show in particular should start season 5 of our signature podcast. ZenCharts has been with us for three years nurturing our success and supporting what used to be one show and is now over 40 dedicated to mental health and addiction recovery. We ring in 2019 supporting these talented, incredible human beings that truly care about the work they do and how it supports our shared field of service.

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  • Lost Connections: Depression Causes and Solutions with Johann Hari

    Lost Connections: Depression Causes and Solutions with Johann Hari

    Johann Hari is a New York Times best-selling author. His book ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and into a non-fiction documentary series. He is one of the most-viewed TED talkers of all time: his talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’, has (along with the animation based on it) been viewed more than 20 million times.

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  • Wood-carve Your Emotions and Release the Stress

    Wood-carve Your Emotions and Release the Stress

    As simple as that, but busy time and complicated lifestyles can make us forget some basics. One of those is using our hands and making things for ourselves, for others.

    Just like that.

    What is very common in psychotherapy is trying to find those basics for ourselves and make them work for us.

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  • 2018 Top Five Mental Health Stories

    2018 Top Five Mental Health Stories

    We are often asked to join news outlets in print and in live interview formats for our thoughts on the pressing topics in the world of mental health. Our CEO, Kristin Walker, put together a short list based on information gathered across our network of podcasters. She has discussed in depth the list below on several programs including one of our favorites: YouToo America.

    Our top five mental health stories for 2018 are listed below:

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  • Communal Narcissism with Dr. Rhoberta Shaler

    Communal Narcissism with Dr. Rhoberta Shaler

    What is communal narcissism? Communal narcissism can be defined as grandiose self-views in the communal domain. Within the literature, two forms of communal narcissism, normal and pathological, can be distinguished.

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  • Questions from Kids on the Autism Spectrum: Dr. Temple Grandin

    Questions from Kids on the Autism Spectrum: Dr. Temple Grandin

    Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society: Discovery Across the Autism Spectrum with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author, Speaker, and Professor of Animal Science is the keynote speech to be delivered by Dr. Grandin for Springbrook Behavioral’s Converge Autism Summit held March 8-9th, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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  • Be Awesome: #CompassionateMess with Dr. Kristin Neff

    Be Awesome: #CompassionateMess with Dr. Kristin Neff

    Join Dr. Kristin Neff for a lively discussion about what it means to be a compassionate mess! It’s okay. Our hosts Dr. Kristina Hallett and Kristin Sunanta Walker jump in to ask questions about what self-compassion really means especially in today’s world.

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  • Women: The Navigation of 2018

    Women: The Navigation of 2018

    Join Dr. Kristina Hallett, Patricia Steuer, Kristin Sunanta Walker and Evelyn M. Ryan for a deep discussion about women and how we are trying to navigate 2018.

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  • Be Awesome: The Road to Empowerment with Dr. Kristina Hallett

    Be Awesome: The Road to Empowerment with Dr. Kristina Hallett

    Join us for the second show in our series on Mental Health News Radio: Be Awesome with Dr. Kristina Hallett! Join Dr. Hallett and Kristin Walker as they talk about what a journey it is on the road to empowerment. We laugh. We give real life examples. We get vulnerable.

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  • Zak Williams – Life After the Loss of His Father Robin Williams

    Zak Williams – Life After the Loss of His Father Robin Williams

    Join Zak Williams, the son of the late Robin Williams, and host Stephen Kavalkovich on Rescue the Rescuer as they discuss some tough topics. They talked about Zak’s journey with having a famous father, the tragic loss of his father to suicide, and his life after such a loss. Zak is compassionate and sweet soul. The advice he gives to suicide survivors is priceless and needed.

    Zak could have taken many different career paths especially with is access to the entertainment world because of his late father, Robin Williams. Instead he is is focused on making a positive difference in the world by bringing financial literacy education to at-risk communities. The 32-year-old San Franciscan, who holds an MBA from Columbia University, is currently focused on society’s least privileged people: prisoners. Williams co-teaches a weekly class to incarcerated individuals at San Quentin State Prison.

    To learn more about Zak please visit him here.

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  • In the Line of Fire: First Responders and Mental Health

    In the Line of Fire: First Responders and Mental Health

    Rescue the Rescuer host, Stephen Kavalkovich, introduced us to first responders Ben Vernon and Jared Cheselske. We sat down for a live interview to discuss their journey as fire fighters and first responders who are advocating for everyone in their field to take mental health seriously.

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  • The Need for Human Connection: An Interview with Dr. Gabor Maté

    The Need for Human Connection: An Interview with Dr. Gabor Maté

    Gabor Maté, M.D. joins us after his presentations at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Take a journey as Dr. Maté and our host, Kristin Walker, discuss the need for meaningful human connection and the enormity of changing the structures in which we treat and comprehend addiction.

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  • Beyond the Bars Radio with Rob Lohman

    Beyond the Bars Radio with Rob Lohman

    Alteration. Conversion. Transformation. Adaptation.

    No matter how you label it, the capacity for humans to alter their own perspectives through lived experience and new found focus in order to find purpose and direction in life is fascinating to watch and listen to.

    Rob Lohman is an agent for these things, for growth and change. He works tirelessly to broadcast his podcast ‘Beyond The Bars Radio’ on the Mental Health News Radio network and he does it with a soft approach that doesn’t just sound genuine.

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  • Morph Into A New You with Johnnie Calloway

    Service is defined by the Webster Dictionary as “the act of helping or doing work for someone.”

    Johnnie Calloway, an author and mental health news radio network podcaster has a strong philosophy on service. Whether it’s connecting with listeners to his show ‘Morph Into A New You!’ in a way that conveys conviction and compassion or taking the time to personalize a copy of one of his books including ‘“Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man’ and ‘Taming The Dragon’ while making each event a real, human experience centered around wellness and optimism.

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  • Hysteria Radio with Joseph Fusaro

    Hysteria Radio with Joseph Fusaro

    “I always loved the radio because I felt like I had company.” – Joseph Fusaro

    In a world that seemingly is more and more about individual success finding Inspiration and being a voice in the community are key. This is especially necessary in the creative process whether you’re an artist, painter, sculptor or in Joseph’s case, a podcaster at the Mental Health News Radio network.

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  • Beyond Your Past with Matthew Pappas

    Beyond Your Past with Matthew Pappas

    The phrase “beyond your past” isn’t just another commanding cliche in the ever-popular world of mental health, self help, awareness and wellness.

    For Matt Pappas, a gifted podcaster and expert communicator the concept of going beyond your past isn’t just another trendy mental health fad, either.

    It’s a way of life.

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  • Mental Health News Radio Network Is Proud To Be Affiliated With The Founders Of ZenCharts; Dan and Sean Callahan and Rick Glaser

    Mental Health News Radio Network Is Proud To Be Affiliated With The Founders Of ZenCharts; Dan and Sean Callahan and Rick Glaser

    Mental Health News Radio is proud to announce that ZenCharts now supports not only MHNR but also our Network of Podcasters. ZenCharts, a behavioral health electronic health record company, have been supporters of MHNR since they started their podcast venture four years ago. They have always believed in a common mission of destigmatizing mental illness. MHNR continues to have faith in the professionalism, efficiency, and integrity that Zencharts brings to the table. Their customer service is bar none.

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  • Round Table Discussions: Privacy Violations in the Age of Social Media

    Round Table Discussions: Privacy Violations in the Age of Social Media

    Join us for an impromtu podcast about the dangers we see in behavioral health regarding patient privacy. Stephen Kavalkavich of Rescue the Rescuer, Dr. John Huber of Mainstream Mental Health and Brian Cuban (Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Advocate and Best-Selling Author of The Addicted Lawyer) join our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, to discuss how social media can become a nest of patient rights violations.

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  • Recovery From Childhood Emotional Neglect with Dr. Jonice Webb

    Recovery From Childhood Emotional Neglect with Dr. Jonice Webb

    Dr. Jonice Webb has been interviewed on NPR and over thirty radio shows across the United States and Canada about the topic of her book, Emotional Neglect, and has been quoted as a psychologist expert in the Chicago Tribune. She writes the popular Childhood Emotional Neglect Blog on PsychCentral.com.

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    Dr. Webb has been a licensed psychologist since 1991, and has worked in a variety of different settings over the course of her career, including a psychiatric emergency service and substance abuse programs.  She has been the Director of several large outpatient clinics.  For the past eight years, she has been enjoying her private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, specializing in the treatment of couples and families.

    Over two decades of practicing psychology, Dr. Webb gradually started to see a factor from childhood which weighs upon people as adults.  This factor is extremely subtle.  In fact, it’s so difficult to see that it goes virtually unnoticed while it quietly saps a person’s joy in life, causing him or her to struggle with self-discipline, or to feel disconnected and unfulfilled.  Dr. Webb gave a name to this invisible factor from childhood.  She calls it Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN).™

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  • Mental Health and Murder: Massachusetts In The Spotlight with Michael Rezendes

    Mental Health and Murder: Massachusetts In The Spotlight with Michael Rezendes

    Mike Rezendes is a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In more than two decades with the Globe, he has investigated a wide array of additional subjects, including the September 11 attacks, health care costs, and prison suicides. While working with the Spotlight Team, Mike was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, once in 2007 for an investigation of the debt collection industry, and again in 2017 for an exposé of the mental health care system in Massachusetts. On this show our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Mike discuss the mental health system failure in Massachusetts.

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  • How To Survive a Narcissistic Mother and Keep Your Sanity: Jaime Grace

    How To Survive a Narcissistic Mother and Keep Your Sanity: Jaime Grace

    Timing. This article was sent to our team from several listeners of the show. It does not diagnose anyone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It simply highlights in pointed detail the hurt and pain caused by a highly narcissistic mother. As we posted more information about this we expected a bit of backlash. We received nothing but thanks from people all over the globe.

    Jaime Grace joins us from his counseling practice in Portugal to discuss his work and his own maternal relationship that spawned this article.

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  • The Wizard of La La Land: Harvey Weinstein and Other Narcissists

    The Wizard of La La Land: Harvey Weinstein and Other Narcissists

    How many of you have felt triggered reading and hearing about the Harvey Weinstein allegations? Many of our listeners have. We have. We support the #metoo movement spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano and have a very powerful discussion with host Kristin Sunanta Walker, Melanie Vann, and Melissa Richards about sexual misconduct and abuse.

    We’ve learned that while the abuser and society may wish to paint those who come forward as people who:

    Can’t seem to “move on” or “let things go”

    Are vitriolic

    Are unfair

    Are “crazy”

    Are only women

    This is simply not the case. Uncomfortable topics need to be discussed. Every victim and then survivor of sexual harassment has their own journey to recovery. As you evolve, your voice and understanding of what you experienced changes. It does not disappear.

    Being quiet supports the abuser not the abused. It also supports those who enable and act as accomplices to the abusers.

    This is not gender specific.

    The days of “men are just men” are over.

    For Good.

    Thank you for joining us on this poignant and deeply personal show.

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  • Post Traumatic Growth: Global Healing-Not Shaming & Calling Narcissism Out!

    Post Traumatic Growth: Global Healing-Not Shaming & Calling Narcissism Out!

    Thanks to Bree Bonchay, LCSW for calling June 1st the date of World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day. It was important for our host, Kristin Walker, to interview the friends that brought this awareness to Mental Health News Radio: Andrea Schneider and Christine Louis de Canonville (also Michele Mallon who could not join us for this interview). We’ve shared this walk for many years before we knew each other and then together the past 4 years. A whole lot of healing has gone on for each of us and for listeners of our shows.

    Please visit Christine’s website here for more information about her and her work.

    Please visit Andrea’s website here for more information about her and her work.

    Join us as we talk about what this day means for us, our friendship, and the thousands of people that have reached out for help upon finding our writing, hearing a podcast, being a part of a training session, or bumping into us on the street!

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  • Identifying Problematic CEO Archetypes

    Identifying Problematic CEO Archetypes

    cropped-ipad-art-wide-437029053-420x0In over 20 years as a business consultant, I’ve encountered many different CEO archetypes, come across quite possibly every form they can take—both the great and the grateful as well as the overcompensating and the underperforming. For the good with the bad, I will forever be grateful because what I have learned from these experiences has afforded me a wealth of lessons that act as riches I can not only use myself but also pass along to future clients and colleagues from here on out.

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  • The Future of TechnologyAdvice and Healthcare IT with Drew Settles

    The Future of TechnologyAdvice and Healthcare IT with Drew Settles

    technologyadvice-email-logoPart of our work as consultants in Behavioral and Women’s Healthcare is to help our clients find the best EHR solutions for their organizations. We stand on a pretty tall soapbox and offer complimentary tools to help people through the maze that can certainly feel harrowing. TechnologyAdvice is a fresh face out in the marketplace offering excellent advice and services to healthcare providers and agencies but also to the EHR vendors we care about. It has been our distinct pleasure to introduce several Behavioral Healthcare vendors to TechnologyAdvice so that providers looking for help finding the right tools have plenty of options.

    the-future-of-mental-and-behavioral-healthcare-01We enjoyed being invited on their Expert Interview Series discussing buyouts and sub specialties within the EHR market.  During our pre-interview calls we were introduced to Charles “Drew” Settles who fast became one of our favorite guests. We refer to him as “The Brain” and certainly hope he’ll join us as a series regular. No topic was off the table. We simply had to fit in as much invaluable information to a thirty minute segment as possible (we still went over time but we promise it’s worth a listen – be prepared to take notes).  We covered what TechnologyAdvice has to over software vendors. We encourage all Behavioral Health EHR vendors to sign up with their services so consumers aren’t limited in their choices.

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  • The 3 Faces of Evil – Unmasking The Full Spectrum of Narcissistic Abuse

    The 3 Faces of Evil – Unmasking The Full Spectrum of Narcissistic Abuse

    An in-depth and candid discussion with Christine Louis de Canonville, B.A. Hons; MIACP; MTCI; MPNLP, CMH; CHyp. Christine has been a Psychotherapist and Supervisor of mental health professionals for over 20 years. She worked in the trauma unit of a Psychiatric hospital, and worked specifically with victims of narcissistic abuse in her private practice.

    During my own research after a horrendous work experience with a disordered and malignant narcissist, I was referred to Christine as the expert to have on Mental Health News Radio Network. Christine joined me the day after Thanksgiving 2014 from Dublin, Ireland to discuss her book, her work with therapists and survivors, and her hopes to educate the public about these dangerous and toxic individuals. I am so honored to have her on the show.

    This is such a hot topic that the seven days after we posted information on our social media outlets to pre-advertise the show, Christine had thousands of new downloads from the Americas for the first chapter of her book and 20,000 new visitors to her site www.narcissisticbehavior.net.

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  • Self-Forgiveness is Fundamental to Healing: Narcissistic Abuse Evelyn M. Ryan

    Self-Forgiveness is Fundamental to Healing: Narcissistic Abuse Evelyn M. Ryan

    Our need to forgive our abusers can be guilt-driven based on our moral, ethical or religious beliefs and convictions. We also while dealing with forgiveness have to deal with other daunting and unique challenges faced while grieving our losses.

    Radio host, Kristin Walker and author Evelyn Ryan discuss the purpose of forgiveness in healing from narcissistic abuse and some of the challenges that abuse survivors deal with regarding forgiveness that can hinder their healing. Read the complete blog article here.

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  • Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths

    Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths

    After earning a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, Melissa Richards moved to Tampa, Florida, where she encountered a variety of populations and concerns in her many hours of training to become a licensed mental health counselor. 

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  • The Dark Side of Corporate Narcissism with Kristin Walker and Randi G. Fine

    The Dark Side of Corporate Narcissism with Kristin Walker and Randi G. Fine

    Randi G. Fine interviews our CEO, Kristin Walker, about corporate narcissism on A Fine Time for Healing. It’s her second time on Randi’s show and she gets into it again about workplace trauma.

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  • Pathological Love Relationships with Sandra L. Brown, M.A.

    Pathological Love Relationships with Sandra L. Brown, M.A.

    Sandra L. Brown, M.A. joins us on Mental Health News Radio. We can’t top that sentence. The volume of work, information, healing, education, and advocacy that has come from one of the original clinicians working with Narcissistic Abusers and Survivors is, quite frankly, legendary. It’s always a pleasure when I really connect with a guest on the show. Sandra is definitely a kindred spirit that has worked tirelessly to help survivors heal from psychological trauma. Enjoy getting to know her in our intimate format and learn from the healer that created the movement finally getting the attention it deserves.

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    The 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition Meeting the Information Management Needs of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs.

    NC Tide

    NC Tide

    National Council

    National Council

    Springbrook's Converge Autism Summit

    Springbrook's Converge Autism Summit

    Lifted From The Rut

    Lifted From The Rut

    Navigating the World of Addiction Event

    Next Gen Revolution Summit

    Next Gen Revolution Summit

    Join Jonathan Bertrand and Kristin Walker at the Next Gen Revolution Summit.

    The Samaritan Institute

    The Samaritan Institute

    In My Mind

    In My Mind

    This year’s conference focuses on mental health care: navigating concerns, acknowledging developments and looking to the future for LGBTQ peoples of color, through the collective strengths and wisdom of clinicians, consumers, academics, and advocates to confront the issues affecting these communities.

    National Conference on Addiction Disorders

    National Conference on Addiction Disorders

    The Evolution Of Addiction Treatment

    The Evolution Of Addiction Treatment

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    MyGenetx

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    National Council For Human Animal Connection

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