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How You Can Keep Sane this Summer.

This is a summer like we’ve never experienced before.
Resurging COVID cases. Heavy hearts weary from racism and unequal treatment due to skin color. Canceled vacations. Uncertainty
with what’s next.

Personal check-ins are critical in these times. How are you doing?
I mean how are you really doing? I’ll be sharing some red flags
indicating that we need to kick up our support resources as well as
simple strategies to effectively keep our mental wellness as a high
priority in the coming months.

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Episode 93 – Black Comic Lives Matter 2

If you’re a comic, writer, or speaker who is afraid to reveal your
true self, you’ll want to listen to Judy’s guests, comics Franqi
French, Tehran Von Ghasri, Zainab Johnson, & Brandon Broady who have
the courage to stop trying to please others, & tell the truth… but





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Wisdom, grace, humor, and being a bad-ass with Lucretia Anderson

On this episode, Erin is joined by Lucretia Anderson. Lucretia shares her beautiful piece from the October 2019 live show in which the audio failed to record during the first half of the show.
They talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, mindfulness practice, the benefits of feeling and processing the spectrum of emotions, even anger. They talk candidly and with humor about mindful motherhood. Also, about the value of theatre education in helping them develop compassion and interpersonal understanding. They discuss all the ways in which they each combine lifetimes of eclectic experience to shape new narratives and help others choose which inner voice to follow. This was such an awesome conversation!
Lucretia M. Anderson, B.F.A, West Virginia University, is a Washington, DC native where she was a teaching artist and educational theatre director with several theatre companies including the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Adventure Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage and Young Playwright’s Theatre.
Lucretia’s life’s journey has been guided by the spirit of helping others with a sense of joy and wonder. They are a trained administrator, workshop facilitator, mindfulness coach, writer, and speaker with over ten years of experience with guiding young people and adult creatives and educators in personal development. They are also a social entrepreneur with two businesses.

After years of research and the successful application of the tools necessary for their own personal growth and expansion, they are excited to provide innovative solutions for personal growth, discovery and action to their clients.

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David Wood: Tough Conversations About Money and Race –TPS420

David Wood is a high-performance coach for executives, entrepreneurs, and teams and the author of “Get Paid For Who You Are.” He was nominated to the Transformational Leadership Council alongside such thought leaders as Don Miguel Ruiz, John Gray, and Marianne Williamson. David believes the tough conversations we avoid are our doorways to confidence, success, and even love – in both work and life. In this episode, we talk about having tough conversations about money and race.


David tells us how he decided to focus on tough conversations when he worked in corporate and eventually learned about things like emotional intelligence and other personal growth techniques.
When conversations are looming, we tend to avoid them.
With the CARE model David uses, the first step is to ask, “What is your hope for this conversation, what is your fear?”
I ask David what keeps people from talking about money. I use an example of when a husband racks of credit card charges but is afraid to tell his wife. He shows us how to use the CARE model in this case.
There is often a fear of loss.
We spend time talking about difficult conversations about race relations.
David shares his position as a privileged white male and what he has to do in order to have the race conversation.
It’s only in the past few weeks that David has been developing awareness about what goes on for blacks.
David is trying to understand his own whiteness, privilege, and unconscious bias.

Get the CARE worksheet on David’s site: where there is also information about his coaching.

The Effects of Colorism on Mental Health

One of our most downloaded guests, counselor Steven Welch joins us to discuss the topic of Colorism.

1. What is colorism ?
2. Why do we need to know about colorism as mental health practitioners?
3. What are some examples of colorism?
4. What is the connection between colonialism and colorism?
5. What are your automatic thoughts when you see a dark skinned black man?
6. How does colorism impact self-esteem?
7. What are some examples of colorism in the media?
8. Where else is colorism practiced around the world?
9. How is colorism expressed in your household?
10. What are some resources to learn more about colorism?

Steven Welch is a seasoned psychotherapist with over 27 years of experience in the areas of addiction, HIV, LGBT, adult and adolescent care.

As a Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, ACSW, CCTP and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), he is able to adapt his clinical knowledge to support clients in a wide spectrum of life stressors.

118 – Brit Holmberg – Becoming An Anti-Racist Social Worker

If you’re not talking about power, then you’re really not doing racial equity work or inclusive work.” ~Brit Holmberg

Brit Holmberg, MSW, LCSW, is a staff therapist at The Wellness Center of Loyola University and a longtime friend. He’s also the co-creator, alongside his colleague Marion Malcome MSW, LCSW, of “Becoming An Anti-Racist Social Worker”. 

Use of that hyphenate is critical to this conversation. Not racist is easy but anti-racist? That’s where the real work sits and, spoiler alert: it never ends. As Brit explains, supporting the radical social changes Black people and people of color demand – and deserve – requires white allies to embark upon a life-long process of unlearning and decentering.

So what does a CIS HET white guy know about racism? Glad you asked. Brit is clear on this point: he’s not one of racism’s intended victims. Instead, his mission is to make inroads with people who, like him, have long been the beneficiaries of white supremacist culture. 

Does that make him a healer, wounded or otherwise? You’ll have to listen in to hear what Brit thinks about my favorite question. The process of becoming an anti-racist, though? That’s transformative healing for those on both sides of that equation.

Brit offers these excellent suggestions for your anti-racist syllabus:

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism – by Robin DiAngelo

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? – by Beverly Daniel Tatum

White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible White Knapsack – by Peggy McIntosh

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness – by Austin Channing Brown

Code Switch Podcast – NPR

For the complete list compiled by Marion and Brit:


Brit Holmberg (he/him, they/them) is a passionate community organizer, educator, and mental health practitioner who seeks to disrupt white supremacy culture and promote anti-racism at both the clinical and organizational levels.  Brit lives with his family in Chicago, IL.

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Being Black in America is Precarious

What if your skin color is what made your life precarious? Not an illness, not an accident, not some experience that happened to you, but the color of your skin. Leah talks with Saja Butler, a musician and owner of Urban Monk Studios in Fort Collins, CO about her experiences of being Black in America. Through sharing personal and painful stories, Saja challenges us to sit with the discomfort that we are feeling right now. She inspires us to look at ourselves honestly even if we don’t like what we see. Here is where the change begins. And, of course, Music Heals!
Saja Butler Graduated from the Colorado Contemporary Music College with a degree in Music Theory and Instruction. She opened Urban Monk Studios in 2007.

Episode 92 – Black Female Comics Matter

In this episode Judy turns her podcast to African-American comics (Hope Flood, Jackie Fabulous, and Alycia Cooper) who unleash the honest truth about what it’s like to be a Black female comic working comedy clubs, how the Black Lives Matter movement has affected them and how we all could use more compassion.

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Black Men, the Uneven Playing Field and Mental Health — Perspectives from a Former NFL Player: Interview with Dwight Hollier | Episode 63

Mass incarceration, police brutality, and systemic racism are just some of the trauma and injustice many Black men face every day. In this podcast I have a difficult conversation during a heavy time with former NFL player Dwight Hollier about his story of living through tough times, how many benefit from the positive psychology of sport, and the four pillars of strength needed for total wellness.

About Dwight Hollier
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Dwight Hollier played as an NFL linebacker for eight years for the Miami Dolphins and one year for the Indiana Colts. After he retired he earned a counseling degree (LPC) and served as the VP for Wellness and Clinical Services for the NFL supporting player engagement and total wellness. Today he is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of North Carolina overseeing student athlete health and well-being. for more information on this episode go to


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