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January 7, 2019  

BECOMING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities that allows them the title of "therapist".  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do "therapy" or what we call "clinical work".  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today's guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

 To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

 

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*Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*

 

July 22, 2018  

How to Be a TUFF Mudder: Women Warriors Under TOUGH Spartan-Like Course Conditions

Maybe you've heard of the popular obstacle race courses, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc.  In this conversation with Paulina, my muddy buddy, we talk about our physical and mental experiences during these races.  

The both of us have strong backgrounds in Psychology and Sociology, so we talk about mental toughness, confidence, competition, discipline, and grit.  We have done Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, and other types of marathons/obstacle races. 

We mention how we each trained for the races and how mentally prepared we must be to endure, prepare, and tough out some harsh conditions.  We give honest reviews about our experiences with each type of race we have done, so you can decide if you want to Spartan Up or be a Tough Mudder.

 

For more info on the obstacle course races mentioned in this episode visit:

https://toughmudder.com/

https://www.spartan.com/en

https://warriordash.com/

http://runthejailbreak.com/

 

*This podcast is for informational or entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the consultation and advice of your own doctors and/or other health/mental health professionals.

July 4, 2018  

Staying “Fit-to-Fight”! Navigating Services in Military Mental Health with Major Amileah Davis, Licensed Psychologist

Stay fit to fight!

 

Major Amileah Davis is a licensed Counseling Psychologist and is currently serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. She completed her Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, and her clinical work emphasizes evidence-based practice, trauma treatment, prevention, cross-cultural psychology, and organizational consultation. Major Davis has led two mental health clinics, a substance use clinic, a family treatment program, and a base-wide suicide prevention program. She has also deployed to several countries in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the Global War on Terror.

Major Davis and I have discussions about:

  • Confidentiality for military members seeking mental health services.
  • Various levels of care available to Active Duty Members as well as Veterans.
  • What therapists who treat military members should do to improve their practices and cultural competency.

Mentioned in the podcast and more provided by Major Davis:

Resources for service members, veterans, and their families:

Services offered by Department of Defense (DoD) & Veterans Affairs (VA):

-          Chaplain

-          Mental health clinic

-          Substance use clinic

-          Family Advocacy Program

-          Military Family Life Counselors

-          Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

-          Many mores services available, depending on your service branch!

 

Programs highlighted in the podcast:

-          BHOP Factsheet

-          VA Coaching into Care Program

-          SOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program

 

Other services

-          Military OneSource

-          Give an Hour

 

Excerpt from “Eradicating Mental Health Stigma in the Military and Beyond”

 

Reasons to defy unjustified stigma and seek treatment:

ü  Your life is more valuable than the uninformed opinions of others who have not walked in your shoes.

ü  By speaking up, you are not only helping yourself, you are giving permission for others to do the same.  

ü  You are part of the fight against stigma.

ü  You are taking a step toward self-empowerment.

ü  Your friends and family will thank you.

ü  Your future self will thank you.

Resources for mental health providers

-          Continuing education offered by the Center for Deployment Psychology (including a FREE cultural competence course!)

-          DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines providing evidence-based recommendations for suicide risk assessment, depression, PTSD, and substance use among service members and veterans

-          Volunteer with Give an Hour

-          Air Force careers for clinical/counseling psychologists and LCSWs

-          Military and other government careers via USAJobs.gov

-          Military Command Exception and HIPAA

 

 

If you have a question about any of the resources listed here or how to find other services in your area, please contact Cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

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*All content in this podcast is for informational purposes only.  You should always consult with your own doctor or mental health professional.*

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