The Broken Brain

It's the Christmas & Holiday Episode! Michael Denniston, host & creator of the War Machine vs War Horse Podcast, joins me to discuss Frank Capra's amazing classic "It's a Wonderful Life." We talk about the psychological and storytelling elements and why this movie continues to touch our hearts all the way from the 1940s, as well as pondering why Nick the Bartender was such a dick without George Bailey. Transitional music for this episode was provided by Brian Steckler, with excerpts from his remix of the song "Auld Lang Syne." Check out his YouTube channel: BrianSteckler.   

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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:49pm MST

One of our Group Practice CEU (Continuing Education Unit) trainings, this ones by a real life Legal-Slinging Lawyer! Charles Ahlstrom is a Family and Divorce Attorney who taught us a whole bunch about Protective Orders, their pros and cons, ups and downs. 

Direct download: Protective_Orders_Aspire_CEU.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Jenna Miller is a Genetic Counselor. "What the hell is that?" you may ask. turns out not only is that a good question, but one that leads to a fascinating conversation! Jenna came to my attention through an article she wrote for the New York Times, and was kind enough to come on the show and talk about this exciting intersection between medical and psychological counseling. 

Direct download: Genetic_Counseling.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Shira Goldberg, host of The Addiction Show, an awesome Youtube sensation, dropped by my Google HangOut line to record a podcast and a YouTube show for The Broken Brain. This one is all about staying sober over the holidays, a time with all the trappings & trimmings of a good relapse. We talk about both celebratory and comfort-based relapse, and ways to avoid the pitfalls of drug or alcohol use. Enjoy this one as audio or video (on our YouTube Channel). 

Direct download: A_Sober_Holiday.mp3
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It's an all-cast call for the Broken Brain, as former and frequent guests share what makes them grateful this year, around the US Thanksgiving Holiday. Non Wells of Joy Sandwich also drops by to discuss the deeper meaning and application of gratitude. 

Direct download: ThanksGiving_Episode.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 12:03pm MST

Direct download: How_To_Meditate.mp3
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Direct download: Gambling_Addiction.mp3
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Panel of therapists watching A Nightmare on Elm St and talking about the nature of fear, what is scary, why do we like it...etc! This episode is also the debut of Ivan Rameriz, our sound engineer, as a guest. 

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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 12:54pm MST

Direct download: 3_motivation_tips.mp3
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Direct download: Infertility_Training.mp3
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Direct download: Peluso_Relationship_Communication.mp3
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Online workshop simelcast to the iTunes and the YouTube feed. Review of the DBT skill in interpersonal effectiveness known as DEAR MAN...it's an acronym people!

Direct download: DBT_DEAR_MAN_mini.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:54am MST

Direct download: ATB_episode_drugs.mp3
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Direct download: DBT_Workshop-How_Skills.mp3
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Direct download: Video_Gaming.mp3
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Direct download: Chronic_Pain.mp3
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Direct download: 2_Tips_for_Anxiety_Live_Mini.mp3
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Conflict&Communication with Arianna Jeret
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Direct download: Sexual_Addiction_Podcast_PRINT_04.mp3
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Direct download: Be-Have_Confidence.mp3
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Direct download: adam_capel_PTSD-ASMA_01-02.mp3
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Radical Acceptance-DBT LIVE Mini
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Borderline Personality Disorder
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10 Minutes on Suicide
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ADHD & Autism Back to School
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Miracle Question Mini
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 12:53pm MST

Poetry & Depression with Valeri Paxton-Steele
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

A Meta Mini
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Harm Reduction & Addiction
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Bonding with your Children and Parenting

Mike Fitch presents the monthly CEU credit for Aspire, a group of therapy professionals. He talks about obstacles and strategies for bonding effectively with children. Mike has over 15 years of clinical practice, and is a former supervisor and in-home family therapist for the Utah Department of Child Protection. He is also a frequent co-host on our very own podcast! 

Direct download: Aspire_Training_Mike.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

Build upon Strengths to improve your life

We meet as a Broken Brain Gang to discuss Strengths Based therapy, where the clinician helps the individual to use their strengths to compensate for weaker areas, presenting problems, and mental illness. 

Direct download: Use_your_Strong_Sauce.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 10:01am MST

Resistance to Healing or Treatment

A CEU training for the Aspire Group, by your very own host and psychotherapist Dwight Hurst! I discuss possible causes and context for resistance to treatment, how clinicians can help or hurt with that process, and ways for patients and therapists to overcome these obstacles. 

Direct download: Treatment_Resistance_by_Dwight.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:25am MST

Fear of Abandonement Article Review
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:23am MST

Superhero Psychology
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Short Story Contest: Amygdala
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 9:37am MST

Your Therapist is talking about You
Direct download: Correspondance.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:54pm MST

Mini: Infant Baby Psychology
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:30am MST

Ask a Therapist 3
Direct download: Questions_and_Answers.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

ADD/ADHD Aspire CEU Training with Dustin Jasmer
Direct download: Aspire_CEU_Training_Dustin_Jasmer.mp3
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New Orleans Conference
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Technology in Counseling by Karson Kinikini

An Aspire CEU Training on the use of technology in counseling. Presented by Karson Kinikini, Licensed Professional Counselor. Karson is one of the organizers of Aspire, a network of professional counselors & therapists, the owner of K2 Counseling, and a really nice guy. Karson and I have worked together since 2003 (ish).

Direct download: Aspire_Training_Karson_Kinikini.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:43pm MST

How To Have A Healthy Divorce
Direct download: Episode_on_Divorce.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:57pm MST

Get a Job
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Occupational Therapy with Amanda Johnson
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Control Addiction with Steve Hauptman
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Codependence and Us
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Resentment & Purpose in suffering
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 4:03pm MST

Ask a Therapist 2
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Revenge Porn is a real thing, it is the use of sensitive materials to blackmail, bully, humiliate, or otherwise continue a pattern of abuse. Arianna Jeret of YourTango and The Good Men Project has written a wonderful and personal article about her method of defense. She goes beyond th eobvious "just don't take those types of picturtes," to give us a great real-world approach to self defense against this insidious crime. Listen here and go read her article!

Direct download: Podcast_Mini_revenge_porn.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:32pm MST

Youth & Gangs with Sameera Fieldgrass
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 9:35am MST

Happiness & Fulfillment with Pete Rollins
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Ask a Therapist 1

Our new segment: Ask a Therapist. Get a therapist opinion. We discuss psychotropic medication, depression reactions, and the dynamic of therapy. 

Direct download: Listener_Qs.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 6:57pm MST

ADD Questions-from you!
Direct download: ADD_Questions.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:03pm MST

Surprises about Being a Therapist
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Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:16pm MST

Intake Reasons from the 1800s

Lee, Raney Mills and Dwight riff about a list of admission reasons fro inpatient psychiatric (read: ASYLUM) style treatment from the 1860s, and revel in the horribleness of it all. 

Direct download: Why_Did_You_Come_In_Here.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

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