Podcasts

Oct 8, 2017: “The scoop on facilitator training” Chuck Weinstein

 The instructor for the workshop is Chuck Weinstein, LMHC, CPRP, CPS, the Director of Facilitator Training for DBSA-Boston. Chuck was previously a DBSA-Boston President. He has over twenty years of group facilitation experience. Chuck introduced the DBSA-Boston facilitator-training program in 1997.

Chuck’s talk gives insights into the history and origins of the training program. He also talks about why facilitators are so important to DBSA Boston. Click on the arrow below and hear the talk with Powepoint Slides. Enjoy.

Steve Lappen is continuing the Oral History of DBSA
 
Steve has for many years dedicated himself to fighting the stigma of mental illness. He was one of the original participants in the National Institute of Mental Health’s “Real Men, Real Depression” campaign. Steve is a past president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston where he maintains an active role as member and facilitator. Today he continues to guest lecture at colleges and universities as an advocate for mental health and wellness. He’s also a published poet and essayist.

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Sept. 13, 2017: “Strength Spotting is a Happiness Booster!” Pam Garramone

Pam Garramone, MEd teaches Positive Psychology – the Science of Happiness to middle and high school students, teachers and corporate employees and is a Positive Psychology Life Coach and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
Thousands of stressed out and over-burdened youth and adults have learned that feeling happier is simple when you know and practice happiness habits.

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August 9, 2017
Resilience
4 of our young adults share their experiences and resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles.

Meach introduced the 4 speakers. They are John, April, Sam and Christian.

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May 10, 2017
Volunteer Musicians for the Arts
Finding Wellness through music

Led by Jonathan Yasuda

The Volunteer Musicians for the Arts is a not-for-profit classical music performance organization. Their mission is to perform the finest classical music repertoire and to make those performances widely accessible to the Boston community.

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April 12, 2017: “A Mindful Way Through Emotions: Newer Approaches to Treating Mood,” Benjamin G. Shapero

Dr. Benjamin G. Shapero is a clinical psychologist at the Depression Clinical and Research Program in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shapero completed his graduate training at Temple University and post-doctoral fellowship at MGH/Harvard Medical School. He provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children, adolescents, and adults at MGH. His research focuses on stress-related vulnerability factors that impact the development and maintenance of mood disorders throughout the lifespan. He is currently working on several studies including one focused on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as a treatment for depression.

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Mindfulness What brings it on? Resources Final Thoughts

DBSA proudly announces an Oral History of our organization. Everett Page will start the dialogue by telling us about the roots of MDDA/DBSA. Everett has been with MDDA/DBSA for over 34 years. He has a unique way of telling his story.

We hope that other members of DBSA will join Everett in telling us the organization’s history from their own view.
 
 

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Click on this link for Everett’s full story

 


February 08, 2017: “Families for Depression Awareness”
Susan Weinstein

Susan Weinstein is Co-Executive Director of Families for Depression Awareness that helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. Their programs and activities are designed to empower caregivers and their families on their path to wellness.

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January 11, 2017: “The Irritable Child,”
James Palmer, DO

James Palmer, DO, is currently a second-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He completed general psychiatry training in Arizona and prior to that completed medical school in Iowa. He is pleased with the opportunity to present regarding this topic that is so important to children, adolescents, and their families.

Child mental health has varied in its diagnosis and approach to children that are angry or irritable. This presentation will be an introduction to topics of childhood bipolar disorder and the new diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD).

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December 14. 2016: “Moments in Time,”
Wendy Woodfield

Wendy Woodfield was born and delivered, by her grandfather, on October 24th 1943. Her typical day begins bright and early with the local morning news with Amy Goodman. Before the afternoon settles in, she enjoys a cappuccino and croissant with a healthy dose of writing. Between her moments in time, Wendy loves to swim at the Wellbridge pool near Harvard Square and take nature walks with her novio, Syd. When she can, she frequents the saltwater river of Medomack of Maine, for calm and rejuvenation. Wendy will have copies of her book for sale after her presentation.

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November 09, 2016: “Clubhouses in the Boston Area,”
Nancy Berger

Nancy Berger has a great passion for helping others. With the help of Center Club Boston, she now works full-time as Peer Specialist at Baycove BEST (Boston emergency services team).

Nancy will discuss clubhouses, their history in the Peer movement, and what types of services they can provide to Peers.

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October 12 2016: “Depression as a Muse: Music by Sir Christian,”
Christian Tiongson

Christian Tiongson (also known as Sir Christian) is a member of the DBSA-Boston Board of Directors. He also volunteers at the Welcome Table and facilitates the Young Adults Group. Christian is a guitarist who has been playing for 15 years. During his career, he was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, which greatly changed his perspective on his music and life. Instead of treating depression as an enemy, he looks at the illness as a muse and a teacher, who inspires his creativity and guides him to recovery. By treating his illness as a positive factor to his music, Christian was able to bounce back from the depths of his depression and overall improve his overall well-being. Music is life for Christian and he wants to share his music and story with DBSA-Boston.

For more information about Christian Tiongson Visit the archive

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August 10, 2016: “Life After Lithium,” Rose Amrhein

Rose Amrhein – DBSA speakerRosemary Amrhein is the youngest of 10 children. She was diagnosed bipolar at age 16. She’s worked for Star Market, the US Postal Service, and Home Instead Senior Care. In 2004 she began College at Massasoit in Canton and then began a writing career: she has self-published six books to date.

Writing about her struggles in autobiographical and poetic form has been very cathartic. Her latest book, Life After Lithium, gives a look into her life with bipolar and how she has grown and changed since getting off lithium. Currently Rosemary is preparing to go back to college and finish a degree in Liberal Arts.

For more information about Rose Amrhein Visit the archive

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May 11, 2016: Mark J. Dutra

“Empathic Crisis Intervention,”

Mark J. Dutra has been committed to the respectful protection of people for all of his adult life. Mark has worked in a variety of management and consulting roles in both healthcare and higher education environments. He has authored and contributed to multiple professional articles and training publications. One of his primary professional focuses throughout his career has been developing and implementing effective empathic crisis intervention mitigation techniques. Currently, Mark holds the position of Director of Safety and Security at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, Ma.

For more information about Mark J. Dutra Visit the archive

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April 13, 2016: Jason Scolnick

“The Groove & the Thrive” CD launch, concert and talk.

Jason Scolnick has been a professional guitarist and singer/songwriter for nearly 25 years. He has performed as both a solo artist and with the bands Shakyfoot and Brilliant Chill during his career. With his latest release, “The Groove & The Thrive,” he’s carrying the message that “Recovery is real” for people with mental health diagnoses everywhere.

For more information about Jason Scolnick Visit the archive

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