Welcome to our podcast, Conversations with William James College. The host of our podcast is our President, Dr. Nicholas Covino.
At William James College, we are educating psychology professionals to increase access to mental health care, and our graduates work in clinics, schools, community mental health centers and also in businesses and the courts.
Our podcast series, Conversations with William James College, will air once a month to educate listeners on timely news topics and their relevance to the field of psychology.
Mental health is at the heart of more current events and news stories than many of us realize. By increasing awareness of these issues, we aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to increase access to mental health care.
We hope that the insights offered by our experts at William James College are helpful to you as you tune in. Our podcast series launched in November 2015.
Episode 21: Spirituality, Social Justice, and Social Activism
In a world marked increasingly by insensitivity and intolerance, faith and spirituality can serve as the motivational energy that animates the pursuit of a more socially just society and propel us toward social action and advocacy. In this episode, William James College President Dr. Nicholas Covino is joined by Dr. Nicholas Rowe, PhD, Dean of Student Engagement and Associate Professor of History and Peace Studies at Gordon College, and Rabbi Victor Reinstein, co-founder of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain with his wife Mieke and a congressional rabbi for over 30 years, for a discussion on spirituality, social justice, and social activism.
Episode 20: Nurturing Resilience in Children and Families
Dr. Robert Brooks, a leader in child psychology and parenting, former director of the department of psychology and of psychology training at McLean Hospital, and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, joins Dr. Stan Berman, vice president for academic affairs and associate professor in the department of clinical psychology at William James, for a conversation exploring topics including: resiliency, mindset, Brook's Islands of Competence model, parent-child communication and childhood anxiety.
Episode 19: Asian American Mental Health
Society is becoming more globalized than ever, and the field of mental health is struggling to keep up. Minority groups face countless obstacles in accessing mental health services. And when they are able to access these services, they’re often met with a therapist who doesn’t understand their culture – be it language, values, or other intangible aspects of their life experience. William James College President Dr. Nicholas Covino speaks with Dr. Jean Lau Chin, Professor at Adelphi University in New York, about the need for cultural competency in our increasingly global, interconnected world. Dr. Chin served as keynote speaker for a conference held at William James titled, “Integrative and Holistic Approaches to Mental Health Care for Asians.”
Episode 18: Examining LGBTQ Issues in Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the history of the LGBTQ community and to recognize the impact LGBTQ individuals have had throughout the world. Although steps have been taken towards establishing equality, research suggests that the discrimination LGBTQ individuals face linked to societal stigma still endured by this community today is associated with various mental health issues such as high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and suicide. This podcast will explore specifically the stigmas faced by the LGBTQ community within education and the impact of these stigmas on mental health.
Episode 17: Prevent Promote
In March of 2017 Governor Baker authorized a Special Legislative Commission to study prevention science and evidence based strategies to promote mental wellness and prevent mental illness. For 12 months, this 26-member Commission worked with national and local experts and recently issued its report. In this podcast, Margaret Hannah, Executive Director of the Freedman Center at William James College, who was appointed to the Commission, discusses some of the report’s findings.
Episode 16: Mental Health Issues and the Dreamers
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, the President of the United States suggested that DACA, which stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, was dead and its death the fault of democrats. This podcast, recorded several weeks before the statement, describes the types of anxiety and fear experienced by these young people and what mental health professionals can do to help them. Joining Dr. Nicholas Covino in this conversation are Dr. Martin La Roche, Director of Psychology Training at Boston Children’s Hospital at the Martha Eliot, the oldest standing community health center in the U.S.; two first-year William James College students in the Clinical PsyD program, Ana Zuniga and Yacihuilca Moni; as well as Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar, Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program here at William James College.
Episode 15: Veterans Mental Health with John M. Rodolico, PhD
More than 25 percent of veterans experience post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia when they return from war, and they face significant barriers in accessing high-quality mental health care. During this podcast, I’ll be speaking with John Rodolico, PhD, State Surgeon for the Massachusetts National Guard. Dr. Rodolico has an extensive military, academic and clinical mental health expertise, and his unique professional background will drive our discussion on the importance of addressing the growing need for mental health care among veterans.
Episode 14: The Role of Non-Profit Organizations and Leaders in Helping Communities Heal
In the wake of several devastating natural disasters, and during a time when the refugee crisis remains one of the largest in recent history, the topics of community healing and wellbeing are on our minds here at William James College. How can these communities rebuild? How are they coping, and when will their daily lives return to the way they were before these events took place?
In today’s podcast, I’ll be speaking with Dr. Tuesday Cooper, the Director of the Leading Non-Profits and NGOs Area of Emphasis in our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department here at William James. From her expertise in the field of nonprofits, we’ll be discussing how the principles of organizational and leadership psychology can be applied to non-profits and NGOs engaged in social justice work. We’ll also discuss how organizational psychology can be used to help communities rebuild in the wake of these devastating events.
Episode 13: Impacting the System
Psychologists and other behavioral health professionals have many roles to play in today’s society. Dr. Paul Block, Associate Professor at William James College, who teaches Leadership and Management in the Clinical PsyD program, talks with President Nicholas Covino about his own background and his perspective on the changing impact of the psychology professional on health care, not only in terms of helping individual patients, but also in reshaping the system itself.
Episode 12: Boys of Color
Boys of color in the United States are disproportionately subjected to entrenched sociocultural stressors shaped by historical marginalization. Unfortunately, too frequently the brilliance, creativity, and strengths of boys of color have been unrecognized by our educational, justice, and behavioral health care systems. Therefore, on May 20, 2017 William James College will host a conference entitled Re-Envisioning the Brilliance of Boys of Color: Inspiring Professionals Dedicated to Empowering the Social-Emotional and Academic Development of Our Youth, offering opportunities for professionals within our educational, justice, and behavioral health care systems to be inspired and encouraged to celebrate the contributions of boys of color. We were privileged to have as one of our guests, a keynote speaker for the conference, the Honorable Judge Leslie E. Harris, who is a retired Associate Justice of the Suffolk Juvenile Court as well as Dr. Natalie Cort, Assistant Professor at William James College and Director of our Black Mental Health Initiative & Graduate Academy, and student Kwame Dance, one of our Black Mental Health Academy scholars.
Click here for more information about our conference Re-Envisioning the Brilliance of Boys of Color: Inspiring Professionals Dedicated to Empowering the Social-Emotional and Academic Development of Our Youth.
Episode 11: The SageMind program at William James College
As we age, our brains change in ways that may affect our cognitive functioning. In recent years, studies have been released on methods of not only halting, but also reversing memory loss in patients with Alzheimer's disease. During this podcast, Nick speaks with Dr. Aladdin Ossorio, the Founder and coordinator of the SageMind program in the Brenner Center at William James College and Kelly Casey, Executive Director of the Brenner Center, to discuss the interventions and study findings that led to the creation of SageMind, a cutting edge program that uses a Mind-Brain-Body program to create a cognitive baseline in participants and monitors their brain functioning over time.
Conversations, Special Edition 2: Thanksgiving Conversations
In this special edition of Conversations with William James College, Nick sits down with Arlene Silva, the Chair of our School Psychology Department; Bruce Ecker, Director of our Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience Concentration and Jacqueline Gagliardi, who directs our Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis, to explore the conversations that many Americans will be having this year during what for most is a cherished holiday celebration—Thanksgiving.
Our hope is to help all of us to communicate with each other and our children in a constructive not destructive manner about the recent election, which I think we can all agree sent shockwaves around the world—regardless of who you voted for. As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends, and before you carve the turkey, we’d like to provide you, our podcast listeners, with some dinnertime conversation tips.
Episode 10: Veterans Mental Health
Each year, we celebrate Veteran’s Day by honoring the men and women who have bravely served our country. As we reflect, it’s important to not only acknowledge their visible wounds, but also to consider the invisible battles some veterans still face when they return from service.
During this podcast, President Covino speaks with Adam Freed, a 4th Year doctoral student in our Train Vets to Treat Vets program here at William James College, who is currently a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserves, and was an infantry officer in the Army National Guard and deployed as a platoon leader to Afghanistan, to discuss the importance of addressing the growing need for mental health care among veterans.
Episode 9: Increasing Awareness of ABA in the Community & Dispelling Common Myths
This month, President Covino chats with Dr. Ronald Lee, Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's program at William James College and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004, to discuss the need to increase awareness about ABA in the community, as well as the need to dispel the common myths associated with this evidence-based treatment.
Episode 8: Importance of School-Based Mental Health Services
President Covino chats with Dr. Craig Murphy, an associate professor in our School Psychology PsyD program, to discuss the importance of school-based mental health services and how mental health is critical to children's success and well-being, both in and out of the classroom.
Special Edition 1: Police Confrontations with the Mentally Ill - Gerald Sweet ￼
The Boston Globe's Spotlight team has investigated the mental health system in Massachusetts, and recently illustrated the tragic story line that plays out when police are held responsible for the management of mentally ill people - a role for which they are not properly trained. President Covino chats with Dr. Gerald Sweet, a forensic and police psychologist and faculty member here at William James College, in this Special Edition Podcast, about ways we can improve and avoid these tragic scenarios.
Episode 7: Socioemotional Learning in Schools - John D’Auria of Teachers 21
Dr. Covino sits down with John D’Auria, President of Teachers 21, to discuss the importance of socioemotional learning in schools, and how teachers, administrators, parents and specialists can work together to foster a supportive learning environment for children. Teachers 21 is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating supportive schools where students are able to learn, grow and achieve.
Episode 6: Post Traumatic Growth - Dr. Richard Amodio
Dr. Covino chats with Dr. Richard Amodio, Director of Psychology Training at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital to discuss post-traumatic growth as it pertains to veterans, and the need for mental health clinicians to promote growth and resilience in their clinical practices.
Episode 5: The Need for Multicultural Mental Health in our Increasingly Diverse Society
Dr. Covino chats with Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar, Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program and Dr. Jill Bloom, the Co-Director of the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health to discuss the disparities that exist among ethnic minority groups and other marginalized populations in terms of mental health treatment, both in the U.S. and across the globe.
Episode 4: Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Children and Adolescents
Dr. Covino chats with Dr. Dan Jacobs, William James College faculty member in the School Psychology and Organizational and Leadership Psychology programs to discuss prevention and treatment of substance abuse in children and adolescents and the opportunities we can take in schools and in the community to address this crisis from a prevention standpoint.
Episode 3: Preventing Violence
Dr. Covino chats with Dr. Robert Kinscherff, William James College faculty member and Associate Vice President of Community Engagement discussing the role psychologists and mental health treatment can play in preventing and reducing violence, as well as the often unwarranted connections made between violence and mental illness.
Episode 2: School Climate
Dr. Covino sits down with Dr. Nadja Reilly, Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development here at William James College and author of the book "Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students" to discuss the meaning of school climate and how teachers can cultivate classroom environments that support a variety of students and learning styles.
Episode 1: Leadership
Dr. Covino sits down with Dr. Kathryn Stanley, Chair of our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department to discuss how leaders emerge, and in light of the recent presidential debates, how leaders distinguish themselves from their peers and stand out among competitors.