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Walking in Wellness Podcast

Welcome to “Walking in Wellness,” a Podcast dedicated to empowering those professionals who take on substance misuse prevention work — with the mindset and skill set necessary to prioritize wellness…every day. 

The Walking in Wellness Series features subject matter experts who share their insights, experiences, and tangible learnings that enable substance misuse and other behavioral health professionals to utilize evidence-based practices to promote well-being. Using inspirational stories, subject matter experts will provide listeners with skills and knowledge to address the challenges of offering critical support to individuals in need while maintaining positive well-being. The podcast series will address physical, emotional, social, occupational, and even financial evidence-based wellness practices that professionals can "walk away with."
Join the Central East PTTC and your host, Anthony President, on the Walking in Wellness Podcast weekly every Wednesday. This podcast is about YOU and your well-being. Find us on Soundcloud or Spotify. We are excited to have you on this journey! 

This series is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of grant funding awarded to the Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). The views, opinions, and content of podcast episodes are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA. Nothing in this podcast series constitutes a direct or indirect endorsement by SAMHSA.

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EPISODE 1
Understanding the Dimensions of Wellness - Part 1

Anthony President provides an overview of the Dimensions of Wellness, such as physical, emotional, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, and financial wellness, that should be prioritized to live a happy, balanced life.

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Anthony PresidentMaster Trainer, International Speaker, and author of the book "How You Can Become An Invincible Social Worker: The Real Deal on Beating Burnout in Social Work," Anthony President has empowered and inspired over 100,000 people to perform, produce and partner better at their places of work.  With his high-energy and signature humor, thousands of companies and organizations have been transformed due to Anthony's work. 

As Founder and Chief Training Officer for Presidential Consultants, Ohio's #1 Human Services Training Firm, Anthony also leads a team of award-winning trainers and consultants. These internationally recognized trainers deliver impact through training and coaching on various topics, including leadership, diversity, equity & inclusion, workplace safety & wellbeing.

EPISODE 2
Understanding the Dimensions of Wellness - Part 2

Anthony President continues the conversation, unpacks ‘why’ wellness matters, and discusses how and when we create goals around the dimensions of wellness of occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, and financial health to result in a more fulfilling, happy work and home life. He also shares additional strategies you can implement to walk toward your ‘why’ for wellness.

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Anthony PresidentMaster Trainer, International Speaker, and author of the book "How You Can Become An Invincible Social Worker: The Real Deal on Beating Burnout in Social Work," Anthony President has empowered and inspired over 100,000 people to perform, produce and partner better at their places of work.  With his high-energy and signature humor, thousands of companies and organizations have been transformed due to Anthony's work. 

As Founder and Chief Training Officer for Presidential Consultants, Ohio's #1 Human Services Training Firm, Anthony also leads a team of award-winning trainers and consultants. These internationally recognized trainers deliver impact through training and coaching on various topics, including leadership, diversity, equity & inclusion, workplace safety & wellbeing.

EPISODE 3
Understanding Compassion Fatigue

(Part 1 of 2 on Compassion Fatigue)

LaToya Logan discusses Compassion Fatigue and the lasting effects that are often seen in helping professionals. According to Mathieu (2012), between 40 and 85% of helping professionals have developed vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and/or high rates of traumatic symptoms.

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LaToya Logan

Keynote speaker, trainer, and prevention advocate, LaToya Logan specializes in trauma, cultural inclusivity, and recovery practices. LaToya is often asked to speak to schools, social service agencies, and police organizations across the US to provide expert testimony and counsel, drawing upon over a decade of experience as a clinical social worker, trauma therapist, and advanced research conducted at Case Western Reserve University.

A Supervising Independent Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work, LaToya is committed to using her unique background and experience to address the complexities of wellness.

EPISODE 4
Combating Compassion Fatigue

(Part 2 of 2 on Compassion Fatigue)

In this episode, John Ward  discusses how to combat compassion fatigue proactively and reactively. He notes that poor management results in adverse health effects such as insomnia, substance abuse, inability to focus, memory impairment, anxiety, depression, isolation, chronic fatigue, and many more symptoms. He provides tangible steps to apply to reduce compassion fatigue for helping professionals.

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John Ward

Counselor, trainer, and trauma expert John Ward has spent much of his adult life as a helping professional.  From casework to counseling director and now sought-after human services trainer and court mediator, John is committed to strategies that help families of wounded, defiant and/or trauma-exposed kids and the social workers that support them.

With a Master’s degree in Counseling, a License in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Certified Trauma Practitioner, John offers a wealth of knowledge that helps improve relationships and your emotional life at work to combat compassion fatigue.

EPISODE 5
Creating a Relationship with Wellness

Mylitta shared her struggles with her weight and depression since she was nineteen. After a difficult conversation with her doctor, she faced the reality of the unhealthy relationship she had developed with food. With much-needed soul-searching, Mylitta created a new relationship with wellness, which resulted in her releasing 161 pounds fifteen months later. Today, Mylitta inspires people all around the globe to change their thinking, tackle their goals, and win at wellness.

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Mylitta Butler

Wife, mom, entrepreneur, and author of the book “Slim Down Level Up” Mylitta Butler was depressed and had struggled with her weight since she was nineteen.  At her heaviest, she tipped the scale at 304 pounds.  After a difficult conversation with her doctor, she faced the reality of the unhealthy relationship she had developed with food. 

With some much-needed soul searching, Mylitta created a new relationship with wellness, releasing 161 pounds 15 months later.  Today, Mylitta inspires people around the globe to change their thinking, tackle their goals and win in wellness. 

EPISODE 6
Critical Incident Stress

In this episode, David provides an overview of critical incidents, responses to stress, and steps to combat its onset. He elaborates states that Critical incidents can impact cognitive ability, emotional regulation, everyday behaviors, and physical bodies.

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David Zidar

David Zidar, LISW-S, has worked in child welfare since 1982 as an administrator, trainer, and therapist. A seasoned leader, Dave served as Vice President for residential services in Kentucky for seven years and has also worked in public agencies at the executive level. A practicing therapist, Dave serves clients across the U.S. in leadership, workplace wellness, and safety.

Dave has a BSW from Capital University, a MSSA from Case Western Reserve, and a certification in Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment from the University of Louisville.

EPISODE 7
Trauma Triggers

LaToya Logan unpacks the layers that come with Trauma Triggers. She notes that over 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some traumatic event, while others experience involuntary trauma triggers at some point. Although Trauma Triggers may seem unrelated to the initial trauma, these triggers are caused by associations that your brain makes as a protective measure to keep you safe in the future.

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La Toya Logan

Keynote speaker, trainer, and prevention advocate, LaToya Logan specializes in trauma, cultural inclusivity, and recovery practices.  LaToya is often asked to speak to schools, social service agencies, and police organizations across the US to provide expert testimony and counsel, drawing upon over a decade of experience as a clinical social worker, trauma therapist, and advanced research conducted at Case Western Reserve University.

A Supervising Independent Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work, LaToya is committed to using her unique background and experience to address the complexities of wellness.

EPISODE 8
Early Indicators of PTSD in Adults

PTSD can disrupt a person's everyday life. It can disrupt our home and work life, complicating relationships with co-workers, family, and friends.  Many people have lost jobs, divorced, and even had parenting problems due to PTSD. During this episode, Jim Still-Pepper helps us better understand the early indicators of PTSD in adults. 

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Jim Still-Pepper

Jim is the Director of Community Based Clinical Services at Allwell Behavioral Health Services Inc, a community mental health center where he has served for 33 years. As an expert in mental health and trauma, Jim is a sought-after, award-winning international trainer and consultant.

Jim is an adjunct instructor at Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education. He develops online courses around behavioral interventions and understanding students’ mental health and is committed to empowering the communities where he works and lives.

EPISODE 9
Being a Wellness Champion at Work

Research by the Mayo Clinic found that the overall health and wellness rate was higher in employees engaged with a Wellness Champion Program.   Kristen will help us understand the key ingredients of being a wellness champion.  She will explore the ends and outs of wellness champions and provide some practical advice on how they can help you and your agency Walk in Wellness.

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Kristie LaTrayInternational Fitness Expert & Health Coach Kristie LaTray is committed to helping people build fitness from the inside out. Through her Fit and Fabulous Training organization, she has inspired a movement that empowers individuals, groups, and organizations, assuming that your mind is your vehicle, your body is your gym, and food is your medicine. Kristie, is committed to inspiring and empowering others to achieve optimal health.

EPISODE 10
Cope through Hope

According to the American Psychological Association, hope is the expectation that a potentially threatening or negative situation will ultimately result in a favorable state of affairs. Cece discusses tough situations and how hope is beneficial to believe that there is a better, happier future. You will learn about the healing power of hope and how to open yourself up to accept and believe in hope.

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CeCe Norwood

CeCe Norwood is an award-winning trainer, keynote speaker, author, consultant, and coach.  With a background in child welfare, domestic and sexual violence, and nonprofit management, CeCe empower our most vulnerable citizens on a mission to eradicate all forms of sexual violence.  

CeCe holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling.  She has written numerous articles and authored her book; There Is Happiness after Incest and Child Sexual Abuse.

EPISODE 11
Talking Yourself into Wellness

Research shows that 86% of people do not participate in wellness activities because they listen to their negative internal voice. Karen talks about how she has a dialogue with her internal voices to understand why her “negative” internal voice is stopping her from doing wellness tasks. You will learn tips on how to open a dialogue with talking yourself into wellness.

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Karen FaithKaren Faith is the Founder and CEO of Others Unlimited. She leads a collective of researchers to train individuals and teams to practice empathy for each other and themselves. With two decades of experience in ethnographic discovery, Karen’s work utilizes tools from multiple disciplines to help people better connect with their customers, clients, colleagues, and, most importantly, themselves.

EPISODE 12
Creating More Time

Discover your unique relationship with time on this enlightening podcast, “Creating More Time.” Join us as we explore the profound connection between time management and mental health, resilience, and overall well-being. Learn how to harness the power of time management to achieve your wellness goals and create space for what truly matters. Dr. Brad Aeon, a leading expert in time management, shares evidence-based insights to enhance productivity, purpose, and personal growth. Don’t miss this transformative journey towards intentional living and better time management.

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Brad Aeon

Dr. Brad Aeon, Time Management Researcher and Expert has dedicated himself to studying and understanding the science of time management.  His studies focus on how people can achieve what matters to them while reducing stress and living more meaningful lives. Going beyond ‘tips and tricks,’ Brad empowers people worldwide with evidence-based time management system design and instruction methods to enhance productivity, purpose, and well-being.

EPISODE 13
Creating More Cash

In the “Creating More Cash” podcast, we explore the timeless connection between money, happiness and well-being. Can financial wellness truly lead to a more fulfilling life? Join us as we delve into the research that suggests a strong correlation between money and well-being, offering valuable insights into financial attitudes and behaviors. Discover the keys to achieving financial wellness, even in today’s challenging economic climate. Our special guest, Meltrice Sharp, a seasoned CPA, simplifies complex financial concepts and shares practical financial knowledge to empower listeners. As she wisely puts it, “financial wellness and security is simply the ability to have a healthy financial life.” Tune in for actionable steps towards a financially secure and fulfilling future.

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Meltrice Sharp

With over 16 years as a CPA, Meltrice Sharp has a wealth of knowledge and experience in accounting, tax, management, and finance. She has a knack for taking complex financial concepts and making them easy to understand — and even more importantly, to activate in real life for real people.

Meltrice holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA. She serves as an adjunct Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College and as Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Black Professional Association Charitable Foundation. She also devotes significant time to teaching financial empowerment classes to give back to her community.

EPISODE 14
Raise Your Average

The ”Raising Your Average” podcast episode is your key to unlocking greater success and fulfillment in your work life and beyond. Join us as we explore the transformative concept of elevating your potential to achieve greatness in both your professional and personal life as well as the profound impact of the people you surround yourself with on your mindset, goals and achievements. Discover why being intentional about your network is crucial and learn to “raise your average” by embracing continuous growth and improvement. Our special guest, Ed Blunt, shares that “an important component of designing your life is developing powerful personal and professional networks”, and he provides actionable steps to elevate your success and boost your happiness.

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Ed BluntEd Blunt, the founder of BluntArtistry, has always believed that developing robust personal and professional networks is essential to designing your life.

Ed began his journey performing on stages in England and Russia throughout America. After forging working relationships with Pulitzer, Tony, and Academy Award-winning giants, Ed garnered critical acclaim as a classically-trained stage and film actor.

After dedicating himself to the professional speaking industry, Ed made an auspicious debut by sharing the stage with his mentor Les Brown. He developed partnerships as a trainer for T. Harv Eker's and George Fraser's Frasernet.

EPISODE 15
How To Make Each Day G.R.E.A.T. - Part 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of our 5-part wellness series, “How To Make Each Day Great.” In this episode, we dive into the power of gratitude as a key facet of wellness. Gratitude isn’t just a warm and fuzzy feeling; it has profound psychological benefits backed by research.

Our special guest, Stephanie Bavaro, founder and CEO of GREATful Woman, and an expert on gratitude and self-care, defines gratitude as “a sense of happiness and thankfulness in response to any perceived fortunate happenstance, gift, blessing, event, person or thing” and shares valuable insights and strategies on how to begin your journey towards a more grateful and fulfilling life.

Discover how an attitude of gratitude can lead to greater life satisfaction, healthier relationships, reduced stress, improved decision making, and enhanced overall well-being. Learn practical ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily life, both socially and cognitively.

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Stephanie Bavaro

Stephanie Bavaro is the founder and CEO of GRATful Woman® and the #1 Best-Selling author of GREATful Woman Talks! Volume 1: Giving From Your Overflow Starts with Self-Care! She is a sought-after speaker and coach who shares simple strategies to live a life rooted in gratitude in connection with self-care.

Stephanie is also the Executive Consultant for entrepreneurs, business executives, and inside organizations such as Fannie Mae, Nortel Networks, AOL, and more. She loves helping her clients claim MORE of life and business’most precious limited resources — time, clarity, confidence, serenity, and predictable success.

 

EPISODE 16
How To Make Each Day G.R.E.A.T. - Part 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of our 5-part wellness series, “How To Make Each Day Great.” In this episode, we explore the incredible power of resilience and how it can transform your life, especially in the helping professions. Discover the six key traits associated with resilience: hope, self-esteem, self-discipline, self-worth, self-understanding and optimism, and hear from Licensed Social Worker and our special guest, Kelly Hunter, as she shares her wisdom to leading a happier, more joy-filled life.

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Licensed Social Worker Kelly Hunter has spent the past decade supporting and advocating for those in need. From finding safe spaces for youth experiencing homelessness, modeling criminal justice reform, and efforts to reduce recidivism by promoting positive thinking and behavior changes for those under community supervision to protecting the elderly and differently-abled, Kelly is committed to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for those she serves.

Kelly uses her real superpower of resilience to inspire and empower those she serves to live happier, safer, more joy-filled lives everyday despite oppositions that may unexpectedly arise.

EPISODE 17
How To Make Each Day G.R.E.A.T. - Part 3

Join us for Episode 3 of our 5-part wellness series, “How To Make Each Day Great.” In this installment, we’re exploring the power of enthusiasm! Whether you’re an individual seeking personal growth or a manager aiming to foster an enthusiastic agency culture, this episode will help you decipher what enthusiasm truly means and how it can transform your life. We’ll also tap into the wisdom of renowned international best-selling author and Mindset Mentor, Jason Goldberg, who believes that “enthusiasm causes you to want to add to humanity because when you are tapped into your purpose, you want to go serve more in the world.”

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Jason Goldberg

Jason “JG” Goldberg is a Global Keynote Speaker on the Leadership and is a Mental Performance and Leadership Coach for Celebrities, Change Makers and CEOs. He is also the host of The Jason Goldberg is Ruining Podcasting Podcast, author of the #1 International Best-Seller on Self-Leadership entitled “Prison Break”. A successful entrepreneur, JG has founded multiple start-ups including one in partnership with NASA and the space shuttle program.

Today, JG blends his signature mix of simple and transformational wisdom, captivating storytelling, practical mentorship, and belly-busting humor to make personal growth less “personal growth-y” and to leave everyone he meets at least 5% more joy than when he found them!

EPISODE 18
How To Make Each Day G.R.E.A.T. - Part 4

Welcome to Episode 4 of our 5-part wellness series, “How To Make Each Day Great.” In this inspiring episode, we explore the transformative power of Acts of Kindness. Kindness isn’t just a personal benefit; it strengthens our social bonds, making us more friendly, trusting, and compassionate. Our extraordinary guest, Jacqueline Way, A World Changer and Philanthropist, shares her journey and the creation of 365give, a global movement dedicated to daily living. Tune in to learn how Acts of Kindness can make each day truly GREAT, creating a happier, healthier world for all.

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Jacqueline Way

World changer, Philanthropist and International Keynote speaker, Jacqueline Way brings happiness to the world every day.

Jacqueline and her son Nic founded charitable organization, 365give. When Nic was only three years old, they made a commitment together to give every day for one year. After seeing the transformative impact it had on their lives, they knew they had to share it with others.

365give has now grown into a thriving global community of givers. With Nic by her side, Jacqueline continues to work tirelessly to spread the message of daily giving and its ability to create a happier, healthier world.

EPISODE 19
How To Make Each Day G.R.E.A.T. - Part 5

Welcome to the final installment of the 5-part wellness series, “How To Make Each Day Great.” In this episode, we dive deep into the importance of being present in our fast-paced world. In a society that glorifies multitasking, many Americans find themselves too busy to enjoy life. Join us as we explore the profound impact of not taking time in the present. To guide us on the path of being present, we’re delighted to have Mamata Venkat Subramanyam, a Heartfulness Meditation trainer, share her wisdom. Tune in and discover how to cultivate mindfulness as a vital part of your daily wellness routine.

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Mamata Venkat Subramanyam

Mamata Venkat Subramanyam is a Heartfulness Meditation trainer, TEDx presenter, Contributor and Editor for Heartfulness Magazine. She couples her experience with and interest in mental health and meditation with her passion for storytelling and communications, using her Instagram platform as a space to build community through wellness and vulnerability.

Mamata’s 2016 TEDx presentation, which has been viewed over two million times, utilizes the theme of (inter)action to discuss the application of meditation to internal and external development, and how success in either does not have to come at the cost of the other. Mamata has been practicing Heartfulness Meditation for twelve years, and has been a certified trainer for six years.

The former Strategic Planning Manager for Elevance Health, Mamata is currently a communications consultant and a certified meditation instructor, and recently relocated to London, England with her husband.

EPISODE 20
Rest Well

Welcome to the “Rest Well” podcast, where we uncover the secrets of true relaxation beyond just sleep. While sleep is vital for body and brain recovery, there’s more to relaxation than bedtime. Rest involves active relaxation while the brain remains engaged, encompassing physical and mental well-being. Discover how daily behaviors like meditation, exercise or journaling can recharge you from life’s demands and reduce stress. Our guest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, an internal medicine physician and work-life integration researcher, guides us towards a better work-rest balance to help you reclaim energy in your life.

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician and work-life integration researcher. She is the best-selling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

As the founder of Restorasis, a professional development agency dedicated to restoring wellbeing in the workplace, Dr. Dalton-Smith helps companies support their employees with work-life integration and burnout prevention strategies.

As a busy physician, author, and mom, Dr. Dalton-Smith understands that life's demands can leave us feeling overwhelmed, drained, and tired. Today, she will help us pursue a better work-rest balance and share actionable answers to the thriving lifestyle you desire.

 

EPISODE 21
The Power of Your Fork

Welcome to the “Power of Your Fork”, where we explore the profound connection between what you eat and overall wellness. Our physical health is the cornerstone of well-being, impacting our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Discover how the food you choose fuels your brain, enhances your mood, and supports your body’s healing. Join us with certified nutritional counselor, Andrea Frank Henkart, an expert with over forty years of experience, as we explore the choices you make with “Power of Your Fork” to achieve greater wellness and health.

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Andrea Frank Henkart

During the past 40 years, certified nutritional counselor, Andrea Frank Henkart has personally coached over 10,000 people to achieve better health and joy in their lives. Andrea has authored 9 books on health and wellness. She is a celebrated International workshop leader, keynote speaker, philanthropist and two time Best-Selling author. Her books are endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Steven Covey, John Gray, author of “Men are From Mars Women Are from Venus”, and Oprah Winfrey herself. Andrea has been featured on hundreds of radio and tv shows, including the Oprah Winfrey show.

EPISODE 22
Stress Busters

Welcome to “Stress Busters,” the podcast that tackles the pressures of modern life head on. In a world where stress is as common as the air we breathe, join us as we unravel the secrets to manage it effectively. Meet our expert guide, Dr. Oma Agbai, a dedicated professional, wife and mother who knows firsthand the perils of burnout. Dr. Agbai details her “emergency reset system” and shares additional insights on stress management, offering valuable advice for reclaiming balance and support.

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Oma N. Agbai, MD, FAAD

Dr. Oma Agbai is the Director of Multicultural Dermatology and Hair Loss Disorders at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, California. As a Top Doctor, devoted wife and mother of three small children, Dr. Agbai found herself among the 9.8 million professional, high-functioning mothers who are burning out, suffering in silence, and losing their higher sense of purpose.

Today, Dr. Agbai expresses her creativity and community engagement through public speaking and public education through media. Through her writing, various television appearances and her recent TEDx talk, Dr. Agbai passionately shares and raises awareness about burnout among mothers.

EPISODE 23
The Importance of Wellness In Your Work

Welcome to “The Importance of Wellness in Your Work,” the podcast that delves deep into the crucial connection between well-being and your professional life. In a world where work dominates our waking hours, it’s time to recognize that a healthy, balanced workplace is paramount. But how can we ensure that our work environments promote wellness? Our guest, Scott Gagnon, a Certified Prevention Specialist and advocate for workplace wellness, shares invaluable insights on fostering a workplace culture where wellness isn’t just encouraged – it’s celebrated.

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Scott Gagnon

Scott Gagnon is a Certified Prevention Specialist, Associate Executive Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., and Director of SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). Scott is a national speaker and trainer whose work has been recognized with awards from the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse and the Maine Public Health Association.

Scott leads an incredible team committed to enhancing the educational opportunities of professionals in the prevention workforce. Supporting such dedicated team members, Scott has committed himself to developing a workplace culture where physical, mental and emotional wellness are welcomed, encouraged and inspired.

 

EPISODE 24
The Impact of 'ism's' on Wellness at Work

Welcome to the Walking in Wellness podcast, where today’s episode delves into the “Impact of Ism’s on Wellness at Work.” In a world where ism means taking sides with, we explore the insidious biases of systems of discrimination that silently undermine workplaces. Approximately 68% of employees have experienced or witnessed discrimination at work, but what’s the real cost of -isms on wellness? From decreased job satisfaction to increased burnout, it’s a toll that goes beyond individuals, affecting collective effectiveness and organizational missions. Join us in conversation with LaShonda Williamson-Jennings and Albert Gay as we shed light on the path to creating a culture that supports the well-being of all employees. Wellness is more than physical health; it’s about feeling valued, supported and thriving in every facet of life.

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Albert Gay

Albert Gay, M.S. has over twenty years of experience in community work through his various roles at youth servicing agencies, nonprofits, and coalitions. As a trainer and consultant, Albert has provided technical assistance to the audiences of the behavioral health workforce, the United States military, diverse cultural groups, and community coalitions across the country. Currently, Albert maintains his leadership roles in local coalitions and continues his interests in faith-based initiatives, mental health promotion, equity, social justice, cultural competence, and strategic planning.

EPISODE 25
SOS: Recognizing Signs of Stress in Yourself

Join us for another insightful episode of the “Walking in Wellness” podcast as we explore an overlooked, yet crucial topic of “Recognizing Signs of Stress in Yourself.” Dedicated helping professionals are often unsung heroes at work and home, tirelessly making a difference in the lives of others. But what’s often neglected is their own well-being, especially the early detection of stress symptoms. Our guest, Jim Still-Pepper, an expert in mental health and trauma will help us explore the stages of stress, shed light on the importance of recognizing these signs in ourselves and share how different coping mechanisms can be powerful tools in managing stress.

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Jim Still-Pepper

Jim is the Director of Community Based Clinical Services at Allwell Behavioral Health Services Inc, a community mental health center where he has served for 33 years. As an expert in mental health and trauma, Jim is a sought-after, award-winning international trainer and consultant.

Jim is an adjunct instructor at Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education. He develops online courses around behavioral interventions and understanding students’ mental health and is committed to empowering the communities where he works and lives.

EPISODE 26
Choose You

Welcome to a thought-provoking episode of self-discovery, “Choose You.” Are you someone who consistently prioritizes the needs of others over your own? In this engaging discussion, we explore the dynamics of selflessness, particularly prevalent among helping professionals. While selflessness can be admirable, it comes with a downside – neglected self-care and heightened stress. Learn from the insightful Dr. Rachel Mitchum E-La-He, a licensed psychologist and author, about the importance of making self-care a conscious choice to enhance your well-being. It's time to reignite your passion for life and make YOU a priority. Tune in and choose self-care, choose you.

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Rachel Mitchum E-La-He

Licensed psychologist, certified executive coach and author of the book Choose You! Reignite Your Passion for Life, Dr. Rachel Mitchum Elahee earned her Psy.D. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and has since received numerous awards as a psychologist and tremendous accolades as a speaker. 
In addition to public speaking, Dr. Rachel has been featured on Good Day Atlanta, CBS radio, NPR Boston and in publications such as the U.S. News & World Report and MadameNoire.com. 

EPISODE 27
Why Your Work Matters - Celebrating Our Wins

Welcome to a heartwarming episode entitled “Why Your Work Matters: Celebrate Your Wins.” Helping professionals often underestimate the profound impact of their work, but on today’s episode, we’re here to remind you of the incredible positive ripple effect you create. Through your dedication, families experience improved dynamics, communities flourish with well-being and the burden on both families and community resources is reduced.

Our special guest, Dr. BJ Davis, brings lived experience and a powerful story of recovery. Tune in for inspiration and insights from a true expert as we remind you to celebrate the wins because your everyday work matters.

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BJ Davis

For over a decade, Dr. BJ Davis served as the Executive and Clinical Director of one of the largest outpatient addiction treatment programs in Northern CA and is currently the executive director of a 35 bed men’s & women’s residential treatment agency.  He is also an adjunct professor in Alliant International University’s clinical psychology graduate program and a past TED Talk presenter. His approach to recovery, the Davis Model, is based on Choice Theory and gives us simple and practical tools to change our behavior and improve our lives.

EPISODE 28
Building a Lifelong Wellness Habit

Welcome to a transformative episode, “Building a Lifelong Wellness Habit.” Your decision to tune in reflects your commitment to holistic well-being and a life filled with joy and energy. Wellness may seem like a distant priority amid your busy schedule, but this episode proves that it’s not just available; it’s essential for sustaining your impactful work. Joining us is the extraordinary CeCe President, an entrepreneur and international speaker, and she delves into the keys to prioritizing wellness, making it obtainable and sustainable. It’s time to invest in you.

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Toni Jones

Affirmation Musician and Well-Being Speaker Toni Jones is using her personal story and love of wellness to heal women across the world.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Psychology, Toni served for six years as a Life coach and Mental Health advocate for women and youth in her native Detroit.  

In 2018, Toni started making music as a tool to help her clients practice healing on the go. In 2020, after great response from her first album she decided to make music full time.  Toni has since released five projects so far.  With more than 18 million streams, Toni’s self-coined “Affirmation Music” promotes the message of conscious wellbeing that has impacted millions of listeners across the globe.

EPISODE 29
Healing Your Self-Talk Part I

Welcome to an extraordinary two-part series, "Healing Your Self Talk”. Do you ever find yourself in a cycle of negative self-talk, echoing messages of your past? In this illuminating conversation, we dive into the power of self-talk, its impact on our thoughts, feelings, actions and results. Affirmation musician and well-being speaker, Toni Jones, joins us to help us discover how affirmations and healing music can help re-write the narratives of self-doubt and shares self-talk tools that can overwrite the negativity, empower self-love, and create a lifelong wellness habit. It’s time to silence the negativity and let self-love and self-worth sing from the rooftops.

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Toni Jones

Affirmation Musician and Well-Being Speaker Toni Jones is using her personal story and love of wellness to heal women across the world.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Psychology, Toni served for six years as a Life coach and Mental Health advocate for women and youth in her native Detroit.  

In 2018, Toni started making music as a tool to help her clients practice healing on the go. In 2020, after great response from her first album she decided to make music full time.  Toni has since released five projects so far.  With more than 18 million streams, Toni’s self-coined “Affirmation Music” promotes the message of conscious wellbeing that has impacted millions of listeners across the globe.

EPISODE 30
Healing Your Self-Talk Part II

Welcome back to the second part of our enlightening two-part series, “Healing Your Self Talk.” If you’ve ever found yourself lost in a sea of negative thoughts and self-doubt, this episode will serve as your lifeline. Dive deeper into the world of affirmations and explore how you can transform your self-talk into a powerful instrument of positivity. The incredible Toni Jones, affirmation musician and well-being speaker, inspires us with her story and soul-soothing affirmation music. Tune in to rewrite your inner dialogue for a more empowered, positive, and self-loving life.

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Toni Jones

Affirmation Musician and Well-Being Speaker Toni Jones is using her personal story and love of wellness to heal women across the world.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Psychology, Toni served for six years as a Life coach and Mental Health advocate for women and youth in her native Detroit.  

In 2018, Toni started making music as a tool to help her clients practice healing on the go. In 2020, after great response from her first album she decided to make music full time.  Toni has since released five projects so far.  With more than 18 million streams, Toni’s self-coined “Affirmation Music” promotes the message of conscious wellbeing that has impacted millions of listeners across the globe.