Background: Dr. Don Lucas is a professor of psychology and the coordinator of the psychology department at Northwest Vista College (NVC); a community college with more than 18,000 students in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining NVC in 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco; and took his Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in Neuroscience and Behavior from Northern Illinois University. He is a fellow of the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Lucas or Dr. Don, as his students affectionately refer to him, is the author of the book, Being: Your Happiness, Pleasure, and Contentment (Hayden-McNeil); and two OER modules, The Psychology of Human Sexuality and Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, published on nobaproject.com. His teaching has been featured by The San Antonio Express-News, SA Scene Magazine, KENS5 CBS, and KSAT12 ABC; and has earned him a number of awards, including the Minnie Stevens Piper award: The oldest and most prestigious teaching award for higher education in the state of Texas. Dr. Lucas has been conducting research on various topics (psychophysics, family & domestic violence, life satisfaction, and human sexuality) within psychology for the past 30 years. As his CV shows, he is productive when it comes to research, in the past five years he has authored over two-dozen abstracts published at various research conferences—mostly focusing on human sexuality. Dr. Lucas hosts 5MIweekly, a virtual science-based sex education course on YouTube, composed of original and pedagogically interactive videos. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Sember and Rayen, and a purebred mutt, named Barney.
Guest: Judy Micale and Associates Topic: Compassion Fatigue: Let the Healing Begin!
Background: Judy has been a certified Compassion Fatigue Educator since 2011 and a key component to healing from this syndrome is understanding and incorporating self-compassion into your daily life. Over nine years of training on this topic and the practices, she will discuss it. Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Professionally Certified Coach. Target Audience: This topic is for parents or anyone who is a caregiver, includes health care providers, counselors, and teachers.
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Guest: Judith Lynn Pellegrino Topic: Taking Responsibility For Your Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health
Background: Certification in Holistic Health and 20+ years of integrating holistic health practices to supplement recovery from multiple addictions. Certification in Holistic Health. Completed Leadership and Action Program through Landmark Education. Soulful Storyteller. Motivation: Climbing addiction, domestic violence, and suicide rates Target population: Anyone who hates themselves.
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Guest Introductionby Mary Kay Mark Winkler, Non-profit Director Topic: Leadership Parenting during a pandemic Background: I am a parent, parenting during a pandemic. I felt compelled to share what I am learning. People most interested in this topic are 26-55 years of age; 55+.Parent and step-parenting for 12 years. I am a parent, I have a bachelor degree in psychology and I have an organization that servesyouth and fathers. I also wrote a book about my parenting experience entitled My Daughters€™s Keeper: Part I: Parenting Challenge! One of the biggest challenges ishow do I continuously provide hope and inspiration to my child and step-children during this unfolding crisis?Infection numbers and death tolls are increasing daily, and government-sanctioned precautions and measures are growing more restrictive. In this climate, it is easy for fear to outpacehope. As a parent, I have the enormous challenge of managing my growing concerns and the concerns of my children while simultaneously helping them to process this anxiety-filled moment through a healthy perspective. Part II:STEPS Acceptance In order for me to accomplish this, I had to personally acknowledge the reality of what we are facing as a global community. We are in a pandemic. Covid-19 has touched over 140 countries. As the virus quickly spreads, nation after nation, city after city institute more restrictive measures. These measures, including the mandatory stay at home orders, are designed to give medical professionals enough time to develop a vaccine or at least an effective treatment regiment without the added burden of unmanageable patient influxes. Feeling ownership Next, I had to pause and honestly assess my feelings about this unfolding crisis. As news outlets continue reporting the world wide infection rates and death rates, especially in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and now the U.S, and our government officials’debate over various financial relief packages, I wrestle with increased feelings of nervousness and fear. My thoughts begin racing,will the grocery stores be forced to shutter their doors? What if my children, wife, or other family and friends get sick? Would there be enough medical supplies to properly treat them?I had to accept, many of those matters were not in my immediate control. Part III: Focused Empowering Attention Therefore, I've decided to concentrate on matters where I can exercise useful guidance and inspiration. I sat down with my wife and children and we had a family discussion. We shared up to date information about COVID-19 and encouraged our children to share their feelings and thoughts. Our children seemed appreciative of this bonding moment. I know I was. Our plan is to do this once weekly. Next, I arranged a group call with at least eighteen members of my extended family scattered across America. The purpose of the call was to receive vital information about the developing COVID-19 crisis from one of our family members who is a medical doctor working on the front line. Hearing their voices made me realize we are all in this together. Both the family meeting with my wife and children and the group family call mentally and spiritually nourished and empowered me. Both these moments helped me understand as a parent, I am not helpless at this moment.Neither are you. There are many things we can do to ensure we feel empowered and our children feel as secure as possible. For me, it was talking and fosteringmeaningful connections. Of course, there are other things I do such as pray, read, exercise, and write. Whatever your self-empowering strategy is, embrace it and use it to help you continue to be the most loving and supportive parent you can be during this time of tremendous transition.
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You may have watched him as a featured expert on Dateline NBC or maybe you've seen him quoted in Forbes or The Wall Street Journal. Today's guest is the author of "Can I Kiss You?" and the Founder of The Center for Respect. For 3 decades, he has been helping build cultures of respect in families, educational institutions, for businesses and the US Military. And he is now launching MyVoiceRocks.com. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mutuallyamazingparents
Guest: Mike Domitrz Topic: "Mutually Amazing Parents and the Journey to Calm"
Background: In my work for helping parents teach their kids safer dating, we realized how much parents are seeking simple, quick lessons for helping them as human beings and parents.The people most likely to benefit from this information are adults 26-55 years of age. I host a podcast and interviewed many. I am the author of "Can I Kiss You?"I am theFounder of The Center for Respect, and aspeakerfor schools, the military, and nonprofits for the past 3 decades for helping to build mutually amazing relationships. Part I: What is a mutually amazing relationship? Part II:Why can learning mutually amazing relationships be key to helping a parent?
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Topic: When you are not safe at home during COVID-19.
I and other professionals and family members thought about those who are not safe at home during this unprecedented pandemic of COVID19. How could any of us have known how this would play out. During this time while I believe everyone is doing their best, I am concerned about children, teens, emerging adults, those who are struggling in their family relationships, and other situations where I know people are not safe right now.
While I do not have answers for how to keep people safe, I do know there are resources out there online and via telephone that can support people who are not safe. One such resource is the 2-1-1 Crisis Referral lines found in each state. There are also text lines that anyone can text for support as well.
Mary Kay Keller - Susan L. Weese, Veteran Teacher
In Episode 1 I share tips from a veteran teacher who shares with parents tips on how to approach managing schooling at home. As we open back up many may be severally disappointed when the second wave hits. It will be harder when hopes are up that this can be managed back at the schools. There are no guarantees that it will work out. Many parents may choose to school at home rather than risking COVID19 considering the risks with hallucinations and being separated from their child in the hospital. The greatest heartache for any parent is separated from their child when they are ill.
Although I hope this is not the case for any family, I fall on the side of hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. It is probably a hangover from my girl scout days. Being prepared has helped me in many crises. No one can predict where this will end up.
Additional future topics will be a no hold bar conversation of topics across the life span! No topic is off the table and I encourage you to message me from the podcast and let me know your thoughts and requests for future topics. Please share on social media with your friends whenever you hear something helpful and meaningful. Thank you and stay safe!