Therapy Insights Podcast

The Therapy Insights Podcast offers tools and insights for SLPs, PTs/PTAs, and OTs/COTAs working with patients who are experiencing some of the most difficult medical challenges of their lives. In a poll of an interdisciplinary SLP/OT/PT Facebook forum, only about 30% of clinicians reported that they were provided with the opportunity to take a graduate level class focused on counseling techniques to address grief, trauma, and major life transitions.

Our goals for this podcast:

  • Broaden the scope of understanding by SLPs, PTs, PTAS, OTs, and COTAs of current best practices within the counseling community in order to optimize and strengthen the medical field as a whole when it comes to rehabilitation and mental health.
  • Encourage and promote specific strategies on how to improve access to professional mental health services within medical communities, including those that are rural, understaffed, or working within a system that has not yet embraced access to mental health services.
  • Address specific questions and scenarios as presented by members of the Therapy Insights community.
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12: Neurocognitive Dysfunction After Sedation with Dr. Seyed Safavynia

October 05, 2022
Perioperative neurocognitive disorders (PND) are a group of cognitive disorders that manifest in relation to surgery and anesthesia (Evered et al., 2018a) and encompass former classifications of perioperative cognitive impairments, including postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). PND are common following anesthesia and surgery, affecting up to 65% of adults over age 65 […]
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11: Providing Therapy in Chaos: What We Can Learn from Lebanese Therapists

September 09, 2022
In this episode, the Cultural Expansion Cooperative speaks with Zahya Ghaddar, SLP and PhD Candidate based in Beirut, Lebanon. A little background for this episode: On August 4, 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut in the capital city of Lebanon accidentally exploded, causing at least 218 deaths, 7,000 […]
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10: Curriculum Transformation Toward a Black, African-First Framework

March 22, 2022
In this podcast episode, learn more about Mershen Pillay’s mission to transform curriculum to work within a Black African-first framework. From our guest, Mershen Pillay: “I went to the only Black university in South Africa that trained audiologists and speech therapists… it was what was called a ‘struggle’ university so it had a strong political, […]
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09: Doesn’t Want to Stay Here, Not Safe to Go Home with Emily LoPiccolo

November 09, 2021
In this episode, we explore this (fictional) case study: Alejandro is a 55 yo male who was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 48. He was taken to the emergency room due to a fall in his home that resulted in mild head trauma as well as a broken wrist. A friend hadn’t […]
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07: TBI is a Marathon, Not a Sprint with Dennis Zgaljardic

August 13, 2021
Neuropsychologist Dr. Dennis J. Zgaljardic dissects 7 quotes (published on written by people who have survived brain injuries. From pace of progress, family dynamics, feelings of worthlessness, behavior plans, identity transformations, functional goals, anosognosia, confabulation, and “non-compliance,” this episode has it all. Dr. Zgaljardic’s experience in the realm of rehabilitation medicine offers wonderful insight […]
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06: Jessie Hillock and the Holistic Approach to Dementia Care

July 05, 2021
People with dementia generally do not have the insight or awareness to seek help from therapists. Often, it’s family members who first attempt to reach out for help. And even though family members need significant support, they are often left out of traditional therapy models due to the nature of the healthcare system, including billing […]
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05: Rich Temple and the Hidden Power of Listening

June 02, 2021
So often in healthcare settings, providers feel the need to dish out answers in response to diagnoses. But is this what patients actually need or want? Dr. Rich Temple is a neuropsychologist in the field of rehabilitation medicine. He believes that one of the best kept secrets in therapy is the power of not having […]
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04: Katrina Mikiah and the Human Capacity for Presence

April 03, 2021
How do we as rehabilitation therapists hold space for those who are facing immense grief or life-altering/life-ending diagnoses? Katrina Mikiah is a life, grief, and end-of-life coach. She says that it’s not about having a tricked out pack of counseling techniques, but rather much more about our own awareness of our feelings and our ability […]
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03: Josh Rubin, James Laskin, and the Learning Health System

September 22, 2019
What would it look like if, as a healthcare system, we were able to draw from data points from real experiences of real people around the world? What if we could magnify the power of existing medical research methods by incorporating a broader range of people, experiences, and perspectives, including those of practicing clinicians? One […]