Navigating the Unknowns: Family Support Podcasts

Families experience joys and challenges. During times of crisis, the challenges may feel overwhelming. This podcast series offers expert information, tips, and resources for navigating family stress and strengthening family relationships.

The Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention have collaborated to develop these podcasts. Please listen to learn how to navigate family relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic, and other crises, while living with young children, older adolescents, and young adults. Listeners can also learn more about having self-compassion and the benefits of sharing compassion with others.

Finding Self-Compassion and Sharing Compassion with Others

In this episode, Dr. Isaiah Pickens discusses the importance of self-compassion and showing ourselves kindness during these trying times and how sharing compassion with others can help mitigate the stress in our own lives.

Dr.  Pickens is a clinical psychologist and founder of iOpening Enterprises, a professional development and media company that helps people and organizations use psychological science to unlock their potential. He is also an Assistant Director at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Expert:

Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Service Systems

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

Founder, iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company
http://www.iopeningenterprises.com/

Assistant Director of Service Systems at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA
https://www.isaiahpickens.com/about/

 

Resources: https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Supporting, Empowering, and Honoring Older Adolescents in Dealing with Loss

In this episode, Dr. Isaiah Pickens explores strategies parents can use for supporting, empowering, and honoring older teenagers in their home that are experiencing loss. Adolescents are at a unique developmental stage that can be especially challenging when their opportunities are limited, and special dreams lost due to COVID-19.

Dr.  Pickens, a clinical psychologist and founder of iOpening Enterprises, a professional development and media company that helps people and organizations use psychological science to unlock their potential. He is also an Assistant Director at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Expert:

Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Service Systems

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

Founder, iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company
http://www.iopeningenterprises.com/

Assistant Director of Service Systems at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA
https://www.isaiahpickens.com/about/

 

Resources:  https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Surviving and Thriving when Young Adults Live at Home

This podcast, hosted by Dr. Sarah Verbiest, introduces four young people who contribute to the discussion on strategies for youth and their parents on navigating the conflicts and opportunities of sharing a home.

Dr. Verbiest is the Director of the Jordan Institute for Families and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She has over 20 years’ experience working in maternal and child health and is the mom of two young adults who both live at home.

Expert:

Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH

Director, The Jordan Institute for Families

School of Social Work, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Guest Speakers:

 Emiko LeNeave

Graduating Senior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public Relations - Global Studies

Lizzie Irvin

Graduating Senior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Advertising and Public Relations

Kylie Verbiest

Web Developer/Innovator

Ty Verbiest

CNA/College Student

Resources: https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Understanding the Stressors

In this episode, Dr. Todd Jensen will help listeners understand and characterize family stressors, including the current coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Jensen offers tips for listeners to help them better manage family stress.

Dr. Jensen is a Family Research and Engagement Specialist in the Jordan Institute for Families and a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Experts:

Todd M. Jensen, Ph.D., MSW

Research Assistant Professor | School of Social Work

Family Research and Engagement Specialist | Jordan Institute for Families

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

 

Resources:  https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Dr. Pauline Boss, a leading family stress educator and researcher, shares a list of recently curated resources for COVID-19 and other topics explored in this episode: https://news.cehd.umn.edu/covid-19-family-social-science-offers-coping-resources/

Grieving Loss

: In this episode, Dr. Todd Jensen interviews Dr. Deborah Barrett, a licensed clinical social worker who has extensive experience conducting individual and group therapy. She shares her thoughts about family loss and grieving, particularly during the coronavirus outbreak.

 Dr. Jensen is a Family Research and Engagement Specialist in the Jordan Institute for Families and a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr.  Barrett is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Experts:   

Todd M. Jensen, PhD, MSW

Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Family Research and Engagement Specialist, Jordan Institute for Families

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Deborah Barrett, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Resources:  https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Living with Young Children, Part 1

In this episode, Dr. Paul Lanier has a conversation with Julie Smith and Brooklyn Crawford, Clinical Home Visitors, based in eastern North Carolina about challenges families are facing with parenting young children during difficult times. This conversation is followed by one with Maxine Eichner, the Graham Distinguished Professor of Law at University of North Carolina School of Law, about federal policy changes needed to create stronger supportive systems for children and families.

Administrators, other leaders, and advocates for families and children will find this podcast most helpful.

Dr. Paul Lanier is the Wallace Kuralt Distinguished Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Experts:

Dr. Paul Lanier

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Brooklyn Crawford

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Easter Seals Newbern

Child First Clinician

 

Julie Smith

Licensed Clinician

Child First

 

Maxine Eichner

Professor of Law,

University of North Carolina School of Law

 

Resources: https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored) by Maxine Eichner available at Amazon or your bookstore.

Living with Young Children, Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Paul Lanier has a conversation with Dr. Lindsay Huffhines about unique stressors for families during these difficult times and practical tips parents can use to support infants and toddlers in handling stress and emotions. Parents and caregivers will find this podcast helpful.

Dr. Paul Lanier is the Wallace Kuralt Distinguished Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Lindsay Huffhines is a postdoctoral fellow at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Experts:

Dr. Paul Lanier

Associate Professor/School of Social Work

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Dr. Lindsay Huffhines

Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychology  

Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

 

Resources: https://jordaninstituteforfamilies.org/ and https://friendsnrc.org/media-library/

https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

https://newmomhealth.com/