The Family Brain with Megan Gipson, LCSW, Ed.M

The Family Brain with Megan Gipson, LCSW, Ed.M

The Family Brain is a podcast about how the mental well being of one family member affects the entire family system. This is a supportive community to share research, resources, stories, and life hacks for keeping the family brain healthy. Hosted by Megan Gipson, LCSW, Ed.M... Show More

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August 4, 2020
This episode is the last official episode in this series of coping with Covid-19 and these pandemic days. I think it is fitting that we end talking about school and how kids learn best as that seems to be a huge place of concern for parents right now. I know I worry that my kids are not getting what they need by being in a traditional school setting but my conversation with Bob Lenz and Laureen Adams who co author the free e book T...
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My guest this week digs into parenting research so that we don’t have to! She hosts her own podcast Your Parenting Mojo and like many of us, me included, had her child and found that she did not feel prepared. We talk about education and these crazy times of crisis schooling during Covid-19. We also discuss talking with kids about race and how to have continual dialogue about race and inequality. Learn more about Your Parenting Moj...
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I spoke with Dr. Michelle Natinksy, a psychologist based in Austin Texas, in the earlier days of Covid 19 lock down. Schools closed and parents (like me) not sure how to operate with all the typical family supports pulled from under us. Dr. Natinsky has a compassionate and caring approach to her work with families that I find so reassuring during these challenging times. You can learn more about Dr. Michelle Natinsky and her practi...
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Paige Tonz is a mentor and guide to young elite high school and college athletes who are looking for support in managing the demands of that balancing act. As a young athlete Paige saw the need for support in that space and when she graduated decided to dedicate herself to providing the guidance she wishes she had as a young athlete. We talk about the pressure placed on young women and the current atmosphere during the Covid 19 pan...
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When this pandemic and crisis schooling struck, I was thinking a lot about a conversation I had with Stanford professor Dr. Denise Pope on an early episode of The Family Brain. Her research is all about questioning how we measure learning and what success means in schools and what better time to revisit this conversation than during this wild ride of Covid-19 and schooling. I spoke with Dr. Pope at the tail end of crisis schooling...
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Casey Davidson is a certified life coach who helps busy women quit drinking and create lives they love without alcohol. She offers one on one coaching and is also the host of her own podcast, Hello Someday, a show about drinking less and living more. During this time of Covid-19 and shelter in place orders you can not miss all the jokes and memes going around about drinking too much. I just saw one asking if we are supposed to buy ...
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Nancy Levin is a Master Coach and best-selling author. Her most recent book about boundary setting is called Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free. We talk during the time of lock down due to Covid 19 and cover how setting boundaries can change the way you approach difficult situations. One of the points she makes that has stuck with me is that in setting clear boundaries, we might have short term discomfort but we trade that for lo...
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The Family Brain is a podcast about how the mental well being of one family member affects the entire family system. This is a supportive community to share research, resources, stories, and life hacks for keeping the family brain healthy. Hosted by Megan Gipson, LCSW, Ed.M
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Kirk Martin developed the parenting approach of Celebrate Calm out of necessity in the parenting his own child. It may sound simple, but his strategy is a game changer. The basic principle is that you can only lead your child to calm when you first find that calm within yourself. I am not sure about the rest of you but 2020 has not lent itself to a feeling of calm for me. I talk with Kirk about finding calm during this time of pand...
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Dr. Becky Davenport founded the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement in San Antonio Texas when she recognized a need for specialized services for couples and families. ICFE is rooted in the knowledge that relationships are a central part of all of our lives, and that when relationships are strong they provide us with a sense of security and confidence in ourselves. Likewise when we encounter difficulties in our primary rel...
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Kirk Martin is the voice of reason at Celebrate Calm. He, with his son, Casey, have helped give parents practical strategies for stopping defiance, disrespect, and yelling. Over 500,000 parents have used his products to cultivate peaceful, happier homes. For more ideas, check out his website at www.celebratecalm.com
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In this episode, Megan talks with Mandy Majors, founder of Next Talk, about strategies for talking to kids about difficult-to-breach subjects in a healthy, age appropriate manner.
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Megan's guest today is Carol Miller, a licensed social worker who shares her story of loss and how that led to her working with others as they navigate through their grief. She discusses the power of telling your story, the importance of being a curious listener, and some of the impacts of grief on our physical bodies. Carol shares specific ways both to support loves ones as they grieve and always ways we can support ourselve...
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Megan talks today with Cynthia Phelps, PhD, who works at the intersection of technology and mental health. Cynthia explores the connection between depression and negative self talk. She has founded an organization called Inner Ally to help us use our inner voice to to cheer us on rather than tear ourselves down. When we look at the stories we tell ourselves and contrast that with how our biggest cheerleader would view that story, w...
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Megan talks this week with Sasha Tweel, a mom of a child with Prader Willi syndrome. This conversation highlights some of the "invisible needs" others around us experience and how we can support the families we love that are going through challenging situations. The conversation is broad, ranging from the impact medication can have on quality of life to the benefits of implementing new approaches in education and advocati...
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Megan's conversation with Dr. Denise Pope this week is a must listen for parents! Dr. Pope is an author and senior lecturer at Stanford University and the founder of an organization called Challenge Success. Its mission is to partner with schools, families, and communities to promote a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies so that all kids are healthy and engaged with learning. Dr. Pope talks a...
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Megan talks today with Vivian Garcia Tunon, a certified life coach who was brave enough to leave an unfulfilling career to realize her childhood dream of helping others live their most rewarding lives. Vivian'a clients are generally people who are feeling stuck, wanting to improve or move to the next level but uncertain how to get there. She helps her clients assess their passions, strengths, and values and explore the ways to...
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Megan talks today with Justine Finn, who founded Relation-Shift at the Harvard Innovation Lab in order to end sexual violence, promote healthier relationships and create safer schools. 1 in 3 girls in relationships experience some level of abuse and 40% of sexual assaults are experienced before the age of 18. Relation-Shift aspires to help those in the K-12 space establish expectations and responses to violence or bullying to send ...
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