OK State of Mind

Family & Children's Services in Tulsa, OK

OK State of Mind seeks to satisfy inquisitive minds eager to delve into the realm of mental health and overall well-being.

Join us on a journey to gain insights shared by mental health experts, draw inspiration from remarkable stories of resilience forged by those who've navigated challenging paths, and unveil the intricate science that underpins our thoughts and emotions – a sort of 'invisibilia' if you will. Through these explorations, we aim to illuminate the captivating 'whys' behind our cognitive and emotional selves, hopefully unraveling the complexities that shape our behaviors, feelings, and perspectives.

This podcast is produced by Family & Children's Services based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Learn more at www.fcsok.org and www.okstateofmind.com.

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NAVIGATE: Tulsa's First-Episode Psychosis Solution
Today
NAVIGATE: Tulsa's First-Episode Psychosis Solution
Welcome to today's podcast episode, where we're joined by Justin Smith, Program Director of FCS's NAVIGATE. NAVIGATE is a groundbreaking program focused on early intervention and holistic care for those encountering their first episode of psychosis. Through phases like engagement, assessment, recovery-oriented treatment, family education, and ongoing support, NAVIGATE aims to deliver personalized care that fosters recovery and long-term wellness. Let's dive into this innovative approach with Justin Smith.In conjunction with our previous episode featuring Alicia Zuern, NAVIGATE incorporates the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program. IPS is a specialized form of supported employment specifically designed for individuals contending with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. This integrated approach underscores NAVIGATE's commitment to comprehensive care, aiming to empower individuals on their journey toward recovery and meaningful employment.Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Empowerment through Employment with Individual Placement and Support
Yesterday
Empowerment through Employment with Individual Placement and Support
In this episode, we delve into the transformative power of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with Alicia Zuern, Program Supervisor of IPS at Family & Children's Services (FCS). IPS is a specialized form of supported employment tailored for individuals grappling with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression and FCS has the largest IPS team in Oklahoma.AT FCS, IPS goes beyond traditional employment support by focusing on the individual's preferences and aspirations, aiming to secure and maintain jobs that align with goals.  Join us as Alicia sheds light on the impact of IPS in empowering individuals to reclaim their autonomy and pursue meaningful careers despite the challenges posed by mental illness.In our next episode connected to the work of IPS, we will be joined by Justin Smith, Program Director of NAVIGATE. FCS's first episode psychosis program.Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
CEO Spotlight: Adam Andreassen discusses FCS and #MORE
Jan 15 2024
CEO Spotlight: Adam Andreassen discusses FCS and #MORE
Join us for a captivating conversation with Adam Andreassen, PsyD, the new CEO of Family & Children’s Services (FCS) in Tulsa, OK. As we delve into Adam's journey within behavioral healthcare, gain insights into the personal motivations that fuel his dedication to transforming the lives of those in need. Explore how FCS, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), goes beyond mental health care, integrating physical health coordination and robust social services through #MORE core pillars of client care: swift and convenient access, robust prevention, steadfast stability, and an unwavering commitment to inclusivity. These principles have been interwoven into FCS's foundation for over a century, representing an enduring commitment to a client’s well-being.Don't miss this enlightening episode.  Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Mindfulness Exercise (Part 2 of "Manage the World with Mindfulness")
Dec 15 2023
Mindfulness Exercise (Part 2 of "Manage the World with Mindfulness")
In this much-anticipated Part 2 of the episode titled, “Manage the World with Mindfulness,” Hailey Hopkins, LCSW brings you a special treat—a 8-minute mindfulness exercise led by Hailey herself.Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or just starting your mindfulness journey, this exercise promises a moment of tranquility and self-discovery. We encourage you to actively participate in this guided mindfulness exercise, bookmarking it for future use whenever you need a rejuvenating break. Join us as we continue to explore the transformative power of mindfulness on your mental and physical well-being.Please note that there are long pauses in this episode. Music: Meditate by Onoychenko is licensed under CC BY 4.0 Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Manage Your World with Mindfulness
Dec 15 2023
Manage Your World with Mindfulness
In this transformative episode of "OK State of Mind," we delve into a universally beneficial topic—mindfulness. Our guest, Hailey Hopkins, serves as a clinical supervisor for FCS's LiveWell program, and brings a wealth of expertise to the discussion.Hailey eloquently defines mindfulness as the art of paying attention in the present moment, devoid of judgment. Throughout the conversation, she generously imparts practical insights on seamlessly integrating mindfulness into everyday life. Addressing common challenges, she sheds light on the physiological benefits that mindfulness can bring to individuals.Moreover, Hailey underlines the personal and diverse nature of mindfulness practices, emphasizing their profound positive impact on both mental and physical well-being. As the episode unfolds, listeners are treated to valuable resources, offered freely to enhance their mindfulness journey.The culmination of this insightful episode invites listeners to explore additional resources (free download of the myStrength app at www.fcsok.org/mystrength) for advancing their mindfulness practice. Hailey extends an invitation to experience a guided mindfulness exercise in a separate episode titled "Mindfulness Exercise," providing a hands-on opportunity to embark on a transformative journey toward well-being.Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Unveiling the Mind: How Science Illuminates Mental Health and Substance Use
Oct 17 2023
Unveiling the Mind: How Science Illuminates Mental Health and Substance Use
Can cutting-edge research in neuroscience shed new light on the brain's role in addiction and its potential to revolutionize treatment methods? Join us in a captivating conversation with Dr. Jenny Stewart and Dr. Robin Aupperle from Tulsa's Laureate Institute of Brain Research (LIBR), where they delve into their collaboration with Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery (WIR).  This unique partnership seeks to enhance our comprehension of the early recovery process for women facing extended prison sentences for drug-related offenses. LIBR's research, conducted during the initial three months of the program, aims to unravel the intricate workings of the female brain influenced by trauma, mental health disorders, and addiction. Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Beyond Incarceration: From Hopelessness to Healing
Oct 2 2023
Beyond Incarceration: From Hopelessness to Healing
"Beyond Incarceration: A Journey from Hopelessness to Healing" with Sonya McDonald, a remarkable Women in Recovery graduate who shares her personal story of overcoming adversity and addiction, finding hope, and transforming her life.For almost 30 years, Oklahoma stood at the forefront of this issue nationwide. While currently ranked third, the state still exceeds the national average by twofold. Many women who end up incarcerated have faced a history of trauma, abuse, and limited access to education and economic opportunities. A significant proportion have struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, often stemming from untreated trauma. Addressing these underlying issues and providing comprehensive support systems is crucial in breaking the pathway to female incarceration and today's guest knows firsthand about these issues. Our guest today is Sonya McDonald. She grew up in a violent home where she endured several types of abuse. She started experimenting with drugs and alcohol at age 13, and by age 19 was in a full-blown addiction. By 23, she was convicted of a felony, and by the time she was in her late thirties, she was homeless, and she felt completely hopeless.  She desperately needed to address the many underlying issues that were the result of many traumatic events that occurred, but she didn't know how or where to start. Then she was accepted into Family & Children's Services' Women in Recovery program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Women in Recovery, also known as WIR, is an intensive outpatient alternative to incarceration for eligible women facing long-term prison sentences for drug-related offenses. WIR uses a whole-person approach to address the multiple needs of a woman by developing a pathway of opportunity with comprehensive services and removing barriers, ultimately avoiding incarceration. By working with the criminal justice system and utilizing evidence-based curriculums, women conquer their addiction, recover from trauma, address mental illness, and acquire the essential economic, emotional, and social tools to build successful and productive lives. Sonya graduated from Women in Recovery in 2015, and she currently works as a program coordinator at Tulsa Lawyers for Children. Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
The Physiology of Suicide
Sep 19 2023
The Physiology of Suicide
As part of September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we are continuing our conversation about suicide. Today's guest is a board-certified psychiatrist and Family & Children’s Services, Medical Director, Dr. Stephan Lahr. Dr. Lahr is a graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He's a psychotherapy supervisor from the University of Oklahoma Psychiatry and a regular on News on 6's Doctor on Call segment. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the American Association of Physician Leadership. We asked Dr. Lahr to join us to share more about the biology behind a mental health crisis with the goal of discussing the stigmas and myths and learning more about prevention strategies that might help you save a life. Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Demystifying Suicide
Sep 8 2023
Demystifying Suicide
In the US, it's something that happens every 11 minutes. In Oklahoma, it's the second leading cause of death in Oklahomans ages 10 to 24. It's the second leading cause of death in Native Americans aged 10 to 34, and in the last 21 years, black youth ages 10 to 19 saw the largest increase in rates of 78%. This episode discusses suicide (listener discretion is advised). If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, we encourage you to reach out to your mental health provider. If you're in Tulsa, you can call COPES 24/7 at 918-744-4800, Oklahoma's 988 Mental Health Lifeline, or the helpline in your country.  🌟 Join us as we sit down with Family & Children's Services clinical director and suicidologist Emily Farmer to shed light on the often stigmatized topic of suicide, provide insights into prevention strategies and foster open conversations to help save lives. Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!
Introductions and Purpose
Aug 25 2023
Introductions and Purpose
Welcome to the inaugural episode of OK State of Mind, proudly presented by Family & Children's Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are genuinely excited to acquaint you with the themes of our podcast, featuring your hosts Dee Harris, Chris Posey, and Rachel Roberts.  Join us as we delve into riveting conversations with expert guests from the realm of mental health, engage with individuals who will share incredible stories of resilience, and unravel the science that helps mold our thoughts and emotions. Be sure to subscribe, share, and let's journey together on this transformative adventure!  Support and stay connected to us. First, be sure to hit that subscribe button wherever you're listening to us. Subscribing ensures you never miss an episode, and it's absolutely free. It also helps us continue bringing you quality content.Consider leaving us a review. Your reviews not only make our day, but they also help others discover the podcast and join our community.Share this episode with your friends, family, and anyone who might find it interesting. Word of mouth is a powerful way to grow our podcast family, and we truly appreciate your support.We're always eager to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for future episodes. Visit www.okstateofmind.com for all of our episodes. You can also email us at communications@fcsok.org with any episode ideas or questions. We'd love to connect with you.Thank you once again for accompanying us on the journey. Until next time!