Sarah, LCSW, joins the podcast for an introspective conversation on racial identity, self care, and radical healing. We look at the parallel process of being a mental health provider who engages in mental health services. Sarah also shares how she maintains her strength and grounding in the midst of rising hate crimes against her identified racial group.
In this episode of the Chill Spot Radio, three generations of Black male therapists converge on issues of identity, culture, and experience. Reflecting on his 42 years of therapeutic work, Michael Hughes, LMFT, shares his story. With a unique view of working as a Black therapist on the Westside of Los Angeles since the 1970s, Michael details through storytelling how he came into his "clinical own".
Brett Riley, practicing Associate Clinical Social Worker joins the Chill Spot Radio. With tenderness and vulnerability, Brett shares his personal journey and reflects on the parallel process of being a healer to others while also being in need of healing from multiple griefs and losses.
With a grounding presence, engaging spirit, and progressive vision, Yolo Akili Robinson joins Chill Spot Radio for it's 10th episode! Yolo is a writer, yoga instructor, and the founder of BEAM Collective. In this episode we talk about BEAMs method of, "container building" and how to build other wellness skills within and for the black community. We process how to show up for oneself, one's family, and one's community when carrying the weight of trauma and other stressors. We also talk about the spectrum of how males emotionally connect and the impact of the generational messages we've received about gender and masculinity. We continue to explore male grief and healing.
James "Dat Yoga Dude" Woods (trained MFT children's book authoer, and certified yoga instructor) shares his story of integrating mental health, yoga, and creating a community for black people, particularly men, to embrace these two disciplines. James shares the cognitive, kinesthetic, and spiritual impact of yoga and its positive impact on his clients, community, and k-12 students.
In today's podcast we explore the importance of being seen. Dr. Wendy Ashley and Professor Jolene Swain, co-creators of Black Girl Magic share the work they're doing in connecting with and providing spaces of belonging to black women enrolled in the Masters of Social Work Program at California State University of Northridge.
Leroy, from BEAM, Black Emotional and Mental-Health shares his wisdom, insight and magnetic energy as we discuss black wellness, wholeness and healing. We learn about ways to create healing organizations and culturally responsive mental health practices and spaces. He also defines and unpacks "black masculinity".
Dr. Boris Ricks, whose expertise is in urban politics, joins the Chill Spot today. We examine the psychological burden of being black, marginalized and undermined in America. We also explore the physiological and psychological impact of police brutality and Dr. Ricks talks about economic and political transformation and the barriers we currently face in achieving progress.