Mental Health Crossroads
Conversation with Dr. Ty Aller, LMFT and Training Coordinator for the MHDD-NTC

Conversation with Dr. Ty Aller, LMFT and Training Coordinator for the MHDD-NTC

November 14, 2019

This week we hear from Dr. Ty Aller, about mental health and how it intersects with disability, his work on college campuses, in therapy, and at the MHDD National Training Center. Some of the resources mentioned in this episode include:

 

Transcripts and past episodes of our podcast: https://mhddcenter.org/voices/

Trainings:

Trainings from the MHDD Center (use this page for current webinars and watch for updates for other trainings from our center): https://mhddcenter.org/training/

Digital storytelling:

The MHDD center is collecting stories about lived experience (and is in the process of producing already collected stories from advocates). If you are an advocate, follow the link at the bottom of our voices page https://mhddcenter.org/voices/

 

Guest Bio:

Dr. Ty Aller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that works as the Training Coordinator for the MHDD: NTC and is housed at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Prior to joining the CPD, Ty worked as a therapist at a local non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and child abuse/neglect. He now owns and operates a private practice in Northern Utah. Ty’s research interests include measuring and implementing mental health literacy programming on college campuses, parent-child relationships and their influence on social-emotional development and projects related to direct service implementation. In his clinical work, Ty focuses on leveraging the strengths of family systems and incorporates components of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Dialectal Behavior Therapy to help adolescents improve their well-being.

*Music Credit: Music for our podcast is licensed from Marmoset Music. Artist: Johnny Clay; Song "Looking Down the Road"

Dr. Verity Rodrigues: Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Verity Rodrigues: Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 17, 2019

This week we hear from Dr. Verity Rodrigues, a specialist in mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who is working towards a more accessible and inclusive mental health field. She talks to us about her work with children with ASD and their families, across school and clinical settings. Dr. Rodrigues works directly with educators across Tennessee to help them better understand the signs, symptoms, and opportunities to support individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health concerns. She also works directly with children and families with disabilities and/or mental health concerns. In addition, Dr. Rodrigues is interested in developing manualized approaches to building and sustaining best-practice classrooms and supporting other system-wide changes to improve access to quality mental health care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

The links we mentioned in this week’s episode:

 

Transcript of this episode: Dr. Verity Rodrigues Transcript

Transcripts and past episodes of our podcast: https://mhddcenter.org/voices/

TRIAD at Vanderbilt: https://triad.vkclearning.org/

 

Dr. Rodrigues received her master’s in special education and her doctorate in school psychology, both from the University of Oregon, where she focused on systems consultation and mental health in schools. As an educational consultant and psychologist at TRIAD, she works across TRIAD’s school-based professional development team and runs her own integrated behavioral-health clinic within the Division of Developmental Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

 

*Music Credit: Music for our podcast is licensed from Marmoset Music. Artist: Johnny Clay; Song "Looking Down the Road"

Conversation with Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum from the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

Conversation with Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum from the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

September 20, 2019

On this episode of the Mental Health Crossroads podcast, our host Jeff Sheen interviews Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum from Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky. They discuss her educational background, her current projects including the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center, and how they both became involved in the field of disabilities and their interest in disability rights.

Some of the links mentioned in this episode are:

Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky: https://www.hdi.uky.edu/

Voices page on the MHDD website, you can access transcripts of previous podcasts and find a link to share your story about mental health and intellectual and developmental disability through our digital storytelling initiative: https://mhddcenter.org/voices/

To access a full transcript of this episode head to:Episode 2 Transcript_Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum

AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disability) website: https://www.aucd.org//template/index.cfm

Guest Biography:

Dr. Elaine Eisenbaum serves as a Project Director at University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI), a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Prior to joining HDI, Dr. Eisenbaum worked at the University of Texas, Texas Center for Disability Studies, where she taught disability studies courses while obtaining her PhD in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Eisenbaum’s scholarly work aims to create intervention models focused on improving health outcomes and well-being for people with disabilities. Her research interests include universal design, health disparities among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, co-occurring mental illness and intellectual disabilities, transition, and eugenics and disability history. Currently, Dr. Eisenbaum is Project Director on a 3-year Administration for Community Living grant, building a National Training Center on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, which will include universally designed web-based trainings.

 

Music is "Looking Down the Road" by Jonny Clay

Introduction to the new Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center

Introduction to the new Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center

August 26, 2019

In this first episode of the Mental Health Crossroads podcast, we talk to Dr. Matt Wappett from the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University about some of the challenges faced by people with both intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health issues. Dr. Wappett highlights the new Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center, a collaborative project designed to increase awareness of these issues and prepare direct support workers and clinicians across fields to address the needs of this population, while also elevating the voices and experiences of people that have identified themselves as having IDD and mental health issues.

Links to resources discussed in this episode are included below:

1. Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center: www.MHDDcenter.org

2. Center for Person with Disabilities at Utah State University: www.cpd.usu.edu

3. Center for Human Development - University of Alaska Anchorage: www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-health/departments/center-for-human-development/

4. Human Development Institute  - University of Kentucky: www.hdi.uky.edu/

5. NADD - thenadd.org/

To access a full transcript of this episode head to: Episode 1 Transcript

 

 

Music is "Looking Down the Road" by Jonny Clay