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The Theory of Change Podcast

Summary: The Theory of Change Podcast showcases topics relevant to counselors and counselor educators. The host of this podcast discusses counseling theory, social/cultural issues, and the working dynamics of the modern practitioner. Guests are leading thinkers and practitioners in counseling and related fields that exemplify excellence in their respective disciplines. Host: Dr. Alfredo Palacios Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Email: Music by The Passion HiFi

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 Joining the Psychedelic Renaissance: Expanding the Experience of Meaning-Making in Psychotherapy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:12

Today we speak with Ben Hearn, a doctoral candidate from the School of Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Ben's work focuses on the integration of psychedelics into formal counseling practices.  Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 Optimizing Experiences and Performance Through Flow State | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:53

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Isaac Burt, an associate professor of counselor education at Florida International University. We discussed the altered state of consciousness called Flow. Dr. Burt explores what the experience of flow is and how we can be deliberate about it in optimizing our life experiences.  Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 A Matter of Balance: Getting in Touch with Our Clinical Self | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:02

This episode features Nicole Arzt. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of the book Sometimes Therapy is Awkward (audiobook now available). We discuss her book and the value of therapy for those looking to heal or change. Find more from Nicole Arzt at Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 The Lunchroom Cypher Podcast: Emotionally Freeing Classrooms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:03

This bonus episode features one of the inaugural episodes of the Lunchroom Cypher Podcast.  Dr. Chris Emdin, Columbia Teachers College Professor, Author of the New York Times Best Seller “For While Folks Who Teach In The Hood: And The Rest of Y'all Too”, and the forthcoming text - “Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success”. Together we discuss how supporting student’s social and emotional development is the responsibility of all educators. Music By The Passion HiFi

 Religious Diversity: Contemplating the Experiences of the Cultural Other | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:57

Dr. D'Silva is faculty in the philosophy department at UCCS and whose research includes Islamic Philosophy, and Post Colonial Theory. This conversation centers us on the dynamics of religious freedom in contemporary times and what this means for our wellness and stability.  Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 Clearing the Clutter: The Phenomenology of Empathy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:59

This episode we are joined by Dr. Brett Wilkinson, an assistant professor of counselor education at Purdue University. We discuss the complexities of empathy and emerging perspectives on self compassion and interpersonal wellness.  For more from Dr. Wilkinson: Contact Music By Nick Tresente and The Passion HiFi

 Developing An Adaptive Career Mindset | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:01

Our conversation today focuses on the world of work in a society recently characterized change and unpredictability.  Dr. Brian Hutchison is an an expert career coach, counselor, educator, and researcher. His work seeks to capture trends in the world of work and reframe our outlook toward career.  For more from Dr. Hutchison: Contact Music By Nick Tresente and The Passion HiFi

 Understanding Complexities of Allyship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:49

Dèsa Daniel is a counselor educator who’s work centers the lived experiences of African American communities. In this episode we discuss allyship and the influence of the Black Lives Matter movement on on our understanding of how we as individuals can shape our society.  For more, please visit Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 Understanding Social-Ecological Factors in Mental Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:11

This episode features Dr. Kaprea Johnson an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. We are discussing health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations. To access more of Dr. Johnson's work visit her faculty page at VCU Contact Music By The Passion HiFi

 Reclaiming Your Narrative: Storytellers As Stewards of Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:15

Episode 51 features poets Mercedez Holtry and Hakim Bellamy. Both are renown artists, teachers and writers. We talk about storytelling and contemporary struggles for space in the dominant narrative. We stress the value of expression and listening as communal and integral to our wellness.  To hear more from Mercedez and Hakim check out the resources below.

 New Episodes Resume Next Week | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41

Greetings listeners,  The Theory of Change Podcast has been on a break and will resume releasing new content next week. Please contact the show at

 The Fire Next Time: The Reckoning of History and Self | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:05

This episode features friend of the podcast professor of Africana Studies Charles Peterson from Oberlin College. We are discussing The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963),the relevance of Baldwin's confessional account of white supremacy, and it's implications for human nature.

 Meaning Making with Veterans in Transition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:27

This episode features the work of Dr. Aaron Smith, and Assistant Professor from Western Washington University and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps with Delta Company 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marines from 05′-13′ out of Albuquerque NM. We discuss the process of discovering purpose and meaning while experiencing transition within their return to civilian life. To learn more or support the work of Dr. Smith please visit the Warrior Wellness Lab

  Simone de Beauvoir: Affirming the Ambiguity of Existence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:31

We are joined by philosopher Shannon Mussett. She is a professor of philosophy at Utah Valley University and a scholar of  Simone De Beauvoir. Beauvoir is a seminal thinker in phenomenological-existential philosophy. She is also a pioneer theorist of Feminism  whose works The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947) and The Second Sex (1949) significantly challenged the status quo of philosophy and patriarchal society Contact me at Music By The Passion HiFi

 Resisting and Reforming Mental Health Stigma | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:13

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Alison Crowe, Associate Professor at East Carolina University. Her research questions the multitude of social stigmas around mental health and receiving mental health treatment. If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health concerns, ask about it, talk about it.  Contact us at Audio Engineer Daniel Reza  Music By The Passion HiFi


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