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 Podcast: Suicide Prevention in Long-term Care with Evan Plys
30 June 2020 - This week we talk with gero-psychologist Evan Plys, PhD about suicide prevention in long-term care settings; from independent-living to assisted-living to nursing home. Evan has volunteered and worked in long-term care since he was young and has a special affinity for our elders. He offers advice on how to discuss suicide within these settings and with this population. He also discusses the idea of creating an environment which promotes wellness and a life worth living.

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 Podcast: The Intersection of Homelessness, Justice Involvement and Suicide Prevention at the VA
16 June 2020 - For this episode we turn the mic over to Ryan Holliday a clinical and research psychologist at RMIRECC. Ryan asked for the mic so he could interview two Sean's. The first is Shawn Liu with the VA Programs for the Homeless and the second Sean Clark, VA Veterans Justice Outreach. The three team up to get in depth on the intersection Homelessness, Justice Involvement and Suicide Prevention. They also make the case why every clinician working with Veterans should get to know their local VA staff working in homelessness and justice involvement.

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 Podcast: A Mobile Safety Planning App with Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent
2 June 2020 - Adam Hoffberg got a chance to talk with Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent, of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division about the updated release of the app PTSD Coach. The wildly respected and used app now includes a digital safety plan for suicide prevention. Pearl takes us on a guided tour of the app and how it can make a difference in the lives of Veterans.

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 Podcast: Trauma Informed Design with Laura Rossbert and Jennifer Wilson
19 May 2020 - My partner came across an article from The Colorado Trust on Trauma Informed Design. The article was titled, "Using Trauma-Informed Design, Buildings Become Tools for Recovery". The article lead me to Jennifer Wilson, a social worker and research associate with the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research at the University of Denver. Jennifer agreed to the podcast and invited Laura Rossbert, Chief Operating Officer at Shopworks Architecture to join. We have talked about trauma informed care and I just had to find out about trauma informed design. Laura and Jennifer will help you gain an appreciation of the 3 C's and just what it means to truly listen to those we serve.

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 Podcast: Addictions and Suicide Prevention
5 May 2020 - This week Adam is in conversation with Shane Kraus to talk about addiction and suicide prevention. Dr. Kraus discusses the behavioral addictions: gambling and sex. The great thing to hear is that both are responsive to treatment and there are many treatment resources within the VA. It starts by talking and by listening.

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 Tutorial: Creating Visual Abstracts
4 May 2020 - A primary goal of RMIRECC Education Core is take the research that is done here and make it accessible to everyone. We do this with our podcasts, presentations, this website and now through visual abstracts. In almost all cases the research that we do ends up in published form in a peer reviewed scientific journal. Reading these may be what some people love to do but for most of us this is just not how we want to spend our time. The goal of the visual abstract is to present the information in a compelling visual way that lets the user decide whether they want to pursue 'the rest of the story.'

See all of our visual abstract and learn to make your own!
 Podcast: WoVeN: Women Veterans Network
21 April 2020 - As the producer for the Short Takes podcast I usually just sit back while Adam interviews our guest. This week both Adam and I sat out while we turned the mic over to Tara Galovski, the co-director WoVeN - the Women Veterans Network. Tara interviewed 3 WoVeN leaders and they had such a great time telling their story. You just know this group works and loves one another and what they are doing.

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 Podcast: Cards for Connection with Katie Juhasz
7 April 2020 - This week Adam talks with Katie Juhasz from the National Center for PTSD. They talk about a new product called Card for Connection. Cards for Connection is a free resource that puts simple coping skills and VA phone numbers directly into Veterans’ hands. Originally created for Veterans who had experienced homelessness, the card deck has now been updated with information for all Veterans. The 52 cards in the deck have easy-to-implement coping skills and important phone numbers, such as the Veterans Crisis Line and the Help for Homeless Veterans line. As a result, Veterans playing a game of cards read positive affirmations, reminders to breathe, and encouragement to make a connection with others.

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