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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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 Podcast: Tibetan Singing Bowls with John Ferguson
24 March 2020 - This is a very special episode during this uncertain time for all of us. Adam recorded this podcast with John Ferguson a retired Marine with a couple of tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. After he left the service a buddy talked him into taking a yoga class. It changed his life. What is particularly special about this episode is that John leads us through two meditations using Tietan singing bowls. Enjoy

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 Podcast: Meet Dennis Gillan
10 March 2020 - Adam saw Dennis' Ted Talk that went kind of viral and decided we should try and get him on our podcast. Now, we send out invitations just into the blue when we here or see something we like. It's not like we are Ira Glass of This American Life and everyone has heard of us and jumps at being on our podcast. But sometimes we get lucky and produce a really nice show. Like this one.

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 Podcast: Objective Zero with Justin Miller and Chis Mercado
11 February 2020 - The VA's public-private partnership gets another turn of the mic with Adam Hoffberg interviewing Justin Miller and Chis Mercado from Objective Zero. Justin and Chris are the heart of the Objective Zero origin story and the power of listening. Listen to their story and how it has inspired many, many others to reach out and help. Visit their website:

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