Issues in Children's Mental Health Radio Program

On the first Monday of every month (September through May) at 2pm Eastern time, Lives in the Balancebroadcasts its newest radio programIssues in Children's Mental Health. On this program, Dr. Greene interviews people from throughout the world who are playing a key role in advocating for the more humane, enlightened understanding and treatment of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers. CLICK HERE to listen in on the live program...or listen to any past programs in the Listening Library. And the programs are also available for download through iTunes. Want a reminder when the program is about to air? CLICK HERE 


Ooops!  Issues in Children's Mental Health didn't air on September 9th and October 7th due to some unexpected scheduling snags. But it's back on the air on November 4th! 

November 4, 2013
American psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan joined Dr. Greene on this program to discuss his influential work on violence. Dr. Gilligan's research surrounds the various biological, social and psychological factors related to violence. He is the acclaimed author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic and Preventing Violence: Prospects for Tomorrow. Through his extensive work, Dr. Gilligan has become one of the leading proponents of a proactive prevention, rather than punishment after violence occurs. Dr. Gilligan has served as director of the Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, Director of Mental Health for the Massachusetts prison system and as President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. He is currently at New York University, serving as clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the School of Law, collegiate professor in the School of Arts and Science and consultant and supervisor for the Department of Psychiatry.  

December 9, 2013
Dr. Greene will be joined by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Gary Blau on this month's program. As current Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, Dr. Blau plays a significant leadership role in children's mental health nationwide. Numerous awards throughout his career have highlighted his influential work, including the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the National Association of Children's Behavior Health, and the prestigious Pro Humanitate Literacy Award for his authorship of works that best exemplify the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to promote best practice in the field of child welfare. Dr. Blau has been heralded as a consistent advocate for family driven, youth guided care in all systems.

January 6, 2014
Dr. Greene welcomes Dr. Amanda Nickerson, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, on the program this month. After serving nine years on the faculty of School Psychology at the University of Albany-SUNY, she was appointed as inaugural director of the University of Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.  She is currently an associate professor specializing in counseling, school and educational psychologies. Dr. Nickerson’s research centers on preventing and intervening with schools, crises, violence and bullying, including the critical role of schools, parents and peers in promoting social-emotional learning in children and adolescents. These topics have been the focus of numerous publications and presentations.  Dr. Nickerson joins Dr. Greene on this month’s program to discuss the importance of effective prevention and intervention practices that promote youth strength and reduce adverse outcomes for at-risk youth.

February 3, 2014
Our guest on this month’s program is Dr. James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. Dr. Garbarino has authored several other outstanding publications on the social ecology of youth development, understanding the causes behind violence in children and rehabilitation. He advocates for proactive violence prevention, including working with children at a young age to understand and address underlying factors. Dr. Garbarino has served consultant and advisor roles to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health and the FBI. He currently a professor at Loyola University Chicago.