Issues in Children's Mental Health Listening Library


All prior segments of the Issues in Children's Mental Health Radio Program are listed below, in reverse chronological order.  Just click and listen!

CPS in Haninge, Sweden (May 5, 2014)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Tuija Lehtinen, a school psychologist in Haninge, Sweden, who is currently overseeing a project in which the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model is being implemented in all 16 public schools, with children aged 6-16. Tuija filled us in on how her school system has organized the effort, along with some of the bumps in the road so far. LISTEN NOW

Lagging Skills and Challenging Behavior (April 7, 2014)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Dr. Christopher Kaufman, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist whose 27 years of practice includes over two decades as Lead Psychologist for the Portland (Maine) Public School Department. Dr. Kaufman is also author of Executive Function in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students. Want to hear about the link between lagging skills and challenging behavior...and about the need for school systems and eveyone else) to focus more on lagging skills than on the behaviors caused by those lagging skills? LISTEN NOW

CPS in Oakland Unified School District (March 3, 2014)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Sally Payson-Hayes, Ph.D., a school psychologist in the Oakland (California) Unified School District, where there's a lot ofCollaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) going on...and a lot of research on the model going on as well. She talked about the rationale behind implementing CPS, the difficulties in implementation, and the research findings thus far. LISTEN NOW

Predicting and Preventing Violence (February 3, 2014)
Who's likely to commit violent acts and why do they do it? Can we predict violence well enough to prevent it? This was a fascinating discussion with Dr. James Garbarino, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. LISTEN NOW

The Social-Emotional Well-Being of Kids: How's It Going? (January 6, 2014)
On today's program, Dr. Greene was joined by Dr. Amanda Nickerson -- inaugural director of the University of Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention -- to discuss bullying prevention in particular and the social-emotional well-being of kids in general. Dr. Nickerson had a very thoughtful take on things, and even gave us the top three skills kids need to do well: problem-solving, empathy, and emotion regulation. No wonder we had her on the program! LISTEN NOW

December 2013: Mental Health First-Aid (December 9, 2013)
Dr. Gary Blau, Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, joined Dr. Greene this month to discuss his work in the field of mental health. Among other issues, Dr. Blau discusses the alarmingly high rate of children in need of mental health services and the much lower rate of care available. He recommends not only expanding the number of health care providers, but also expanding the thinking of who could be helpful in treating these issues. Along these lines, he introduces the idea of mental health first-aid as a critical first step in providing appropriate services to children with mental health needs. In addition, Dr. Blau discusses the importance of a strength-based treatment model and the feasibility of family-driven, youth-guided service provision. LISTEN NOW

November 2013: Preventing Violence through Compassion (November 4, 2013)
Dr. Greene was joined this month by Dr. James Gilligan, an American Psychiatrist and author who has completed extensive work on the biological, social and psychological factors of violence. Based on his life work, Dr. Gilligan theorizes that the ultimate cause of violence from an individual is feelings of shame, inferiority and unworthiness, citing the correlation between socioeconomic gaps and high rates of violence in developed countries. Implications for violence prevention include compassionate treatment and providing opportunities for the development of self-esteem. LISTEN NOW

May 2013: Collaboration and Problem Solving (May 6, 2012)
Dr. Greene's guest on this program was Tony Wagner, the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University and the author of the best-selling book The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — and What We Can Do About It. Tony has some very important ideas about the skills kids are going to need to be successful in the world of the future, and while blind adherence to authority isn't on the list, collaboration and problem-solving are. LISTEN NOW

April 2013: School Safety and "Human Detectors" (April 1, 2013)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was William S. Pollack, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor (Psychology) in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pollack was a consultant to Safe Schools Initiative (a collaborative project of the United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education), and he has important ideas about school shootings, why they happen, and how we can prevent them...and you can hear those ideas on this program! LISTEN NOW 

***Here are the links Dr. Pollack referred to during the program:
The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative READ
Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and Creating Safe School Climates READ
Evaluating Risk for Targeted Violence in Schools READ

March 2013: Homeless Youth: Who They Are and What They Need From Us (March 4, 2013)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Chris Bicknell of the Teen Center and Lighthouse at Preble Street Resource Center in Portland, Maine, where he has helped to develop the Connect Team, an interagency team designed to work with youth who have experienced co-occurring substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness. If you ever wanted to know more about how kids become homeless, what their needs are, and how we can help them, you're going to hear it on this program. LISTEN NOW

January 2013: Is Your Facility Ready to Eliminate Restraint and Seclusion? (January 7, 2013)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was David Colton, Ph.D., a renowned expert on cultural changes in behavioral health care organizations that can contribute to the reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint, a topic on which Dr. Colton lectures internationally. Dr. Colton's expertise was very much in evidence on this program...and you can link to the instruments and sites referred to in the program, including the Checklist for Assessing Your Organization’s Readiness for Reducing Seclusion and Restraint (CLICK HERE) and the SAMHSA restraint and seclusion web-page (CLICK HERE). This program is a must-listen for any organization trying to reduce or eliminate restraint and seclusion! LISTEN NOW

December 2012: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools (December 3, 2012)
Dr. Greene's guests on this program were Darcy Gruttadaro, JD, the Director of the Child & Adolescent Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Howard Trachtman, the Chair of the NAMI Advisory Committee on Restraint & Seclusion and the co-founder and director of the NAMI Greater Boston Consumer Advocacy Network. He has personally experienced restraint and seclusion and had a close friend die in restraints. The discussion focused on the use of restraint and seclusion in American public schools and current initiatives to reduce its use. LISTEN NOW

November, 2012: Solving Problems in Juvenile Detention (November 5, 2012)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Jeff Morin, Acting Superintendent at Mountain View Youth Development Center, a juvenile detention facility in Charleston, Maine.  Led by people like Jeff, there have been many positive changes at Mountain View...changes in how the challenges of incarcerated youth are understood, in perceptions about what these kids need, and in how they're treated. The State of Maine has led the charge for the enlightened care of incarcerated youth, and on this program you'll hear about how they did it.  (Hint:  it wasn't easy or fast!) LISTEN NOW ***(To hear a related discussion on Maine Public Radio, CLICK HERE)

October, 2012: Hitting is for Baseball (October 1, 2012)
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Dr. George Holden, a developmental psychologist and researcher at Southern Methodist University and a very persuasive advocate against the use of corporal punishment at home and school. Dr. Holden is also the Chair of the recent Global Summit on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Disipline (CLICK HERE for the conference website). LISTEN NOW

September, 2012:  Juvenile Injustice (September 10, 2012)
On today's program, Dr. Greene interviewed Richard Ross, a photographer and researcher at the University of California/Santa Barbara, who, with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has used photography to document conditions in juvenile detention settings in the U.S. and to advocate for policy reform.  His website is  LISTEN NOW

May, 2012:  Spanking Solves No Problems (May 8, 2012) 
Dr. Greene's guest on today's program was Robbyn Peters Bennett from the US Alliance to End the Hitting of Children ( this is one you'll want to listen to. LISTEN NOW

Interview with Alfie Kohn (February 1, 2010) 
In this program, Dr. Greene had the pleasure of talking with Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by RewardsBeyond Discipline, and many other influential books. This was a fun and enlightening discussion about a variety of topics, including school discipline, socially healthy classrooms, high-stakes testing...the whole gamut. LISTEN NOW