Psychology podcasts!

I’ve gotten into podcasts. I even narrate one, White-Noise, an audio drama about ghosts in Gettysburg. You can find a podcast for almost any interest! Here are some related to psychology I’ve listened to.

Unpopular Culture
http://upcpodcast.com/

We are not bystanders in today’s culture, and we’re willing to bet: Neither are you. Unpopular Culture is a podcast where a psychotherapist and a team of dedicated professionals, dive into the broken underbelly of today’s society— discovering the weird and the weirdly common. New shows full of case studies, psychological breakdowns and conspiracy theories are released every Tuesday morning wherever you get your podcasts!

The Bright Sessions
http://www.thebrightsessions.com/

This one is a fictional audio drama about a therapist of people with superpowers. It’s very well done and avoids common fiction therapy cliches.

Shrink Rap Radio

http://shrinkrapradio.com/

Long-running show featuring interviews with a wide variety of psychology field personalities with “Dr. Dave.”
“Dr. Dave” is also known as David Van Nuys, Ph.D. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University and served as that department’s Chair for seven years.

Geek Therapy

http://www.geektherapy.com/podcast

Covers many ways to use geek culture in therapeutic ways!

Invisibilia, an NPR podcast

http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” We explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

Podcast series by the American Counseling Association

http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/podcasts

The ACA has an official podcast series! You can even listen as part of continuing education credits if you’re in the mental health field. Don’t fret about the price tag if you’re not looking into CE credits though. It’s free to listen!

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Therapeutic Interior Design?

I’ve said it half as a joke a few times lately, but let’s face it: Waiting rooms in doctors’ offices and therapy offices tend to be far from cheerful places. I think it could help in some way if these spaces were designed to put people more at ease. I’ve heard of some long-term care facilities undergoing redesign to look more homelike instead of sterile, and I think this is a very positive step. I’d certainly not be my most cheerful self if what amounted to my home didn’t look like one!

I wouldn’t ask for the advice of actual interior designers. I at least wouldn’t give one complete free rein. If you ask me, they tend to design spaces that would look nice on a magazine cover but I wouldn’t want to live in at all! I don’t want to live in a magazine cover. I want to be comfortable. I want comfortable chairs. Cheerful decor that isn’t in-your-face cheerful like a kid’s playroom (unless it actually is in a kid’s playroom) but also doesn’t feel “too fancy” to me, like something that would be at a grandparent’s house and I wouldn’t be allowed to touch it.

The entire environment of a mental health client is important to consider, especially if they’re staying somewhere for long-term care and the place is essentially their home for that time. I want people to feel comfortable. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere where I’m not. I know many facilities unfortunately suffer from a lack of funding, and interior design is far from the top of the list of priorities if there isn’t much money to go around. But I think it’s something to consider.