Jedi Counsel Podcast 45 - Myths, Part 2, Bullying Myths with Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon

May 19, 2017

Hey folks! This week we continue our mini-series on myths with the fantastic Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon, a developmental psychologist. Listen in as she takes us into the world of bullying research. What exactly is bullying? What do we know about it? What can we do about it? Listen in to find out all of this and more! 

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 44 - Myths, Part 1: Brain Myths with Dr. Robert Gordon

May 12, 2017

Hey folks! This week we begin our mini-series on myths. We start things off with special guest, Dr Robert Gordon, a cognitive psychologist. Listen in as we cover such myths including: do we use only 10% of our brain? Is our memory similar to a tape (or video) recorder? And is it possible to subliminally influence other people? For other great myths of psychology, check out this book that Dr. Gordon references here: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002362.html

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 43 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (revisited) and Bereavement

May 6, 2017

Hey folks! This week we decided to just come full circle and revisit the topic that started it all, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! We dive in deciding whether or not the film holds up and then talk about Bruce Wayne's response to the loss of his parents. We talking about responding to grief, different styles of grief, and how the relationship between bereavement and depression recently changed

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 42 - The Jedi Counsel and One Year of Podcasting

April 29, 2017

Hey folks, this week we decided to hit the brakes and reflect on one year of podcasting. What do we like, what have we learned, where are we going, and who do we have to thank. Listen in for all that and more. And, sincerely, thank you for tuning into the Jedi Counsel Podcast. 

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 41 - The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 3

April 21, 2017

Content Warning: We include discussion of aspects of the series that include rape, stalking, photo sharing without consent, and suicidal behavior.

 This week, we conclude with our third episode in our mini-series on 13 Reasons Why. We continue to discuss the areas of accuracy, places in need of improvement, and what we know based on the research. This episode contains spoilers and information through the end of the series.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 For more information about sexual assault, look here. If you or someone you know is concerned about this issue, you can call 1-800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

 Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

 For more information on the articles discussed in this episode about suicide contagion, look here and here. For media guidelines for discussing suicide, look here.

 You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 40 - The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 2

April 14, 2017

Hey Folks! This week we continue our second episode in our mini-series on 13 Reasons Why. We continue to discuss the areas of accuracy, places in need of improvement, and what we know based on the research. This episode contains spoilers and information through episode seven.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 39 - The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 1

April 8, 2017

Hey folks! This week, we start our first of a series of episodes on the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. We talk about areas of accuracy, as well as myths about suicide that are presented in the show. We discuss whether people should make memorials for people who die by suicide, warning signs, reasons for suicide, and how people respond following someone's death by suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!
The survey link mentioned in the episode is here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 38 - Major Depressive Disorder and Batgirl, Part 2

April 8, 2017

Hey folks! This week we continue our discussion on major depressive disorder. We spend some time covering Aaron Beck's Cognitive Model of Depression as well as describe how Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (one of the empirically-supported interventions) works. Then we take what we learned and apply it to none other than Barbara Gordon, the Batgirl!

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!
The survey link mentioned in the episode is here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 37 - Major Depressive Disorder and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Part 1

March 31, 2017

Hey folks! This week we cover major depressive disorder! We start by going through some of the symptoms and prevalence rates. Then we tie it all back into none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Tune in next week for the epic conclusion where we will cover some of the theories and treatments for major depressive disorder.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 36 - The Geek Therapy Podcast Network and Josué Cardona

March 24, 2017

Hey folks! This week we were fortunate enough to interview the highly esteemed Josué Cardona! He is the founder of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network and was vital to Jedi Counsel becoming what it is today.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 35 - Suicidal Ideation and Logan

March 17, 2017

***THIS EPISODE CONTAINS LOGAN SPOILERS*** 

Hey folks! This week we finally get to talk about Logan. We start with our overall impressions and then dive into some of the suicidal thoughts Logan is experiencing throughout the film. For more information related to suicide; click here for statistics, here for warning signs, and here for what you can do if you are concerned about a friend or loved one.

You can find Thomas Joiner's book about the interpersonal theory of suicide here. Katie's lab's study examining the stigma of suicide is available here.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here. You can check out our new Jedi Counsel merchandise here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 34 - Internet Gaming Disorder and The Guild

March 11, 2017

Hey folks! This week, with some inspiration from MPR, we decided to talk about Internet Gaming Disorder. After talking a bit about the disorder, we cover one of the most accurate and compassionate depictions of mental illness in popular culture; The Guild with Felicia Day! Thanks for listening!

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 33 - Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Body Depiction in Comics

March 4, 2017

After two weeks off the air, we nearly forgot how to make podcasts! Just kidding... listen in as we dive into eating disorders. We start by covering the specific disorders, then talk a bit about body shape in comic books, and finish up by briefly touching upon treatments.
Click here for more information about eating disorders.
Click here for more information about treatments for eating disorders. 
Click here for the Atlantic article on the comic book character Faith Herbert.
Click here for the article on Renae De Liz on drawing women in comics. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 32 - Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 3: Split Review

February 10, 2017

Hey folks! This week we conclude our series on dissociative identity disorder by reviewing the 2016 film Split. Fresh from seeing it the night prior, we offer a quick plot summary, our reactions, whether it is an accurate representation, and whether it is a compassionate depiction. See here for the referenced article from The Guardian, sent in via Zach McGough. Thanks, Zach! 

PS- This episode has SPOILERS galore! Do not listen until you have seen the film!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 31 - Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 2

February 4, 2017

Hey folks! We start this week off with some current events, including the new MBMBAM tv trailer. After that, we continue our discussion of dissociative identity disorder. We start by covering a study by Spanos and with a discussion of the Hillside Strangler. Then we jump into some fictional examples, including Two-Face, of Batman fame, and Tara from The United States of Tara. Thanks for listening in!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 30 - Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 1

January 28, 2017

Hey folks! Big news! We are officially part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network! Check out all of the great shows this wonderful network has available! After we nerd out about that, listen in as we begin our discussion of disassociative identity disorder. We start things off by talking about what the disorder is, what the symptoms are, and how it is treated! Next week we will dive in on how the disorder is portrayed in popular media!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 29 - Rogue One, Hope, and Representation

January 21, 2017

Hey folks! Today we finally got to talk about Rogue One. Sorry it took so long! Listen in as we talk about our general thoughts about the film and then get into some of the benefits of hope and representation. As always, thanks for listening in!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 28 - Bipolar Disorder and a Tribute to Carrie Fisher

January 13, 2017

Hey folks! Today we decided to talk a bit about Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher, and Bipolar Disorder. Carrie Fisher did so much to advocate for for mental illness and deserved some attention. We also dive into Bipolar Disorder. We cover some myths/facts, the symptoms, and available treatments. Thanks for listening in!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 27 - Mad Max

January 10, 2017

We hope the new year is treating you well! This week's episode covers one of our favorite characters, Mad Max! We cover a bit of the relevant background of the character and then dive into the psychology. Enjoy! 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 26 - Kevin Smith

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone! To bring in the new year, we decided to talk about one of our favorite people ever, Kevin Smith! Listen in as we talk about why we like him and how he inspired us and this project! Plus, this week's episode features two, you read that right, two pearls of wisdom!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 25 - The McElroy Brothers, Humor, and Mental Health

December 23, 2016

Hi folks! During this episode we discussed the McElroy brothers! You might know them from My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, or any of their other great projects. You can find them all here! Listen in as we talk about why we like these good, good brothers, how humor and mental health might be related, and then we finish up by answering some questions Yahoo! Answers related to psychology!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 24 - Dr. Horrible, Part 3

December 9, 2016

The epic conclusion to our Dr. Horrible Commentary Saga is upon you! Listen in here as we conclude our commentary of this beautiful, yet harrowing, tale. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 23 - Dr. Horrible, Part 2

December 2, 2016

Welcome back to our Dr. Horrible Saga! You can listen in to part two here! Load it up and follow along as we continue this mystical journey through one of our favorite musicals!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 22 - Dr. Horrible, Part 1

November 23, 2016

This week we decided to dive into one of our favorite musicals, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. We started this week with Act 1. Load it up and follow along with us as we provide our thoughts and commentary during this excellent piece!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 21 - Wonder Woman

November 12, 2016

This week is all Wonder Woman! We were inspired by the newly dropped trailer and the character herself! Listen in as we cover our perspective of Diana Prince, the Wonder Woman. (Also, please pardon the audio issues! We updated our recording set up and need to fine tune the process again! Thank you!)

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 20 - Halloween Scare-tacular! Fear, Anxiety, and Phobias

October 27, 2016

This week we took a listener suggestion and decided to talk about fear! We start the conversation with Dr. Crane, the Scarecrow and talk a bit about Brandon's research on fear. Then we move into the clinical realm with a discussion about fear, anxiety, and phobias. Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 19 - Samantha Myhre, Music, and Mental Health

October 25, 2016

Listen in as we talk with special guest co-host, Samantha Myhre! She brings us her experiences as an instructor, clinician, and musician to tell us about the gaps between music and mental health. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 18 - Superheroes and Coping Styles

October 18, 2016

In this episode we decided to talk about coping styles! Coping styles are the negative or positive ways in which we handle stress and negative emotions. After that we speak about the ways in which we find inspiration and motivation in superheroes, using them as a coping skill. How do superheroes help to inspire or motivate you?

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 17 - Star Wars, Part 3

October 9, 2016

Today we conclude our conversation on Star Wars by delving into the light side of the Force. We talk about our favorite characters as well as some of the ways in which the Jedi teachings, like mindfulness meditation, might apply to therapy or overall positive mental health.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 16 - Star Wars, Part 2 - The Dark Side

September 29, 2016

Today we continued our conversation on Star Wars by delving into the dark side of the Force. Check out this discussion by Dr. Andrea Letamendi who inspired this week's topic. We talk about our favorite Star Wars villains and what might lead someone to falling to the dark side. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 15 - Star Wars and (some) Psychology, Part 1

September 22, 2016

Today we decided to talk about Star Wars and largely forgot about mental health until the very end. Listen in as we talk about the Star Wars series and who our favorite characters are. We decided if there can be three Star Wars trilogies in the film world, our podcast can have its own Star Wars trilogy. Tune in as we continue the conversation about Star Wars and how it relates to mental health over the following two episodes.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 14 - The Science of Clinical Psychology

September 15, 2016

Today we decided to dive into the science of clinical psychology. Listen in as we describe how clinical scientists choose treatments as well as how those treatments undergo empirical investigation. For more information on the debate between therapy as a science vs an art, click here and here! You can find more information about empirically supported interventions here, and for children, here! And click here to learn more about treatments that harm! And for a great blog resource on empirically supported interventions, click here!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 13 - Jessica Jones and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

September 12, 2016

Today we talk about Marvel's hit Netflix series, Jessica Jones! Listen in as we talk about our thoughts about the show in general, as well as the portrayal or mental health. Here is a closer look at some of the empirically-supported interventions. Here you can find some further resources for PTSD via the VA system.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 12 - Controversy over Diagnosing Donald Trump

September 12, 2016

Today we dive into some of the controversy over diagnosing Donald Trump. It’s popped up throughout the media and social networks, but is it ethical? Listen in to learn more about this example, others, and the ethical standards surrounding this controversial topic!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 11 - Psychology and the Suicide Squad

September 12, 2016

Today we start by discussing our thoughts on the newest Rogue One trailer, which you can see here! After that, we dive into Suicide Squad! Listen in as we talk about some of our thoughts, as well as some specific psychology related to some of the characters.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 10 - Richard Early from Paradox Comics-N-Cards

September 12, 2016

Today we stopped over to our favorite comic book store, Paradox! Listen in as we discuss some of the psychology behind comic books and table top gaming with the owner, Richard Early. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 9 - A Simple Case

September 12, 2016

We start with a quick recap of some related comic book news. After that, we dive into Batman #44, by Scott Snyder, in which he address multiple relevant social issues related to racial disparities. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 8 - The Killing Joke

September 9, 2016

We start things off with our new current events section. Hear our thoughts about the recent Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers. After that, we discuss both the graphic novel as well as the recent film adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Hear our thoughts about how they portray the character of Batgirl as well as mental health. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 7 - Pokemon GO and Dark Night

September 9, 2016

We discuss the wildly popular Pokemon Go! game. What are some of the pros and cons that you have noticed? After that we talk about one of our new favorite graphic novels, Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini. 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 6 - Why does everyone hate Kylo Ren!?

September 9, 2016

We discuss the character Kylo Ren. Everyone seems to dislike him. We really enjoyed him! Listen along as we discuss some of the common criticisms and then respond directly to comments that we found on the World Wide Web!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 5 - Comics & Psychology

September 9, 2016

We discuss how we became interested in comics, what we like so much about Buffy and Batman, DC Rebirth, and potential applications of comics in mental health settings. We get most of our comics at Paradox Comics-N-Cards. We especially like DC Comics & Dark Horse Comics. Many excellent psychologists have utilized comics in their work – we have posted links to their websites here.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 4 - Dungeons and Dragons

September 9, 2016

We provide some description and history on Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition and discuss some of the ways in which the fantasy genre (games and other media) are viewed negatively as well as the ways D&D has experienced a resurgence and has been implemented in a therapeutic setting.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 3 - Diversity Day

September 9, 2016

We provide commentary for one of our favorite episodes of The Office (Diversity Day) and discuss culturally-sensitive mental health services.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 2 - Harley Quinn and The Joker

September 9, 2016

We discuss our views about Harley Quinn, The Joker, and their relationship from a psychological perspective.

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 1 - Batman v Superman

September 9, 2016

We discuss our views about the movie, Batman v Superman, from a mental health perspective.

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