035: Family Focused Therapy – a Novel Approach for Preventative Mental Health Care

Matt and Debbie sit down with Christopher Schneck and Aimee Sullivan to discuss their findings while implementing an exciting new approach to the treatment of bipolar disorder: Family Focused Therapy!


033: Software as a Medical Device: Limbix

In this episode, Matt and Debbie meet with Ben Lewis and John Sockell of Limbix to discuss their digital therapeutics products to help adolescents deal with depression.


032: Meaningful Outreach via SMS: Jared Wigdor of Bright-By-Text

In this episode, recorded in the studio prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Matt and Lauren sit down with Jared Wigdor, vice president and chief development officer for Bright By Text, a text-based outreach model to help guide parents through early parenting.


031: Using Pixar’s Inside Out to Help Kids Cope with Difficult Times

In this episode Debbie and Matt meet with Alexis DeCosimo, an art therapist and friend of the Center. The conversation ranges from a mysterious cryptocurrency startup to Celine Dion (again) to the project Alexis and Debbie worked on together to help families use the film Inside Out as a way to talk about their feelings.


030: Robot Assisted Therapy – Fine Arts Miracles and Misty Robotics

Matt and Sarah Meet Virtually with Aubrey Shick and Tim Enwall, of Fine Arts Miracles and Misty Robotics, do discuss how robots are being used as an augmentation for therapy.


029: Being the Change – Brooke and Brian Griese on Helping Families Navigate Grief and Loss

Matt and Sarah speak with Brian and Brooke Griese, founders of Judi’s House, a community center for families experiencing loss, with a direct focus on childhood bereavement. Brian, a former NFL player, 1998 Super Bowl champion, and son of Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese, lost his mother at a young age. Brooke decided at a young age to become a child psychologist. Together, they are making incredible strides for science-backed and community-oriented improvements to the way kids and their families deal with grief and loss.


028: Already Remote – Community Mental Health in the Mountains

In this episode, Sarah and Matt interview Sharon Raggio, CEO and President of Mindsprings Health, a community Mental Health organization serving a large catchment area in the Rocky Mountains. They discuss providing mental healthcare for rural communities, and the acceleration of telemedicine as a result of COVID-19.


027: Changing the way Doctors Prescribe Opiates with OpiSafe

Matt and Sarah talk with Robert Valuck, CEO of Opisafe and faculty at the Skaags School of Pharmacy. OpiSafe is a tool Doctors use to reduce potential harm and abuse when prescribing opiates and is making waves in the medical community by applying innovative thinking to one of Healthcare’s most urgent challenges.


026: The Mental Health of a City with Wes Williams

In this episode, recorded prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak, Matt and Sarah Boland sit down with Wes Williams, the Chief Information Officer of the Mental Health Center of Denver to talk about their innovative approach to community mental health, via their Digital Front Door, Human-Focused Design, and meeting the need Denver’s population in whatever way they can, including haircuts.


025: Getting Through it Together: Peer-to-Peer Support with iRel8

In this episode, Matt and Debbie sit down with Dion Gonzales and Jeff Dorchester, the founders of the anonymous peer support app IRel8, to discuss how and why they created their anonymous, peer-to-peer mental health app.


024: Pandemic Parenting – the challenges Families Face during COVID-19

Matt and Debbie sit down with Scott Cypers, director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Johnson Depression Center, at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the family and on parenting.


023: Osiris Labs – Building Empathy in the Workplace with VR

Matt and Sarah sit down with James and Don of Osiris Labs to discuss using virtual reality to train soft skills to help better workplace productivity and build empathy. The group discusses how technology and these skills apply in response to COVID-19 and how these skills may be different in a post COVID-19 world.


022: Managing a Work From Home Organization

Matt and Q Saeed meet (remotely) to discuss the role of leadership in organizations, and the way COVID-19 has caused unprecedented change in the way teams work.


021: Take Out Therapy: An Open Chat About Telehealth in the time of COVID-19

Matt has a remote meeting with Mimi McFaul, Debbie Boeldt and Gwen Gaumond from NMHIC. All three guests are telehealth experts, and they discuss the ins and outs of online therapy, paying particular attention to it’s increased prevalence during the COVID-19 crisis.

Thank you for listening! Here are some helpful guidelines for therapists hoping to provide services via video session during the COVID pandemic. Remember to always read Terms of Service and Business Associate Agreements prior to provision of services. Thank you for continuing to provide excellent support to the people you serve as therapists. Continue to check back with the Crazed podcast and on the NMHIC web page for further guidance and support during this challenging time.

Reference blog post for National Association of Social Work NASW, American Counseling Association ACA, and American Psychological Association APA guidelines regarding ethical guidelines for tele-therapy: http://mentalhealthinnovation.org/blog-post/tips-for-therapists-conducting-teletherapy-in-response-to-covid-19-recommendations/?preview=true&_thumbnail_id=1655

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services directive announced March 6 expanding tele-therapy: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-expands-telehealth-benefits-medicare-beneficiaries-during-covid-19-outbreak

Simple Practice free to new users for 30 days, embedded tele-therapy: https://secure.simplepractice.com/users/sign_up

Zoom tips for educators, events and security: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html


020: Working Hard From Home or Hardly Working from Home? Home Office Life During a Pandemic

Matt and Sarah have a remote meeting with John Vogl, Matt’s nephew and a Work from Home veteran, and discuss strategies for focus, keeping your head in the right place, and a secret trick that prevents Matt from ignoring your email.


017: Evolving Residency Training in Psychiatry with Ronil Shah and Zach Demko

In this episode, Matt chats with two Psychiatry residents here at the University of Colorado who are leading a pilot study with OxfordVR and examining what the real world implementation would look like to run a VR clinic. They discuss the often skeptical side clinicians have of technology assisted therapy and how tools such as VR can help take the burden off the therapist and in turn, increase the case load that a clinician can carry.


016: Can Technology Help Improve the Lives of Older Adults?

With a large gap in training for those working with the elderly, Sharon Lipford and Steve Goldberg discuss Engage with, a highly interactive training designed to increase awareness and develop skills necessary to engage in healthy, caring relationships with older adults and how technology is helping maximize resources for training nationally.


013: The Young and The Invincible

In this episode, Matt sits down with two representatives from the Colorado chapter of the Young Invincibles, Sandy Vang, Giselle Chico, and the leader of the Colorado Chapter, Christina Powsolowski.


011: Emotions Inside and Out: An Animated Conversation with Pete Docter (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of Matt and Rick’s sit down with Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of the movie Inside Out and many other classics from the legendary animation studio.


010: Emotions Inside and Out: An Animated Conversation with Pete Docter (Part 1 of 2)

In this episode, Matt and Rick sat down with Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of the movie Inside Out and many other classics from the legendary animation studio.


009: Project Second Helping – Re-Recording with Justin Kruger

In this episode, Matt sits down (again) with Justin Kruger, the founder of Project Helping, a volunteer network founded not only with the intention of bettering communities, but benefiting the mental wellness of it’s volunteers.


008: Capitol Crusader Leslie Herod: Using Policy in the Fight to Improve Mental Health

In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Representative Leslie Herod at the Capitol Building in downtown Denver. Rep. Herod is the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, and has been fighting for crucial new legislation to better the community she comes form, and Denver as a whole.


007: Bald Eagles in the Town Dump: A Laughing Matter

For this special episode, Garrison and Matt sat down to talk about a funny thing that happened in Juneau, Alaska.

The flyer Matt kept seeing around town



006: Noah Robinson – VR and Addiction Recovery, Finding Yourself Online

In this episode, hosts Matt and Debbie interview Noah Robinson, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University who is exploring how VR can be used to treat addiction. He talks about how games like VRChat can help people become who they want to be, and his own experience navigating depression by turning to online communities. This is the second episode our team recorded at the VR Voice conference in Tucson Arizona.


005: Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu – Elizabeth McMahon Sings Opera, Treats Anxiety with VR

In this episode, Matt and Debbie interview Elizabeth McMahon, a psychologist who opened a private practice after over 30 years at Kaiser Permanante. She’s one of the first therapists to adopt Virtual Reality as a method for treatment of anxiety, phobias and other behavior health conditions. Elizabeth and Debbie are working on a book about the clinical applications of VR, which will be available soon!


004: Dama Dipayana on Autism, Elephants, and being a Renaissance Woman

For this episode, Matt, Rick and Debbie interview Dama Dipayana, a partner here at the Center and true renaissance woman. Topics range from her video production company, Be Frank, to her new project Manatee, an app designed to provide an AI Companion and therapy for kids with behavioral disorders, to her time in Sri Lanka providing care for elephants, to her experience as a female entrepreneur in tech and finance.


003: New Models for Mental Health Care with Walter Greenleaf (Part 2)

This episode is a continuation of Matt and Rick’s live interview with Dr. Walter Greenleaf. If you haven’t already, make sure to listen to part 1!


002: New Models for Mental Health Care with Walter Greenleaf (Part 1)

In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a distinguished Stanford scholar and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of digital medicine. Viewed as a founder and leading force in the use of VR for behavioral therapy, Walter pops the hood on VR, and its potential as a scaleable solution for mental health care.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at CU Denver’s Downtown Campus. This recording took place at the TEDxMileHigh Adventure event as a followup to Matt’s TED Talk.


001: Introductions

For our first real episode, hosts Matt and Rick interview each other. They discuss what lead them to their work, and the personal stories that cultivated their approach.



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