Episode 19: Dr. Gary Burlingame and Sue Jenkins


This episode we connect with Dr. Gary Burlingame and Sue Jenkins at the American Psychological Association conference in Denver, Colorado.

For those of you who have heard us talking about the "OQ" or "YOQ" on this podcast, Dr. Burlingame is one of the originators of those instruments and has been chasing evidence based practice and progress monitoring excellence throughout his distinguished career. 

gary.jpgDr. Burlingame is a professor of Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University. His teaching includes research and assessment methods applied to psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. His research spans over 20 years and has emphasized measurement, program evaluation and group psychotherapy. He has edited, authored or co-authored four academic based books, 100 book chapters and peer reviewed articles and 180+ scientific articles.

Dr. Burlingame received the Group Psychologist of the year award from the American Psychological Association in 2006, a career award for Outstanding Contributions in Group Psychotherapy from the American Group Psychotherapy Association and awarded Fellow status in the American Psychological Association for his outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology.

Dr. Burlingame has served as a consultant to private and state agencies in implementing changes in practice patterns increasing the use of group and outcomes-informed treatment.  This consultation includes direct training with clinicians, line administrators and executive staff.  He has maintained a clinical practice for over 20 years and supervises clinicians in both private and public settings.

sue-origOnGray1251.pngSue Jenkins is the CEO of OQ Measures, a company dedicated to improving treatment effectiveness across the board in the field of psychology. They publish a wide range of measures to help track change across a variety of populations and presenting issues, as well as tools to help individual practitioners and programs improve their practice. 




Episode 18: Jeff Wilson


Jeff Wilson is the program supervisor at the Enviros Shunda Creek program, a voluntary addictions treatment program for young men ages 18-24. It's founded on a very unique model, a "congruent community" whereby staff and clients alike are expected to be on journey's of growth and discovery. 

Jeff has been around the block a few times, first starting at our Base Camp program in the 1980s, followed by some time spent at our Trust treatment center (now Summit), and some time growing his own leadership development company.

He has a ton of wisdom to share, so be sure to grab a notebook and settle in for this illuminating interview.

-Jeff C


Episode 17: Rob Long


Hello, and welcome to another episode of Turning Point. I've got a couple of apologies to make right off the bat. First of all, I apologize that it took so long to get another episode out the door, I think it's been at least a few months. My wife and I welcomed Hudson, our third child, to the world in late November and that might have contributed something to the delay. Second, I also need to apologize for some of the audio in this episode. The first few minutes on Rob's end have some wind noise, and for some reason most the audio on my end is of substandard quality.  That being said, if you can push through the first couple of minutes it gets much better, and this is one of the most important interviews I've done to date. 
Rob Long is a young man in his early twenties who attended our Shunda Creek program more than 5 years ago. He's since gone on to a career in the field and has some fascinating and incredibly useful insights into what it's like being a client in an addiction treatment program, as well as being a professional in the field.
It's well worth your 35 minutes.
And I want to let you all know about an important event coming up in April, 2017. Enviros and Mount Royal University are cohosting "Shifting Perspective", a conference that will be celebrating and sharing innovation and best practice in the field of addiction and mental health treatment in Alberta. Be sure to check it out at www.shiftingperspective.ca.

Episode 16: Clara Hughes


This week we're thrilled to chat with Clara Hughes. 

In 2006, when Clara stepped onto the Olympic podium in Torino, Italy, she became the first and only athlete ever to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Four years later, she was proud to carry the Canadian flag at the head of the Canadian team as they participated in the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. But there’s another story behind her celebrated career as an athlete, behind her signature billboard smile.

While most professional athletes devote their entire lives to training, Clara spent her teenage years using drugs and drinking to escape the stifling home life her alcoholic father had created in Elmwood, Winnipeg. She was headed nowhere fast when, at sixteen, she watched transfixed in her living room as gold medal speed skater Gaétan Boucher effortlessly raced in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Dreaming of one day competing herself, Clara channeled her anger, frustration, and raw ambition into the endurance sports of speed skating and cycling. By 2010, she had become a six-time Olympic champion.


But after more than a decade in the grueling world of professional sports that stripped away her confidence and bruised her body, Clara began to realize that her physical extremes, her emotional setbacks, and her partying habits were masking a severe depression. After winning bronze in the last speed skating race of her career, she decided to retire, determined to repair herself. She has emerged as one of our most committed humanitarians, advocating for a variety of social causes both in Canada and around the world. In 2010, she became national spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk campaign in support of mental health awareness, using her Olympic standing to share the positive message of the power of forgiveness.

We talk about mental health, the power of nature and a lot more. Enjoy!


Episode 15: Dr. Scott Miller


Todays guest is none other than Dr. Scott Miller. Anyone familiar with the ideas of progress monitoring, routine outcome monitoring or feedback informed treatment will be familiar with Dr. Miller's work and passion for improving the field of psychotherapy.

Dr. Miller is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioural health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery. I remember attending one of his workshops almost 10 years ago now, and walking away from it extremely excited about the power of feedback informed treatment.

We cover a range of topics in this 40 minute conversation, including what drew him into the field in the first place and some of his best advice for practitioners and programs. Enjoy!

2:00 Why Dr. Miller became a psychologist, and who's single-handedly responsible for that journey.
6:45 What drove the development of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, the importance of careful thinking and the existential crisis of finding out that you aren't effective.
11:30 How can we as practitioners improve our craft? Do "models" work? 
12:45 Workshops don't improve outcomes
14:00 Using outcome tools, particularly when clients are off track, and why all therapists should be getting feedback in their practice.
16:30 What separates the best therapists from the rest, and the importance of deliberate practice.
17:30 Where therapists can let it all hang out, the International Center for Clinical Excellence
18:40 Scott's grand vision for where the field should go
21:30 Mental health is the second cousin in the health care field
22:00 The biggest challenges organizations face in implementing feedback informed treatment and the importance of a culture of feedback and a leveling of the hierarchy.
24:15 Top down management DOESN'T work, and "compliance isn't the goal". 
26:00 The first steps in implementing feedback-informed treatment at your organization
30:00 Scott's advice to young professionals
32:00 What Scott's most excited about and working on right now.
34:00 We tend to trust the experts we agree with, and why he doesn't read textbooks on psychotherapy
36:00 Check out www.scottdmiller.com and download the FIT tools.
I hope you enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Scott Miller, and for more information on feedback informed treatment and to enjoy some more of Dr. Miller's thoughts, make sure you check out his website at www.scottdmiller.com.
This podcast is brought to you by Enviros, a diverse social services agency in Calgary AB that believes the power of human relationships invites belonging and inspires growth. To learn more go to www.enviros.org, and be sure to check out our upcoming feature event with 6-time olympic medallist and mental health advocate Clara Hughes, taking place on October 28th.

Episode 14: The Right Use of Power


This episode follows the journey of some Enviros staff as they travel to Boulder, Colorado to engage in a Right Use of Power training. 

Right use of power is at the very heart of ethics. We long for, and are capable of magnificence in the use of our personal and professional power. And we have all been wounded by misuses of power. The Right Use of Power approach to ethics is dynamic and engaging, and recognizes that the issues of power in helping relationships are complex. Linking power with heart, this program focuses on increasing skillfulness, engagement, and awareness. It is ethics from the inside out.

Interested in a Right Use of Power training for your organization? Get in touch with Enviros and we can chat!

Episode 13: Dr. Keith Russell on stand up paddle boarding in the rain (among other interesting things)


We recently caught up with Dr. Keith Russell at the American Psychological Association's annual conference in Denver, CO. He was joining Dr. Lee Gillis, Dr. Dennis Kivligan and Enviros' Jeff Couillard for a presentation on the ongoing research and evaluation projects at our Base Camp and Shunda Creek programs.

Dr. Russell discusses a range of topics, including his advice for young professionals, a bit of his journey through adventure therapy into academia, and some of the benefits of doing research and evaluation for staff and organizations.



Episode 12: Chris Sullivan on social work education, working with “liar” kids and a lot more.


We caught up awhile ago with Chris Sullivan, the supervisor of our Youth Transitions to Adulthood (YTA) program. Chris has been at Enviros for 12 years, and has a wide range of experience in several of our programs.

It was a great conversation with some great take-away's for professionals new and old alike.


Chris's book recommendations;


Episode 11: Letters to Addiction


This episode we take a short break from the Q&A, interview style that we've been doing with notable guests. 

Two weeks ago we heard that two of our former clients at Base Camp had passed away, and it got us reflecting on the work we do and the experience of our clients (both in the program and after they leave).

So in this short (14 minute) podcast, we offer you some "letters to addiction" and poetry that was written and left at the program by clients over the past 10 years.

Enjoy, and hopefully it gives you something new and interesting about addiction to ponder.


Episode 10: Glynnis Lieb on addiction and mental health from 3000ft


Today's guest is Glynnis Lieb, Executive Director of the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction in Alberta.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is a charitable organization dedicated to helping reduce stigma related to mental illness and addiction, furthering public knowledge of the topic, shining a light on the positive work taking place across the province, and giving hope and comfort to those affected by letting them know that they are not alone.

Glynnis has a wonderful perspective on the work of addiction and mental health providers, as well some great thoughts on de-stigmatization.


Show Notes:

2:15 What drove Glynnis into the helping profession
6:15 Glynnis on the worst stigmas associated with addiction and mental health
9:00 the importance of language in tackling stigma
13:30 Glynnis talks about teaching in post-secondary, and the difference between academia and the real world
17:45 What Glynnis would change about treatment, and some important principles for recovery
26:15 A memorable client
33:30 Advice to young professionals...go volunteer!
36:00 It's not about knowing what you say.
38:15 Glynnis's favourite books
42:00 What you can do today to improve your practice and your life. 

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