Lighting the Way Podcast
A resource to help individuals and families thrive together
Hear firsthand from Firefly Children and Family Alliance’s staff and experts
EPISODE 22: MEET TINA CLOER; PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CHILDREN’S BUREAU
Listen to episode 22 to learn more about the integration of Families First and Children’s Bureau’s missions—and the greater hope and impact the merge will offer Indiana families.
EPISODE 21: PRACTICING GRATITUDE
Building your capacity for gratitude isn’t difficult, especially during a year like 2020. It just takes practice! Join The Family Table’s featured guest, Joey Gray-Purcell, as she discusses how we can bring our attention to that which we feel grateful for!
EPISODE 20: KEEPING POLITICS IN PERSPECTIVE
Join Rene Elsbury, Therapist and Supervisor of Home Based Services and former Policy with a Purpose podcast host, to hear more about managing emotions and setting boundaries during and after the 2020 election.
EPISODE 19: SUPPORTING OTHERS
Listen to episode 19 as Sandi Lerman, Community Educator, discusses ways in which we can support others who are going through a life challenge or change.
EPISODE 18: CREATING HEALTHY ROUTINES
Listen to episode 18 to learn how to create healthy routines. Amanda Stropes, Families First’s Clinical Director, shares how we can organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves will become a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them!
EPISODE 17: ELIMINATING TOXIC INFLUENCES
Certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel badly about ourselves or engage in destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create boundaries or a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time.
Listen to episode 17 as Carolyn Passen, counselor at Families First, teaches us how to create healthy boundaries and gives tips on ways to get rid of toxic influences in our lives.
Resources mentioned in Episode #17:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
EPISODE 16: CONNECTING WITH OTHERS
Listen to episode 16 as Aly Austin, Survivor Advocate at Families First, shares tips that can help when trying to make meaningful social connections.
EPISODE 15: FINDING THE POSITIVE AFTER LOSS
Joey Gray-Purcell, Counselor at Families First, joins us in Episode 15 and gives tips on how to get through overwhelming emotions that can come from loss. She teaches us how to change the way we see negative situations, re-frame common negative thoughts, and practice gratitude so we can move forward and reduce our stress and sadness.
EPISODE 14: OWNING YOUR FEELINGS
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Over the next 6 months we will be providing practical tools and tips that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency.
We are kicking off the 6-part series with Owning Your Feelings. It can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with, but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations.
Listen to Episode 14 as Rene Elsbury, Home-Based Therapist at Families First, gives tips on how to successfully own your feelings!
EPISODE 13: COUPLES COUNSELING: BEHAVIORS THAT DESTROY OUR ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
We all know romantic relationships are hard work. Like cars, they require regular maintenance to keep them running well. If there is a problem, it’s best to have it repaired right away to avoid further complications down the road.
Often, we can do some of the basic maintenance and repairs ourselves. Other times, despite our best efforts, we need to rely on a professional to take a look and give us a hand.
Kat O’Hara, Survivor Counselor at Families First, joined us at The Family Table to talk about the behaviors that destroy our romantic relationships and what we can do to repair the damage we have done.
Listen to episode 13 to get tips on working better together with your partner!
EPISODE 12: A LOOK INTO THE LONG HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK AND FAMILIES FIRST
Join us as we look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our community for many generations. Our guest Katherine Badertscher, PhD, and author of the dissertation “Organized Charity and the Civic Ideal in Indianapolis, 1879-1922” shares how Families First has played an evolutionary role in meeting the needs of our neighbors.
EPISODE 11: TEEN DATING: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY
Listen to Episode 11 to learn more about what healthy teen relationships look like; talking to your children about boundaries, sex, and the use of technology; and why teens stay in unhealthy and abusive relationships. Get tips from Families First’s Protective Order Advocate, Melvisha P, to learn the signs of a potentially harmful and toxic relationship and help keep your teen safe!
EPISODE 10: UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE USE
EPISODE 9: BLUE CHRISTMAS- DEPRESSION & THE HOLIDAYS
Listen to episode 9 to learn more about depression and the signs to look for; how to help someone who may be experiencing depression; and how to cope if it’s you that is feeling low.
EPISODE 8: FALLING INTO THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
When working with women who have survived abusive relationships, we sometimes hear about their own use of abusive tactics. Listen to episode 8 of The Family Table podcast and hear about the experience of one woman who used violence to be seen and heard.
EPISODE 7: POWER & CONTROL IN THE HOME
Listen to episode 7 to hear from one man who used power and control in his home and the affects it had on his wife and children. Ben shares his experience in the Families First’s Batterer’s Intervention Program and discusses taking accountability for his actions.
EPISODE 6: HELP AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT
At Families First, we believe that everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. This is why our sexual assault program provides options for survivors and their families to work through the healing process.
Do you want to help others through their healing process? Listen to Janine talk about her experience to learn what it’s like to be a Hospital Response Volunteer for survivors of assault!
EPISODE 5: BACK TO SCHOOL
For Episode 5, we brought in the experts to learn what makes them anxious as they approach the first day of school. These elementary, middle and high school students also shared what they plan to do to help them successfully get through the school year!
EPISODE 4: BUILDING BETTER BRAINS IN OUR CHILDREN
Listen to Episode 4 to learn more about today’s mental health conditions in children and how we can build better, healthier, stronger brains in our children!
EPISODE 3: WHO TAKES THE CALL?
Families First operates a crisis and suicide intervention text and phone line that is operation 24/7, 365 days a year. It is volunteers who take the calls and/or respond to text messages …. and from the convenience of their own homes! Shawn has been a volunteer for the hotline for over a year and he talks about his experience on the line.
EPISODE 2: THE MENTOR GROUP
The Mentor Group is composed of individuals who have successfully completed Families First’s substance use education & outpatient treatment program and are dedicated to staying sober and helping current clients in recovery. Listen to a couple of Mentors share how they choose to volunteer their time as a mentor and peer to help others through the stresses of day-to-day life during their times of crisis, recovery, and healing.