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Welcome to Behavioral Health in the New Normal, a podcast developed by Prestige Community Resources with the generous support of the DC Department of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA to address the numerous challenges and crises our community continues to experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Host Paul Wells Sr. has more than 30 years of extensive clinical social work experience. Each week he conducts insightful interviews with expert guests discussing the pandemic’s continuing toll on mental health, financial hardship, local government, small businesses and education. Listen here:

Behavioral Health in the New Normal

Episode 30: Combatting Substance Abuse & Covid-19 Together

Dr. Masica Jordan, EdD, LCPC, CPRS, is President and CEO of Jordan Peer Recovery. As a subject matter expert on culturally responsiveness, she shares her expertise with us on peer recovery support, certification and training, and the challenges of combatting substance abuse and Covid-19 together. With a PhD in education in counseling/psychology, Dr. Jordan has taught…

Episode 29: How Covid-19 Impacted the Veteran Population

Sharon Green is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, entrepreneur, and author with more than 30 years of leadership and financial management experience.  She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alethes Consulting Group, LLC, providing leadership coaching, speaking, and training for corporate executives, non-profit organizations, veterans, and individuals globally. In this episode, she discusses…

Episode 28: Obtaining Education Training During the Pandemic

Dr. Nancy B. Butler, Ph.D. has extensive career experience as an educator and mental health professional. Dr. Butler currently serves as Director of the Catholic Charities Institute Professional Counseling Education Program (PCEP).  In this episode she discussing the challenges of obtaining education training during the pandemic. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Butler was Program Director…

Episode 27: Our New Normal: Virtual Learning

Dr. Loyce B. Pailen discusses how the COVID pandemic increased virtual learning during the Covid-189 pandemic, the pros and cons, differences between in-person and virtual learning, and how virtual learning increased our communities’ access to education while in-person learning was unavailable.  Dr. Pailen is the Senior Director for the Center for Security Studies at the…

Episode 26: Our New Normal: Unemployed and Starting Over

Like so many others, the COVID-19 Pandemic left Walter Ficklin facing our new normal: unemployed and starting over. With all of his experience and expertise as a community leader, church elder and elected official, he decided to rebrand himself and share his story to help others who may also be facing the same challenges. Originally…

Episode 25: Combatting Food Insecurities Amid Covid

Tanya Ward is the State Marshall for the Women’s Department of the Massachusetts First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and works closely with State Supervisor Mother Fanneree Baymon to bring the Women’s Departments goals and agenda to fruition. In 1991 she founded Victory Temple C.O.G.I.C. in West Springfield, Mass. Her outspoken nature and dedication to the community have led…

Episode 24: Our New Normal: Securing a Home During Covid-19

TONY D. SWAGGERTY of Swaggerty Realty Group has more than 30 years of experience working in Residential Real Estate. That includes 10+ years as a mortgage banker and broker, 7+ years in new home sales, 3+ years in REO’s as well as working general real estate. In this episode, Tony discusses the impact Covid-19 has had…

Episode 23: Crying Out for Help: Virtual Mental Health Services

LaShell Rivers is an author, artist and social media influencer. Born and raised in DC in the 80’s, LaShell came from a dysfunctional family containing drug dealers and killers. Her abuse led to mental health issues, prison and a devastating car accident. LaShell shares the experiences that changed her life as an active mental health…

Episode 22: Overcoming Violence and Covid-19

Kevin Fields, PhD, MAC, addresses how to overcome violence which increased in DC during the Covid-19 pandemic, sharing real stories about families & loss. Kevin is an entrepreneur, teacher, mentor, football coach, and community leader. As a youth, Kevin was involved in drugs and gangs, and was incarcerated for five years at 14. He transformed his life through…

Episode 21: Our New Normal: Surviving Covid-19

Natosha Jennifer shares her story of surviving Covid-19: the struggles, discomfort & remedies she & her family experienced as they all tested positive, became ill and then recovered. NaTosha, known to everyone as Tosh, was born and raised in the DMV area, is a mom of 3 amazing children and is a mompreneur: she owns…

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Episode 30: Combatting Substance Abuse & Covid-19 Together

Dr. Masica Jordan, EdD, LCPC, CPRS, is President and CEO of Jordan Peer Recovery. As a subject matter expert on culturally responsiveness, she shares her expertise with us on peer recovery support, certification and training, and the challenges of combatting substance abuse and Covid-19 together. With a PhD in education in counseling/psychology, Dr. Jordan has taught…

Episode 29: How Covid-19 Impacted the Veteran Population

Sharon Green is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, entrepreneur, and author with more than 30 years of leadership and financial management experience.  She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alethes Consulting Group, LLC, providing leadership coaching, speaking, and training for corporate executives, non-profit organizations, veterans, and individuals globally. In this episode, she discusses…

Episode 28: Obtaining Education Training During the Pandemic

Dr. Nancy B. Butler, Ph.D. has extensive career experience as an educator and mental health professional. Dr. Butler currently serves as Director of the Catholic Charities Institute Professional Counseling Education Program (PCEP).  In this episode she discussing the challenges of obtaining education training during the pandemic. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Butler was Program Director…

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