The Teaching Journeys Podcast

by Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts ,MSW, LMSW is an adjunct professor of psychology child life at Utica University, an author and a bereavement support specialist. He created The Teaching Journeys Podcast with one thing in mind: To have meaningful conversations with individuals , young and old, whose life journeys/challenges, can teach us something about addressing our own. It is Dave's hope that the teachings from these conversations live on in  ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • On Tuesdays We Wear Black: A Conversation With Kate Mollison

    On Tuesdays We Wear Black: A Conversation With Kate Mollison

    In this episode of The Teaching Journeys Podcast hosted by Dave Roberts, grief coach Kate Mollison discusses her unique approach to grief and bereavement. As a widow, she shares her personal experiences and insights into her work with 'On Tuesdays We Wear Black,' a consulting company she founded to help people navigate grief. Kate talks about the inception of her business, her work advocating for legislative change surrounding bereavement leave, and her upcoming National Grief Awareness Professional Development Conference. She also delves into how grief has transformed her personal life, spirituality, and parenting style. The personal touch and professional expertise Kate brings to her mission of fostering visibility and understanding around grief, is apparent throughout the episode. Kate's Bio and Contact Information Kate Mollison is a certified grief coach who uses a unique approach to promote awareness around the importance of grief. Using her own experiences as a widow, Kate adds a personal touch to an otherwise isolating and difficult topic. She is the founder and operator of On Tuesdays We Wear Black, a consulting company, working as a Grief & Bereavement specialist, where she focuses on helping others understand the connection between “grief” & “bereavement”. Kate has several years experience as a clinical case manager and as a certified “Playmaker”, she uses a modality that helps people unlock joy and find peace & meaning again after loss. By educating both individuals and businesses about the importance of grief integration, she provides education that fosters visibility and support. Kate is also actively working for legislative change surrounding Bereavement leave laws and is the host of the National Grief Awareness Professional Development Conference. For more information, visit www.otwwb.com Social Media Linkedin Instagram Register for National Grief Awareness Conference The Teaching Journeys Podcast is available on your favorite podcast platforms. To find out more about Dave, go to davidrobertsmsw.com and psychologyprofessorandminister.com

  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Eileen Bild Story

    From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Eileen Bild Story

    In this episode of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, host Dave Roberts speaks with Eileen Bild, the CEO of Ordinary to Extraordinary Life (Otel) Productions and Otel Universe. Eileen shares insights on overcoming life's adversities with strength and grace, and the significance of core thinking, confidence, courage, and clarity. They discuss Eileen's journey from a homemaker to earning a Master's in Transpersonal Psychology and becoming an entrepreneur dedicated to helping others realize their potential. They delve into the creation and mission of Otel Universe, a platform that provides a voice for creative individuals like musicians, artists, and writers. Eileen emphasizes the importance of collaboration, integrity, and believing in oneself to transcend limitations. Eileen's Bio and Contact Information Eileen is CEO of Ordinary to Extraordinary Life/OTELproductions & OTEL Universe - A Universal Voice, Executive ROKU Channel Developer, Founder of The Core Thinking Blueprint Method, Breakthrough S.P.A.R.K. Coach, and Founding Member of JETSet Music Media, She sparks people to see life through a higher perspective in order to thrive while being their authentic self. Her focus is on Core Thinking, the 3 C’s (Confidence, Courage, Clarity) and overcoming life’s adversities through strength with grace in order to achieve success in a way that is fulfilling and optimizes one’s potential. Whether working with a CEO, business owner or artist; Eileen takes them the next step for success. Website: oteluniverse.com Email : info@otelproductions.com The Teaching Journeys Podcast can be found on your favorite podcast platforms. To find out more about Dave, go to davidrobertsmsw.com and his author page psychologyprofessorandminister.com

  • Life Amongst The Departed: Growing Up In A Funeral Home

    Life Amongst The Departed: Growing Up In A Funeral Home

    In this episode of The Teaching Journeys Podcast hosted by Dave Roberts, guest Kevin O'Connor shares his life experiences and insights from growing up in a family-owned funeral home. Kevin discusses his book Two Floors Above Grief, which captures the unique living and working environment of his family. He delves into the intricacies of funeral directing, the impact of a supportive family dynamic, and the influence of handwritten letters. Kevin also touches on the role of nostalgia in grieving and the importance of respecting each individual's grief journey. We cover additional topics such as resilience, family bonds, ,the unseen emotional labor of funeral directors.,the beauty and individuality in the grief process and t the profound impact of those who provide essential services during times of loss. Kevin's Bio And Contact Information In addition to writing and publishing Two Floors Above Grief, Kevin O’Connor enjoys chronicling the stories of families and friends through tracing genealogical histories, writing and picture collections. His prior writing includes personal letters, articles in professional publications, dissertation, anthologies and presentations delivered at conferences, seminars and webinars. He brings people together personally and professionally. Collaborating with friends and relatives, he plans family and class reunions. He has performed in over 30 theater productions since the 1970s. He has been active with SMART Ride, a bicycling group that rode annually from Miami to Key West, raising funds for HIV awareness, treatments and education. He was an elementary teacher, principal, professor and curriculum coordinator in California, Illinois and Florida from 1973-2020. In his final educational position, he authored content and provided training in areas including support LGBTQ advocacy, and Sexual Health/Family Life. He resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his husband, Leon. Their family includes five sons and seven granddaughters. He references further connections to this book, continues his stories, and highlights perspectives about his interests at www.kevinoconnorauthor.com. and on his Instagram site @thegriefnavigator. Additional Contact Information E-mail: koco7351@gmail.com Cell: 8 1 5 -5 4 6- 1 0 7 6 Social Media : In addition to Instagram, Kevin can also be found on Facebook, Linkedin and Pinterest The Teaching Journeys Podcast can be found on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms. To find out more about Dave, go to davidrobertsmsw.com and his author page psychologyprofessorandminister.com

  • Letters To Zachary: One Father's Grief Journey

    Letters To Zachary: One Father's Grief Journey

    In this episode of 'The Teaching Journeys Podcast,' host Dave Roberts interviews Jason Tuttle, a father who shares his experience raising children with multiple disabilities and the sudden loss of his son, Zachary. Jason discusses the challenges he faced, the therapeutic role of journaling, and his mission to help men express their emotions healthily. He highlights how sharing his journey through his 'Letters to Zachary' Facebook page and other social media has resonated with people worldwide, offering insights into male grief and aiding individuals in coping with loss. Jason's Bio and Contact Information Jason is a married father of two kids with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities. His family has lived a life of disability and medical challenges for 16 years and counting. Unfortunately, on 01/28/22, Jason’s son suddenly and unexpectedly passed away due to issues relating to his medical special needs. Since that day, he decided to start journaling which received a large response. It is through his journaling that I Jason has decided to be on a mission to help others, especially men, deal with their untapped emotions relating to and dealing with grief through his "Letters To Zachary" Facebook blog as well as his blog on other social media platforms. It is Jason’s goal to help people to see that it is OK to be vulnerable enough to share emotions in a safe environment. Contact Information: Social Media : Facebook: Letters to Zachary Tik Tok, You Tube, X and Instagram: Letters Two Zachary The Teaching Journeys Podcast can be found on your favorite podcast platforms. If you'd like to find out more about dave, please go to davidrobertsmsw.com and the book website, psychologyprofessorandminister.com

  • Finding Peace Beyond The Pain: A Conversation with Debbie Gail Zane

    Finding Peace Beyond The Pain: A Conversation with Debbie Gail Zane

    In this episode of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, host Dave Roberts interviews Debbie Gail Zane, who shares her harrowing yet inspiring journey as a single mother dealing with her son Alex's schizoaffective disorder, addiction, and his eventual passing. Debbie discusses her process, Peace Beyond the Pain, which includes holistic strategies for navigating grief and loss. She also describes her efforts to help parents facing similar challenges, the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction, and her book, Finding Peace and Purpose Amidst the Tears. Debbie's Bio and Contact Information Debbie has been through unimaginable tragedy and come through it with inspiring strength. She received the call that is every parent's worst nightmare - her twenty-six-year-old son Alex had been found dead. Just nine years prior to that, he had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Today, Debbie inspires others who are facing the challenges of having a child with mental illness and addiction or who have lost a child. She walks with them on their journey, helping them regain their natural emotional resilience and self-love and find peace and purpose in their lives. Debbie has developed a unique process called Peace Beyond the Pain, which provides holistic tools and strategies for navigating grief, loss, pain, hopelessness, overwhelm, fear, and guilt. Debbie is the author of the book Finding Peace and Purpose Amidst the Tears: My Journey of the Love and Loss of My Son through His Mental Illness and Addiction and is the host of the internet tv/podcast show Finding Peace Beyond the Pain on the Bold Brave TV Network. Websites: https://www.debbiegailzane.com https://debbiegailcoaching.com Social Media : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100021353857859 https://www.facebook.com/debbiegailcoaching https://www.facebook.com/groups/3075560526105218/members Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbiegailcoaching/ You Tube Channel: Debbie Gail Coaching https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzy7Tb9wV7O6yfnuT8LBMQ/featured The Teaching Journeys Podcast can be found on your favorite podcast platforms. If you wish to find out more about Dave, please go to davidrobertsmsw.com and his author page psychologyprofessorandminister.com