Isabel Tom shares about why it’s extra challenging for us as Asian Americans to care for aging parents and grandparents. Isabel has worked in the field of senior care and shares so much wisdom, expertise, and practical knowledge that helps us navigate this inevitable season of life.
Be sure to check out her book, “The Value of Wrinkles: A Young Perspective on How Loving the Old Will Change Your Life” and online course ”Prepare to Care” https://www.valueofwrinkles.com/
(Recorded in November 2023 during national caregivers month.)
Victoria’s hot take: hustle culture is antithetical to human flourishing. Many people overvalue being productive and/or becoming an idealized version of themselves. As a result, people don’t know how or when to rest properly. Burnout and health (mental, physical, and emotional) issues are too common. Productivity isn’t inherently negative. Work and rest should function within God’s design for humanity.
This BTS is a behind-the-scenes conversations with Angie Cho, Executive Director of Mustard Seed Generation (MSG) and the current webinar series with storytelling of Korean American lived experiences with mental health, in Korean and English.
Sign up for the free webinar series, donate during the MSG fundraising campaign, and learn more about MSG at instagram.com/msgeneration
To close out season 6, our longest running season of Erasing Shame, let’s introduce you to Victoria Cheng, who will be our season 7 co-host! She shares about her own mental health journey and what we can look forward to in the new season, as continue having honest and candid conversations about healthy living.
We explore the topic of perfectionism with Dr. Kenneth T. Wang (Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary) by first understanding what it is (did you know there are 2 core dimensions?) and then how do we stop obsessing over perfectionism so we can be more humane and sane with ourselves and one another.
Listen in on this great conversation on a new episode of Erasing Shame with Dr. Judy Cha about how our identity is shaped, the pains we experience as Asian Americans, what the path to heart transformation looks like, how to have a hope that takes us through all of life’s challenges, and more!
And, you’ll hear it here first about her brand new book, “Who You Are: Internalizing the Gospel to Find Your True Identity” https://amzn.to/46dzwB7
The path of healing for those of us who have mental health challenges can sometimes be confusing with differing opinions and convictions about the best methods of treatment. The reality is that what works for one person may not work for another person. And, the powerful resources of spirituality is often ignored in secular spaces of psychotherapy.
Dr. Elena E. Kim, a psychologist in New York City, explains how spirituality and psychology are signficant for the healing process and shares the three key ingredients for personal transformation that matter most.
Kim, Elena E., Cha, J., & Keller, T. (2023). Gospel-centered integrated framework for therapy: Foundation, description, research findings, and application. In P. S. Richards, G. E. K. Allen, & D. K. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of spiritually integrated psychotherapies (pp. 213–230). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000338-011
Kim, Elena E., Chen, E. C., & Brachfeld, C. (2019). Patients’ experience of spirituality and change in individual psychotherapy at a Christian counseling clinic: A grounded theory analysis. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 6(2), 110–123. https://doi.org/10.1037/scp0000176
What is it like for a Christian to work in the corporate world, and in the Silicon Valley at that? Alex Tran has been there for years and he shares from his experiences of showing up with faith at the office.
Plus, you’ll hear first hand about how he has started working as a life coach to help Asian Americans to experience healing, wholeness, and empowerment.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Therapist Linda Yoon talks about what’s hard to talk: with family violence and intimate partner violence. Physical violence and abuse is so wrong, even criminal, but getting out to safety has extra challenges in an Asian or Asian American home.
Thank you Linda for being brave to break the silence and bringing this issue to light. We hope your experiences will give someone the courage to wisely seek help and find healing.
To tackle the mental health challenges in Asian American communities in the Chicago area, Pastor Dave Lee and Psychotherapist Irene Cho have hosted quarterly gatherings called PACT since 2018. Starting out as Pastors And Counselors Together, now it has grown into Pastors, Academicians, and Counselors Together.
This is a most inspiring model for what can be easily done in other cities, regions, and localities to accelerate better care and support for the mental health needs in our Asian American churches.
If you know pastors, academicians, and counselors, share this episode! If you know someone in the Chicago area that should connect at the next PACT gathering, please contact Pastor Dave or Irene.