The Child Psych Podcast

By Institute of Child Psychology

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Episodes: 31


The ChildPsych Podcast brings to you the top parenting & mental health experts in the world. Designed to educate and inspire you with current research &  concrete strategies that foster resiliency & healing in children and teens. Most importantly we’re here because we need to raise a generation of children who don’t need to recover from their childhoods.

Episode Date
Understanding Childhood Depression with Tania Johnson, Episode 31

In this episode, Tania Johson explores the biological, social and psychological roots of depression. She shares a number of holistic strategies that empowers parents and professionals to help children move towards a healing space.

May 24, 2023
Breaking Intergenaerational Cycles with Leslie Priscilla, Episode 30
In this podcast we interview Leslie Priscilla, founder of LatinX Parenting & certified parent coach with over 13 years of experience. In this episode we discuss chancla culture, how to break intergenerational cycles of using power over children, and explore the concept of healing through the paradign of reparenting.


May 17, 2023
Understanding Childhood Trauma with Tammy Schamuhn, Episode 29

In this episode, Child Psychologist and co-host of the ChildPsych Podcast, Tammy Schamuhn, explores childhood trauma, and how impacts children's psychology and biology. She also explore how healing takes place and where adults can intervene in developmentally appropriate ways. Join us May 27th as Tammy presents ICP's full-day workshop on Childhood Trauma

May 10, 2023
Nurturing Strong Relationships with our Kids with Dr.Bren Episode 28

In this episode, Dr. Bren explores the fundamental principles of building strong relationships with our children - realistic, fun, and tool-based - Dr. Bren's episode will empower you with how to handle life's road bumps with your kids, how to give yourself grace, and how to make amends when we mess up ( which we will) as parents.

May 03, 2023
Fostering a Growth Mindset with Big Life Journal, Episode #27

In this episode, Founder of Big Life Journal, Alexandra Eidens, shares the joy of Big Life Journal. She explores the nuts and bolts of a growth mindset and how to foster it within your family and classroom. Big Life Journal is a favourite of ours at the Institute- we use it both with clients and in our own homes. The journals are incredibly powerful and serve as a daily reminder that grwoth is woven into daily moments.

Apr 26, 2023
Childhood Anxiety: Part 2 Tammy Schamuhn and Tania Johnson, Episode #26
In Part 2 of Childhood Anxiety, Tania and Tammy,both Registered Psychologists, Play Therapists and Founders of the Institute of Child Psychology, discuss concrete tools and strategies to help children who are struggling with anxiety. They use the "3-R model" which follows the latest brain research to help parents, educators, and caregivers approach anxiety and fostering well-being in our children in a transformative capacity.
Apr 19, 2023
Understanding Childhood Anxiety w/ Tammy and Tania, Episode #25

In this episode, hosts Tania and Tammy,both Registered Psychologists, Play Therapists and Founders of the Institute of Child Psychology, talk about childhood anxiety and why it is on the rise. They look at a number of societal factors and how as parents we can start to push back against the pressures that our children are facing. Together, lets raise children who are courageous, who need less, who have safe adults, and who are anchored in what they do.Tammy and Tania are known for their practical, tool- based approach to helping children through life's challenges.

Apr 12, 2023
How to Nurture Executive Functioning in Teens with Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, Episode #24
In today's episode, Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, child psychologist and parent coach, will help you to understand why teens behave, think, and feel the way they do. She introduces foundational knowledge about executive functioning, one of the primary building blocks to making good decisions and regulating emotions. She also offers great strategies on how to help your teen be the very best version of themselves!
Apr 05, 2023
The Differences between Boys and Girls Brains and Why it Matters with Dr. Gurian, Episode #23

In this fascinating podcast, Dr. Michael Gurian, New York Times Best Selling author, breaks down the differences between boys and girls brains and how it shifts everything we do with out children - how we connect, how we teach, how we understand developmental milestones. Based on more than thirty-five years of research in brain science, education, and practical parenting, this keynote traces how a child’s learning and social-emotional mind grows, how girls and boys learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences them, and how crucial school success has become to life success. When we understand the differences, it changes our perspective on child-rearing altogether!

Mar 29, 2023
How to Help Picky Eaters with Kids eat in Color, Episode #22
In this podcast, Jennifer Anderson, Founder of Kids Eat in Color, helps parents navigate picky eating. This podcast is full or tips and strategies to bring connection and joy back to mealtimes! Jennifer's tips are backed by the leatest research and science on nutrition for kids. Small shifts can bring about big changes for your child- don't miss this podcast if you have a child that is picky!
Mar 22, 2023
How to Navigate Technology with Your Child with Dr. Mitnaul, Episode #21

In this podcast, Dr. Mitnaul, child and adolescent psychiatrist, talks about all things tech! With humour and research, Dr. Mitnaul guides parents on how to mantain connection, consistency, and co-operation when navigating technology with your child. If your child has a device, if your considering getting your child a device, or if you are already struggling with your child's use of a device - don't miss this podcast!

Mar 15, 2023
The Art of Roughhousing with Dr. Lawrence Cohen, Episode #20
In this podcast, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, psychologist, author, and consultant, speaks to the amazing benefits of roughhousing on children's physcial, psychological, and emotional development. Dr. Cohen explores how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and grow the brain in unimaginable ways.
Mar 08, 2023
How to Talk so Kids will Listen with Julie King and Joanna Faber, Episode #19

In this podcast, Julie King and Joanna Faber, authors of the ground-breaking book: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, discuss how parents can more effectively communicate with their children, and what roadblocks prevent constructive conversations from unfolding between parents and children. The heartfelt and comedic episode delves into concrete examples inspired by Tammy's own communication blunders with her own children, and brings Julia & Joanna's content to life.

Mar 01, 2023
How to Nurture Emotional Intelligence Post-Pandemic with Dr. Woo, Episode #18
In this podcast, Dr. Jenny Woo, Harvard trained educator and emotional intelligence educator, answers one of the biggest questions that parents around the world have: how has the pandemic impacted our children's social, emotional and cognitive development? Critically, how do we help our children to nurture skills that may have been impacted? Social and emotional learning is central to wellbeing- don't miss one of the world's experts on helping your child to thrive
Feb 22, 2023
Holistic Tips for Creating Positive Mental Health with Dr Saeed, Episode #17

In this podcast, Dr. Madiha Saaed, board-certified holistic family physician and author of The Holistic Rx, uncovers how our children’s brains, bodies, and behaviors can be hijacked based on what goes into their bodies. The brain and body do not operate in isolation, and in this podcast she offers actionable steps parents can take to keep their chidlren's brains healthy and their mental health strong.

Feb 15, 2023
No Bad Kids: Decoding our Littles with Janet Lansbury, Episode #16
In this podcast, Janet Lansbury, helps us to decode common behavioural issues in our children's youngest years. She talks about issues like boundaries. testing, tantrums, and punishments. This podcast is practical and full of tools to help parents see the world through their child's eyes, and to guide them in a way that creates a deep sense of connection, trust, and safety. Janet is the leading global expert when it comes to our little ones - be sure to tune in!
Feb 08, 2023
Helping Children Overcome Tragedy & Process Grief with Julia Cook, Episode #15
In this episode, Julia Cook, award winning children's author with over 100 books, talks about how to really connect with children during heart-wrenching moments, how to approach tragedy in a way that children understand, how to truly be with children during grief, and how to inspire hope and healing. This episode if full of light and love, overflowing with beautiful ways to connect with children during life's hardest moments.
Feb 01, 2023
Two Very Different Ways to Help Kids with Bullying by Dr. Brooks Gibbs and Jessica Joelle Alexander, Episode #14

In this episode, we have 2 experts speaking on bullying from completely different perspectives. Dr Brooks Gibbs, award winning resilience educator, talks passionately about the importance of teaching children how to regulate emotions and solve social problems. His focus is on individual resilience vs. "targeting the aggressor". Our second speaker is Jessica Joelle Alexander, parenting expert and bestselling author, who will explore a Danish perspective to bullying. The Danish Way focuses on a community based approach to bullying where nurturing social connections, inclusive practices, and open communication is of vital importance. For more from Jessica, here is her newsletter:

Jan 25, 2023
Getting Attachment Right with Dr. McNamara, Episode #13

Dr Deborah McNamara explores the unfolding of the relational dance between a child and their primary caregiver. In this podcast, we talk about the stages of attachment and what we will see as caregivers at each stage. We also explore the importance of "collecting before directing "- engaging a child relationally before giving direction and what to do when children resist our direction.Don’t miss this weeks podcast- a podcast that empowers parents to lead their child, and to be the answer for them when everything else seems uncertain.

Jan 18, 2023
The Secret to Raising the Happiest Children in the World with Jessica Joelle Alexander, Episode 12

In this episode, Tammy Schamuhn interviews Jessica Joelle Alexander, co- Author of "The Danish Way of Parenting". In this fun, practical podcast Jessia explains why Denmark is the happiest country in the world- and how Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids. Jessica uses the acronym "PARENT" to explain six essential Danish parenting principes:

No ultimatums

Jan 11, 2023
The Self-Driven Child: Getting our Kids Motivated with Dr. Wiliam Stixrud, Episode #11

In this podcast episode, Tammy interviews Dr. Wiliam Stixrud about how to create a "self-driven child" and how to motivate children & teens without coercion or micromanaging. It is a radical shift for many parents to think of their role as a consultant instead of a manager. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination.

Jan 04, 2023
Discipline that Doesn't Divide, Episode #10
In this podcast episode, Tammy Schamuhn, co-host of The Child Psych Podcast, Registered Psychologist, Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and mom of three discusses discipline that honors brain development. She addresses how some traditional discipline strategies can harm our relationship with our children, and what parents can do instead. These concrete strategies she recommends are those she uses with her own children and what she recommends to the parents of her clients.
Dec 28, 2022
Five Empowering Parenting Tools with Patty Wipfler and Toscha Schore, Episode #9

Patty Wipfler and Toscha Schore explore five parenting tools that will foster connection, joy, emotional resiliency, self-compassion, and limit setting in your home. These tools are all beautifully simple, yet incredibly powerful. Irrespective of your child’s age, this is a parenting podcast you do not want to miss!

Dec 14, 2022
The Power of Simplifying with Kim Payne, Episode #8

Kim Payne, a world leader in the power of simplifying, talks about the stress response in our children when their lives are "too fast, too much, too overwhelming". He offers solutions to parents on how to push back, on how to reclaim the magic of childhood, and how to hold onto family values as an anchor. We can bring our children out of a constant alarm state and back into reclaiming youth, creativity, and joy.

Dec 07, 2022
Eat, Play, Love with Dr. Christina Bjorndal, Episode #7

In this episode, Tammy and Tania interview Dr. Christina Bjorndal, a Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Bjorndal shares her own mental health journey and how she came to focus on holistic health. This episode is full of easily digestible knowledge and strategies related to childhood diet, sleep, screens, and stress. Listen now for effective, concrete tools that can help children struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, behavioural issues, and more!

Nov 30, 2022
The Brain and Parenting with Dr. Cindy Hovington, Episode # 6

In this episode, Tania and Tammy are joined by Dr. Cindy Hovington, founder of Curious Neuron. Listen to Dr Hovington break down neurobiological principles in easily digestible parenting guidance. In this enlightening podcast, she helps us to delve deeper into our child’s behaviour, explores the science behind co-regulation, and shares the three things that she believes every parent should be taught before leaving the hospital with a new baby.

Nov 23, 2022
Our Girls are More Than a Body with Dr. Lexie Kite, Episode #5

In this episode, we interview Dr. Lexie Kite. Dr Lexie Kite is the co-author of the incredible book "More than a body: Your body is an instrument, not an ornament". In this riveting interview, Dr. Kite explores body objectification in women and girls and how it impacts all areas of psychological functioning. She shares research and strategies to help children and families foster long lasting body image resilience. Inspiring and courageous, Dr. Kite leads us in helping girls to think outside the parameters of beauty and to own who they truly want to be in the world.

Nov 15, 2022
Shame Proof Parenting with Mercedes Samudio, Episode #4

We can no longer go about healing families and raising children by shaming their parents.
In this episode, Tania Johnson and Tammy Schamuhn, interview Mercedes Samudio who started the #endparentshaming campaign. Mercedes, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Best Selling Author, is a passionate advocate that parents are human too and that the shame and judging needs to end. In her dynamic interview, she speaks of the development of the parenting identity as deserving of the same space and grace that we give when we learn other new skills. She takes us through the different steps in her "Shame Proof Parenting Framework". If you have struggled with shame, guilt, or feeling judged in your parenting journey- then don’t miss this transformative podcast.

Nov 09, 2022
See, Guide, Trust with Chazz Lewis, Episode #3

"I was spanked as a kid and I turned out just fine!" Join child psychologists Tania
Johnson and Tammy Schamuhn as they delve into parenting myths, generational
shifts in discipline, and alternate ways to deal with challenging behaviour with Mr
Chazz. Mr Chazz is a parent educator , motivational speaker, and a teacher of
teachers. This episode is energetic, engaging and full of strategies- if you are
looking for new tools in your parenting belt, don’t miss it!

Nov 01, 2022
Connected Parenting with Jennifer Kolari, Episode #2

Tania Johnson and Tammy Schamuhn- psychologists, play therapists, and moms- interview parenting expert Jennifer Kolari.

In this episode, Jennifer explains that children act up when they do not feel understood. She shares techniques that therapists use to help children through difficult behaviour and explains how to increase the parent-child bond. At the heart of Jennifer's work is the CALM technique which has been proven to de-escalate tantrums, reduce anxiety, and increase connection.

Listen now for step-by-step explanations to empower and transform your family.

Oct 15, 2022
How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids with Dr Laura Markham, Episode #1

Most parents think that if our child would just "behave," we could maintain our composure as parents. The truth is that managing our own emotions and actions is what allows us to feel peaceful as parents. Ultimately we can’t control our children or the hand life deals them—but we can always control our own actions. Parenting isn’t about what our child does, but about how we respond." ( Dr. Laura Markham)

Tania Johnson and Tammy Schamuhn - psychologists, play therapists, and moms- interview one of the world’s leading parent experts on how to stop yelling at our kids, how to put in limits while still being gentle, and on how to bring peace back to our homes!

Oct 05, 2022