North Range’s Janis Pottorff Interviewed on stethoSCOPE Podcast

March 15, 2021
North Range’s Janis Pottorff Interviewed on stethoSCOPE Podcast

Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the physical health of countless Americans, it has taken a toll on behavioral health as well. Recently, Family Connects Program Director, Janis Pottorff, was interviewed for an episode of Northern Colorado Medical Society’s stethoSCOPE podcast titled The ROAR to talk about the emotional impact this crisis has had on people and what can be done about it.

As stated on their website, “The mission of the Northern Colorado Medical Society (NCMS) is to advocate on behalf of our physician members, to encourage a strong and healthy medical profession, and to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in our community.” The goal of the stethoSCOPE podcast in particular is to share knowledge from—and shine a spotlight on—the important work being done by the organization’s physician members.

Insights From a Behavioral Health Expert

Janis explains how the shadow of a stressful situation has a ripple effect. This means that if an adult is experiencing stress and outwardly responding to it, those strong feelings are communicated to others with whom they have relationships, including their children or children they care for.

And because kids take their cues on how to respond to stress from adults, it’s important for anyone who interacts with young people—parents, grandparents, teachers, healthcare providers, etc.—to know how best to manage the roar of emotions that they experience and also how to help children address their own feelings.

For example, Janis explains that a good strategy for dealing with a child who is upset is to get “slow and low”—slow your speaking, get down to the child’s level physically, make eye contact, and be present so they know that the “big emotions” they’re feeling have a safe place to go.

It’s a fascinating session that provides helpful insights and showcases the tremendous expertise that the behavioral health experts at North Range have in helping individuals and families manage their stress effectively and lead happier, healthier lives.

Listen to the podcast here!