EP14: Psychiatric Interventionist or Psychiatric Preventionist? With Brad Richards.

Updated: Jan 19


Episode 14 of the Mental Horizons Podcast is with Bradley Richards. Brad is a skilled and sensitive psychiatric and behavior interventionist and care navigator. He enters crisis situations, quickly grasping and understanding the facts in a way that allows him to re-frame and help those involved to begin moving the crisis to a place of calm and clarity.


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What Brad does goes by many names: care navigator, care manager, behavioral analyst, psychiatric interventionist. But what Brad prefers to be called is a Psychiatric Interventionist! Brad creates alliances with individuals and family members dealing with the impact of mental disorders, autism, and substance abuse and helps to move the person needing care (literally providing transport services when needed) into appropriate services. Brad has a support team of 20 mental health professionals and coaches and works nationally with a broad professional network to help families achieve desired outcomes.

As Founder and President at Brad Richards Inc., Brad works as an advocate, mentor, court-appointed care manager, and consultant in care plan development. He has also used his advanced degree in behavior analysis coordinating clinical care for 10 years for Eden II Programs in Long Island and Staten Island, NY, serving people with autism.

Three main talking points:

  1. Brad talk with Virgil about why he prefers to be called a “psychiatric preventionist” versus an interventionist.

  2. Virgil and Brad discuss in-depth the reasons why families reach out to Brad and how he weaves his support into the family system to help create a durable and long-term safety net for the person of concern, always with an eye to helping that person achieve and sustain their highest levels of independence.

  3. And lastly, Brad and Virgil discuss the mental health system at large and why his role is so needed and also what resources he wishes each of his clients knew about, but no one is telling them about.

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Disclaimer: As a therapeutic consultant, Virgil advises, advocates, recommends, facilitates and empowers, but he does not treat mental illness or addiction. While offering 30+ years of mental health experience, he is not a licensed mental health professional, but will often refer clients to professionals and programs for treatment. 

 

Note: Virgil has no financial relationship with any of these programs, except for Houston Methodist Hospital and McLean Hospital for whom he has been a consultant. Any consultation he gives is for educational, informational and motivational purposes only and is not meant to replace professional psychiatric, psychological, programmatic, legal or financial advice the client may need for him or herself or their family member from a licensed professional. 

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