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The Reluctant Therapist: Creating a difference and improving the lives of others

  When one consciously invests in life, the possible accomplishments are limitless. It is something Dr. Ryan Alaniz is keenly aware of. He is an associate professor in Cal Poly's sociology department, an author, researcher and community builder. Dr. Alaniz is an expert in disaster relief, social change, water scarcity & drought and correctional education. He is also a father, farmer, beekeeper, soccer player, kayak guide, and tender of the earth.

Host Elizabeth Barrett speaks with Dr. Alaniz about his work and efforts to educate incarcerated persons, alongside what led him to sociology and how he balances his work with his mental health.

 

Elizabeth Barrett is a wife, mother, licensed marriage-family therapist, educator, eavesdropper, emotion worker, and mental health consultant. She uses all of these skills to address the subjects that we all struggle with in this conversation with the Reluctant Therapist.