Beyond Risk & Back
The Future of My Scars

The Future of My Scars

December 17, 2021

When children self-harm, we often are afraid of what they will have to tell people about their scars when they get older. How will they explain it to a friend, future spouse, a boss? How could they do this to their bodies and their future?


WHY would a child ever do this?


"I am not my mental health trauma. I am me."


I met with Amy Minh Hạnh Corey on the birthday of her 8th year of sobriety from self-harm who can explain it to use from a young-persons point of view, and WHY she cut. 

Bullying, depression, suicide survivor... The words "fat" and "hate" are carved into her arm... at only twenty-four years old, TEDx Speaker, Mental Health Keynote and Public Speaker, Singer, Songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador to Holt International and HCMC Peace and Development Foundation; Amy Minh Hanh Corey is building her creative empire through her understanding and honesty in mental health by sharing her mindset in music, songwriting, writing, public speaking, and ambassadorships on how she has not only overcome the worst anyone could imagine going through, but how because of those sufferings and her unbelievable experiences, she has trained her mind to turn every negative time into something positive and mastered how to not only survive in chaos but how to thrive in it as well. Her mindset has not only created her rapidly growing empire throughout multiple industries but is the drive-in her passion to understand the misunderstood and help heal whoever she can reach around the world, in everything she does.


You can reach Amy here:

I: amycorey

F: amycorey

Finding Light in the Darkness

Finding Light in the Darkness

December 10, 2021
Spirituality is EASY when things are going well.
So how do you find your spiritual side when your teen is running away, cutting, using, and suffering from mental health issues.
How do you find the Light in the Darkness?
How do you tend to your Faith when you are in Fight or Flight?
Stan Lewis the Host of the "Fearless Parenting" podcast brings us support when the price of our family struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral health issues begin to cost us... our faith.
"It's never too late to lay a path that your child can return to." -Stan Lewis
facebook- @fearlessparenting
Autism- The more we understand, the more we accept.

Autism- The more we understand, the more we accept.

December 3, 2021


This week's guest! Emily Ansell Elfer Editor of Autism Parenting Magazine brings us the expertise she has gained through her experience of putting together a monthly magazine for parents.


Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip is Editor of Autism Parenting Magazine, where she coordinates an extensive group of therapists, autism specialists, and writers to publish news and professional guidance for families affected by autism. An NCTJ-qualified journalist, Emily’s work is published in newspapers, magazines, and across multiple websites. She previously managed the content for the women’s careers website, Where Women Work, is a former Editor of a food magazine group, and a former Deputy Editor of Toy World Magazine.



The more we understand, the more we accept.


Actually, your teen IS reading.

Actually, your teen IS reading.

November 26, 2021

Dr. Brassel is known as the Jim Carrey of reading. Danny Brassell is America's Leading Reading Ambassador...who grew up hating reading.

  • Do kids read more or less now?
  • How do you get teens who don't LOVE reading?
  • Does the internet count?

"Captain Underpants is the gateway drug to Shakespeare."

Since 1996, Danny has taught at California State University. A tenured professor in the Teacher Education Department, he works with beginning teachers and administrators. He has taught courses in educational theory, reading, second language acquisition, and multiculturalism, and his popular live televised courses consistently earn raves from students and casual viewers alike for content presented in a “fun, meaningful and memorable” way. Danny helped coordinate alternative teaching credential programs that served over 4,000 teachers in 150 schools throughout 14 school districts serving over 400,000 students in the Los Angeles area. In addition, Danny taught international students English as a Second Language at the American Language Institute at the University of Southern California for a number of years, and he served as the founding director of Loyola Marymount University’s MA program partnership with Teach for America. Before teaching at the university level, Danny was a teacher and tutor to pre-K – grade 12 students.


Learn about him here:



or on Amazon...he's authored 16 books.


Permission to Heal- The journey from wanting to allowing.

Permission to Heal- The journey from wanting to allowing.

November 19, 2021

Once you begin to understand that your experience as a parent was informed by your parents, and their parents...and their parents...then what? 


Marci Brockmann,  a high school teacher for 27 years, tells her story of childhood pain and walking away from the legacy of trauma passed down in her family, generation after generation after finally giving herself...permission to heal.


Now it's your turn.


Marci Brockmann is a multi-passionate woman – an artist, an author, a podcaster, and an English teacher. She has been writing expressively in journals for 35 years which became the basis of her two new books, Permission to Land: Searching for Love, Home & Belonging, and Permission to Land: Personal Transformation Through Writing, and her podcast Permission to Heal. She lives in New York with her husband, their grown kids, frisky cats, and many fishes.

PERMISSION TO LAND: SEARCHING FOR LOVE, HOME & BELONGING is a memoir about surviving narcissistic abuse and addiction and learning to thrive and love yourself to build a life of love, joy, success, and friendship. She survived familial mental illness and addiction, emotional abuse and neglect, an emotionally abusive marriage, and in her book, she shares her story and experiences to empower others to trust their inner voices and to live their best lives of love, home, and true belonging.


* Graphic Language

”Getting to Zero: How to Work Through Conflict in Your High-Stakes Relationships”

”Getting to Zero: How to Work Through Conflict in Your High-Stakes Relationships”

November 9, 2021

Jayson Gaddis is a favorite guest on Beyond Risk and Back because of his work in relationships. Founder of the Relationship School in boulder colorado, Jayson is also the author of the newly released "Getting to Zero: How to Work Through Conflict in Your High-Stakes Relationships".


Chances are most of us deal with conflict on a daily basis with friends, family members, lovers, partners, and even co-workers, and when unresolved it can affect every single aspect of our lives, from self-confidence to physical and mental health. Getting to Zero is a dynamic, user-friendly, practical conflict resolution method aimed at helping readers work through conflict with those they care about as quickly as possible. When you know how to work through conflict in your high-stakes relationships, every other area of your life improves.

Your Patterns Predict Your Path. Kolbe Testing Kids

Your Patterns Predict Your Path. Kolbe Testing Kids

October 29, 2021

Kolbe Testing was originally a brilliant business tool to understand employee strengths and utilizing them in the RIGHT place in the business. It is literally a tool to find out HOW people solve problems.


I've taken multiple Kolbe tests through the years and took one again recently. My guest interprets my results!


Gail Swift was part of the team that helped Kolbe create a testing procedure for kids as young as 3...and the results are AMAZING.

Bio-Hacking Struggling Teens…Essential Oils and the Woo Woo episode

Bio-Hacking Struggling Teens…Essential Oils and the Woo Woo episode

October 22, 2021

No, I'm not joking.

Before you roll your eyes, you need to know that I am a believer in essential oils and use them a lot. 


After I heard about my guest, I had to ask her:

  • Do they work with families that struggle?
  • What is Bio-Hacking and can we use oils to hack our teen's brains?
  • Is it actually a real thing? Like... with science?
  • ...and every left hook question I could think of to understand this...woo-woo stuff.

Melody Watts thinks so and I brought her on the air to talk about ANOTHER tool we could use.

Nine years ago Melody Watts began her journey of self-discovery and healing following a perfect storm of malady, tragedy, and bad luck.
Diagnosed with a debilitating form of Lyme disease while struggling through a tumultuous divorce, she simultaneously lost her mother in a tragic car accident. To exacerbate matters she was imprisoned on a baseless technicality and spent 7-months behind penitentiary bars.

Upon release, Melody was introduced to doTERRA essential oils, through a close friend while seeking alternative advice for her son’s recurrent cough. Miraculously, the essential oils worked and Melody’s perspective of holistic healthcare was altered forever.

Shortly thereafter, she officially joined doTERRA in 2013 and by 2015 was top 1% in sales in all of doTERRA. By 2019 Melody sold over $22-million per year and helped thousands of business owners accomplish financial freedom.

 Melody lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband Walter and her four children and two horses.


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The Addicted Child

The Addicted Child

October 15, 2021
  • Wilderness Programs v. Residential Treament.
  • Examples of changes when drug abuse begins.
  • Transport?
  • Is Cannabis actually dangerous for children?

...and what parents can do...step by step.

Richard Capriola, Author of "The Addicted Child- A Parents Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse" is my guest this week!

Richard has been in the recovery industry for a long time now and can give parents a REAL insight into what is happening with teens and addiction.


You can find out more about Richard's work and get his books here:

Eating Disorders-  Learning how to say NO to the disorder.

Eating Disorders- Learning how to say NO to the disorder.

October 7, 2021

Strategies from a survivor.

9% of the population will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.

Faith Alicia helps THIS father and his careless comment understand how and why eating disorders work and hurt families. She also provides the support to get back on track.

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