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Podcasts To Get You Through Isolation

By Emily Hanlon

While we are all in a state of chaos and trying to manage social distancing, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some podcasts that you could listen to, which may help pass the time! A few weeks ago, I reached out to you guys and asked what YOUR favourite podcasts are, and this list below are a mix of my suggestions and yours. I did receive a lot of recommendations on murder podcasts (which I also love), but for the purposes of this blog, I’ve chosen to limit the recommendations to psychology and parenting related content. I've tried to include podcasts across a range of topics for parents, teachers, and clinicians alike, so there is something in here for everyone, even the dad's!


Developmental Psychology Podcasts

The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is best known for his work on intelligence and creativity. As these are two of the central themes in developmental psychology, The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is an excellent listen for those interested in this subfield. He records insightful conversations with some of the best minds in the field, covering riveting topics such as learning, disabilities, and the development of a psychopath.

Parenting in the Rain with Jackie Flynn, Ed.S., LMHC, RPT

You do not have to be a parent, someone who works with children, or even someone who likes children to appreciate Parenting in the Rain with Jackie Flynn. Doctor Flynn dives deep into the darkest challenges of raising children today, and she offers insight about how to overcome them. Regardless of your personal relationship with children, they are the future adults of society, so everyone has a stake in the outcome of their rearing. It is not just parents and teachers who shape children’s development, it is also the society they grow up in.

NPR: Stories About Developmental Psychology

Those looking for the best collection of a wide variety of developmental psychology topics will enjoy NPR: Stories About Developmental Psychology. These podcasts are hosted by highly educated and experienced professionals, yet told anecdotally, so they are truly entertaining. They follow the seasons, current events, hot topics, and multicultural trends, making them highly relevant and relatable to all listeners.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

An enormous part of developmental psychology is concerned with how humans find and maintain happiness across the lifespan. This varies not only by age but also by many aspects of culture. Happier with Gretchen Rubin is a podcast continuation of her hit book, The Happiness Project. In this book, she dives deep into the evolution of happiness and how we can use that knowledge to find happiness in modern society and in the darkest of times. This podcast provides a great resource for recovering from a difficult day or setting out on a challenging excursion.

This Is Psychology Podcast

Those who want to challenge themselves intellectually will enjoy This is Psychology with Dr. Normal B. Anderson. This is a video podcast, so it is great for when you have some downtime and a screen. The purpose of this podcast is to educate listeners on the most cutting-edge psychological research. The information can be complex, but you will walk away much more psych-savvy. The topics include everyday experiences and current issues, from workplace happiness and weight loss to immigration, so the information is also highly relevant to a wide variety of listeners.

Child Psychology Podcasts

Setting Your Child Up For Success: Child Psychology, Development & Teaching Tips

Want to see your children reach their full potential, in all areas of their lives? Tim Dansie, a registered teacher and psychologist who is sought-after by both parents and educators alike, reveals what it takes to set your child up for success. Tim shares insights from his decades of experience working with children from all backgrounds with all kinds of personalities. He also shares real stories that you can learn from. Each episode is easy to understand with practical tips that you can apply straight away. Season 1 of this podcast focuses on children aged between three and 12.

See Beyond Behaviour

Hosted by behaviour consultant and author Torri Wright, the See Beyond Behaviour podcast aims to make sense of the complex and challenging world of behaviour. Each episode delves into different behavioural topics, from parenting a child on the spectrum, to the ins-and-outs of trauma informed care. Torri imparts her own knowledge from over twenty years in the special education and behaviour field, inviting those living with challenging behaviours themselves, families, educators, and professionals to join her in sharing their perspectives and experiences. We hope to bring new insight, strategies, and a place to collaborate, so we may all feel like we belong in a world of many differences.

411 Child Podcast

This podcast is for anyone who is interested in child and adolescent development. Each week, a child/adolescent psychologist and a long-time teacher discuss an aspect of child or adolescent behavior, emotional, social, or cognitive development. Examples of how the concepts work are described in layman's terms and practical explanations are provided. Specific strategies are suggested to be used to help children and adolescents to manage their lives better.

Child Psychology Podcast

A show created by a post-doctoral fellow in clinical child psychology, covering helpful information for parents, students, and anyone interested in child psychology.

Lessons From the Playroom

The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado’s “Lessons From the Playroom” Podcasts are a series of recorded podcasts designed to help therapists understand the little lessons that kids teach us that make a big difference in the play therapy process. Our podcast host, Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an innovative and inspiring teacher and pioneer in play therapy. She founded and is the CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, a cutting-edge model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. Lisa teaches and supervises all over the world, helping transform the lives of thousands of therapists and children. With these podcasts, she'll teach you practical ways to transform both you and the child clients you work with. These inspiring educational lessons are sure to leave you feeling more confident and excited for your next session!

Parenting Podcasts

The Apparently Parent Podcast

Parenting - it's both wonderful and nerve-wracking. But you can break that cycle! If you are a parent who wants to find balance and get to the end of the day with a smile on your face, if you want to understand your children and yourself better, and if you want to lead your family into calm waters while having fun doing so, this is the podcast for you.

Two Peas in a Podcast

Listen to Mandy and Kate laugh (a lot) and cry as they chat to each other and friends about parenting multiples with disabilities and additional needs.

Raising Good Humans

As a parent, do you ever wish someone could just whisper some realistic and trustworthy support in your ear? And not make you feel awful for not having all the answers? Well, that’s what I’m here for. I'm Dr. Aliza Pressman, developmental psychologist, parent educator, asst. clinical professor, and co-founder of both Mount Sinai Parenting Center and SeedlingsGroup. And I'm a mom... trying to raise two good humans myself, so I'm in this with you! In each episode, we'll go deep (but brief) with both experts and parents to share the most effective approaches and tools and talk about the important bigger picture of raising good humans. My goal is to make your parenting journey less overwhelming and a lot more joyful!

Is It Bedtime Yet?

Is It Bedtime Yet? is a podcast hosted by moms and therapists Dr. Jenn and Dr. Sarine in Los Angeles, CA. They created this podcast because they wanted to create a space for parents to explore what it is like to be both parents AND people. Join them, along with some special guests, as they discuss what it is like to be adults raising tiny humans that make us all ask, "Is it bedtime yet?"

The Dad Mindset Show

Hi, I’m Rich Bolus. Join me as I explore the messiness of being a parent. Each episode I tease out tips, approaches and insights from parents and experts with the aim of becoming less bad at being a dad.


Dr. Mike, a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, responds to questions from real parents about real issues. Dr. Mike reports on medical news, general parenting tips, and answers questions from concerned and caring parents who listen to the podcast. Dr. Mike delivers at least three or four podcasts each week, according to ParentMap. Recent child development topics Dr. Mike has covered include pacifiers, infant sign language, divorce, vaccinations, childhood biting, cough medicine use, lazy eye, growing pains, and MRSA and other skin infections. PediaCast episodes last anywhere from 20 minutes to one-hour.

Unruffled: Respectful Parenting

Janet Landsbury is an author and parenting expert who focuses on infants and toddlers in her weekly podcasts. Combining millions of readers and podcast subscribers, The Washington Post notes that Landsbury is able to reach out to inform, inspire, and support parents with young children. Landsbury offers support on topics that include toddler defiance and meltdowns, coping with high-needs children, bullying among toddlers, and highly emotional children. This expert podcast host balances objective and practical advice with a genuine empathy for parents' struggles in raising developmentally healthy and happy children.

What Really Matters

Many parents want to keep things simple, and this podcast addresses this idea. The upbeat and straightforward hosts touch on subjects that include exploring what it means to be a grown-up, taking care of your own needs and practicing self-care without guilt, and keeping track of your own life while still being a great and attentive parent. The podcast actually focuses on the fact that taking care of your own needs can translate into being a better parent.

Parental as Anything

How much screen time should you let your kids have? How do you talk to your teenager about sex? What can you do when your kid throws a tantrum? Join one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators Maggie Dent on Parental As Anything, to get tips and answers to your real-world parenting dilemmas. Maggie talks to parenting experts from around the world to find practical solutions to the challenges every parent is facing today. She’ll help you be the parent you really want to be and give you ideas on how you can raise healthy boys and girls who thrive.


We're rushing around, busily ticking off the to-do list, feeling guilty, putting ourselves last on the list, beating ourselves up for not being 'perfect', listening to that incessant inner critic. We're feeling tired, overwhelmed and disconnected from our true selves, often with anxiety bubbling under just under the surface. I'm on a mission to help you be kinder to yourself. I want you to realise the truth of who you are - a perfectly imperfect mum trying her best in every single moment. I want you to become your own best friend and find your joy for life again. To reconnect to you.

Childhood Matters

This podcast covers a wide range of parenting issues that serve to help parents achieve better balance. Focusing on kids, parents, and the relationship between parents, Childhood Matters really touches on all aspects of family life. The podcast host delivers episodes on matters regarding children of all ages and welcomes guests, experts, and experienced parents to speak on the podcast to help give a greater perspective to listeners. Recent topics include preparing healthy meals, exploring different childcare options for working parents, and car shopping for new parents.

Private Practice Podcasts

The Private Practice StartUp

This is a brilliant podcast for health practices that will both inspire you and give you practical tips to grow your practice and create your ideal life as a private practice owner. The hosts are Kate Campbell, PhD, LMFT & Katie Lemieux, LMFT – two therapists who built their 6-figure private practices from the ground up. They’re passionate about helping health professionals on their private practice journey from startup to mastery. In their podcast, they interview experts in mental health, successful private practitioners, and others to help practice owners grow their businesses.

Private Practice Made Perfect

The Private Practice Made Perfect is for paediatric allied health professionals. Cathy interviews allied health business owners, digital marketing specialists, accountants, and others to harness their collective wisdom so you can access expert knowledge that can be applied to your practice. Her approach is light-hearted and fun, and the one thing that all her interviewees have in common is an infectious energy and passion for their topic.

Grow Your Clinic

This podcast from the team at Clinic Mastery will help you to inspire your team members and offer clients an amazing experience. By focusing on creating a high-quality experience for your clients, you are able to learn the skills required to grow your private practice.

The Therapist Experience

Every week Perry Rosenbloom from Brighter Vision (a world leader in custom therapist website design), interviews a successful therapist in private practice. Specifically for therapists, counsellors, psychologists, and coaches working in private practice; the podcast gives high-quality insights into marketing, entrepreneurship, choosing a niche, using technology for growth as well as a more personal take on the highs and lows of running a practice.

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