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[00:00:00] Hello everyone. Welcome to The Testing Psychologist podcast, the podcast where we talk all about the business and practice of psychological and neuropsychological assessment. I’m your host, Dr. Jeremy Sharp, licensed psychologist, group practice owner, and private practice coach.

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Hey everyone. Welcome back. Oh my gosh. I cannot believe that we are here again doing another best-of episode for the year 2023.

This is the end of year seven for the podcast. And crazy [00:01:00] for the first time, I am realizing and considering that the podcast might just hit the 10-year mark eventually. And that is incredibly exciting. Something about switching from 6 years to 7 years that pushes forward closer and closer to the 10-year mark. And that’s amazing. It’s wild to be here at the end of another year and talking through the most downloaded episodes of 2023.

I continue to have incredible guests. The guests make the podcast as I’m sure all of you would agree, but there were some other milestones and some things to look forward to in the upcoming year.

At some point this year, we passed 1,000,000 downloads for the podcast. It continues to be the, I would say, bedrock for my consulting and it helped launch and build the audience [00:02:00] for the first annual Crafted Practice Retreat that I held in August. This was an anti-conference for 20 testing practice owners to come together and talk about business, practice, and life.

It was phenomenal and one of the most meaningful experiences for me this year. I am thrilled to guarantee that I will be doing another retreat this coming summer in 2024. So if you are interested in an anti-conference that will give you some time to connect with other practice owners, work on your business, and have some downtime and relaxation and outdoor activity, then Keep your eyes out. I’ll be announcing that over email and on the podcast in the coming months.

I’ve also been fortunate to continue having PAR as a sponsor to bring you updates and [00:03:00] new testing materials. I think they do a fantastic job. I’m lucky to have them for, gosh, I think it’s three years in a row now. At the same time, I am also excited to say that I will be introducing a new sponsor to you next year as well, in addition to having PAR stay on board. So stay tuned for that.

But as always, thank you all for listening and spreading the word about the podcast. If you haven’t told all your psychologist friends, please keep sharing and just bring people on board. It’s been amazing to see the podcast grow and see the audience continue to build.

As we get to this conversation on the best episodes for 2023, I can only say here’s to another year of talking about testing. Let’s do it.

[00:04:08] All right, everyone. I’m going to dive right into it. First thing, actually, a little bit of housekeeping, so I lied. I’m not diving right into it. I will mention that I am going to be taking a break between now and the new year. So there will be two weeks off from the podcast and then I will be back on January 1st with a clinical episode.

With that in mind, this year’s episode, I suppose, this best of episode is a little bit unique because we get a bonus episode. The reason we get a bonus episode is because my top two are part one and part two with the same guest. And so I did it technically a top six, but it dovetails nicely and fits together nicely that the top two [00:05:00] episodes were a two-parter.

Let me start with the 6th most downloaded episode of 2023. That episode was Imposter Syndrome with Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin. Interviewing Dr. Lisa was probably the closest I’ve come to hanging out with a celebrity. Dr. Lisa is well known. She has been featured in a number of media outlets including, but certainly not limited to NPR and other major news outlets. She’s written 2 books centered around imposter syndrome.

This interview was a nice, what I would consider, connected conversation. Lisa was quite vulnerable in telling her own story of imposter syndrome and how she came to be where she is. And [00:06:00] it got me thinking about times in my own life and sharing some of those times where I also have experienced imposter syndrome and continue to experience imposter syndrome. This is something that comes up often in my discussions with consulting clients and in our Facebook group. So if you missed that one or want to go back and do a refresher on imposter syndrome, there it is 6th most popular episode for the year.

All right. The 5th most popular episode is also a really meaningful one for me because it was an episode that I did with a good friend and local psychiatrist, Dr. Craig Heacock on Psychedelic-Assisted Treatment. Craig and I did a podcast share, I suppose, where I interviewed him on the  [00:07:00] Psychedelic-Assisted Treatments like Ketamine, MDMA, and Psilocybin and their use in treating depression, trauma, and other mental health concerns.

We walked through each of those three substances, I suppose, or treatments, and talked through their utility and the ups and downs, the positives, the negatives. This was a cool one to see because we dual-published it on my feed and his feed. He hosts a podcast called Back from the Abyss. It has since become the most popular episode on his podcast feed, which is quite remarkable and also cool to see that it was pretty popular over here as well, even in a group that is not focused necessarily on therapy or treatment.

So if you have any interest at all in the growing field of psychedelic-assisted treatment, this is a great one to listen to. [00:08:00] He breaks it down very easily and digestibly.

My 4th most popular episode was Core Ideas in Forensic Neuropsychology with Dr. Noah Kaufman. Noah was introduced to me through Mike Wolff who was also a past guest on the podcast. I had a really good time talking to Noah. He was a former elite cyclist who rode on the same team as Lance Armstrong and other elite riders of that era. So we talk a bit about that, but we focus of course on forensic neuropsychology.

Noah wrote a fantastic book about forensic neuropsychology. We tap into a couple of different aspects of the practice. There’s a lot of information to take away from this podcast in terms of the application of neuropsychology to [00:09:00] the forensic setting. I highly recommend you go check it out, especially if you’re in the forensic realm.

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All right, let’s get back to the podcast.

You’re going to see a theme with the next couple of episodes.

My number three most downloaded episode was ADHD & ID with Dr. Jessica Robb Mazzant. [00:10:00] Jessica and I talked about the overlap and differential diagnosis of ADHD and Intellectual Disability. The title says it all.

Jessica is an educator, trainer, and psychologist for an organization here. I got to meet her when I took a Continuing Education series on ID and the overlap with other mental health concerns. I enjoyed our time in that class and luckily got her to come on the podcast.

She talks through differentials between the two, how they overlap, and how we might separate or diagnose both of those things given the circumstances. This is a presentation that comes up in our practice frequently and possibly for you as well. If so, I would recommend you check out the podcast.

All of these are linked in the show notes by the way. You don’t have to go through a search for them.

My top two [00:11:00] episodes, like I said, a part 1 and part 2. You may already have this in mind if you’re a podcast listener with a pretty good memory, but this most popular episode on The Testing Psychologist podcast for 2023 was part 1 and part 2 of Differentiating ADHD & Autism with Dr. Caroline Buzanko.

Caroline is a repeat podcast guest. She was on two years ago talking about parenting and their role in feedback and the evaluation process. This two-part series was hugely popular and as you can tell from the title, she tackles a subject that a lot of us deal with quite frequently, differentiating ADHD and Autism. We go into extensive detail in these episodes and between the two of them, it’s about three hours of content diving deep into [00:12:00] ADHD versus autism and Caroline’s framework for doing so.

As with the rest of these episodes, I highly recommend you go back and listen, especially with this little mini-series, because there’s just so much content. I know that even being the interviewer, I have a hard time keeping track of everything that we talk about and remembering. So there is so much to be gained from going back and listening. So huge thanks to Caroline and congratulations. Hey, if you’re out there still listening on having the most popular episode of 2023.

To wrap up, I hope all of you have come through 2023 in good health and good practice and continue to be fired up about whatever you are doing, whether that includes testing or maybe you’re retiring or maybe you’re pivoting, whatever that might be, my hope is that you’re doing so in a way that’s true to [00:13:00] yourself and feels good and brings you as much wellbeing as possible. I’ve enjoyed being with you over the course of this year and I look forward to many more episodes of The Testing Psychologist. Take care.

All right, y’all. Thank you so much for tuning into this episode. Always grateful to have you here. I hope that you take away some information that you can implement in your practice and your life. Any resources that we mentioned during the episode will be listed in the show notes. So make sure to check those out.

If you like what you hear on the podcast, I would be so grateful if you left a review on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcast.

And if you’re a practice owner or aspiring practice owner, I’d invite you to check out The Testing Psychologist mastermind groups. I have mastermind groups at every stage of practice development: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. We have homework. We have accountability. We have support. [00:14:00] We have resources. These groups are amazing. We do a lot of work and a lot of connecting. If that sounds interesting to you, you can check out the details at thetestingpsychologist.com/consulting. You can sign up for a pre-group phone call and we will chat and figure out if a group could be a good fit for you. Thanks so much.

The information contained in this podcast and on The Testing Psychologist website is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this podcast or on the website is intended to be a substitute for professional, psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Please [00:15:00] note that no doctor-patient relationship is formed here, and similarly, no supervisory or consultative relationship is formed between the host or guests of this podcast and listeners of this podcast. If you need qualified advice of any mental health practitioner or medical provider, please seek one in your area. Similarly, if you need supervision on clinical matters, please find a supervisor with expertise that fits your needs.

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