James D. Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CFT

If you look back over Dr. Jamie’s 30-year career, you will notice a consistent message – be caring and kind to others – but before you can do that, you must care for yourself. If you don’t help yourself, you will never be able to truly help others.

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It all started while Dr. Jamie was at The University of Florida getting his bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology. He knew he wanted to help people on a large scale. At the urging of his sister, he obtained a master’s degree from Barry University as a Clinical Social Worker.

After earning his degree, he found his way to a leadership role running addiction treatment centers. This position led to an appearance on the Geraldo Show. Dr. Jamie then worked as a clinical consultant and on-camera therapist for multiple television talk, court, and reality TV shows arranging help for guests who had issues they wanted to deal with. He believed many of the guests were, and still are, being exploited for ratings. Realizing there was a need, he created TV Aftercare®, the first national program to provide clinical and corrective follow-up for guests of the reality TV genre. In that capacity, he was the expert witness against Telepictures and Warner Bros. in the famous Jenny Jones civil suit, which dramatically changed television handling guests’ mental health.

 

Once he started TV Aftercare® in the early 1990s, Dr. Jamie graduated with his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Southern California University. Not one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Jamie also:

  • became a Certified Addictions Counselor with the Washington Council on Drug Abuse
  • became a Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist Green Cross School of Traumatology
  • worked with First Responders in the field of Trauma
  • taught courses on Group Therapy at the College of Education at Florida International University and Penn State University
  • served as a guest professor/lecturer in other academic settings

In 2002, his attention turned to family caregivers as Dr. Jamie partnered with media personality Leeza Gibbons to co-found The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation (LGMF) and design its psychosocial programming. The LGMF eventually became a formal network of individually funded locations with trained staff to support family caregivers of loved ones with chronic illnesses.


Keynote and Speaking Engagements

Keynote and speaking engagements became more common as Dr. Jamie became well known as an educator on caregiving and other senior issues.

He keynoted and led breakout sessions for organizations nationwide and National Conferences, including: 

  • Aging in America
  • Caregiver Magazine
  • National Association of Aging and Disabilities Association (N4A)
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW) events

And the list goes on …

In 2008, Dr. Jamie was selected for a panel of experts to create the new NASW “Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults.” That same year, he was honored as the Florida Social Worker of the Year for this job and his successful leadership of the LGMF.

Book Projects

  • Cowriting the bestseller Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss, published in 2009
  • Contributing to Voices of Caregiving and Voices of Alcoholism for The Healing Project
  • Featured in The 100 Mile Walk: A Quest to Find the Essence of Leadership

Current Positions

In 2010, Dr. Jamie joined WellMed Medical Management as Vice President of Provider Relations and Government Affairs. He became WellMed’s Chief Compassion Officer, tasked with moderating physician burnout. As Chief Compassion Officer, Dr. Jamie co-hosts regular radio podcasts entitled “Caregiver SOS”.

The effect of this endeavor ended up adding staff and partners to wellness offerings, too. Spearheading WellMed’s ground-breaking Emotional Support Response Team, Dr. Jamie brought his own connective magic of integrative care to WellMed in response to the COVID-19 virus and variants.

In addition to overseeing Government Affairs for WellMed, Dr. Jamie is on the Executive Board of Directors for the Florida Council on Aging, Florida’s oldest senior and non-profit advocacy organization. It includes every lead agency and senior provider in the State of Florida. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Polyvagal Institute, a cutting-edge organization whose members include the International Thought Leaders of Autonomic Safety and Trauma responses. The Institute’s mission is to advance understanding of the connectivity of the mind/body relationship. If therapists can understand how trauma remains in and affects the body, they can determine how this type of chronic stress may lead to extreme emotions or emotional shutdown.

Whether the issue is caregiver burnout, mental health challenges, or another trauma, PTSD or CPTSD, Dr. Jamie will be there with his Emotional Response Team to provide the highest level of support, with care and understanding, giving us the tools needed to move forward and not only survive, but be able to thrive.