May 18, 2021
Rafik Tanious is an education and mental-health professional and film maker, who specialises in cross-cultural therapeutic interventions and inter-cultural learning. In this discussion with Nicole Loehr, they address the specific needs of learners with a refugee experiences and ways in which schools, teachers and counsellors can support in more culturally sensitive and trauma informed ways.
Rafik talks intimately about his personal journey in Australia and how it would later influence his work over the last 25 years, both in Australia and internationally. More recently through the complexities and opportunities in working with young people with a refugee experience who have been resettled in rural and regional areas of Australia.
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Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Image supplied by Rafik Tanious.
April 16, 2021
Teacher, psychologist and writer Jemima Shafei-Ongu talks to Nicole Loehr about how texts with refugee themes can be used in the classroom in a way that respects the psychological safety of all students. Jemima also shared her tips on how to support students who express their wish to share aspects of their refugee experience with the school community.
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Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Image supplied by Jemima Shafei-Ongu.
March 30, 2021
Nicole Loehr interviews Occupational Therapist and fellow STARTTS School Liaison Officer, Rachelle Coe about the role that occupational therapy can play in recovery from refugee trauma. They discuss how a knowledge of sensory processing can be harnessed to support students with co- and self-regulation in the classroom and illustrate the important role that the physical environment plays in supporting calm and alert states of arousal. Rachelle also reflects on her experiences of facilitating and providing consultation for play-based groups and supports for learners with refugee experience.
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Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Public domain image from piqsels.com.
March 9, 2021
Shaun Nemorin interviews social worker and psychotherapist Sue-Anne Hunter, a proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman. They discuss connection to ancestors and the intersections of trauma healing amongst First Nations Peoples and people with refugee experience who have migrated to Australia. Through Shaun's personal experiences of being welcomed on Aboriginal land, Sue-Anne and Shaun explore the power of welcome and connection with First Nations Australians and the critical importance of supporting First Nation’s people's healing.
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Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Photo supplied by Sue-Anne Hunter.
February 16, 2021
Shaun Nemorin swaps roles and hops in the guest seat! In this episode Nicole Loehr interviews Shaun about the importance of social connectivity in overcoming adversity and his personal and professional experiences of people finding a sense of belonging and purpose through sport, writing and narrative therapeutic approaches to healing.
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Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Photo by Helene Caux.
January 27, 2021
In this episode Shaun Nemorin talks to STARTTS School Liaison Officer, Nicole Loehr. They discuss how the most unsuspecting paths can lead to working with survivors of refugee experiences and explore how a knowledge of cross-cultural identities and creative expression in a therapeutic environment, can support healing and recovery. Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music written by R.E.M and performed by Troy Reilly. Artwork "Now you see me" by Nicole Loehr
December 15, 2020
In this episode Shaun Nemorin talks to STARTTS Child & Adolescent Counsellors Chiara Ridolfi and Sanja Stefanovic about how they apply Sandplay to working with children with refugee experiences. Sanja and Chiara reflect on how key aspects of Sandplay Therapy, such as freedom of expression, safety and a person-centred approach, support clients’ psyche to work toward healing.
Produced by Karen Collier. Music written by R.E.M and performed by Troy Reilly. Photo and staging by Nicole Loehr.