In this interview Dr. Tuhinul Islam discusses his research into residential childcare in Bangladesh, the first scientific research on this topic in the country. His study reveals some surprising finding regarding which residential care programs result in the “best outcomes” for children and youth who go through the care system. Dr. Tuhinul Islam talks about his work with children of sex workers, the difference between Government, NGO and faith based care systems in Bangladesh, and the role of stigma & community in residential childcare. Dr. Tuhinul Islam is the Assistant Director of Society for Social Service in Tangail, Bangladesh.
This conversation identifies “invitations” that may suggest a child or youth is considering suicide, this is followed by direction on what, and what not, to say to the young person. Wolfgang interviews Sonia McDonald, a child and youth worker (CYW) in Ontario and a certified trainer with Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) created by LivingWorks. LivingWorks was started in Canada in the mid 1970s. Since then they have helped develop and deliver suicide training in multiple continents for close to a million caregivers. For more information about ASIST see LivingWorks.net, and for training in Ontario you can email Sonia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Francis Felice for help with editing and technical support.
In this podcast Sylvia Holthoff of ThemPra talks about Social Pedagogy, explaining how this approach of working across the lifespan is used in Europe. We also discuss what child and youth care practitioners outside of Europe can learn from Social Pedagogy and where there is overlap between this approach and various other ways of working with young people. For more information about Sylvia and Social Pedagogy please visit ThemPra.org.
After her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Nancy Getty was herself assessed. Nancy shares what it is like to live on the autism spectrum and to raise twins who have both been diagnosed having Aspergers Syndrome. Nancy invites us into the culture of Autism and shares insights into how she sees and navigates the world. Nancy also offers specific and concrete suggestions on how to work with children and families on the autism spectrum. A rare opportunity to hear what works and what does not from one wise person’s perspective. For more information about Nancy Getty you can visit http://www.aspergerrus.com.
A special thank you to Francis Felice for help with this episode’s production.
In this interview Dr. Dana Fusco talks about workforce trends in youth work. Specifically, she critically discusses the move towards defined competencies, the credentialing of youth work, and post-secondary education youth work programs in the USA. She identifies the impetus for and benefits of these trends as well as the risks that youth work may face because of them. Dr. Fusco is the editor of “Advancing Youth Work: Current Trends, Critical Questions”. She is Associate Professor of Teacher Education, York College, City University of New York. You can learn more about her work at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Advancing-Youth-Work-Current-Trends-Critical-Questions or follow her Twitter feed “youthworkadv”.
In this interview Graeme Tiffany explains what Detached Youth Work is. Graeme looks at the history, the risks this work currently faces, as well as benefits of this approach. He challenges us to think about voluntary association in relationships between young people and service providers (of all types). Graeme Tiffany is the vice-chair of the Federation for Detached Youth Work. To learn more about Graeme’s work and see a list of his publication visit http://www.graemetiffany.co.uk.
The sound in this podcast is difficult at points. I hope you will listen through these moments; what Graeme has to say is certainly worth it.
Vaughan Bowie begins the conversation talking about youth work in Australia. He then discusses the causes, and ways of addressing, workplace violence in the child and youth care field. Mr. Bowie has over 40 years working with young people in numerous settings and was one of the first people to write about workplace violence as it relates to child and youth care practitioners. Mr. Bowie has written and edited several books in addition to publishing numerous articles on the topic. To find out more about Vaughan Bowie and see a complete list of his publications visit http://vaughanbowie.com.
Today’s podcast is with Faisal Abu Aiheja of The Freedom Theatre located within the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The Freedom Theatre is cultural centre that works with children, youth and adults "in which they are free to express themselves, to explore their creativity and emotions through culture and arts” (http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org). Faisal speaks about the experiences of young people growing up in Palestine and the work that the freedom theatre does to support these children and youth.
Since school has started, I am not able to give as much time to the podcast as I was during the summer months. For the academic year, my plan is to post a podcast on the last Wednesday of each month. The next podcast will be on Sept 26.
Thank you for your ongoing support and for listening. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
In this interview, Dr. Rawan Ibrahim discusses the many challenges that youth transitioning out of care in Jordan experience. Challenges that are both unique to their particular cultural context and those similar to youth from care in other parts of the world. Dr. Ibrahim is a service provider, researcher, and a strong advocate for the rights of young people in care. She is also one of only four people in Jordan to receive a PhD in social work.