Nov 30
In part one of this two part interview (part 1 posted November 30, 2016 & part 2 posted December 28, 2016), Dr Thom Garfat tells engaging, fun, and insight filled stories about what brought him into Child and Youth Care (CYC), the early days of residential CYC in Canada, some of the important pioneers of the field, and his thoughts on what “relational practice” means. Through Thom’s friendly approach and accessible wisdom, a deep knowledge about working with children, youth and families is shared.
 
Dr. Thom Garfat is an author, an editor, a teacher, a mentor, and a practitioner that has been contributing to CYC for about five decades. For more information about Dr. Garfat visit http://www.cyc-net.org/People/people-garfat.htmland 
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Aug 31

This week is a recording of the closing key note talk from the 2016 Canadian National Child and Youth Care conference, which took place in Halifax. In May of this year there was a report released called Because Young People Matter: Report of the Residential Services Review Panel. It is well worth reading, you can find a link to it here. Kiaras Gharabaghi is one of the three authors and in this talk he shares some of his learning and reflections from the report. The presentation is one hour long. Here is the description of his closing keynote:

“How is it that once the evidence has failed, the treatment is a bust, and the systems scratch their heads we look to CYCs to take over? Over the past ten years, professional structures, policy moves and institutional responses to young people facing adversity have prioritized rhetorical movements over relational practices. From family-based care to evidence-based treatment approaches, anything but child and youth care practice has de facto carried the day, until the system’s failures become sufficiently apparent that there is only one move left; the move of last resort – the move into places where child and youth care practitioners are asked to work miracles, but expected to accomplish little. The time to resist this trend is now. Gharabaghi argues that unless we elevate our approaches to stand as alternatives to the current rhetorical front runners, our profession will become known as the profession of last resort. Much is at stake.”

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Sep 30

This week I am posting a very long episode it is about an hour and forty-five minutes. It is a recording of a panel discussion, which took place at the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) conference in Cape Town, South Africa in June & July 2015, about CYC professionalization in the USA and Canada. There were four panelists and a moderator. The moderator was Zeni Thumbadoo and in order of speaking the panelists were Kelly Shaw, Wolfgang Vachon, Heather Modlin, and James Freeman. The panelists give a brief introduction to themselves in the podcast. 

I encourage you to post this podcast on your preferred form of social media or otherwise promote it. We’d like to get to 1000 listens a month, right now we are averaging a little over 900 between the two sites, any help you can give would be appreciated.

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Aug 26

We are continuing to upload some of the presentations from the 20th biennial South African National Association of Child Care Workers conference that took place in June of 2015.

This episode is a presentation by Monika Sandvik-Nylund. Sandvik-Nylund is a senior advisor with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), her portfolio focuses on specifically children. In her presentation she gives a clear overview of what the UNHCR does, some of the challenges facing refugee children and then discusses the South African Isibinidi program as a possible model for working with children in refugee situations.

For those not familiar with Isibinidi I posted a video about the program on CYCpodcast.org in the July 2015 podcast (episode 57).

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Jul 29

I recently attended the South African National Association of Child Care Workers’ 20th Biennial Conference, celebrating 40 years of NACCW. Over the coming months CYC Podcast will be posting different presentations from this conference. This month’s podcast will be a talk by Dr. Thom Garfat on the Characteristics of Child and Youth Care (CYC). It is an informative and succinct introduction to some key characteristics of CYC.

You can read more about these characteristics by going to:

http://cycnetpress.cyc-net.org/samples/CYCiP.pdf

 

I have historically posted videos during the July podcast. Below you can find some videos with a focus on South Africa. This country has a tremendous amount to teach the rest of the world about CYC practice. I encourage you to check out the NACCW website at http://www.naccw.org.za. In particular look at the Isibindi project, a paradigm changing approach to child and youth care.

Two videos on Isibindi

The Path of Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MriK1u_ij_w (12 Min.)

The Isibindi Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1D2DUFbzhc (25 Min)

 

An animated video about the Code of Ethics in child care work in South Africa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hteI4StqlKY (10 Min.)

 

Finally, here is a panel discussion that was presented on the last day of the conference. There are 5 panelists (including Thom Garfat). There is about an hour of video before the presentation. Skip to 58:00 minutes, the panel starts then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_BBUZ8qiY (90 Min.)

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