Mar 08

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, we end our Immigration and Refugees series with Pierre-Andre, a law student from York University. Pierre-Andre explains what the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program is and the importance of it. There is then a conversation of what the difference is between private sponsored and government-assisted refugees, as well as some of the challenges with the private sponsorship program. Let’s raise awareness together!

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or  have a topic that you think we should discuss, please email Salvatore and Jenn at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com   

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Feb 22
Black youth are over-represented in the Canadian and US child welfare system. During this episode, Anayah Phares talks about some of the reasons for this over-representation, what can be done to address the situation, and presents a peer-mentor program she developed to support Black youth in care entering post-secondary education.
 
Anayah Phares is the founder and Coordinator of Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success, orCHEERS Mentorship Program. Anayah started the program after being in care for many years, her experiences going to university, and then transitioning out of care.
 
 
For more information about CHEERS please visit www.cheersprogram.com. To sign-up for the program or refer someone email Anayah at aphares@ctchc.com or call her at 416-703-8482 ext. 143.
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Feb 08
In this episode Dr. Dagmar Soennecken discusses what defines a refugee, the process to become “a refugee” and talks about refugee children and trauma. Dr. Soennecken is an Associate Professor at York University, her research focuses on law, citizenship and migration.
 
 
If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about, please email Salvatore and Jenn at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com
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Feb 01

This conversation with Dr. Leon Fulcher, is a follow up to episode 91 with Dr. Tuhinul Islam. Dr. Fulcher continues the discussion about their co-edited book Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World- Global Perspectives. Dr. Fulcher is an author, educator, and CYC practitioner who has spent his career working in many countries around the world. Dr. Fulcher now resides in New Zealand.

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Jan 25

This episode is a conversation with Dr. Tuhinul Islam about the new book he co-edited called Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World- Global Perspectives. This important book is the first of a four volume set, looking at residential care around the world. Dr. Islam is a Social Work, child rights activist, researcher and academic from Bangladesh. Currently he is a research Fellow at the Northern University Bangladesh. Dr. Islam has been on the podcast before speaking about his research on residential care in Bangladesh. You can find that conversation at http://www.cycpodcast.org/e/residential-childcare-in-bangladesh-a-conversation-with-tuhinul-islam-1430240440/

 

Next week, we will post a conversation with the co-editor, Dr. Leon Fulcher.

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Jan 11
On this episode of Your Right to Speak. Salvatore talks with his colleague Shireen about the Israel and Palestine conflict. The conversation starts with a background of the issues related to the conflict and why they are so difficult to resolve. Near the end of this episode, Shireen talks about working with young people who have left this region and come to Canada.  
 
If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about, please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

 
Let's raise awareness together!
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Dec 28
In the second part of this two-part interview (part 1 posted November 30, 2016 & part 2 posted December 28, 2016) Dr Thom Garfat discusses the founding of CYC-Net.org, the journal Relational Child Youth Care Practices, and honouring elders in Child and Youth Care.
 
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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Dec 14
On this episode, Salvatore and Jenn wrap up the year and reflect on past episodes. Each discuss what they’ve learned so far and what they hope for the future. Salvatore and Jenn also get a chance to talk about what advocacy means to them and that gaps they have seen in various systems. Let’s Raise Awareness together! 
 
If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about, please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com 
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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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Nov 09

On this episode of Your Right to Speak Salvatore and Jenn continue on the topic of sexual abuse. The guest Stewart is a volunteer at an agency called The Gatehouse. Stewart  talks about his experience as being  sexual abuse as a child and the peer support program that is offered at The Gatehouse that are free. The focus is that people are coming into The Gatehouse to heal. There is talk about the unique atmosphere create in The Gatehouse. For example how a child and adult is given a teddy bear when they come into The Gatehouse. There is also talk how there needs to be more services for man who are sexually abused. Stewart talks about the stigma of how people who are sexually abuse are often thought of as being sexual offenders.

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com

To hear Stewart radio show please go to: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/personaltransformation  

The Gatehouse website: http://thegatehouse.org/

The Gatehouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGatehouseChildAbuseInvestigationSupportSite/?__mref=message_bubble

The Gatehouse Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/TheGatehouseChildAbuseInvestigationSupportSite/?__mref=message_bubble

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Oct 26
Stephen Ucembe starts the conversation by discussing his life growing up in residential care, which leads to an insightful, and at times disquieting, critique of institutional care in Kenya. The interview was inspired by Mr. Ucembe’s chapter in RESIDENTIAL CHILD AND YOUTH CARE IN A DEVELOPING WORLD: Global Perspectives (available from CYC-Net.org). His contribution is an engaging and eye-opening analysis of residential care in Kenya.

Stephen Ucembe founded the Kenya Society of Careleavers in 2009 to provide support to young people leaving institutional care. He is a social worker, and is employed by Hope and Homes for Children as a Regional Advocacy Manager.
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Oct 12

On this episode of Your Right to Speak, Salvatore and Jenn speak with Carleen as they continue on the topic of Sexual Abuse. Carleen talks about how there is not a one-fits-all therapy for sexual abuse and how the therapy needs to meet where the individual is at mentally and emotionally. Carleen makes it a point to say that labels such as survivor or victim are often charge but she found in her experiences people who are sexually abuse want to be seen as an individual.   Carleen talks about how some people who are sexually abused may have a positive reaction to their body however it was not wanted and it creates a scene of guilt, shame and how to address this in therapy.   


If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com 

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Sep 28
Inspired by a recent email discussion on CYC-Net.org, Dr. Lorraine Fox talks about The Catastrophe of Compliance and why it is imperative to teach young people discernment. She draws upon trauma informed care to look at point and level systems, individualized work, and the benefits of a “medical model” approach when working with children and youth.

Dr. Lorraine Fox is a Certified Child Care Worker and holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has has been a direct service worker, a supervisor, a clinical director, an Executive Director, and an Assistant Professor. She has been sharing her knowledge and wisdom through publishing and presenting for several decades, now, and I’m thrilled that she is joining us today for this conversation. To learn more about her work and to read the article referred to in the podcast (The Catastrophe of Compliance) please visit http://www.drlorrainefox.com.
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Sep 14


On this episode, we talk with Cheyanne about sexual abuse. Cheyanne talks about her unfortunate experiences as a sexual abuse survivor, as well as why it is taboo to talk about sexual abuse and the connection to culture. There is discussion on how to recover as a survivor or victim and the importance of an individual to label themselves. Cheyanne stresses the importance of using a cultural humility perceptive.

Facebook: Abuse Never Becomes Us (ANBU)

Twitter: cheyratnam

Facebook Subscribe: Cheyanne Ratnam

LinkedIN: LI: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/cheyanneratnam

 

If you are a child or youth that would like to be on the show or if you have a topic that you think we should talk about please email Salvatore at yourrighttospeak@gmail.com 
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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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