118 episodes

Welcome to the Emerging Minds podcasts. Listen to conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to children's social and emotional wellbeing.

Our episodes offer insightful evidence-informed wisdom from experts in the field and will give you a flavour of the work and values of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.

Stay tuned for new episodes released every fortnight.

Emerging Minds Podcast Emerging Minds

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    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

Welcome to the Emerging Minds podcasts. Listen to conversations with experts on a variety of topics related to children's social and emotional wellbeing.

Our episodes offer insightful evidence-informed wisdom from experts in the field and will give you a flavour of the work and values of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.

Stay tuned for new episodes released every fortnight.

    Parent voices: Supporting children with disability - part 1

    Parent voices: Supporting children with disability - part 1

    Children are shaped and influenced by a range of individual, social and environmental factors, all of which go into making the ‘whole child’. Children living with disability experience the same range of emotions as every other child; and their mental health and wellbeing are influenced by the same factors as other children’s.   
    Parents and professionals might see a child’s social and emotional wellbeing, communication, and behaviour as just an outcome of their disability. But children living with disability can experience positive mental health too. It is important to support children living with disability to express their hopes, preferences, and concerns, just like all children. 
    We would like to acknowledge and thank our child and family partners, Chris, Lisa and Jacqui for taking the time to share their wisdom and expertise with us. 

      
    In this episode you will learn:  

    how deeply parents who have children with disability understand their children’s unique needs, how fiercely they love them, and how by listening to and reflecting on their stories, we can learn a great deal about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children with disability 
    how a child-focused approach encourages professionals to focus on the ‘whol

    • 16 min
    Shared practice in the family violence sector

    Shared practice in the family violence sector

    In this podcast, you will hear how Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) practitioners – both Aboriginal and non-Indigenous – provide a whole-of-family, holistic approach. Guests Colleen Lovegrove and Diana Uribe describe some of the strategies, practices and tools that form the foundations of support when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children who may be experiencing family and domestic violence.
    Aunty Colleen is a proud Ngarrindjeri woman who recently retired after 15 years in the field of domestic violence. Her most recent role has been as a case worker at KWY. Diana is an accredited mental health social worker and former Operations Manager at KWY.

     
    In this episode, you will learn: 

    the importance of building trust when working with families experiencing family violence [17.28]
    the importance of listening and giving space for silence [14.05]
    why you need to be flexible in interventions and able to move with the ebbs and flows of the family you’re supporting [17:17]
    the kinds of practical supports you may need to provide when working with children and families experiencing family violence [16:20]

     
    Further information and resources:
    Honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in healing family violence framework guide: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/honouring-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-voices-in-healing-family-violence/

    • 29 min
    Using self-determination to support family violence interventions

    Using self-determination to support family violence interventions

    Craig Rigney is the CEO of KWY, a specialist Aboriginal family violence organisation that provides holistic wrap-around services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children who are experiencing family violence.
    In this podcast you will hear how KWY walks alongside families to provide a holistic family model of care. Craig discusses how culture and other strengths are used to ensure a family-led approach that is based on self-determination. He also shares how KWY has embedded strategies that engage with, and listen to, the views of children, families and practitioners to improve outcomes.

    In this episode you will learn: 

    why there is a need for family–led decision making when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families [03:42]
    the importance of self-determination in the provision of specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence interventions [08:37]
    the importance of taking time and building relationships when engaging with families who are experiencing family violence [15:24]

    • 27 min
    Building connections in the out-of-home sector

    Building connections in the out-of-home sector

    In this episode, Sue-Anne Hunter talks about her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the out-of-home care system. She provides an insight into strategies practitioners and carers can use to help support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to grow and thrive, with a strong cultural identity and connection to culture.
    Sue-Anne is a Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner and has worked in the Aboriginal child and family welfare sector for over 20 years. In this episode she shares some of the challenges within the system, and how understanding culture and connection as a protective factor will help non-Aboriginal practitioners in their work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 

    In this episode you will learn: 

    the challenges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families face when entering the child protection system [00:07:31]
    how family and kinship connections can strengthen and support cultural identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care [00:14:43]
    strategies and tools based on a cultural framework which will assist practitioners and carers in their support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the out-of-home care system [00:32:29]

     
    Further information and resources:
    Family Matters Report 2020: https://www.familymatters.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FamilyMattersReport2020_LR.pdf 
    SNAICC Understanding and applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: 

    • 35 min
    Using Elders’ wisdom to guide your practice

    Using Elders’ wisdom to guide your practice

    In this episode, Aboriginal Elder Millie Penny shares her story of resilience, and how she has fought (and continues to fight) to support the needs of Aboriginal children.
    Millie is joined by Carol Michie of Telethon Kids, who shares how Millie’s knowledge and that of a group of Elders in WA has guided the Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children, Our Heart) project.
    Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort designs and develops locally-based early years programs and interventions for the wellbeing of Aboriginal children in Western Australia. The project focuses on identifying the foundations for raising strong, healthy children – the values, priorities and beliefs around child-rearing and the factors considered critical to building children’s health, confidence and resilience.

     
    In this episode you will learn: 

    the importance of including the voice and wisdom of Elders when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    strategies from the Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort project, and how the team used cultural protocols and processes to support a community-driven initiative 
    the importance of cultural identity and cultural practices to support the wellbeing of Aboriginal children, including language, connection to Country, kinship and Community.

     
    Further information and resources: 
    Empowering Parents and Carers to Improve Cultural Security in Early Education Settings research project: https://www.telethonkids.org.au/our-research/brain-and-behaviour/mental-health-and-youth/aboriginal-health-and-wellbeing/ngulluk-koolunga-ngulluk-koort/empowering-carers-improve-cultural-security/  

    • 35 min
    Healing the past by nurturing the future

    Healing the past by nurturing the future

    In this podcast, Catherine Chamberlain talks about the journey she and her team has been on, in developing culturally-based supports for mothers who maybe be experiencing complex trauma during the perinatal period.
    Catherine currently leads a large community-based participatory action research project called ‘Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future’. The project aims to co-design perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma.
    Catherine speaks of the strengths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parenting practices, and how practitioners may value these strengths in their parental support strategies.

    In this episode you will learn: 

    the importance of including a cultural foundation in co-design research [24:37]
    the deep wisdom Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have in nurturing and parenting practices, and how practitioners may value this wisdom in their engagements with families experiencing complex trauma [23:04]
    to understand complex trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and how this may impact the perinatal period [14:25]
    how to understand attachment through the cultural lens of connectedness [18:02]

     
    Further information and resources: 
    Healing the past by nurturing the future research project: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/jlc/research/healing-the-past/research 
    Growing up children in two worlds project:

    • 38 min

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