Hints for Healing is about showcasing the diverse and multidisciplinary work which contributes to the psychological recovery, resettlement and development of children and learners with a refugee experience.
Season 2, Episode 4: Navigating Year 12 in 2021 - Experiences of an Afghan-Australian Young Woman
In this episode, 19 year-old Afghan-Australian, Farzana Nazari talks about her experiences of transitioning from her Intensive English Centre to mainstream high school. Farzana also discusses what gave her strength and comfort during the turmoil of 2021, when the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan coincided with a prolonged covid-19 lockdown in Sydney, all while she was preparing for her Year 12 exams. Image supplied by Farzana Nazari.
For assistance with visa applications, the following services may be able to assist:
RACS – Refugee Advice and Casework Service. Call +61(2) 8317 6500
Legal Aid Refugee Service. Call - +61(2) 8713 6725
Jesuit Refugee Services. Legal Support. Call – +61(2) 9356 3888
Season 2, Episode 3: Supporting the Recovery of Afghan Youth through Online Platforms
In this episode, STARTTS Youth Program Team Leader, Lina Ishu discusses how she and her team used flexibility, creativity and consultation to adapt to the needs of Afghan Young People in the context of the 2021 Taliban takeover and the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, Australia. Lina explains how a range of supports including small online groups, large forums, fundraisers, art competitions and social media communication channels were offered to minimise isolation and reach out with pathways to mental health support.
Find out more about STARTTS Services for Children and Young People here.
Season 2, Episode 2 - Supporting the Resettlement of Afghan Evacuees in NSW
In this episode, STARTTS Community Development Group Worker, Rohullah Rahimi, spoke with Nicole Loehr about how recent evacuees from Afghanistan are being impacted by their ordeal. He discusses what educators can do to support the resettlement and recovery of young Afghans and also talks about the various groups and forums, he and STARTTS colleagues have been facilitating for their Afghan clients.
Groups that Rohullah and colleagues are involved in facilitating at STARTTS:
Australian Citizenship Test Preparation group for Permanent Residents
Women’s yoga group (run by a colleague)
Afghan Youth Gathering – Afghan Young People are on Steering Committee – aimed at 12-24 year olds.
Community Groups and Forums – Afghan Community RoundTable Discussion and also a support group for recent evacuees.
If you would like to discuss Community Development Programs for Afghan members of the community, please call STARTTS on (02) 9646 6666 and ask for Rohullah Rahimi.
Links to where to donate to support Afghans:
People seeking information about the immigration status of recent arrivals from Afghanistan or information about pathways for Afghans to resettle in Australia, are advised to consult The Department of Home Affairs Afghanistan Update and the Refugee Advice and Casework Service Afghanistan Crisis Response Clinic.
Season 2; Episode 1: Resettlement of Recent Afghan Evacuees in Victorian Schools
Welcome to Season 2 of the Hints for Healing Podcast! In this season we welcome guests to share their experiences and insights into supporting the resettlement and mental health of Afghan members of the community at a time of enormous upheaval, uncertainty and worry for Afghan people all around the world.
My first guest this season is Greg Gow. Greg leads the Melbourne-based Foundation House Education and Early Years Program, which is a Victorian statewide service supporting schools and early years service providers to respond to children and families with refugee experiences. Since August 2021, Greg has been coordinating Foundation House’s response to supporting school-age resettled Afghans in Victoria in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis that has followed.
Foundation House’s Integrated Trauma Service Recovery Model
School’s In for Refugees: Supporting Students and Families of Afghan Background
Supporting students and families of Afghan background is a tip-sheet which provides details of how school staff can provide assistance to students and families by prioritising their wellbeing and connection.
The Over/Under Involvement Continuum is a useful resource to support school staff to reflect upon their levels of involvement with students and families of refugee backgrounds. It illustrates the healthy dimensions of ‘ideal range’ involvement, the excesses of ‘over involvement’ and the dangers of overly detached ‘under involvement’
Episode 15 - The Sacred Territory: Using the Methodologies of Eco-dialogue to Open Minds to the Interrelation and Interdependency of Nature and Humanity
On 10 September, STARTTS School Liaison Team Leader, Shaun Nemorin chaired the 2021 conference of the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR). One of the distinguished speakers was psychologist, activist and social arts facilitator, Hector Aristizábal. In this recording, Hector, himself a survivor of civil war, trauma and torture, speaks about his work on the “Reconectando” project in Colombia. This project combines deep ecology, social theatre and ritual to support ex-combatants and victims of Colombia’s civil war to heal through their connection to themselves, each other and the earth. The project accompanies the work of the Truth Commission in Colombia.
Warning: This recording contains descriptions of sexual violence, torture and other human rights abuses.
Produced by Shaun Nemorin and Nicole Loehr. Music by R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly) and Eric Avery. Image from the 2021 ISHHR Conference.
Find out more:
ImaginAction - https://imaginaction.org/artists/hector
International Society for Health and Human Rights - https://ishhr.com/
Episode 14 - Supporting Students and Families with Afghan Backgrounds
In this episode, Nicole Loehr speaks with STARTTS Senior Clinician and Clinical Trainer, Nooria Mehraby. Nooria trained as a medical doctor in her native Afghanistan before completing a Master of Counselling in Australia. She has more than 30 years experience working with refugees both overseas and in Australia and that includes over 25 years working at STARTTS.
In this podcast, Nooria provides some context for the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan and explains how the situation is impacting on the Afghan diaspora around the world. Nooria also shares her tips on how educators can best support students and families at this time while also maintaining their own self-care.
Produced by Nicole Loehr. Music by R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly) and Eric Avery. Image supplied by Nooria Mehraby.
Find out more:
STARTTS - https://www.startts.org.au/
Nooria on Owl Talks - https://lectures.owltalks.org/Speaker/nooria-mehraby/
SBS Afghan Cultural Atlas - https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/afghan-culture
Great discussions and relevant to my work. Will keep listening
Brilliant. These techniques from your expertise are so helpful. Thank you for sharing your hard learned lessons and hope you keep this up!