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Welcome to Social Work Matters with Dr Sylvia Smith, where we explore the realities and celebrate the successes of social work practice, management and education. A few words from Dr. Sylvia on her background and Social Worker Matters I began my social work career at 16yrs old when I embarked on my first training course in social care. I now have over 35yrs of experience in social work; practice, leadership/management and education.Bringing a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to my work and I want to convey these attributes in my Social Worker Matters podcast. I am passionate about 'reclaiming social work' and will be exploring the realities and celebrating the successes in this profession. I invite you to join my guests and me for insightful discussions, sharing of professional experiences and much, much wisdom in all things social work. If you're thinking about joining the profession, are newly qualified practitioners or a seasoned professional, this podcast is for you.

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Welcome to Social Work Matters with Dr Sylvia Smith, where we explore the realities and celebrate the successes of social work practice, management and education. A few words from Dr. Sylvia on her background and Social Worker Matters I began my social work career at 16yrs old when I embarked on my first training course in social care. I now have over 35yrs of experience in social work; practice, leadership/management and education.Bringing a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to my work and I want to convey these attributes in my Social Worker Matters podcast. I am passionate about 'reclaiming social work' and will be exploring the realities and celebrating the successes in this profession. I invite you to join my guests and me for insightful discussions, sharing of professional experiences and much, much wisdom in all things social work. If you're thinking about joining the profession, are newly qualified practitioners or a seasoned professional, this podcast is for you.

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English


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In conversation with Dr Agnes Bryan

4/24/2024
After a break of almost 6 months, SWM is back - in this 81st episode, I am in conversation with academic, author, coach and facilitator Dr Agnes Bryan. Agnes discusses in detail, chapter 5 from her manuscript: 'Facilitation Leadership & Containment'. She highlights the need for skillful and courageous facilitation as we seek to navigate transformative change personally, professionally and within organisations on issues of race, racism and anti discrimination, in the work place and societally. Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:12:33

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An active Anti racist practice academic - Stefan Brown - Part II

11/29/2023
In this episode, Stefan Brown joins SWM again for part II of his interview. He shares aspects of his anti-racism work as a Social Work Programme lead at Royal Holloway, University of London. Stefan has worked at the University for 14 years. You will also hear about his interests in Mental Health and Criminal Justice in relation to the treatment of Black Men in these spaces. Topics we cover include: #SWEARN Stefan can be reached at: stefan.brown@rhul.ac.uk ================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:34:09

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My Journey, as a Black Male SW Academic, so far

11/1/2023
Richard Ashigbor is a social work academic based at Southbank University. Richard is a lecturer and the Course Lead for Social Work at the institution. Richard shares aspects of his rich practice and leadership background and how he reluctantly became an academic which he had not planned. He shares; His vision: Future research interests: Richard wants to be 'intentional' about achieving change and inclusivity. Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:55

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What is it like as Black women delivering anti racist practice training - Critical Conversations with Educator, Trainer and writer Sharon Jennings

10/18/2023
In this episode, Sharon and I reflect upon and explore how we feel about doing this work, our conversation includes the following touchpoints: Moving forward; Ref's, all available in audio books :-) Black Fatigue - How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters (2020) Living while Black - by Guilaine Kinouani (2021) How to be an Antiracist - by Ibram X Kendi (2019) What white people can do next - by Emma Dabiri ( 2021) =================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:56:29

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Bash of Mkbcare Ltd

9/14/2023
Our guest in this episode is Bash who is the Director of Mkbcare Ltd, a semi-independence care provider for 16yrs + &18yrs + and family support. In today's episode, Bash shares her professional and personal story which includes her progress in continuing her education, and poignantly, the significance of the year - 2017 - which was marked by family health challenges, Brexit and Grenfell. She describes this as the year she did not stop crying......... she shares how these events drove her and her son to set up Mkbcare Ltd and why they did so. For more information about their great work check out the links below: https://www.mkbcareltd.co.uk/https://www.furniturecab.com/ Please follow both Instagram sites and consider them for any future large item removals as this continues to give their care experienced young people volunteer work experience and prepares them for future work. =================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:05:07

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Research: Cath Williams - Migration - loss - separation and Trauma

8/30/2023
Cath Willams is based at Nottingham University where she lectures on their social work programmes. In this episode, we hear more about her ver political family and how she became politicised. Her lengthy career and practice interests Cath completed her PhD exploring the impact of migration on family relationships. She is particularly interested in the separation and reunification of Caribbean families. I cannot wait to read it! Cath's research presentations include: International Conference on Perspectives of Asylum, Refuge and MigrationEast Midlands Doctoral Network Postgraduate Research Conference,Born YesterdayThe Use of Critical Race Theory as an Approach in Social ResearchFocus Groups as a method of exploring the migration experiences of first-generation African CaribbeansMigration and Attachment: The Impact of separation on attachment relationships in first and second-generation Caribbean families Cath was the supervisor on an Oral History Project recording interviews with 1st generation African Caribbean older people in Bradford between 1986-88. Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:19:11

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Hayley Watts - Productivity Ninja

8/16/2023
This episode has efficiency in mind, my guest Hayley Watts helps people solve their problems. The people she works with generally have too much work and not enough time, too many emails, or meetings. In addition, she works with teams to help them have difficult conversations, about strategy, getting people to behave in a way that works and making changes that might feel tough but will bring about better outcomes. She also supports managers early in their career journey. In this podcast she touches on; advising clients about what to do when you're not available, consulting emails 3-4 times a day - achieving inbox zero, turning off notifications, creating an email 'Actions' folder, knowing the difference between what's urgent and what's important, know your optimum energy levels during the day, creating time to regularly reflect especially when busy. Services Hayley and colleagues provide: TrainingCareer Development CoachingChange ManagementExecutive CoachingLeadership DevelopmentLife CoachingPublic SpeakingNon-profit Consulting Coaching and Training https://inspireful.co.uk/Coaching and Training https://inspireful.co.uk/ Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:24:25

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Rebekah Pierre - Remember why you're here

7/26/2023
Rebekah Pierre is an author, journalist and social worker. She works as a Professional Officer for the British Association of Social Workers. In our conversation in this episode, Rebekah represents herself and shares her experiences, thoughts and ideas on our Care system. She also shares some of the highs and lows of efforts to get the voices of those with care experience heard by the central government and others in decision-making positions. In this podcast you will also hear news about the new book Rebekah has edited titled "Free Loaves on Fridays" - due to be published early next year 2024, this will be an anthology by people with care experience. LinkedInhttps://uk.linkedin.com › rebekah-pierre-223b04122 Twitter: @RebekahPierre92 https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2022/oct/open-letter-social-worker-who-wrote-my-case-files =================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:34

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Research: Stefan Brown, Early onset dementia

7/12/2023
Here is the first of the SWM Research episodes, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and MSc Social Work Programme Director at Royal Holloway, University of London - Stefan Brown joins us in this episode. Stefan qualified as a social worker in the 90s and transitioned to higher education over 13 yrs ago. In today's episode, we hear about his work in the field and his PhD research on Early onset dementia. Stefan also shared updates on the Mental Capacity Act. Look out for Stefan's part II, when he shares details on his work in the Race & Mental Health space. Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:50:02

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Don't wait for the dripping tap to become a flood!

6/21/2023
In this episode of SWM, I'm in conversation with Mike McKenzie. We met at a screening of his film Be Longing. Mike shares details of how and why he made the film and gives us some insight into the lives of foster carers who seek to work with social workers and other professionals. Mike, his wife and his family are clearly committed to their roles as foster carers and used his creativity to communicate some important messages to social workers and others. He is really keen on effectively working together in the best interests of children who are looked after. The film is screened monthly online followed by a discussion group, all sorts of issues emerge during the discussion - insightful, stimulating and informative. About Mike: Born in London to Jamaican parents Mike is a Foster Carer, Musician, Filmmaker and Music Teacher. He, his wife and his family derive enormous satisfaction from fostering young children. They have experienced some real highs and lows throughout. Mike became a filmmaker in 2007 and set up DrumCamFilms. He went on to undertake various projects in the filming world, including documentaries, short films, training and music videos. He has also completed a number of projects aimed at the educational sector. His latest film drama project is a film called “Be-Longing”, which is dedicated to and directed for the foster children they have cared for and had its 1st screening at the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise many years ago. Be Longing is the story of a young boy aged ten years old who had been placed in care, living in a foster home. His history includes being removed from violent and chaotic birth parents after a series of family breakdowns, he is torn between accepting the trust, kindness and security of his foster family and remaining 'loyal' to his birth parents who he still loves dearly. Self-destruction, despair, anger, betrayal, hope and salvation are all themes within this film. The struggle to regain the childhood of this young man who has not yet experienced the innocence of youth is, unfortunately not uncommon for many of today's youth placed in care or living in broken homes. In this short film, Be Longing seeks to show this boy's journey from his very first day 'in care' and charts his progress along the way. At present the film is helping to connect with many amazing care experienced people, Artifacts CEP, Comfort Cases, Rajinder.keohane, David L Jackson and Publishing professionals. Mike and his team have taken the film to The Montreal Black Film Festival, and more recently to No.10 Downing Street to meet Gillian Keegan MP, the Secretary of State for Education, and Claire Coutinho MP, the Minister for Children, along with The Fostering Network and other foster carers from across the country. Now as @MAD4Films Mike and the team aim to keep talking about the best outcomes for children and make more films about kids in care. Mad4 Films Profile https://www.linkedin.com/company/mad4-films/?viewAsMember=truehttps://mad4films.com/projects/ Mikes Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-mckenzie-25715718/ =================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:01:39

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The Inaugural National Anti Racism Conference - Reflections - what did we achieve

6/7/2023
In this episode, I'm in conversation with 3 hardworking and passionate black women; Millie Kerr, Nimal Jude and returning Shantel Thomas. This was an opportunity to discuss and review the conference, its original aims and objectives. Our discussion was lively, frank and open - full of laughter and warmth but no less serious about the 'mission'. Millie, Nimal and Shantel were instrumental in organising and leading this event in collaboration with the S.W.E.A.R.N - Social Work Anti-racist Network. The team discussed what went well and the feedback received, they also shared what would have improved the event, namely a budget! Most of the work in bringing this conference to fruition came down to grit, determination and additional work on top of their day jobs.......... we engage in discussion on the need for senior leaders to really get involved, which will require some deep self-reflection on issues of anti-racism and commitment to action and change. The team have bigger ambitions for next year and will be working with other colleagues to make it happen, so watch this space - if there is anything you can do to help with the mission an ACTION agenda, please get in touch. We also hear about the ARM - Anti-racist Movement, a space for healing. Members of ARM are predominantly Black and Brown women working in the anti-racism space but also include practitioners, educators and leaders. ARM meet every last Friday of the month. For more details, please send enquiries to the email address below: Email: antiracistmove@gmail.com ================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:00:26

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We all live our lives as stories........

5/24/2023
Maria Takaendisa is a Systemic Family Therapist by training but also describes herself as a storyteller, a transformative change leader and therapeutic thought leader. She unlocks change and brings about big-picture thinking. Her psychotherapeutic training affords her the unique skill of understanding and working with group dynamics to understand organisational culture and inform change processes. In today’s interview with SWM, Maria shares a little about the range of her work, particularly her work in the anti-racism space and with trauma. Maria is also interested in well-being and healing and shares something of this work and its importance. To make contact with her directly her website address is https://www.mariatakaendisa.com/ Email: maria@mariatakaendisa.com 100 Great Black Women Speak: https://www.olmec-ec.org.uk/100-great-black-women/maria-takaendisa/ ============================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:27

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'It's in your hands' - he pulls no punches

5/10/2023
David L Jackson is currently gainfully employed as he told me, he is a Senior Planning Engineer. He has done many things and believes we should not allow ourselves to be put in a box. David has also authored a book called 'Oi -Pay Attention. This gets rocky'. Interestingly, paying attention is precisely what he wants Social Workers to do. Dave is care experienced and wrote some of his story as he believes and thinks it is critical that we preserve, document and learn from the past. Dave's book documents life's brutal and harsh reality in statutory care in the '60s and '70s. For the most it was awful; the abuse, his experiences as often the only Black child in the homes and importantly how he survived despite the poor care he received. As our conversation progressed, Dave shares some messages for social workers, he pulls no punches and challenges us to become more active in our advocacy for those we work with and care for, and importantly become more vocal in what we see as wrong in our profession and our leadership. He encourages us to not be so 'nice' as this is not how change takes place. He covers a range of issues, including racism, sexism, and becoming a father. Dave is an engaging and no-nonsense speaker, so 'pay attention. This gets rocky'. To purchase his new book please visit:http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912183730 To connect with Dave follow him on Twitter @childcalledoi Email him @superdj1mac.com Linkedin: @ Dave Jackson =================================================================== Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:36:35

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A 'Questionologist' - Shabazz L. Graham

4/12/2023
Shabazz L. Graham is the Creator and co-founder of Qcast, a Filmmaker and ‘Questionologist’. He began his career in 2001 making documentaries for government-run projects, local councils and Think Tanks, before taking on the role of a Creative at MTV Networks. He went on to work for a host of TV channels such as Channel 4, Nickelodeon, Sky, BBC and others, as well as work for top creative agencies and corporate brands including EE, HASBRO, CO-OP and many more. But where did it all start and what excites him today? In this episode of SWM Shabazz generously shares some of his history as a child raised in the care system and his experiences, the challenges he faced with his personal development and growth as a black man, his significant, impactful, and important relationships with memorable social workers and his dear foster carer. Shabazz also shares details on what inspired the creation of Qcast, an online platform designed to privilege the importance of meaningful and deep questions. Hear how the loss of a dear friend gave birth to Qcast and the vision for its future. To follow his work please use these links: Shabazz Web: shabazzlgraham.com Insta: @shabazzgraham Twitter: @ShabazzLGraham Fb: Shabazz Graham Leaving With Care Documentary (VHS) https://vimeo.com/321726900 Password: TheCareSystem ================== Qcast Web: qcast.io Insta: @QcastQuestions Twitter: @QcastQuestions Fb: @QcastQuestions ========================== Cultural Style Week https://www.culturalstyleweek.com/ https://www.culturalfashion.art/ ============================= Do share your feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:08

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Becoming an In Credible Witness

3/29/2023
Michael Watson is a professionally qualified social worker, and author of two books, with over thirty-three years of experience working with children and families. His work includes being a Children's Guardian for eighteen years and for over twenty years as an Independent social worker. He is an expert in the family court where he assesses parenting, family relationships and the various needs of children. Due to his personal experiences and unique position as a childcare and parenting expert within the family court, he is in a key position to assist, advise, support and coach parents through their private law family proceedings and provide them with the information and skills to represent themselves successfully at court. In 2014 he wrote 'How to represent yourself in family court.' The book provides invaluable insight, information, education, support, and guidance to assist parents to navigate their way through the court process. It informs in an honest, open, conversational style, how vital it is for parents to learn the parenting skills they need, not only for court but for the rest of their lives. In today’s podcast, we focus on a very painful experience early in his career as the result of a child’s death at the hands of her father. Michael shares how he felt trauma from the child’s death, but also how alone and unsupported he felt as the social worker in the case and having to give evidence being a witness in the hostile conflictual, and adversarial court arena. This experience fuels his work today. He has written a second book titled ‘FAMILY COURT: Giving Evidence In Family Court.’ The book identifies how difficult it is to try to compete with advocates and/lawyers and barristers without receiving a considerable amount of support and training centred on giving evidence and managing cross-examination and focuses on the knowledge, skills, insights, strategies, and tips needed to be perceived as a credible witness. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-watson-87468332/‘In Credible Newsletter’.In-Credible Witness Do share feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:40

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Louisa Jean-Pierre 'Racism at work as a Nurse' a personal story

3/15/2023
In this episode, Louisa Jean-Pierre shares the painful story of racism she experienced at the work she loved. She tells her professional journey, and how she came to nursing, which she wanted to do from a very young age. Louisa's first qualification was achieved in 1972, and she was able to specialise in paediatrics, an area of nursing she loved. Here are some of the challenges she faced, listen as she speaks about how painful this was and the impact upon her professionally and personally, they include; she couldn't be herself, she received no positive feedback from her line manager - just criticism - she experienced a number of disappointing blows, subtle and persistent racism, left feeling deflated and defeated, denied opportunities to progress, unbearable toxic environment, ended up hating coming to work, suffered increasing ill health -anxiety and anxiety attacks, negative impact on her family life, let down by her union and the list goes on. She eventually regained some degree of control but what a cost she had to pay along the way. Do share feedback at adosylv@gmail.com Join our Fb community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB6IJzP9UzJn2B5oXclbnOw See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:09:03

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Co Facilitators Sandie, Sharon, Jo & Sylvia in conversation

2/26/2023
Welcome to ep.65 of SWM, co-facilitators Sandie Chatterton, Sharon Jennings, Jo Williams and I reflect on our working partnerships as Black and White educators in the anti-racist practice and leadership space. Apologies for the quality of the audio but hope this does not take away from the essence of our discussions - these critical conversations are unscripted, honest and respectful as we all navigate through this rocky terrain. I hope we may keep on having these necessary conversations and remain intentional about action, so we avoid further cycles of rhetoric and collective amnesia in this space - you'll hear references to anti-racism at the end of the 1980s in our discussions, as we wonder what happened to all that work. Do feel free to reach out with feedback or thoughts: Email: adosylv@gmail.com FB: Social Workers Matter - https://www.facebook.com/groups/412169436067530/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:41

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Emotional emancipation circles - Paula St Ange & Cassia Keziah Maximen

2/8/2023
Counselling Psychologist & Systemic & Family Practitioner Paula St Ange and Trainee Clinical Psychologist Cassia Keziah Maximen join me in this episode to discuss Emotional Emancipation Circles. Aka as EECs are evidence-informed, psychologically sound, culturally grounded, and community-defined self-help support groups designed to help heal, and end, the trauma caused by the root cause of anti-Black racism. These two women have been group participants and are now trained as EEC group facilitators. They share how and why these groups were started, the concept is an import from the US which has been adapted to the UK context. In the early evaluations, EEC participants reported notable improvements in their mental health. Facilitators have been trained in nearly 50 states in the US, Cuba, South Africa and of course the UK. For more information about EECs contact: Malcom_phillip@outlook.com My email is: adosylv@gmail.com Join our Facebook community at: Social Workers Matter See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:56:12

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Another Phenomenal Caribbean Woman - Lyn Warrington

1/25/2023
I met Lyn a couple of years ago in Dominica when I spent time on the Island. On my trip late last year, we hired a vehicle from her company. As we waited for the vehicle to be prepared we chatted in her office about life and somehow we got talking about her experiences of domestic violence. I invited her to appear on this podcast and she did not hesitate to agree and stated that she would love other women to learn from her experiences. When I returned to the UK we sought to set up the interview, this interview became more urgent as tragically two women were killed in Dominica due to DV. In this interview, Lyn shares a little of what she went through at the hands of her ex-husband, who began with verbal abuse which turned physical. Hers is a story of inner strength driven by her spirituality and strong family connection. She shares some of the challenges faced by women in Dominica who seek to escape DV and advice for those who find themselves in this situation. and also Lyn says she is sustained by; her faith, her children and her birth family. My sincere thanks to Lyn for her honesty and bravery. Join our Facebook Community @Social Workers Matter My email address: drssmith@inclincetrainingconsultants.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:30

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Racism at work - Critical Conversations

11/16/2022
Sharon and I have a conversation about racism at work. We intend to have Critical Conversations once a month about issues which have come up in the course of our work. This episode and as I suspect may be the case with future conversations, relies heavily upon lived experiences and our honest reflections on some of what we have heard from colleagues, students and mentees and our sense-making of the experiences. We begin our discussions by sharing our personal early realisations and experiences of racism. We then go on to share 4 examples from our personal databases – thanks to colleagues Jo Williams and Shabnam Ahmed of the @SchoolofShabs who asked us to share some of what we’ve heard about experiencing racism at work. ‘not holding onto our own truth………’‘can we not bring expression and passion to our work……..’‘Have you really got my back........' Join our Facebook Community @Social Workers Matter My email address: drssmith@inclincetrainingconsultants.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:57