Nov 4 2021
This episode focuses on trauma, the importance of understanding trauma and ways to build safety and responsiveness in our work with young people and communities who have been impacted by trauma. Rudy Gonzales, our first guest, is General Manager Practice and Sector Development at Foundation House, Melbourne. Rudy shares the work he does to ensure a whole service is trauma informed and is experienced as safe and responsive by people attending.Rudy shares the importance of looking at every element of a service and the work of building trust as well as why he feels it’s a privilege to do the work that he does.Rudy has extensive experience working with people from refugee backgrounds and migrant communities, and has had a number of key roles in the sector. He has, co-authored a book on therapeutic and residential care from an attachment and trauma lens, and has personal experience as a member of a survivor community. Oliver Tye, Orygen’s First Nations Statement of Commitment Coordinator joins us again to discuss the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of trauma, including generational impacts. Building on strengths and identity relating to culture and community are some of the insights Oliver shares. FURTHER INFORMATION:Let’s Talk webpageLearn from us – Foundation HouseRefugee NetworkCultural atlas- SBSFASSTT, the ‘Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma’, they are an umbrella body with links on their website to all state based Torture and Trauma support services. Info and resources for working with refugee related trauma. Targeted at education professionals but relevant more widely. Hints For Healing (startts.org.au)Foundation House – Schools in for Refugees is similar to Hints for Healing but Victoria based.Journeys to Healing Report.A New Paradigm, Menzies, 2020.Healing Our Way.Miller and Berger 2020 © 2021 OrygenThis publication is copyright. Apart from use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 and subsequent amendments, no part may be reproduced, stored or transmitted by any means without prior written permission of Orygen.Suggested citation Let’s talk. Youth mental health, culture and identity. Melbourne: Orygen; 2021.Disclaimer This information is provided for general educational and information purposes only. It is current as at the date of publication and is intended to be relevant for all Australian states and territories (unless stated otherwise) and may not be applicable in other jurisdictions. Any diagnosis and/or treatment decisions in respect of an individual patient should be made based on your professional investigations and opinions in the context of the clinical circumstances of the patient. To the extent permitted by law, Orygen will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your use of or reliance on this information. You rely on your own professional skill and judgement in conducting your own health care practice. Orygen does not endorse or recommend any products, treatments or services referred to in this information.Orygen acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we are on and pays respect to their Elders past and present. Orygen recognises and respects their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships to Country, which continue to be important to First Nations people living today.Orygen is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.