Episode 11 Katherine Ambía, LMSW - school social work, youth, immigration, racism as trauma

November 5, 2018

Episode 11
Guest: Katherine Ambía, LMSW
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Katherine Ambía, who is the clinical site coordinator at a school-based mental health clinic in Queens, New York. We discuss Katherine’s work with high school students who are experiencing a range of issues impacting their lives. We talk about racism, historical trauma, colonialism, immigration, coping skills, and how Katherine approaches these topics with students by creating a safe space where they feel like they can talk with her about anything. We discuss the Trump administration’s family separation policy, ICE, deportation, and the impact on students and families, and also the impact on professionals, particularly those who are members of groups being targeted. Katherine shares about self-care, balancing work and activism, her family’s experience with immigration, parenthood, and finding hope in the youth activism of today. We also talk about self-disclosure. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Katherine’s email: katherine.ambia@gmail.com

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Episode 10 Myriam Bernardo, MSW, RCSWI - mental health, community violence, culturally effective practice

October 1, 2018

Episode 10
Guest: Myriam Bernardo, MSW, RCSWI
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Myriam Bernardo, who is a therapist at Community Connections for Life in Miami, Florida. We discuss Myriam’s community-based clinical work with a diverse population of clients who experience a range of mental health issues, as well as community violence. Myriam shares her approach of learning from her clients as well as evidence-based interventions. She talks about why she loves social work and provides a refreshing perspective. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Myriam’s email: myriam.ccfl@outlook.com

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Episode 9 Keno Walker - youth organizing, restorative justice, youth of color, community organizing

September 3, 2018

Episode 9
Guest: Keno Walker
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Keno Walker who is a youth organizer at Power U Center for Social Change in Miami, Florida. Keno is from Liberty City and has been involved with Power U since he was thirteen – he’s now twenty-three. We discuss Keno’s work to organize Black and Brown youth around issues impacting their community, such as the school-to-prison pipeline. Keno gives a first-hand account of the crushing impact of racism and poverty on marginalized communities. He shares his story of how he got involved with Power U and his evolution in becoming an organizer. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Power U: https://poweru.org/
Keno: keno@poweru.org

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Episode 8 Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - black disability, disabled women of color, empowerment, advocacy

August 6, 2018

Episode 8
Guest: Vilissa Thompson, LMSW
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Vilissa Thompson, founder and leader of Ramp Your Voice!, a self-advocacy and empowerment movement for people with disabilities. We discuss Vilissa’s work to educate social workers, educators, and medical professionals about being helpful, rather than harmful, to disabled people, especially disabled women of color. Vilissa explains how the intersection of racism and ableism negatively impact this population and she shares steps that people can take to educate themselves to be allies and advocates for change. She also shares about creating the hashtag #DisabilityTooWhite and the Black Disabled Woman Syllabus. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Ramp Your Voice!: http://rampyourvoice.com/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/RampYourVoice

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Episode 7 Martin Rafferty - youth leadership, mental health, school shootings, adult allies

July 2, 2018

Episode 7
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Martin Rafferty

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In this episode, I talk with Martin Rafferty, CEO of Youth ERA, a national organization that empowers youth to achieve their greatest potential. We discuss Youth ERA’s unique approach to youth leadership, drop-in centers, and training for adults who want to support youth voice. Martin explains how Youth ERA responds to school shootings as well as the stigma surrounding mental health. He also shares his powerful journey of how he got into this work. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Youth ERA: https://www.youthera.org/
Resources for Adult Allies: https://www.youthempowerment.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheYouthERA/

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Episode 6 Melissa Bird, PhD, MSW - empowering women, policy advocacy, graceful revolution, coaching

June 4, 2018

Episode 6
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Melissa (Missy) Bird, PhD, MSW

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In this episode, I talk with Dr. Melissa Bird – “Missy” – of Bird Girl Industries, where Missy empowers women to engage in advocacy. We talk about challenging injustice and how people’s fear of “doing it perfectly” holds them back. Missy shares a story of using advocacy to empower a client, explains the “Graceful Revolution,” and tells the story of when she wrote a bill to emancipate homeless youth, organized a coalition, and lobbied to get the bill passed – which it did! – when she was a graduate student. Missy encourages everyone to “find their jam” and get involved. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Missy’s blog www.birdgirlindustries.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/birdgirl1001
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/birdgirl1001/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/birdgirl1001/
Patreon https://www.patreon.com/birdgirl1001

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Episode 5 Kassandra Frederique, MSW - drug policy and decriminalization, racially biased policing, coalition building

May 7, 2018

Episode 5
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Kassandra Frederique, MSW

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In this episode, I talk with Kassandra Frederique, who is the New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. We talk about Kassandra’s work to decriminalize drugs, challenge racially biased policing, and build coalitions. Kassandra emphasizes how to meet people where they are at on these issues and remain accountable to those most affected. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

http://www.drugpolicy.org/kassandra-frederique

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Episode 4: Dante Barber - incarceration, reentry, prevention, criminal justice reform

April 16, 2018

Episode 4
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Dante Barber

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DoinTheWorkPod

In this episode, I talk with Dante Barber, who is a Senior Youth Leader at Friends of Island Academy, an organization in New York City focused on supporting youth who are incarcerated and after they are released from jail. We talk about Dante’s prevention work of speaking to youth about his own experience in the criminal justice system, prisoner reentry, and the campaign to close Rikers Island. Dante shares about how he got into this work and his “journey of change.” I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Friends of Island Academy: http://www.friendsny.org/

Close Rikers Campaign: http://www.closerikers.org/

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Episode 3: Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW - research, rural social work, dementia, policy advocacy

April 2, 2018

Episode 3
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Nicole Ruggiano, PhD, MSW

Twitter: @DoinTheWorkPod

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Nicole Ruggiano, who is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama. We talk about Nicole’s research on dementia and how it led to working with the community of Tuskegee, where there is a history of unethical and racist practices by researchers. Nicole shares about the challenges facing rural communities and the importance of researchers, academics, and practitioners in supporting self-determination among individuals, families, and communities. Nicole urges listeners to get involved with policy advocacy and provides examples of how to do so. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

 Nicole’s email: nruggiano@ua.edu

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Episode 2: Nicole Clark, LMSW - consulting, reproductive justice, racial equity

March 19, 2018

Episode 2
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Nicole Clark, LMSW

Twitter: @DoinTheWorkPod

In this episode, I talk with Nicole Clark, of Nicole Clark Consulting. Nicole is a licensed social worker in Brooklyn, New York. We talk about Nicole’s consulting work – program design, program evaluation, strategic planning, and trainings – with an emphasis on how she keeps social justice, racial equity, and reproductive justice as her focus. Nicole shares how she decided to study social work and how she started her own business. She provides a brief overview of the Reproductive Justice framework. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Nicole’s website: http://nicoleclarkconsulting.com/

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Episode 1: Jonathan Foiles, LCSW - mental health, trauma, self-care, advocacy

March 5, 2018

Episode 1
Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW
Guest: Jonathan Foiles, LCSW

Twitter: @DoinTheWorkPod

In this episode, I talk with Jonathan Foiles, who is a clinical social worker in Chicago, Illinois. We talk about Jonathan’s clinical work with clients who have experienced trauma, cross-cultural practice, whiteness, and self-disclosure. Jonathan shares how he got into this work. We discuss self-care, which for Jonathan includes writing about social policy issues and their impact on clients, using clients’ stories and his experience as a way to show the reality of how policy decisions negatively impact people’s lives. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Link to Jonathan's article: http://beltmag.com/fixing-chicago-mental-health-system/

 

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