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Infinite worth

At the end of completing my masters degree in 2008, I could sum up my six years of learning with three words, “meet the need”. The process of expansion during academic study and then being able to compress all of your learning into three words is profound. It sticks. In the following talk by Dr Kent Hoffman, […]

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Indigenous and invisible

The following article was published in the September 2011 issue of the UK journal ‘Counselling Children & Young People’. It is a less academic version of another post on this blog. It was titled ‘Indigenous and Invisible’ by the editor. However the Indigenous children and young people in the community I work in are very much […]

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Reflections on social justice

The following article is an essay I wrote in 2010 at the end of my BA in Education. I had decided a few years before that I could not continue to train as a school teacher and converted my teaching degree to a BA. I was required to write the essay as if I was […]

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Family history, present, and future

Author: Narelle Smith, 2011 The television series, Faces of America (2010), was screened in Australia recently. The show was written and hosted by Dr Henry Louis Gates Jr. Dr Gates traced the family history of twelve prominent Americans. Dr Gates acknowledged his own anxiety, disappointment, and confusion about not being able to identify his great great grandfather, […]

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Debates in the mental health of Indigenous young people

 Author: Narelle Smith, 2008 This article was an essay written as one of my final pieces of work for completion of my Masters degree. It was later reworked and published as an article titled “Indigenous and invisible”.    “What is significant is that no matter which factors are examined – be it poverty, nutrition, access to […]

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