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Fareez
Singapore
I am a Social Worker in Singapore
Interests: Social Work
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For my presentation handout on ideas that have started influencing our social work practice, Click the Link below Download Narrative social work practice Caterpillar Story to identify skills of children. Download Caterpillar dreams Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at DO NO HARM
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Was binge watching Harry Potter over the Chinese New Year weekend, and thought that the ideas of the pensieve and portkeys were useful metaphors to think about conversations we might want to have when working through the process of grief. The Pensieve Conversation: Tapping on memories for healing I sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at DO NO HARM
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The place where I staying, is somewhere in this picture. My latest adventure has found me in Toronto, where I am involved in a work externship with the wonderful team at Oolagen, a youth mental health service that is influenced by Narrative ideas, not only in working with the people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at DO NO HARM
(developed by Sarah Strauven, Phoebe Barton, & Olivia Henry) ~ last edited 29 Oct 2015 This document can be used by community workers and those who consult them (referred to here as 'community members') to notice and respond to privilege enacted by the 'worker' or the service. Responses can focus... Continue reading
This website represents a collective movement towards finding ways to address power and privilege in the organisational setting. Most of us are from diverse healing organisations. As we work with a diverse group of people who consult us in times affected by difficulty, we find it important to be mindful... Continue reading
In 2013, a number of us from my organisation coined the term "Preferential Flexployment" as a viable alternative to structured forms of employment in Singapore (we skilfully played on the terms flexible employment, combined them to create flexployment! Get it? No?) As mentioned by the newscaster (smugly I might add),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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As I partake in my journey into social work leadership, I thought that it would be good to start documenting some bites of tips and ideas from books I have read, which I have started using in the teams I am in. Liz Wiseman's book "Multipliers" talks about how good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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The practice of getting our clients to fill up a non-suicide contract is common in risk management work. Whenever there is a risk of suicide, we tend to be compelled to get our clients to fill up this form, which states that they would not be attempting suicide as it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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(dedicated to the therapists of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture) Meandering hills Dusty Roads Stories of Despair Stories of Pain Despair and pain are but Filters Layers of Dirt That I must wade through With hope as the key Hope is the key It unearths Stories... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at DO NO HARM
The following recording is the outsider witness response to the Life Certificate presentation we did at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture (TRC) in Ramallah, Palestine. The respondents are: Ala' Harb, a psychologist from the TRC; and Mehmet Dinc, clinical psychologist and lecturer from Istanbul, Turkey. Hana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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One might be wondering why in the world is this Singaporean social worker in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, a specific answer to the question would probably not be found in this post (perhaps a later one). For the time being, will just be sharing certain key experiences worth documenting. Today a couple... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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We had the chance to present the Life Certificate methodology in grief work in Ramallah Palestine, at the Second International/Palestinian Narrative Congress. The Congress, with the theme "Strengthening Stories of Survival and Resistance", was a joint collaboration between the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC), and Dulwich... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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We had the chance to present the Life Certificate methodology in grief work in Ramallah Palestine, at the Second International/Palestinian Narrative Congress. The Congress, with the theme "Strengthening Stories of Survival and Resistance", was a joint collaboration between the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC), and Dulwich... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at The Life Certificate
In this "Snapshots" series clip from the Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project (fostercarefilm.com), Charell Charleston discusses what one caseworker did to make her feel special as a young child in foster care. Foster Care Film Snapshots: Charell on Caseworkers from Foster Care Film on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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It is easy for us to start dismissing and disliking people. We do it by ascribing labels on behaviours we find upsetting. The problem with labels is that, once placed, we start to be blind to the range of behaviours or state- of-being that lie outside the label's "sphere of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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My wife, recently came up with this song for our Fikri: Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Pie, When you're feeling sad, its ok to cry When you are done crying Wipe away your tears It's time to get moving Time to face your fears! Yay!! (followed by exaggerated facial expressions of joy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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In our current state with the profligacy of social media. we are more connected than ever. We find ourselves plugged into this superinformation highway where we may assume that facts are quickly accessible. The ability for any individual blogger, news organisation, or interest group to utilise these platforms is rendered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at DO NO HARM
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Just thought of submitting another reflection on working with family violence. This has been a topic that has held more meaning for me over recent years in practice. My experience as a social worker has made me realise the complexities of family violence. This work is rendered all the more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at DO NO HARM
She wriggles slowly with perseverance up and down the bumpy road She wriggles carefully with intent in and out avoiding the webs and trappings of fixed assumptions She weaves with confidence the threads of diversity Diversity of beings and identities. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at DO NO HARM
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I was attempting to play the role of the normative (TV-defined) father to my 17 month old boy, placing him securely in my lap with the book "Little Bear won't sleep" (a 9-month-birthday gift from his mother). I was happily reflecting on the aptness of the title, especially since this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at DO NO HARM
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Let's face it, the main reason why we wanted to be social workers was for the very fact that we want to be able to help others. The part about empowering persons and facilitating change only came later once we started our social work education. We had experiences where we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at DO NO HARM
This is an online platform for the presentation and discussion of Narrative Practice in Singapore. Our key aims are to: 1. Update readers on any news and updates on Narrative Practice in Singapore or overseas. 2. Showcase and discuss articles on Narrative practice in Singapore and overseas. 3. Connect Narrative... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Singapore Narrative Practice
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I was enjoying my usual Sunday game of Floorball, and was preparing to leave the courts in Kallang area, when I saw a fellow floorballer (you might want to google floorball if you are not sure what this sport is about) leaving the area. Thinking of wanting to do some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at DO NO HARM
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Angel Yuen (2007) proposes the exploration of responses to trauma as opposed to delving too much into the effects of the said trauma in children's lives. The re-experiencing of a traumatic event may actually re-traumatise the persons we work with and may not necessarily be a collaborative agenda for intervention.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at DO NO HARM