“The book talks about things that society would rather not talk about.”- Dr Nivanka De Silva
Ignite your ‘personal fire’ in this episode of Book Club, featuring clinical psychologist, Dr Radhika Santhanam-Martin and psychiatric registrar Dr Nivanka De Silva – two migrant women of colour based in Melbourne – as they explore Judith Herman’s ‘Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror’ (1992).
Tune in to hear Radhika and Nivanka’s ‘aha moments’ as they reflect on the book’s powerful themes of witnessing and remembering trauma; how it has inspired a ‘new way of seeing and knowing’ in their practice; and why the ideas presented are more relevant than ever for Australian society and mental health practice.
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Dr Nivanka De Silva is a trainee psychiatrist working in the field of transcultural mental health. She is passionate about social justice and equity, and has been volunteering for not-for-profit organisations for many years.
Some of her highlights include organising and creating youth programs for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Most recently, she took part in a podcast exploring transgenerational trauma with fairdinkum podcasters. She is also a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Racism Awareness Working Group, working to examine institutional racism within its own organisational structures.
Dr Radhika Santhanam-Martin is a clinical psychologist who works in the field of trauma. She has more than two decades of experience in clinical practice in institutions in India, Canada and Australia. In Australia, she has worked in tertiary hospitals, universities and health services as a clinical consultant and senior lecturer.
Currently, she works in Melbourne, Australia in collaboration with organisations that work with refugees, asylum seekers, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and Indigenous families. Her major interests include a) ways of working with cultures; b) attachment theory and therapeutic work; c) narrative methods of practice and d) enhancing reflective capacity of practitioners through peer group supervision.
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