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In this episode STARTTS Counsellor Hassan Saleh talks about his early life as a Kurdish boy and young man, growing up in northern Iraq and how his commitment to learning, peace and justice brought him to the counselling profession and extended his pursuit of human rights to animal rights as well. Hassan shares some of the intricacies of his experiences as a bicultural counsellor in Australia and explains how a music-based psycho-social group at STARTTS has supported the recovery of adult survivors of refugee trauma. Hassan holds a Bachelor in Translation from the University of Mosul and is currently working toward a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.  

WARNING: This podcast contains details that may be distressing to some listeners. If you are tuning in from Australia and need support, please reach out to the crisis supporters at Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

Produced by Nicole Loehr. Intro music by Eric Avery and R.E.M. (performed by Troy Reilly). Kurdish music based on the work of Qadir Kaban and Jiwan Hajo was performed by Hassan Saleh with sound recording and mixing by Barry Saleh.  Image supplied by Hassan Saleh. 

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