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Core concepts in working with children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds

Event Details
Date: 11th Oct 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

Concession: $199

Standard: $249

Organiser: STARTTS

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This one-day workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Workshop program

  • Impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • The stressors of resettlement and cultural transition
  • The stressors of seeking asylum in Australia
  • Cultural competence
  • Working within a recovery framework
  • Vicarious trauma and self care

Learning objectives

  • To understand who are refugee young people and the context of political conflict, organised violence and human rights violations
  • To understand the impact of torture and other types of refugee traumatic experiences on resettlement process, including attachment
  • To understand what is meant by a refugee trauma informed approach and how this translates to the workplace and school settings
  • To understand cultural competence
  • To be able to apply the key principles above to the workplace/school of the participant
  • To know how to recognise and manage symptoms of vicarious trauma and burnout

Presenter details

Lina Ishu is STARTTS’ Youth Team Leader. With over 15 years experience working as a Youth Development Worker with different organisations, Lina has been particularly successful in supporting the leadership skills of disengaged young people. With STARTTS, Lina has notably been organizing Youth Camps, facilitating group work and integrating Sport, Dance, Art Therapy, and other creative activities to assist youth achieve their full potential and aspirations. Lina holds a Diploma in Youth and Community Services and, is currently completing her Social Work Degree.

Jo McGregor is a registered Neurological Occupational Therapist with a Masters of Social Change and Development. She is STARTTS’ Community Development Officer for the Newcastle and Hunter Region and is engaged in the Families in Cultural Transition Program, Coordinating Youth programs, facilitating community consultations, delivering school programs, engaging Community Capacity Building projects, and working with community members to empower and strengthen communities. Jo is a member of the national Occupational Therapy group OOFRA’s and also a casual academic at the University of Newcastle. Jo’s most recent work in the Hunter has been with the Syrian, Iraqi, Congolese, Afghan, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Burundi, and Sierra Leone communities.

Location and date


11 October 2019


Concession: $199

Standard: $249



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