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Cultural competence in working with people from refugee backgrounds

Event Details
Date: 6th Aug 2019
Venue: Coffs Harbour, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

Concession: $199

Standard: $249

Organiser: STARTTS

This one day workshop will give participants a greater awareness of the key factors which impact on client-worker interactions such one’s worldview, privilege, bias and representation. Participants will come away with general knowledge of the socio-political contexts of the main countries of origin of refugees coming to Australia and how culture, identity and meaning are impacted by torture and other traumatic events, resettlement, interactions with the host culture and the Australian service provision context. The workshop will explore key worker attitudes and skills for working in a culturally competent and trauma informed manner with people from refugee backgrounds.

Workshop program

  • Cultural competence and refugees
  • Awareness: Culture, identity and meaning
  • Knowledge: Torture and refugee trauma, resettlement and cultural transition
  • Attitudes and Skills: Worker attributes and culturally competent communication

Learning objectives

  • To understand who are refugees 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
  • To know the common groups of people from refugee backgrounds resettling in Australia
  • To understand what is meant by a refugee trauma informed approach and how this translates to the workplace
  • To have an awareness of one's worldview, biases, privilege etc and this can impact on service provision
  • To understand the important attitudes in culturally competent practice
  • To know the key skills in working in a cultural competence manner based on a refugee trauma informed approach

Presenter details

Dr Joshua Bird is a STARTTS Training Officer and has over fifteen years’ experience working in international development, human rights and academia—with a particular focus on ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups in the Asia-Pacific. He has worked in this capacity across Asia - including China, Vietnam and Thailand. He is a qualified lawyer, with degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Asia-Pacific Studies from the Australian National University. In 2016 he became the first graduate from the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre PhD program. His first book 'Economic Development in China's Northwest: Entrepreneurship and Identity Along China’s Multi-ethnic Borderland' was published by Routledge in 2017. His past roles include positions with the University of Sydney, AusAID, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, the Fred Hollows Foundation and ChildFund Australia.

Location and date

Coffs Harbour

6 August 2019


Concession: $199

Standard: $249



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