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Refugee trauma sensitive conflict resolution

Event Details
Date: 20th Sep 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

Concession: $199

Standard: $249

Organiser: STARTTS

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Refugees have experienced persecution, torture and other traumatic experiences in the context of organised violence, which has implications for healing from trauma and rebuilding lives in Australia. It is essential that workers have the skills to manage conflict when it arises and provide a safe service provision environment. This practical workshop focuses on understanding and resolving conflict in a trauma-sensitive way. It is informed by latest research in the conflict and trauma field, and aims to draw the link between the two fields. Participants will come out of the training with an understanding of how conflict, violence, the trauma experience and trauma-healing are related, and practical skills of facilitating resolution of conflict in a trauma-sensitive way.

Workshop program

  • Conflict, violence and the refugee experience
  • Using a trauma-lens to understand conflict
  • Resolving conflict in a trauma-sensitive way
  • Conflict-resolution and trauma-healing

Learning objectives

  • To understand the refugee context including persecution and other types of traumatic experiences
  • To understand how conflict, violence, the trauma experience and trauma healing are related
  • To know how to resolve conflict in a refugee trauma-sensitive way

Presenter details

Dr Lydia Gitau is currently working as a Training Officer at NSW STARTTS, and as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. She has previously worked as a counsellor and a lecturer in various universities in Kenya, East Africa. Lydia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Higher Diploma in Counselling Psychology, a Masters in International Relations, and a PhD from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, exploring trauma interventions for South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Lydia was the recipient of the 2014-2015 International Peace Research (IPRA) Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, and the 2014 Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. She is interested in examining and engaging in the post-conflict interventions that have potential to support long-lasting peace for survivors of conflict and mass violence.

Location and date


20 September 2019


Concession: $199

Standard: $249



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