Cross Cultural Assessment and Treatment of Refugee Trauma with Children and Adolescents

20-21 October 2016 – New!



$249 Two day ticket full
$149 Two day ticket student (Only with a valid student card)

Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Registrations essential

You can register by paying online with your credit card. Alternatively, you can fill in the registration form to pay by cheque or to request an invoice. Please click on the appropriate button below corresponding to the workshop date you wish to attend. Call STARTTS on (02) 9794 1900 and ask for the Training Administration Officer if you have any questions.

How will you know when your registration is confirmed?

If paying online with a credit card, you will automatically be sent a confirmation email and receipt immediately. If you send in the registration form to STARTTS with your payment or invoicing details, someone from STARTTS will send you a confirmation email within a couple of days and the receipt once the payment has been processed. Contact STARTTS on (02) 9794 1900 if you haven’t received a confirmation email or if you have any questions. Ask for the Training Administration Officer.

Workshop outline

This new two-day clinical workshop incorporates more than 25 years of STARTTS experience working with refugee trauma and is based on the latest research in the trauma field. It aims to provide counsellors with a framework of the essentials of best practice in moving beyond symptoms to the context of refugee children and young people which includes cultural transition, resettlement, integrating into a school community and collectivism. It will cover the distinct biospsychosocial suequelae of torture and refugee trauma, including on the developing nervous system, memory and attachment; ways to overcome barriers to engaging young refugees in therapy and groups; and the importance of utilising a combination of expressive, body and mind strategies in a phased treatment approach. It will emphasise the importance of incorporating family, the school and community; and working with other professionals to achieve desired clinical outcomes.

Workshop program

  • The refugee experience
  • Considerations and challenges of refugee trauma work
  • Clinical implications of refugee trauma manifestations
  • Effective cross-cultural engagement
  • Comprehensive refugee clinical assessment
  • Formulating a case and treatment plan for refugee trauma
  • Psychoeducation
  • Trauma treatment strategies
  • Ending treatment and measuring clinical outcomes
  • Self care in the face of highly traumatised clients

Target group

Suitable for clinicians (child psychologists, social workers, school counsellors, psychiatrists, etc).

STARTTS – 152-168 The Horsley Drive Carramar NSW

On-site parking is available. Drive into Mitchell St at the cross-road with The Horsley Drive. Turn into the driveway on the right between Fairfield Community Health Centre and the Ambulance Station. Follow the signs to STARTTS.

The Carramar site is approximately 10 minutes walk from Carramar station and 15 minutes from Fairfield station. Alternatively, take the 904 or 905 bus from Fairfield station.


A photocopy or pdf of a valid full-time student card must be forwarded with registration form if the student price is being paid. Workshops have a limited number of participants. Registrations close 24 hours before the event in Carramar and 48 hours before the event in regional areas. A receipt will be mailed to you once payment has been received. Registrations may be cancelled up to 14 working days prior to the day of the event with a full refund. Cancellations giving less than 14 working days notice will incur a 30% cancellation fee to cover administration costs. Fees will not be refunded for cancellations the day before or on the day of the event, nor can the registration be transferred to another workshop. If a minimum number of participants is not reached, a workshop may be cancelled. Participants may transfer to another workshop or request the return of payment if a workshop is cancelled.