Clinical Approaches in the Treatment of Refugee Trauma in Children and Adolescents

14, 20-21 August 2015



$349 Three day ticket full
$219 Three day ticket student (Only with valid student card)
$249 Two day ticket full (Only if day one completed)
$149 Two day ticket student (As above)

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 three-day workshop aims to orient clinicians to how they can transfer their skills and experience to working with refugee trauma in children and adolescents. The first day covers the introductory concepts, and will help clinicians better understand the complexity of issues faced by young refugees and asylum seekers, as well as STARTTS’ service provision model. The second and third days will present an integrated psychological, social and neurological approach to developmental trauma and treatment. It is important that day one is completed in order to fully understand STARTTS’ approach to clinical work.

Workshop program

Day 1 (Core Concepts)

  • The Complexity of the Refugee Experience
  • Problems Faced and Interventions to Facilitate Refugee Resettlement
  • Difficulties Faced by Young Asylum Seekers
  • Worker Skills: Key Principles and Techniques
  • Vicarious Trauma, Boundaries and Self Care

Day 2

  • Trauma Impacts – Attachment and the Developing Brain
  • General Principles of Clinical Assessment and Treatment
  • The Therapeutic Alliance and Contracting Young Clients
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Case Formulation and Creating a Treatment Plan

Day 3

  • Psychoeducation
  • Evaluating Therapeutic Outcomes
  • Transference and Countertransference

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.