Clinical and Community Interventions in Early Childhood with Families from Refugee Backgrounds
18-19 October 2018
Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
All registrations are online. You can elect to pay immediately with your credit card or request an invoice to pay by cheque or make a transfer to STARTTS’ bank account. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically. Call STARTTS on (02) 9794 1900 and ask for the Training Administration Officer if you have any questions.
This two-day clinical workshop is informed by STARTTS’ research and is focused on the unique challenges of working clinically with children from refugee backgrounds under six years of age and their parents/caregivers who have experienced war and violence. It will explore how direct and indirect traumatic experiences impact on the mother and child pre- and post-natally. Consideration will be given to influences such as the developing nervous system, memory and attachment, potential delays in all areas of development as a result of the complex interactions of refugee-related trauma, ways to overcome barriers to engaging young children from refugee backgrounds and their parents in therapy; the importance of balancing structure with child-centred / relationship based following of the child, regulating emotions, using play, music and movement. Attention will also be given to how to act as a role model, mentor and supporter for parents. The workshop will discuss incorporating the family’s cultural beliefs in therapy and how to integrate an interpreter into sessions.
- The refugee experience
- Considerations and challenges of refugee trauma work
- Clinical implications of torture and refugee trauma manifestations
- Effective cross-cultural engagement
- Comprehensive refugee clinical assessment
- Formulating a case and treatment plan for refugee trauma
- Trauma treatment strategies
- Ending treatment and measuring clinical outcomes
- Self care in the face of highly traumatised clients
Suitable for clinicians and workers in the early childhood field (0-6 years).
Trainer – Rosemary Signorelli
Rosemary Signorelli is a Psychotherapist, Music Therapist and Occupational Therapist who has qualifications and extensive experience in various clinical settings. This includes work across the total life span, with people who have special needs, other health issues or have had experiences of abuse and/or trauma. She has worked in a variety of contexts including hospitals, health centres, aged and community services, community organisations and venues, prisons and detention centres. Her current work at STARTTS integrates all areas of her expertise; she is particularly passionate about the importance of early intervention for infants, toddlers and pre-school children from refugee families. This includes working with the parent and child together, in dyads or groups of dyads, supporting the parents or other caregivers, and empowering them to continue facilitating their children’s healing and ongoing development. Rosemary also works with infants and very young children in private practice.
Trainer – Nooria Mehraby
Nooria Mehraby MD is a senior clinician and clinical trainer at STARTTS. Herself a refugee, Nooria has more than 25 years work experience with refugees both overseas and in Australia. Nooria first trained as a medical doctor in her native Afghanistan and later completed a Masters of counselling in Australia. Nooria is an experienced national and international conference speaker and is the author of multiple publications (including textbook contributions) on refugee trauma, cross cultural approaches and working with children. Nooria has lectured in various universities in NSW and has facilitated clinical workshops in other states. Nooria is the editor of a section of the Psychevisual online journal, and was formerly the editor of the Interface column in Psychotherapy in Australia. Her particular interest is on developing cross-cultural therapeutic interventions with refugees.
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.
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