Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds – New!


6 April 2018 (Carramar)
3 May 2018 (Wollongong)
29 May 2018 (Newcastle)
5 June 2018 (Coffs Harbour)
19 September 2018 (Wagga Wagga)
22 November 2018 (Carramar) – Cancelled



$249 Regular
$149 Concession

Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Registrations essential

All registrations are online and payment is by credit card only. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button below. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically. Please contact the Training Administration Officer with any questions on (02) 9646 6700 or

Workshop outline

This one-day introductory workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with families from refugee backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events on children, parents and the whole family, attachment, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and secure attachment, and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience.

Workshop program

  • The refugee experience
  • Impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • The stressors of resettlement and cultural transition
  • Attachment and refugee trauma
  • Cultural competence
  • Working within a recovery framework
  • Vicarious trauma and self care

Target group

Relevant to anyone interested in the issues faced by people from refugee backgrounds.

Carramar venue
STARTTS Carramar
152-168 The Horsley Dr
Carramar NSW

Coffs Habour venue
Coffs Harbour Golf Club
Earl Street
Coffs Harbour NSW

Wagga Wagga venue
Wagga RSl Club
Dobb Street
Wagga Wagga NSW

Wollongong venue
Illawarra Leagues Club
97-99 Church Street
Wollongong NSW

Newcastle venue
Newcastle TAFE
266 Maitland Road
Tighes Hill NSW

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.