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Healing Trauma through Building Social Connections in Refugee Resettlement

17 September 2019 | Carramar

Workshop overview

The social connections of refugee communities are impacted both by pre-arrival and settlement experiences. During war, flight and displacement, communities and families are fragmented. Persecution and trauma can dissolve the normal social bonds and norms, often leading to high levels of distrust and suspicion of outsiders or authorities. Often political regimes deliberately destroy trust and relationships in order to gain power. However a community’s ability to rebuild their social connections is also affected by the settlement environment. Language barriers, a lack of understanding of Australian systems, tensions within the family or conflict within the community all create obstacles to strengthening social capital. This half day workshop will explore how workers and volunteers can work with and alongside refugee communities to help them build their social capital in Australia to assist in trauma recovery, rebuilding and integrating into the new society.


  • Impact of persecution and organised violence on social connections
  • Social capital and refugee communities in Australia
  • Impact of social isolation on health and mental health
  • Different types of social capital
  • Importance of social connection to trauma recovery and resettlement outcomes
  • Activities to build social connections

Anyone interested in working or volunteering with refugee communities.



The workshop fee includes entrance to the workshop for the half day, a certificate of attendance, and a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides.

All registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

STARTTS Carramar
152-168 The Horsley Drive
Carramar NSW 2163

Parking: Some onsite parking available (enter off Mitchell St), free street parking
Train: Fairfield train station is a 20 minute walk, Carramar train station is a 10 minute walk
Bus: 904 or 905 from Fairfield train station

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on.

Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. An administration fee of $30 applies to all cancellations made more than 14 days before the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled 14 days or less before the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. Registration can be transferred to a different workshop only if notice is given to STARTTS 14 days before the date of the original event the delegate registered for. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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