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Working with Students from Refugee Backgrounds in Schools


29 June 2018



Free for staff from primary and secondary schools in NSW only. Must register a valid work email address.

Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Registrations essential

All registrations are online. You must register with a valid work email from a NSW primary or high school educational institution. 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.

Workshop outline

This one-day introductory workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with students from refugee backgrounds in schools. It focuses on how to identify trauma in the classroom through observing behaviour, understanding triggers, and the difference between trauma and misbehaviour related to flight/fight/freeze responses. The workshop will include case studies to discuss classroom and school strategies to facilitate the recovery process, such as orientation days; and how to engage with and support families. Finally time will be spent discussing the impact that being exposed to traumatised children can have on school staff and appropriate self care strategies.

Workshop program

  • The refugee experience
  • Impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • How to identify trauma in the classroom
  • Classroom strategies to facilitate the recovery process
  • Establishing an environment friendly to children from refugee backgrounds
  • Engaging and supporting families from refugee backgrounds
  • Vicarious trauma and self care

Target group

This workshop is open to staff from primary and high schools in NSW only.

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.