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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Workshop overview

This 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.

Content includes:

  • 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
  • Psychoeducation
  • Trauma treatment strategies
  • Ending treatment and measuring clinical outcomes
  • Self care in the face of highly traumatised clients

Rosemary Signorelli
Senior Early Childhood Counsellor
Occupational Therapist

Nooria Mehraby
Senior Clinician/ Trainer
Master of Counselling

Suitable for clinicians and other people working in different capacities in community or early childhood roles.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the Request Training‘ page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

A certificate for the one-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 7.5

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

Email: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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