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Supporting Refugee Communities Recover, Resettle and Rebuild in Australia

Workshop overview

This one-day workshop is based on the experience of over 30 years of STARTTS experience and theoretical frameworks developed by eminent practitioners such as Dr Jim Ife; as well as the essential community development models: social capital development; asset based community development; and collective narrative approaches. It will include practical examples and experiential activities that participants can use and adapt in their own work. Participants will leave the workshop with a strong understanding of how persecution, organised violence, forced displacement and resettlement can create unique challenges for refugee communities, and how they can work with and alongside communities to enhance their strengths, heal from trauma and rebuild in Australia.


  • Torture and traumatic experiences, resettlement and refugee communities
  • Community development: Definitions, models and processes
  • Application of community development principles with groups from refugee backgrounds
  • The challenges of working with refugee communities
  • Case studies

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.

Suitable for community workers and social workers wishing to develop professional skills in community development with refugee communities in Australia. Participants will need to have an existing understanding of basic community development principles.

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.

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

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