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Core Concepts in Working with Children and Adolescents from Refugee Backgrounds

26 February 2021 | Carramar

Workshop overview

This  workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around the unique issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It will look at the impact of war and violence from a developmental perspective, with attention paid to attachment and resilience. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally inclusive way that promotes recovery 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 with children and adolescents from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.


  • The refugee experience
  • Impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • The stressors of resettlement and cultural transition
  • The stressors of seeking asylum in Australia
  • Cultural inclusiveness
  • Working within a recovery framework
  • Vicarious trauma and self care

Julie-Anne Younis
Psychologist/Senior Child and Adolescent Counsellor

Lina Ishu
Youth Team Leader

Relevant to anyone interested in the issues faced by children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds.

Friday, 26 February 2021
STARTTS Carramar
$249 | $199 concession
Price includes a printed copy of the slides, plus morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

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

Carramar venue
STARTTS Carramar, 152-168 The Horsley Drive
 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

COVID-19 Measures in Carramar
The following measures will be implemented to comply with physical distancing and hygiene protocols for face-to-face workshops in Carramar:

  • Each workshop will have a maximum of 6 participants with one person per table. With the 2 trainers in the 90 square metre Carramar large training room, this means each person will have over 10 square metres of space each.
  • Everyone entering the Carramar building will be temperature checked on the way in.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask. STARTTS will provide the masks.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and all surfaces including tables, chairs, door handles and the kitchen will be sprayed with disinfectant spray.
  • Refreshments will be served in individual portions using disposable plates and cups.

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. The concession price is for full-time students and pensioners only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

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 (for the one-day workshop)

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

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

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