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Cultivating Connections Remotely: Building Social Capital with People from Refugee Backgrounds during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workshop overview

The COVID-19 pandemic and related social restrictions place individuals and communities at higher risk of social isolation. This is especially true for individuals and communities from refugee backgrounds. It is now more important than ever to identify ways to build and maintain connections, while remaining safe. This workshop unpacks the concept of social capital, its heightened importance at this time, and how social capital is impacted by the experiences of torture, trauma, resettlement and the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores innovative ways in which social capital and feelings of connectedness can be cultivated remotely, particularly within the resettlement context.

Content includes:

  • Refugees and the impact of persecution, organised violence, torture and refugee trauma on communities
  • The complex challenges of resettlement in Australia
  • Social capital, refugee trauma and resettlement
  • Social capital and its heightened importance during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Case studies of STARTTS’ remote engagement with refugee communities
  • Discussion of how attendees are/can cultivate social capital remotely within their specific contexts

Dr Ansuya Naguran
Community Development Evaluation Officer

Relevant to anyone interested in the issues faced by people from refugee backgrounds.

No workshops are currently scheduled.

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.

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, seniors and the unemployed. 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 deadlines for the early bird and standard prices cannot be extended. 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 half-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 = 3.0 (for the half-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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