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Healing Trauma using Narrative Approaches when Working with Refugee Communities

23 July 2019 | Carramar

Workshop overview

All communities have stories or narratives about their community that create meaning and identity; and shape people’s perspectives on their lives, histories and futures. Positive community narratives are favourable to individuals and communities in believing they have agency and can take control over their lives. There is the risk that refugee communities will or have developed narratives or stories around their community that focus on disconnection, disempowerment, victimhood and needing of pity as a result of their experiences of organised violence, Systematic State Terrorism and resettlement in a new country. These stories are often reinforced by the media, government policy, community attitudes and a service provision context that focuses on needs and deficits. Negative community narratives can compromise the recovery process of individuals and communities from refugee backgrounds. This practical half day workshop will explore how narrative practice extends the principles of individual narrative practice to groups and communities that have been through traumatic experiences.


  • Impact of persecution and organised violence on refugee communities
  • The resettlement context in Australia and refugee community narratives
  • Positive community narratives, health and mental health wellbeing
  • Trauma recovery
  • Collective narrative approaches in community work
  • Practical examples and activities
  • Use of the outsider witness

Relevant to all workers and volunteers working with refugee communities and interested in collective narrative approaches.



The workshop fee includes entrance to the workshop for the half day, a certificate of attendance, and a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides.

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

STARTTS Carramar
152-168 The Horsley Drive
Carramar NSW 2163

Parking: 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

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on.

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. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

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

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