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Self-Care, Transference and Countertransference when Treating Clients for Refugee Trauma and other Co-Morbid Presentations

Source: Mohamed Hassan

Workshop overview

Refugee trauma work often attracts staff that have strong beliefs in ideals such as the goodness of people, the ability to create a better world, the conviction that justice will prevail, and in their own power to make a difference. These beliefs may become eroded in this field of work and the worker, particularly clinicians, may become overwhelmed with a sense of disappointment, failure and hopelessness. This half day workshop will explore the complex dynamics and the impacts of working with people traumatised by refugee experiences, and how the worker can practically recognise and self-manage their stress, feelings of countertransference, vicarious trauma and burnout. Participants will leave the workshop feeling empowered to take care of themselves in their professional and personal lives.


  • Vicarious trauma
  • Vicarious posttraumatic growth
  • Burnout
  • Transference and countertransference
  • The rescuer-victim-persecutor dynamic
  • Self-care assessment
  • Self-care strategies

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.

Anyone working closely with people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, school counsellors, teachers, and case workers.

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

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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