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

28 February 2019 | Carramar

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

Nooria Mehraby
Clinican/ Trainer, Master of Counselling

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



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.

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.

CPD formal endorsements

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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