Cairns Workshop: Working with Young People / Adults from Refugee Backgrounds in the Classroom

$0.00 inc. GST


Friday 22nd October 2021
9:30am to 2:30pm


TAFE Queensland, Eureka Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 (Rooms K208 & K209)


Full Day Workshop Cost:

QPASTT will waive our standard training fees for this workshop, as we believe it is in the best interests of the community. We appreciate the wisdom and knowledge of our partners working across sectors in support of the same clients and are happy to share what we have learned about trauma recovery with our Cairns colleagues. 

IMPORTANT: It is a prerequisite that all participants attending our PD Training Calendar Workshops have completed the Online Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience’ – Please select the ‘Package’ option below (under the ‘single or package‘ menu). The ‘Online training’ will be included free with two or more workshops added to the cart.

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This one day workshop has been developed to give high school and TAFE teachers/ staff a greater understanding of what it means to work with people from a refugee background in the classroom setting.

Throughout this day workshop we will focus on the recognition of trauma and its impact. We will also touch on what it means to arrive in Australia.

Participants will be able to identify physiological and somatic symptoms; the effects on emotions and cognition; and the psychological and social effects of trauma. Participants will receive a good understanding of how to confidently foster a safe and supportive environment when working with young people/adults. This is an interactive workshop and will include small group reflection and a case study.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is involved in supporting young people/adults from a refugee background in an educational setting.

Workshop facilitators:

Natalie Youssef – Counsellor – QPASTT Cairns

Natalie Youssef works as a Counsellor at QPASTT. Natalie holds a Masters in Counselling, Bachelor of Psychology and Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy. Natalie’s work has spanned across counselling, community mental health programs, child protective services as well as research, with a strong focus on children and young people. She is now working in the Cairns region.

Taryn McBurney—Child and Youth Counsellor/Training Coordinator

Taryn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland in the year 2000 and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the Australian Catholic University in 2008. Her work in the field was initially with children and young people in the disability and child protection sectors. In 2013 Taryn studied at the Rocky Mountains Play Therapy Institute in Calgary, Alberta and is a registered Play Therapist through the Australian Play Therapists Association. She joined the QPASTT team as a Child & Adolescent Counsellor in the Asylum Seeker Support Team in 2015 and now has a duel role, working part-time as the Child & Adolescent Counsellor and part-time as the QPASTT Training Coordinator.

Registration Information:

To register for a workshop, follow the above links and complete the application process and payment to receive your confirmation.

Payment method:

Payment for each session is electronic through the registration process on the QPASTT website.


Contact the Training Coordinators at 073391 6677 or if you have questions or require assistance with workshop registrations.


This workshop will be held at Trinity Bay State High School, 26-62 Hoare Street, Manunda QLD 4870.

Terms and Conditions:

Pre-requisite for all Workshops:

It is a prerequisite that all participants attending our PD Training Calendar Workshops have completed the Online Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience – The Impact of Trauma workshop. The content of QPASTT workshops are based on the experiences of people from refugee backgrounds and the impacts of torture and trauma, therefore it is essential that all participants have a basic understanding prior to attending other QPASTT workshops. QPASTT will have an ongoing register of who has completed the introductory online training.

Access to the pre-requisite training will be emailed to you. If you have previous attended QPASTT Training and have viewed it before, it is not necessary for you to view it again unless you would like to.

Required Documentation for Payment:

For those seeking to register and pay as a student, volunteer or unwaged, QPASTT does require some evidence prior to the registration. QPASTT requires a photocopy or PDF of a valid full-time student card or a letter from the manager of the organisation at which you are volunteering. Please email the Training Coordinators with your documentation at


QPASTT requires payment on registration. Each workshop has a limited number of participants. Registration closes 2 days prior to the workshop. A receipt will automatically be sent when payment has been received.


QPASTT will grant refunds for cancellations received up to 14 working days prior to the day of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 working days prior to the day of the event will incur a 30% cancelation fee to cover administration costs. Refunds for cancellations received the day before or on the day of the event will not be granted. QPASTT reserves the right to cancel workshops where a minimum number of participants have not been reached. Where QPASTT has cancelled a workshop, registered participants for those workshops may transfer to another workshop or request a refund. Refunds do not apply to the online workshops.

Transfer Payment to another Workshop:

A registration may be transferred from one workshop to another if notice is received within 7 working days of the original workshop. Please contact the Training Coordinators via 073391 6677 or to discuss transfers.