This professional development opportunity is broken into 2 sections and is covered in 2 videos. The first video, “How Trauma Affects Children and Young People”, looks at key concepts such as: the impact of trauma on attachment and development; how trauma affects children of different age groups; and the impacts of trans-generational and inter-generational trauma which explains why children who were born to parents with refugee backgrounds may still display symptoms of trauma, even if they were born in Australia. These concepts will be discussed within a trauma recovery and attachment framework. This video will take about 1.5 hrs to watch.
The second video, “Responding to Trauma Related Behaviours in Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children and Young People“, will explore trauma related behaviours and how these can be managed by teachers and other professionals to assist children and young people in the recovery from trauma, as well as the importance of systemic thinking. These will be discussed within a trauma recovery and attachment framework to aid children and young people in the healing process. Participants will be able to identify behaviours in children and young people which may indicate a trauma history, as well as understand how to confidently foster a safe and supportive environment for the child or young person and the family. This video will also take 1.5 hrs to watch.
Both of these videos are relevant to people working with children and young people from refugee backgrounds or for those interested in working with them in different settings including case workers, counsellors, mental health professionals and EALD and other teachers.
Natalie Yousef – Counsellor / Advocate, Children & Youth Team
Natalie Youssef holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Masters in Counselling, Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy and is registered through the Australia Counselling Association. Natalie’s work has spanned across school counselling, community mental health programs, child protective services as well as research, with a strong focus on children and young people. Natalie’s experience ranges from one on one counselling, group therapy, running youth leadership programs, training and development, evaluating programs as well as focusing on safety/protection of children and young people. Natalie joined the QPASTT Team in 2019 as a Child & Adolescent Counsellor in the Child and Youth Counselling Team and works closely with schools and various organisations to provide the most comprehensive care to children/young people.
Taryn McBurney — Child & Adolescent 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.
Sarah Kristensen – Counsellor / Advocate, Children & Youth Team
Sarah Kristensen is a Social Worker, with a Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Child Play. She has worked at QPASTT for 8 years, initially as a Youth Worker and then as a Child and Youth Counsellor. Sarah uses a range of therapeutic approaches in her work with refugee and asylum seeker children and young people including psychotherapy and creative interventions such as art and play.
Katie Brooker – Children & Youth Counselling Team leader
Katie holds a degree in social work from the University of Newcastle and has practiced in a variety of multicultural settings for the last 13 years. Katie worked as a child and youth counsellor for six years at QPASTT before moving in the Child and Youth Team leader role one year ago. Katie is passionate about working systemically with children and young people, and is passionate about utilising a range pf creative therapies with her clients alongside supporting the Child and Youth team in their work across the great Brisbane area.
To register for a workshop, follow the above links and complete the application process to receive your confirmation.
Contact the Training Coordinators at 073391 6677 or Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.au if you have questions or require assistance with workshop registrations.
The login details for the skype Q & A session as well as access to the training videos will be emailed to you after registration.
Terms and Conditions:
Pre-requisite for Workshop:
It is a prerequisite that all participants attending our workshops have completed the ‘Online Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience’ – This online training will automatically be added to your cart free of charge upon checkout. Please ensure you have completed this 1.5hr online training before attending the workshop
This training is capped to a maximum of 30 participants. Please inform QPASTT as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so that we can offer the place to someone else.