Responding To and Managing Challenging and Risky Behaviour in Young People from Refugee Backgrounds



Thursday 7th May 2020
9:30am to 2:30pm

We are sorry to announce that due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding this, this training will be postponed until later in the year. The date is yet to be decided.


Brisbane Multicultural Centre 28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba.

Full Day Workshop Cost:

  • $150 (plus online booking fees) for students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members.
  • $200 (plus online booking fees) for all other registrations.

Full Day Workshop Package Cost:
(including Online Training)

  • $170 (plus online booking fees) for students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members.
  • $220 (plus online booking fees) for all other registrations.
  • Package discount automatically applied once you add Online Training to Cart

Costs include morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea and hand outs.

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.

SKU: N/A Category:


This advanced level workshop has been developed to give participants a greater understanding of ways to appropriately support young people from a refugee background who are displaying complex behaviours, such as suicidal ideation and self-harm, risky sexual behaviour, aggressive behaviour and/or use of alcohol and other drugs, including self-medicating etc.
Throughout this workshop we will focus on the recognition of trauma and its impact on young people. Techniques and frameworks around suicide prevention, modified DBT, mindfulness and relaxation specifically with young people from refugee backgrounds will be explored. Participants will be given the opportunity to unpack the neurobiological impact, as well as safety planning, risk management and harm minimisation approaches when working with young people. This workshop aims to be interactive and will include small group discussion and reflection.
This workshop is a higher level workshop appropriate for people working clinically with young people from a refugee background.

Workshop facilitators:

Katie Brooker – Coordinator – Child & Youth Counselling Team 
Katie holds a degree in social work from the University of Newcastle and has been practising in a variety of fields for twelve years. She has worked in a range of multicultural settings, including medical settings in Central and Northern Australia. For the past nine years she has specialised in childhood trauma, working as a child sexual assault counsellor in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and in child protection in London. Katie is passionate about working systemically with families and utilising a range of creative therapies in her work with children and young people. She is currently working as the Coordinator of the Children & Youth Counselling Team at QPASTT.

Sarah Kristensen—Child & Youth Counsellor/Advocate

Sarah Kristensen has been working at QPASTT for 6 years, initially as a Youth Worker and for the last 4 years as a Child and Youth Counsellor. Sarah is a Social Worker, with a Graduate Certificate in Child Play and Development. She uses a variety of creative approaches in her therapeutic work with children and young people, including art and play.

Registration Information:

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

Registration for Two or More Workshops:

If you register for two or more workshops, you will receive the QPASTT Online Training free of charge. This discount will be automatically applied to the cart when registering for two or more workshops.

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.


Street parking in Woolloongabba is 2 hour restricted. We are located near Park Road train station. We encourage you to come by public transportation given that there is not much parking available. Please DO NOT park at the Queensland Health/ Qld Transport premises on Burke St. Their parking fine is $261


All workshops are at QPASTT, located at the Brisbane Multicultural Centre at 28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba in rooms 5 and 6.

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.

If you have extensive knowledge and experience working in this field, please contact the Training Coordinators at

Required Documentation for Payment:

For those seeking to register and pay as a student, volunteer, unwaged or a QPASTT member, QPASTT does require some evidence prior to the registration. QPASTT require 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.