Townsville Workshop: Supporting Trauma Recovery with Children from Refugee Backgrounds (Full Day)


Thursday 13th May 2021
9:30am to 4:30pm


Centacare North Qld

410 Ross River Rd

Cranbrook Qld 4814

Workshop Cost:

QPASTT will waive our standard training fees for this series, 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 Townville colleagues. A $20 fee will be charged to cover the cost of catering and administration.  

IMPORTANT: 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 be automatically emailed to you upon registration. Please ensure you have completed this 1.5hr online training before viewing the video on Vicarious Trauma. If you have attended QPASTT Training in the past and have already watched this video, there is no need to view it again.



This one day workshop will explore the impact of trauma on children. We will be looking into key concepts such as the impact of trauma on attachment and development, as well as some implications of intergenerational trauma and the importance of systemic thinking. These will be discussed within a trauma recovery and attachment framework to aid children in the healing process. Participants will be able to identify behaviours in children which may indicate a trauma history, as well as understand how to confidently foster a safe and supportive environment for the child and the family. In this workshop there will be an opportunity to work on a case study where skills learnt can be applied.
This workshop is relevant to people working with children 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.

Workshop facilitators:

Sarah Kristensen—Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Kristensen has been working at QPASTT for 9 years, initially as a Youth Worker and then as a Child and Youth Counsellor. Sarah is a Social Worker, with a Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Child Play and Development. She uses a variety of creative approaches in her therapeutic work with children and young people, including art and play. Sarah has recently joined our professional supervision team and supports the work of other counsellors at QPASTT.

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 has predominantly been 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 dual role, working part-time as a 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 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 Centacare North Qld, 410 Ross River Rd, Cranbrook Qld 4814

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.


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.