Workshop: Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds



Thursday 12th August 2021
9:30am to 4:30pm


Brisbane Multicultural Centre 28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba. Room 5 & 6.

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.

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This one day workshop has been developed to give participants a greater understanding of the impact of trauma and resettlement on family roles and relationships. The frameworks that guide family counselling and support will be explored in particular trauma recovery models, family therapy and culturally appropriate practice. Throughout the day we will be discussing the key skills and competencies of family work including establishing a therapeutic alliance; family psychosocial assessments; trauma recovery goals; safe points of intervention; reframing; and bringing new information into the family system.
This is an interactive workshop based on practice experience. There will be discussion of case examples, opportunities to find out how different organisations support families and a sharing of ideas about “best practice” in working with families from a refugee background.

Workshop facilitators:

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.

Magdalena Kuyang – Family Counsellor

Magdalena Kuyang is a Bi-Cultural Family Counsellor in the Logan and Gold Coast Team at QPASTT, an organisation she has worked in since 2005. Magdalena is involved in family counselling, therapeutic groups, trauma counselling, and information sessions for families from a refugee background to improve family relationships. Magdalena holds a Bachelor of Human Services, with Families and Communities focus from Griffith University, Cert IV in Primary Health and Community Care here in Australia and Diploma in Social Development & Training of Trainers from Uganda catholic institute of Training. She is particularly interested in working across cultures, using collaborative approaches to strengthen family relationships and promote social inclusion. Magdalene is passionate about using a broad range of therapeutic techniques and keen to learn new approaches to empower people’s strengths and resilience.

Prior to arriving in Australia, Magdalena worked with the Department of Cooperatives and Community Development, Oxfam Great Britain, Tear Fund and Transcultural Psychosocial Organization TPO (a Torture and Trauma services) in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, where she developed her knowledge and passion for community services.

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.