QPASTT offers an annual training calendar to support practitioners, service providers, communities and the general public to increase their understanding of the refugee experience and equip participants with the knowledge to provide culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed support survivors of torture and trauma here in Australia.
We offer a suite of training workshops, delivered throughout the year, either face to face or online.
Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience – the impact of Trauma*
This online, self-paced workshop gives you an understanding of the refugee experience, the impact of torture and trauma on individuals and the impact of the resettlement process on individuals and families.
This training explores key terms including trauma, torture, refugee, asylum seeker and migrant. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the psychosocial impacts of refugee related torture and trauma, including key presenting behaviours.
This workshop is relevant to anyone interested in having an understanding of the issues faced by people from refugee backgrounds.
Trauma-Informed Incidental Counselling with Survivors of Refugee Related Torture and Trauma
This workshop has been developed for volunteers and workers who are not trained as counsellors. It provides some basic tips and strategies to deal with disclosures of refugee related torture and trauma, and how to manage difficult behaviours in this client group.
Participants will gain an understanding of the different reactions that clients may exhibit due to trauma and the resettlement experience.
This workshop is relevant for people working in a range of non-clinical settings such as casework, community development, bicultural support, youth work, advocacy and teaching.
Supporting Trauma Recovery in Children from Refugee Backgrounds
This one-day workshop explores concepts and theories that help understand the impact of trauma on children, including the impact of intergenerational trauma. It introduces key concepts of child development, attachment, and emotional self-regulation.
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 foster a safe and supportive environment for the child and the family to aid recovery. This workshop will be experiential and full of practical approaches, with an opportunity to work through case studies, where skills learnt can be applied.
This workshop is relevant to people working with children from refugee backgrounds including case workers, counsellors, mental health professionals and EALD and other teachers.
Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds
This one-day workshop gives participants an 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.
The workshop explores 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. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the QPASTT Parenting Groups.
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 share ideas about “best practice” in working with families from a refugee background.
Working Cross-Culturally in the Trauma and Settlement Context
This one-day workshop gives participants an understanding of the key theoretical frameworks necessary for cross cultural work.
Application of the frameworks will be considered within the refugee context, particularly how they can be applied to individuals who have experienced trauma and communities in the process of resettlement.
This is an interactive workshop that may include role plays, peer reflection, discussions and sharing work experiences. The workshop is relevant for people working in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings such as counselling, case work, community development, bicultural support, youth work, advocacy and teaching.
Please note: This is not a workshop describing specific cultures and their customs, beliefs, values and mores. Rather it is aimed at providing the tools with which you can understand and bridge cultural differences.
Understanding the Asylum Seeker Experience in the Current Context
This introductory workshop gives participants an understanding of the asylum seeker experience and the impact of detention and ongoing uncertainty on individuals. The workshop includes discussion around the impact of current application processes and strategies to support people seeking asylum during this period.
The training will provide tips and strategies to deal with disclosures of asylum seeker related torture and trauma, and how to support in the difficult and uncertain context for this client group. This workshop will also provide an understanding of the concepts of Vicarious Trauma (VT), Compassion Fatigue and Burnout. Participants will learn to identify the warning signs and how work in the area of trauma can cause these responses; and ways to prevent and address Vicarious Trauma and Burnout. This is an interactive workshop that may include case scenarios, peer reflection and discussions.
This workshop is suitable for volunteers and support workers who have not been professionally trained in counselling or advocates working full time in the asylum seeker space.
Working with Communities from a Refugee Background
Recovery is best achieved when trauma affected communities are able to exercise a high degree of self-determination. This training builds participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence in working with communities from refugee backgrounds.
Participants will explore core competencies of working with communities including Community Development and Capacity Building models, stages of community development and how this integrates with our trauma informed recovery framework.
The workshop will be experiential and include case study reviews and examples for discussion. Some pre-workshop reading may be required.
Vicarious Trauma, Burnout & Self-Care
This one-day workshop will provide an understanding of the concepts of Vicarious Trauma (VT), Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, as a result of supporting traumatised people from refugee backgrounds.
Participants will learn to identify risk factors and the warning signs in themselves and colleagues; why and how work in the area of trauma can cause these responses; and ways to prevent and address Vicarious Trauma and Burnout.
This workshop is interactive and will include individual and small group reflection.
Supporting Trauma Recovery in Young People
QPASTT offers a variety of workshops that address the needs of young people from a refugee background and how they can be supported to heal, belong and thrive.
Workshops explore the impact of trauma and intergenerational trauma on young people and how to support young people who are displaying complex behaviours
Workshops cover relevant techniques and frameworks including suicide prevention, modified DBT, mindfulness and relaxation specifically with young people from refugee backgrounds, as well as safety planning, risk management and harm minimisation approaches when working with young people.
These workshops are appropriate for anyone who is involved in supporting young people from refugee backgrounds, particularly clinicians, child safety workers, youth workers, Religious leaders and school staff – in particular support and EALD staff.
*It is a prerequisite that all training participants have a basic understanding of the refugee and settlement experience and the impact of trauma by completing our online, self-paced Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience the impact of Trauma.
If you have not completed this session, you can select it as a package option when you register for another workshop. If you already have extensive knowledge and experience working in this field, please contact the QPASTT training team.
We offer tailored training to organisations and groups across Queensland, including regional Queensland.
We tailor workshop contents to your needs, but we can include information in the following areas:
How to Book Tailored Training
Complete the Tailored Training Request Form, at least 3-months before your requested training date.
All training requests will be considered and a response will be provided as soon as possible. QPASTT will work with you to develop a training proposal that covers session contents and fees.
If you need a shorter lead time, please discuss with the QPASTT Training team.
QPASTT’s training fees are generally calculated at $300 per hour when delivered at QPASTT’s Woolloongabba office.
Offsite training can incur an additional fee.
In certain limited circumstances, where it is consistent with QPASTT funding guidelines and priority areas, training may be delivered free of charge. If you believe your organisation may be entitled to have the training fees waived, please contact the Training Coordinator who will consider your request in accordance with QPASTT policy. An additional fee for catering and incidental costs will still apply.
Training for Schools
QPASTT offers a range of professional development training for school staff to improve their understanding of the refugee experience and the impact of torture and trauma on students and families. The workshops are offered to schools at no cost and tailored to meet the specific needs of schools and school staff.
To request training for your school, fill in the Training Request for Schools form below, or download a Training request for Schools form and return to: Taryn McBurney
For further information, contact QPASTT’s training Coordinator Taryn McBurney.