QPASTT is a specialist, state wide service supporting the recovery of people who have survived torture and trauma as part of their refugee experience. We offer a range of psychological, physical, advocacy and capacity building services to provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing to individuals, families and communities. Our Professional Development Workshops and Information Sessions are a key part of our capacity building service and aim to offer an opportunity for new learning, information and skills sharing, as well as expanded service and support options for the people and communities we support.
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 not completed the Online training, please select a package option when purchasing a workshop. If you have extensive knowledge and experience working in this field, please contact the QPASTT Training Team at Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.au
|Now Available Online||In your own time||Online Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience – the Impact of Trauma. This workshop is a prerequisite for all QPASTT workshops.||Register|
|Thursday 5th March||9:30am – 4:30 pm||Supporting Trauma Recovery with Children from Refugee Backgrounds.||Register|
|Thursday 2nd April (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 announced)||9:30am - 2:30pm||Understanding the Asylum Seeker Experience in the Current Context.||Register|
|Thursday 7th May||9:30am – 2:30pm||Responding to and Managing Challenging and High Risk Behaviour in Young People from Refugee Backgrounds.||Register|
|Thursday 4th June||9:30am - 2:30pm||Vicarious Trauma, Burnout & Self-Care.||Register|
|Thursday 23rd July||9:30am - 4:30pm||Incidental Counselling with People from Refugee Backgrounds.||Register|
|Thursday 6th August||9:30am - 4:30pm||Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds.||Register|
|Thursday 3rd September||9:30am - 4:30pm||Supporting Learning in the Classroom for Children from Refugee Backgrounds||Register|
|Thursday 29th October||9:30am – 4:30pm||Supporting Learning in the Classroom for Adolescents & Adults from Refugee Backgrounds||Register|
|Thursday 12th November||9:30am - 4:30pm||Community Development with Communities from Refugee Backgrounds||Register|
Please be aware that the workshop fees below do not include the online booking fee. Booking fees will be an additional cost for all QPASTT workshops.
|Online Introductory Workshop||$30 All registrations|
Cost include online resources and handouts.
|Information sessions||Free of charge.|
|Half Day Workshop||$80 students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members. |
$100 all other registrations.
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Cost includes morning tea, light lunch and hand-outs.
|Half Day Workshop|
(Includes Online Introductory Workshop)
|$100 students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members. |
$120 all other registrations.
Cost includes Half Day Workshop, Online Introductory Workshop, morning tea, light lunch and handouts.
|Full Day Workshop||$150 students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members. |
$200 all other registrations
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and hand-outs.
|Full Day Workshop|
(Includes Online Introductory Workshop)
|$170 students, volunteers, unwaged and QPASTT members. |
$220 all other registrations
Cost includes Full Day Workshop, Online Introductory Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and hand-outs.
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 for each session is electronic through the registration process on the QPASTT website.
Contact the QPASTT Training Team at 073391 6677 or Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.au 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 QPASTT Training Team at Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.au.
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 QPASTT Training Team with your documentation at Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.au.
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 Qpastt_Training@qpastt.org.auto discuss transfers.
Information Session about QPASTT:
These sessions will provide participants with a good understanding of QPASTT’s services including information about our programs, referral pathways and client groups. Anyone who is supporting someone with a refugee experience or is interested in QPASTT’s services including students, agency and government staff, health professionals and the general public will find these free sessions informative and useful.
Online Introduction to the Refugee and Settlement Experience – the Impact of Trauma (Prerequisite to attend all QPASTT Workshops):
This online workshop aims to give participants 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.
This training is a prerequisite to attend any of our QPASTT workshops, to ensure that participants have the core theory which all of our workshops are based on. Having completed this training will enrich participants understanding and participation in all other workshops.
Incidental Counselling with People from Refugee Backgrounds:
This one-day 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 is an interactive workshop that may include role-plays, peer reflection, discussions and sharing work experiences.
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.
Understanding the Asylum Seeker Experience in the Current Context:
This introductory workshop aims to give participants an understanding of the asylum seeker experience and the impact of detention and ongoing uncertainty on individuals. The workshop will include 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.
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.
Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds:
This one-day workshop aims 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. 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.
Responding to and Managing Challenging and Risky Behaviour in Young People from Refugee Backgrounds:
This workshop aims 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 appropriate for anyone who is involved in supporting young people from a refugee backgrounds, particularly clinicians, child safety workers, youth workers, Religious leaders and school staff – in particular support and EALD staff.
Supporting Trauma Recovery with Children from Refugee Backgrounds:
This one-day workshop will begin with concepts and theories that will help to explore the impact of trauma on children, including the impact of intergeneration trauma. It will include brief descriptions of key concepts such as 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 Communities from a Refugee Background:
QPASTT understands that recovery occurs in the individual, family and community space. Therefore, meaningful connections with local communities is necessary for sustainable wellbeing outcomes, as well as to inform QPASTT on the way that we deliver our services. Recovery is best achieved when trauma effected communities are able to exercise a high degree of self-determination, as most communities have an inherent capacity to heal and it is this capacity we seek to support and adapt our services around as we work alongside them.
Many of QPASTT programs are community based with a strong emphasis of building on the existing resources and capabilities within those local communities to assist them to achieve the goals they identify to us through consultation and collaboration. We do this in a number of diverse ways, including providing information, education, advocacy support, partnership in projects, joint participation in events and celebrations, as well as targeted initiatives.
This training is aimed at building knowledge, skills and confidence in working with communities from refugee backgrounds. This will be done by exploring core competencies of working with communities and unpacking 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.