Capacity Building has formed an integral part of QPASTT’s work since its inception as a component of the systemic approach to working with survivors of torture and trauma. Whilst it is important to work on an individual’s own symptoms of trauma, a vital element of the recovery process is to develop healthy connections to community and support services as required. We aim to build capacity within mainstream services and systems to work with people of refugee background and supports individuals, families and communities to engage with services that are trauma informed and culturally appropriate.
We do this in the following ways:
- Develop and maintain strategic and productive partnerships with mainstream services, community leaders, community organisations, established networks and other agencies.
- Support and up-skill mainstream health and other service providers enabling them to provide effective services to survivors of torture and trauma.
- Advocate and liaise for improved outcomes for clients from refugee backgrounds through involvement in networks, forums and submissions.
- Support mainstream services to review, develop and implement policies and procedures, which promote the well-being and involvement of clients from refugee backgrounds. See also Support for Schools
- Organise, deliver and evaluate a range of groups that enhance the psycho-social support available to people from refugee backgrounds.
- Develop resources with external agencies to enhance organisational capacity to support clients of refugee/asylum seeker backgrounds. To look at our current resources.