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Accidental Counsellors: Responding to Refugee Trauma Related Behaviours (Day 2 only)

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Workshop outline

This two-day workshop has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in trauma clients in the workplace. The first day will give an understanding of the complex issues faced by refugee clients, how to recognise refugee trauma and how to work with clients in ways that promote a sense of safety and control. The second day will be mostly practical focusing on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions.

Workshop program:

Day 1

  • The refugee experience
  • Impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • The stressors of resettlement and cultural transition
  • The stressors of seeking asylum in Australia
  • Cultural competence
  • Working within a recovery framework
  • Vicarious trauma and self care

Day 2

  • The ‘accidental’ counsellor
  • Skills for managing trauma responses: Case studies and role plays
    • Disclosure
    • Sadness and depression
    • Anger and aggression
    • Dissociation
    • Panic attacks
    • Suicide threats