Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experiences: Working with children and families


This one day workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the context, experiences, and ways of working with children and families from refugee backgrounds. The workshop will also explore establishing positive working relationships and maintaining worker resilience in a challenging environment.

Content includes:

  • An overview of experiences of people who have fled wars and oppressive regimes;
  • An outline of Australia’s humanitarian program within a global context;
  • The psychosocial effects of traumatic experiences on children, families and communities, including the impact of detention and prolonged uncertainty in seeking asylum;
  • The Foundation House framework for recovery and how this applies in the workplace, and in work with children and families;
  • A reflection on how we understand ‘culture’; and
  • Reflections on the impact of working with trauma, professional boundaries and locating ourselves in the work.

Suitable for:
Anyone working with, or interested in working with, children and families from refugee backgrounds, eg. settlement workers, child-focused workers, family services workers, community workers, early childhood workers, and school counsellors or welfare workers.