Communities and Trauma: Supporting recovery from collective trauma


Refugee and asylum seeking experiences tear at the social fabric tying people together. This workshop will explore some of the potential far-reaching impacts of collective trauma for communities in the resettlement context, and potential recovery processes.

Participants will be introduced to the Foundation House Framework for Recovery.  A panel of speakers, including members from diaspora communities and a peace-practitioner, will explore the legacy of collective trauma. Drawing on the model, participants will be provided with the opportunity to reflect on potential ways of facilitating connection in the context of their roles.

Content includes:

  • Exploration of concepts such as trans-generational trauma and collective trauma;
  • Foundation House Framework for Recovery;
  • Reflections on the collective impact of trauma from members of diaspora communities; and
  • Consideration to ways of facilitating connection and longer-term recovery processes in communities who have experienced collective trauma.

Suitable for

Anyone interested in working with communities whose members may be from refugee backgrounds, eg. bi-cultural workers; community development workers; school employees, eg. teachers, vice-principals, welfare staff; those working in policy roles, eg. community health workers and managers.


$275 per person
Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.