Seeking Asylum: Working with Prolonged Uncertainty


This workshop explores the psychosocial realities of living with long-term uncertainty for people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. The mental health consequences arising from pre-arrival experiences are compounded by the uncertainties of the determination process and the political environment, as well as other factors such as concern for family overseas. In the current context, client-worker interactions are frequently related to discussions around migration status, and themes relating to uncertainty can dominate the relationship. Feelings of helplessness are common in both the client and worker. Ways of supporting clients living with ongoing uncertainty will be explored and the potential impact of this work on professionals is acknowledged.

Suitable for

Those working with people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, who are experiencing prolonged uncertainty, eg. case workers, settlement workers, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, counsellors, community health practitioners, lawyers and those involved in the legal system.


Participants will be expected to have completed either a Foundation House Introductory workshop, or Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences Online.
The online option is available free as a pre-requisite when you register for this workshop.


Standard Rate: $225 per person
Early Bird Rate: $205 per person (if you enrol on or before 28 Oct)
Note: Discount will apply at Checkout

Content includes
  • Overview of historical and current Australian protection processes;
  • Increased understanding of our own ways of being and levels of comfort with uncertainty;
  • Exploration of the impacts of trauma, ongoing uncertainty and detention;
  • Ways of working and being with clients living with ongoing uncertainty; and
  • Identification of key principles for sustainable and professional engagement with clients.