Counselling People from Refugee Backgrounds


This two day workshop provides counsellors with a comprehensive grounding in relevant frameworks and approaches for working with people who have experienced massive trauma as a result of their forced displacement experiences. The workshop will provide structured and reflective learning opportunities and aims to provide participants with increased confidence in providing counselling and support for people from refugee backgrounds.

Content includes:

  • Theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of trauma;
  • The distinctive psychological sequelae of torture and other traumatic effects;
  • Conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments of survivors of torture and other traumatic events;
  • Cross-cultural considerations;
  • Ways of working with trauma symptoms and challenging presentations, including the role of advocacy;
  • Challenges of trauma-based work in the context of ongoing uncertainty and injustice; and
  • Counsellor responses to clients including sustainable practice.

Suitable for

Those working as counsellors with people from refugee backgrounds, or counsellors who are wanting to work in this area.


Participants are expected to be familiar with the Foundation House Framework for Recovery and have either:

  1. completed the introductory Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences whole day workshop (or other whole day workshops/training by Foundation House); or
  2. have significant experience working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds (minimum 6 months working/volunteering). Please email noting your experience working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds when requesting an exemption.


$420 per person
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included