Community Capacity Building: Engaging Communities about Mental Health


This workshop explores barriers preventing people from refugee backgrounds from accessing support for mental health struggles, and examines ways of engaging with communities around issues affecting wellbeing.

Practitioners will be introduced to the Foundation House Community Capacity Building Framework, and examples of work within communities will be shared. There will be opportunities to reflect on this model and your practice.

Content includes:

  • Foundation House’s Community Capacity Building Framework;
  • Exploration of the potential effect of culture on perceptions of mental health and mental illness;
  • Common mental health concerns for people from refugee backgrounds;
  • Identification of key barriers preventing people from refugee backgrounds accessing mental health services;
  • Examples of engaging communities around the impact of trauma; and
  • Where to next? eg. identification of engagement strategies and potential ways of implementing these; future training and collaborations.

Suitable for

Those interested in working with communities whose members may be from refugee backgrounds, eg. bicultural workers, community development workers, education and early years professionals, those working in policy roles, community health workers and managers, mental health service providers, settlement support workers, and council workers.


Standard Rate (morning tea & lunch included): $270 per person
Early Bird Rate: $240 per person (if you enrol on or before 30 Sep)


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.