An introduction to working with refugees and asylum seekers (CPD22)

Gain insight into the realities of being a refugee and how professionals can provide effective support

This two-day workshop offers an insight into what it means to be a refugee and an asylum seeker. We will consider the role of trauma, assessment of risk and how to nurture resilience and strength using different therapeutic techniques drawn from a range of theoretical models.

Aims and learning objectives

In this workshop, we will look at psychological, social, legal and somatic aspects of the refugee experience including brain/body connections and the ‘migration of identity’ refugees go through as they adjust and try to integrate into the host society.

You will learn about innovative resilience-based group and community interventions such as the Tree of Life and Team of Life which are particularly applicable for working with children and young people.

Finally, we will emphasise the role of vicarious trauma and the importance of self-care.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are working or are engaged in (or want to) work with asylum seeking/refugee people in different capacities.

You may be working in any of the following roles:

  • voluntary worker
  • social worker
  • manager
  • mental health worker
  • teacher
  • psychologist
  • community/voluntary sector worker
  • GP
  • public sector worker
  • psychotherapist

Course details

Workshop: day one

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • who is a refugee?
  • legal and social definitions
  • the refugee journey
  • trauma (PTSD, complex trauma)
  • mind and body connections
  • ‘the body keeps the score’
  • risk assessment

Workshop: day two

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • resilience
  • migration of identity
  • theoretical models and therapeutic interventions
  • narrative techniques
  • double listening
  • group and community approaches such as Tree of Life and Team of Life
  • self-care

The course will last ten hours in total, split over two days.

WorkshopsDateStart timeEnd time
Day oneNew dates for this course will be advertised here in due course – please register your interest to be notified when they are available.
Day two

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.


“The content was excellent and really came to life by the ongoing use of clinical applications to practice.”
“Today has been nourishing and inspiring and has really helped me re-think my practice and some of the adaptations I can make.”
“A wide range of theoretical models and ideas were presented, reflecting the diversity and complexity of the refugee cohort. The training was also immensely practical.”

Course facilitators

Register your interest

Bookings for this course are closed. Follow the link and complete the form to be the first to hear when this course opens for bookings.

Eligible for Student Visa

Refugee care (M35)

Face to face
London and Colchester
1 year
Eligible for Student Visa
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