Working with refugee people and their families (D35)

Develop empowering and therapeutic skills to work in a socially and politically conscious way with refugee people

Based on the oldest and longest running course in this field in the UK this course aims to assist you to enhance your understanding and skills in the context of your own work experience with asylum seeking people and refugees.

This course had now closed. Please register your interest to be notified about the next opportunity to take this course. Alternatively you may be interested in joining this online version of the course starting April 2024.

Aims and learning objectives

Over the term, this course will offer you the opportunity to:

  • explore theoretical issues pertaining to the asylum seeking/refugee experience and the dynamics involved in supporting asylum-seeking/refugee people
  • develop practical skills in working with and supporting asylum-seeking/refugee people
  • exchange ideas and share experiences and feelings about this work
  • present and discuss specific work issues for reflection in a supportive learning community

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are working (or want to) work with asylum-seeking or refugee people in different capacities. You may be working in any of these roles:

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

This course can act as continuous professional development (CPD) for practicing clinicians.

Course details

This course had now closed. Please register your interest to be notified about the next opportunity to take this course. Alternatively you may be interested in joining this online version of the course.

There will be ten sessions, each lasting 2hrs. The next course will run on the following dates:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/10Monday 9 October4.30pm6.30pm
Session 2/10Monday 16 October4.30pm6.30pm
Session 3/10Monday 23 October4.30pm6.30pm
Session 4/10Monday 30 October4.30pm6.30pm
Session 5/10Monday 6 November4.30pm6.30pm
Session 6/10Monday 13 November4.30pm6.30pm
Session 7/10Monday 20 November4.30pm6.30pm
Session 8/10Monday 27 November4.30pm6.30pm
Session 9/10Monday 4 December4.30pm6.30pm
Session 10/10 Monday 11 December4.30pm6.30pm

This course will be delivered face to face at the Tavistock Centre in London.

120 Belsize Lane

Venue Location

Drawing on systemic, narrative, psychodynamic and liberation psychology approaches and other theoretical frameworks this course will create a facilitative space for you to examine the complexities of the refugee experience.

You will be able to reflect on multiple levels of context, from the bodily, personal and interpersonal contexts to the family, community, wider cultural and political levels.

This course is based on the idea that everyone working with refugee people should do so in ways that are empowering and use a therapeutic dimension that is socially and politically conscious.

In addition to the module tutors, external lecturers from other institutions participate as guest lecturers.

Library membership

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books.

Our information skills trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists.

Find out more on the Library website:


“The course taught me so much and broadened my view and understanding of ‘refugees’ together with the multitude of facets that this subject entails, about all the interactions, therapeutic principles and approaches. Lots of it was new for me and broadened (and specified) my horizon massively! In a deeply valuable way, it also taught me a great deal about how to navigate relationships and to reflect on my own response toward them.”
“I think what I’d like to say – and that might not be the aim of the course – but in a way it taught me a great deal about how to be ‘more human’.”
“It really was a great treasure and something incredibly valuable to attend to during lockdown – and of course I hope I’ll be able to internalise and apply everything learned and extend it to any future interaction I’ll have in particular with refugees but also inform everything I say, vote for and think about this vast issue.”

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Eligible for Student Visa

Refugee care (M35)

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