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

This is the first module of the oldest and longest running course in this field in the UK. It aims to assist those working with asylum-seeking people and refugees to enhance your understanding and skills in the context of your own work experience.

We have a very limited number of places to join this course in person, at the Tavistock Centre in London, starting in October on a first come, first served basis. We are also hoping to be able to offer the course remotely during 2023. If you would like to register your interest in this please raise an enquiry to let us know.

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 or go towards entry to our master’s course, Refugee care (M35).

Course details

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 tutor, external lecturers from other institutions participate as guest lecturers.

The course will be delivered in person at the Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA on the following dates:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/10Monday 10 October 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 2/10Monday 17 October 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 3/10Monday 24 October 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 4/10Monday 31 October 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 5/10Monday 7 November 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 6/10Monday 14 November 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 7/10Monday 21 November 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 8/10Monday 28 November 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 9/10Monday 5 December 20224.30pm6.30pm
Session 10/10 Monday 12 December 20224.30pm6.30pm

We are also hoping to be able to offer the course remotely during 2023. If you would like to register your interest in this please raise an enquiry to let us know.

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.


“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.”

Course facilitators

Book your place today

You can book a place on this course at any time using our MyTAP booking system. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

Eligible for Student Visa

Refugee care (M35)

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