STTARS' professional development workshops and training sessions have been developed to support services and individuals interested in working with people from refugee backgrounds.

Our training is designed to enable participants to develop a greater understanding of the experiences that asylum seekers and people from refugee backgrounds go through prior to their arrival in Australia, and the impact of torture, trauma and resettlement on their lives.

Training Group

STTARS views our Professional Development Workshops and Information Sessions as a key part of our capacity building service and aim to offer an opportunity for new learning, information and skills sharing, as well as expanded service and support options for the people and communities we support.

Request a Guest Speaker

STTARS has a range of experienced staff who enjoy sharing information to support those interested in working with people from refugee backgrounds. Subject to availability we are happy to provide information sessions, conference presentations and lectures. STTARS receives a lot of requests and we get booked up quickly, so requests for guest speakers need to be made at least 6 weeks in advance.

To request a guest speaker contact Teresa Puvimanasinghe our Training Coordinator via or phone (08) 8206 8900

Professional Development Workshops

STTARS offers a range of high quality Professional Development Workshops throughout the year. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Core Concepts in Working With People from Refugee Backgrounds
  • ‘Accidental Counsellor’: Responding to Refugee Trauma-Related Behaviours

Training for your organisation

STTARS can offer professional development tailored to the needs of your organisation.

We will discuss your overall requirements and then work closely with you to identify the learning aims of your staff, formulate the best structure for professional development activities, and tailor our STTARS' training materials to the needs of your organisation. Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Information about STTARS
  • Core Concepts in refugee experience and the impacts of trauma
  • Accidental Counselling; Responding to refugee trauma-related behaviors
  • Working with families from refugee backgrounds
  • Supporting trauma recovery in children from refugee backgrounds
  • Cultural Competence
  • Working with Interpreters
  • Health Care Challenges for People from Refugee Backgrounds

Costs and availability

STTARS is a community based state-wide service specialising in the support of people from refugee backgrounds who have survived torture and trauma. Our facilitators are professionals in the field with current and relevant experience. Tailored training services are offered on a fee-for-service basis with training fees calculated at $200 per hour.

In certain limited circumstances and where it is consistent with STTARS' funding guidelines and priority areas, training may be delivered free of charge. If you believe you organisation may be entitled to have the training fees waived, please contact the Training Coordinator who will consider your request in accordance with STTARS' policy.

We usually require a lead time of at least 2 months to facilitate Professional Development. Enquiries are, however, considered on a case-by-case basis. Long lead times and flexibility around dates maximise our capacity to resource your request.