Core Concepts

Core Concepts in Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds

Core Concepts


Workshop outline

This one-day introductory workshop is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events including the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma-informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control while minimising the risk of retraumatising clients. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to apply the concepts to their own workplace, and will leave the workshop feeling more confident in utilising their skills and experience with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.


  • The refugee experience
  • The impact of torture and other traumatic events
  • The stressors of resettlement and cultural transition
  • The stressors of seeking asylum in Australia
  • Cultural competence
  • Working within a recovery framework
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care

Who should attend?

This workshop is relevant to anyone interested in the issues faced by people from refugee backgrounds

Workshop times


Workshop fees

See Eventbrite for Pricing Information

The workshop fee includes entry to the workshop for the one day, a certificate of attendance, a participant's handbook with key information from the workshop, plus morning tea and afternoon tea.

Payment options

All registrations are online via Eventbrite and payment is by credit card. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.


STTARS Conference Room

81 Angas Street ADELAIDE SA 5000


A certificate for the one-day workshop will be emailed after the event to registered attendees.

Terms and Conditions

Workshops have a limited number of participants. Registrations close 24 hours before the event. A receipt will be emailed to you once payment has been received. Registrations may be cancelled up to 7 working days prior to the day of the event with a full refund. Cancellations giving less than 7 working days' notice will incur a 30% cancellation fee to cover administration costs. If a minimum number of participants is not reached, a workshop may be cancelled.

For further information

Eventbrite: STTARS Events | Eventbrite


Phone: (08) 8206 8900 and ask for the Training Coordinator