Group Work


The experiences that refugees have had may make them fearful or suspicious. When survivors of torture and trauma come together in safe groups, they are able to learn to trust again. In a group setting they can make friends, support one another, learn together and share their grief. Participants can also benefit from the experiences and insights of other group members, and approach counsellors for advice and assistance in an informal manner.

Many newly arrived refugee communities are unfamiliar with western notions of individual counselling. Attending groups can be a much more comfortable way for members of these communities to seek help.

At STTARS, we organise groups to come together on a regular basis to socialise, participate in activities or psycho-education information sessions, learn new skills, talk over problems and discuss coping strategies.

We use interpreters in our groups, as required, and child care is available for some groups on request.

Current groups include:

  • Youth Reference Council
  • Client Advisory Group
  • Rhythm to Recovery drumming groups
  • Women's Group
  • Gardening Group
  • The Men’s Shed