Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Refugee Council

Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Contact the Training team to discuss in-house delivery at your organisation, more scheduled training dates to be announced soon!  T: 020 7346 1044.


Course overview

At the Refugee Council we have over 17 years of experience providing trauma-informed, culturally sensitive therapy to refugees and asylum seekers from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds. Our trainers are all qualified specialist therapists with hands-on experience of delivering individual and group therapeutic interventions to this client population and can draw on real-life examples from their practice.

This course introduces the topic of mental health and wellbeing for refugees, helping delegates to understand needs & barriers and how these may present, and to consider how they can respond from early-intervention and psychosocial perspectives.

Participants have given us consistently positive feedback:

‘Everything was organised to an excellent standard. The delivery was brilliant, focused and clear.’

‘The trainer was very experienced and knowledgeable. The environment was conducive to asking questions, discussion and learning from others’ experiences. The role play exercises were very effective.’

‘This training will change my outlook and my approach to my work as well as self-care.’

Course suitability

This course would benefit anyone who works with refugees or asylum seekers, without a specific mental health responsibility, e.g. housing officers, interpreters, education staff, police, voluntary and community organisation professionals and volunteers.

Aims and objectives

  • The refugee experience: who are we working with?
  • Impact of war, exile, displacement and asylum
  • Mental health and wellbeing within a refugee context
  • Main causes of distress including trauma, loss and separation
  • Signs and symptoms of mental distress: response & risk
  • Cultural factors in assessing mental health & wellbeing
  • First aid kit
  • Self-care and professional boundaries