The Therapeutic Care Model - Trauma-informed Practice with Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Separated Children - Refugee Council

The Therapeutic Care Model – Trauma-informed Practice with Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Separated Children

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.

Most mental health professionals are not trained to support refugee and asylum seeking populations of different cultural backgrounds. Refugee clients often deal with multiple difficulties at once –having witnessed and or experienced extremely traumatic events, having lost relatives and loved ones, as well as adjusting to a life in a new country, and finding themselves subject to a complicated and often lengthy asylum application process. This course helps delegates to further their understanding of complex trauma and discover psychologically-informed approaches to providing timely and effective therapeutic support. Based on the Refugee Council’s therapeutic service, the course facilitates professional sharing via delegate experience and relevant Refugee Council case studies, with a focus on separated children.

Participants have given us consistently positive feedback:

‘Insight into the many difficulties unaccompanied children face. Effective strategies to support trauma, in general, which will be most beneficial in my role.’

‘I really appreciated the small group discussions and role plays as well as interactive discussions’.

‘I would absolutely recommend this course.’

Course suitability

Anyone with mental health or therapy responsibilities for separated children, for example counsellors and psychotherapists, psychologists, GPs, SENCOs/Education Inclusion staff.

Aims and objectives

  • Three principles of Therapeutic Care Model
  • How to build an effective therapeutic relationship
  • Cultural competency versus cultural humility
  • The value of psychoeducation and group work
  • Working with Interpreters
  • Vicarious trauma and preventing burnout
  • How to create a toolbox of skillful interventions