Trauma-informed Practice with Separated Children - for Therapists - Refugee Council

Trauma-informed Practice with Separated Children – for Therapists

Next training 5th/6th July, visit our Eventbrite page to book tickets.

Contact the Training team to discuss in-house delivery at your organisation.  T: 020 7346 1044.

Course overview

Most mental health professionals are not specifically trained to work with refugee children. Refugee children 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 care model, the course also facilitates professional sharing from delegate experience and relevant Refugee Council case studies, with a focus on refugee 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 therapuetic responsibilities for separated children, for example counsellors and psychotherapists, psychologists, GPs, SENCOs.

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