WEBINAR: Complex Trauma and Lost Identities - finding our way together

Date & Time:

Wednesday 5 May 2021 (10:00 - 16:30)

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WEBINAR session,


 This course is delivered via a live webinar which is trainer led and will be delivered via 'Microsoft Teams'

What is the aim of the workshop?

The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of how to work with highly traumatised refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, including young people with and without families.

The workshop will provide an overview of:

  • Who refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants are and where they are from
  • How complex trauma is caused (by events in their home country, their long journeys to safety, the UK asylum/immigration process and associated events)
  • What happens psychologically and physiologically to an individual as a result of complex trauma, bereavement and loss
  • Common presentation – factors and signs to look out for when working with individuals affected by trauma and complex loss
  • Effective strategies for working with interpreters
  • Vicarious trauma and how your clients’ experiences can affect you.
  • Techniques and tips for mental health report writing
  • The impact on the individual of:
    • the loss of identity and self and how this affects their ability to relate a coherent narrative and concentrate,
    • complex grief
    • the UK asylum process, the hostile environment and failed asylum claim
  • Practical application of theory which you can use to aid your clients’ recovery including:
    • mental health first aid
    • how not to retrigger,
    • how we work with complex PTSD in counselling
    • how to aid mourning when there are multiple unresolved griefs
    • how to facilitate integration (internally and externally)
    • how to help your client to move on and look forward
  • Giving advice and advocacy – some helpful tips and strategies
  • Case study – from disintegration to healing
  • Taking care of ourselves

Who should attend this training?

Multi-agency training for practitioners, frontline workers and volunteers from wide-ranging settings including education, housing, police, health, social care, early help, voluntary sector, etc.

This is a one day workshop facilitated by a practitioner who has worked with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants for over 15 years.



Places Available:


Further Information:


Sushila Dhall (Psychotherapist and Capacity Building Lead) - Refugee Resource

Venue Details:

WEBINAR session,

(01865 815843 / oscb.training@oxfordshire.gov.uk)