On-Demand Workshops

Refugees and Trauma

Understanding and Supporting Resilience

$219.00
9.5

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Refugees are vulnerable and may experience post-traumatic stress because of their circumstances. However, their stories also demonstrate strength and resilience. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects refugee individuals and families emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. A framework for regulating and resolving the impact of trauma will be provided, along with protective steps to enhance helper well-being. Participants will learn key principles and strategies for working with refugees and trauma, and be better equipped to help refugees recover, adapt, and flourish in the next phase of their lives.

Trainer: Marwa Fadol, MA, RPsych

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define trauma and understand the possible variations of its potential impact Relationships
  • Identify refugee experiences that can lead to trauma or to increased resilience Relationships
  • Describe how traumatic experiences contribute to post-traumatic stress symptoms Relationships
  • Summarize capacities that increase resilience for refugee individuals and families Relationships
  • List signs of vicarious trauma for helpers and steps for prevention

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • When Is a Person Traumatized?
  • Types of Trauma – Developmental, Shock, Relational, Intergenerational
  • Definitions of Post-Traumatic Impact
  • Trauma – Immediate Symptoms and Impact
  • Long-Term Impacts of Trauma
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Body and Brain
  • The Role of Memory in Trauma and Healing
  • Strategies for Moving Into Regulated States
  • Tools for Emotion Regulation
  • Helping Someone Who Is Dissociating
  • Treating Trauma Over Time
  • Safety and Stabilization
  • Separating the Past from the Present and Future
  • Reconnection and Resilience
  • Considerations of Impact and Coping for Refugees

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working to support refugees.

Trainer: Marwa Fadol

MA, RPsych

Marwa is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a Mental Health Therapist, providing triage and assessment to people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. She also has a private practice where she works with families around various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and family relationships. Additionally, Marwa consults with community and faith-based organizations on topics related to mental health. As a clinician she believes that people are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength and capacity to enact change. Marwa approaches her work through an attachment and developmental lens and sees that her role as a therapist is to help empower people to write their own life stories, explore their own values and beliefs about how the world works, and develop authentic, fulfilling relationships. She is also a contributing author of CTRI’s book, Counselling in Relationships, and is the author or editor of several of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of attachment and counselling in relationships. As a trainer she brings warmth and humour and draws on her varied experiences to make for an engaging, relevant training experience. Read blogs written by Marwa here.

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