Refugee Worker Training
The course is designed both for those new to refugee work or ministry, and for those who might have been involved for some years and want to revisit or develop their skills in aspects of the work, especially around trauma and trauma care, both for the refugees and for the workers.
It is acknowledged that there is a high attrition rate among people working with refugees. If workers know how to deal with stress and trauma, how to recognise signs of vicarious trauma, and how to practice good self-care, they will be much better able to maintain an active and productive role in the work. Organisations also need to be aware of the impact on workers, and how they can put good policies and practices in place to protect their team from unnecessary stress and burnout.
We envisage that each session will take a minimum of three hours to complete. We would suggest that you aim for no more than 1 session per week, to allow yourself space and time to process the content. You may be doing it on your own as an individual, or as a group alongside your team members, in which case there are times allocated to either reflect personally or have a group discussion.
This licence entitles one individual user access to the course. If you wish to engage with this course as a group, then you will need to purchase a license for each individual. For a multi-user quote click here.
By clicking on the buy button and purchasing a license you will gain access to the course for 1 year (365 days)
- Lectures 36
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 12 hours
- Language English
- Students 34
- Assessments Yes
Session One - Working with Refugees
This session acts as an introduction to working with refugees. If you have been involved in this kind of work for some time, some of the content may be familiar to you. If you are new to this work, you may need to spend longer on it.
Session Two - Working with Traumatised Refugees
This session looks in more detail at the effects of trauma on refugees, how the worker can help, and what the limitations and pitfalls are. We look at tools such as psychological first aid, and debriefing, when to bring in professional help, and appropriate responses to refugees who may be dealing with loss, bereavement and the disappearance of relatives.
Session Three - Caring for the Workers (Part 1)
In the second half of this course, we turn from considering the situation of refugees, to the workers themselves (that is presumably you who are taking the course). Both of these sessions draw together a significant amount of outside material, which you may wish to skim read at this point and rea in more depth at a later date. This session considers refugee workers and the cost of caring: how refugee workers are affected by stress, cumulative stress, and vicarious trauma. Self-care is high-lighted and discussed, as well as the crucial role of debriefing.
Session Four - Caring for the Workers (Part 2)
This session looks further at self-care, discussing burnout, strategies for avoiding burnout, and stress management. It looks at good practices for refugee workers, and the implications for organisations, including the need for good staff care policies. First there is a section on the biblical basis of care, including self-care, for workers.
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