Working Sensitively and Effectively with Refugees and Asylum Seekers who have experienced Sexual Violence and other Trauma

With the support of funding from the European Refugee Fund from 2008 to 2015, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre developed and delivered on multiple occasions a suite of training programmes for staff working with clients who are asylum seekers and refugees. This training is intended to enhance the capacity of participants to support clients who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma. All of the programmes provide information on the impact of trauma, and develop the skills of participants in working with this impact.  They also address the impact of vicarious traumatisation and develop the capacity of participants to prevent and deal with this impact on themselves.

While the funding by the ERF is no longer available, all of these training programmes and appropriate adaptations of them are available on request by organisations.  Without funding a training fee will be charged.

Working sensitively with refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma  for service providers in a variety of roles

A 2 day introductory training programme for staff of organisations providing a service which is accessed by refugees and asylum seekers.

The training is intended to enhance the capacity of staff to work with refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma in an appropriate and sensitive way and in so doing to better orient their services to the needs of these clients.

Issues in working with the impact of sexual violence and other trauma:

A 4 day training programme for staff working in face to face, in depth support roles with refugees and asylum seekers.
This training is offered to those working as support workers, counsellors, key workers or in other roles where they are offering one to one ongoing support to refugee and asylum seeking clients. It is intended to enhance their capacity to support refugee and asylum seeking clients.  It is intended to enhance their capacity to support clients who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.

Trauma and the Child – Towards understanding and supporting the children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers whose parents have experienced Sexual Violence and other Trauma

A 3 day training programme for primary school staff and staff working in other organisations with young children of asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.

This training is intended to enhance the capacity of participants to support and effectively intervene with children whose parents have been impacted by sexual violence and other trauma.

Trauma and the Child: a 3 hour workshop for primary school staff and others working with young children

 

This workshop has been delivered on many occasions to primary school staff and final year Education College students.

Working sensitively with refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma adapted for those working in specific agencies or specific roles

A 3 day training programme for staff working with refugees and asylum seekers in a specialist service eg domestic violence.  Working with adolescents.

This training aims to enhance the capacity of staff working in  a specialist setting/service to support asylum seeker and refugee clients who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.

Interpreting  for refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced  sexual violence and other trauma

A 2 day training programme for community interpreters providing services to asylum seekers and refugees who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma.

This training aims to heighten the awareness, sensitivity and skills of those working as community interpreters when translating for victims of sexual violence and other trauma.

 

Training approach

The training approach on all these trainings is participative and experiential and includes lecture, group discussion, video footage, experiential excercises, role play and case study.  Emphasis is placed on the enhancement of existing skills, as well as developing new areas of competence.There is a strong emphasis in these trainings on the impact on the staff member of working with a high level of trauma, the effect of vicarious traumatisation and strategies for maintaining the staff member’s well-being.

A comprehensive especially written Handbook and other reference material is provided for each participant on the training programmes. A Certificate of Attendance is provided to participants who complete each programme.