Course description

Many of the asylum seeking children and refugees who come to the UK have lost contact with their families, those beloved people with whom they have strongest attachments and who bring safety and warmth to their world.  No child, and in fact no adult, should have to witness or experience the kinds of trauma they have already been through.  Being separated from, and often not even knowing the location or fate of parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members can be a torment we can barely imagine.  And not having those early attachment figures in their lives to comfort them on the journey only compounds the suffering.  

So how can we, in our various roles around asylum seeking children and refugees, hope to help them?  Can we offer any kind of secure base here, in the new country, especially when we don’t know how long - or whether - they will be staying here?  Is it appropriate to be ‘an attachment figure’, in the professional roles we hold?  Should we be encouraging them to engage with their new lives, or, should we be focussing on honouring the family they have lost contact with?  What different impact is there from knowing someone has died, and not knowing whether that person is alive or not?  And what is the role of hope?

This online course will give you much to reflect on professionally and personally, and a rich understanding of the issues involved and the ways you can help.  You will have continual access to this course for 12 full months.


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Outcomes

By taking this online course, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the kinds of traumatic losses and separation young asylum seekers refugees go through

  • Have an awareness of the effects of those experiences

  • Recognise the qualities necessary in an attachment figure

  • Learn about offering a secure base/safe haven to an asylum-seeking refugee child, as an individual and within an organisation

  • Be able to describe ambiguous loss, and how to identify some of the symptoms: understand the role of hope

  • Have an understanding of the paths to recovery from ambiguous loss, and how to support this

  • Know how to cope with vicarious trauma, and have an appreciation of its twin, vicarious resilience

Course aims and outcomes

Listen to our author Andrea Perry discuss in more detail what the course will offer

Author

  • Andrea Perry

    Andrea Perry

    Andrea Perry is an integrative psychotherapist, consultant and trainer specialising in attachment, loss and trauma, a former Chair of the British Association of Dramatherapists and Chair of Conference at the Centre for Child Mental Health. She has written three books on procrastination and claustrophobia, and edited many titles on attachment especially within the schools context. She has worked for the International Family Tracing Service of the British Red Cross, and is also involved with RefugeeTales (Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group) and other services for asylum seekers and refugees.

Reviews

  • Comprehensive and Accessible

    Laura Wood

    I really enjoyed this course, partly because of the subject that has a particular interest to me, but also because of its uncomplicated style and accessible approach. Easy to pick and put down to fit in around work schedules and broken into manag...

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    I really enjoyed this course, partly because of the subject that has a particular interest to me, but also because of its uncomplicated style and accessible approach. Easy to pick and put down to fit in around work schedules and broken into manageable chunks. The reflective approach was most useful and has lead onto sharing some of these excercises with carers and colleagues. The mix of media, text and audio kept my interest, and the suggested reading and sources are helpful as part of ongoing development, which is an essential for all training.

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Before you begin
    • Before you begin
  • 2
    Module 1 - Introduction
    • Introduction
  • 3
    Module 2 - How does separation occur and who are children looking for?
    • How does separation occur and who are children looking for?
  • 4
    Module 3 - What are the effects of traumatic separation, and the variables
    • What are the effects of traumatic separation, and the variables
  • 5
    Module 4 - What is ambiguous loss?
    • What is ambiguous loss?
  • 6
    Module 5 - How can we help? Attachment aware and trauma informed practice
    • How can we help? Attachment aware and trauma informed practice
  • 7
    Module 6 - Vicarious trauma and resilience
    • Vicarious trauma and resilience
  • 8
    Module 7 - Knowledge check
    • Knowledge check
  • 9
    Module 8 - Final thoughts
    • Final thoughts
  • 10
    Resources
    • Resources
  • 11
    Keep on learning
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  • 12
    Before you go...
    • A quick survey

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