Professional Development

Engaging effectively with children, young people and families from refugee backgrounds

This Online Workshop will provide an understanding of the types of traumatic experiences that refugees may have faced, and the impact of that trauma on children, young people and their families. This session will help you to consider the cultural influences and perspectives on understandings of trauma and the importance of working in a culturally appropriate way. It will also provide strategies for working with children, young people and families from refugee backgrounds.


 Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased understanding of the impact of refugee trauma on children, adolescents and families;
  •  Increased awareness of the role of culture in understandings of trauma, how an individual interprets and assigns meaning to the trauma;
  •  Increase in skills and confidence in supporting children, young people and families from a refugee background.

Who should attend this workshop?

Social Workers, Health Workers, Child and Family Workers, Community Workers, Managers, Social Policy Project Workers and other interested people


Silvana Cannavo – Silvana is a Registered Psychologist and has been working as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor at STARTTS for the past 11 years. She came to STARTTS with 5 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical settings including Community Health, Non-Government Organisation and School Counselling. Silvana also worked with Child Protection Services in the United Kingdom for 2 years. Throughout her career she has gained experience and expertise in providing trauma-informed and culturally competent psychotherapeutic interventions with individuals, parents as well as group interventions with children and adolescent. Her approach, while client-centred, draws on a diverse range of influences including Play therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has found a particular affinity for creative, growth-oriented methodologies like Sandplay and art. Silvana has trained as a Sandplay therapist and is currently working towards accreditation with the Australian-New Zealand Sandplay therapy Institute. In addition, Silvana has been providing Clinical Consultation to STARTTS Counsellors and other service providers for the past 6 years.

To participate in this event you must have access to a PC with video capabilities and a reliable internet connection.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: NP2156

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Online Workshop


Tuesday 20 October 2020


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

More Info



Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $40.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $55.00 + GST

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