Psychological First Aid course for professionals & carers working with UASC
This session is suitable for social workers, supervising social workers, foster carers, supported lodgings providers, and other professionals working with and supporting UASC. It is only available for those working in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The session will be delivered by Dzmitry Karpuk, who is registered with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and UK council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He has specialised in trauma recovery psychotherapy for adults, children and families for over 25 years. He has considerable experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers (including through Syrians resettlement program) in Leeds for 11 years. His particular interests include supporting professionals who work with traumatised and vulnerable clients, and those with burnout and secondary trauma impact.
By the end of the session, participants will:
1. Develop an understanding of psychological and emotional behaviours of RAS population resulting from significant single or complex traumas (6 automatic distress reactions & main needs of RAS/ UASC clients that help to spot early signs of mental health issues)
2. Develop an understanding of how mental health professionals support traumatised clients, why some of the services can only support UASC clients who at the beginning of trauma recovery (new arrivals) and other services unable to offer this mental health support . Subsequently, it will help to - understand how to make appropriate referrals.
3. Develop an understanding of how to support UASC clients at the beginning of trauma recovery (e.g. new arrivals) by learning the main components and steps of Psychological First Aid (designed for non-mental health professionals and adapted for the multiple needs of UASC population).
4. Be introduced to the basic skills of managing emotional distress (simple tools that prevent further deterioration - group exercises will be offered).
5. Be introduced to secondary trauma impact and why self-care skills are important when supporting RAS clients.