Presenters: Ione Lewis and Paul Bailey
Over 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru for over five years by an Australian Government deal with these countries, including 150 children on Nauru. Health services provided by Australia are inadequate for the needs of refugees, and NGOs such as Amnesty International and UNHCR have found a high level of traumatisation and other mental health difficulties. Therapy4Refugees was founded in 2016, auspiced by a not for profit charity Gifts for Manus and Nauru Inc, which provides phone top-ups, clothing, medications and packages for refugees. We are a network of volunteer counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and psychologists who work with one or two refugees to support them with the stresses of detention and provide strategies for trauma, sleeplessness and isolation.
This presentation will outline:
- the needs of refugees in indefinite detention
- referral pathways
- our responses to critical incidents such as the 2017 Good Friday shooting in Manus and deaths by suicide
- advocacy work with NGOs and the Australian government
- challenges of providing therapeutic support using apps such as Facebook Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp
- monthly online case discussions using GotoMeeting and a Facebook closed group for mutual support between volunteers.
Ione and Paul will present case studies of their therapeutic work with clients to demonstrate what works, lessons learned and the challenges and rewards of this long term work.
Presenter: Dr Ione Lewis (PhD, Grad Dip Cont Ed, B Soc Stud, Dip Psychotherapy) is a Past President of PACFA, and recently stepped down as Research Committee Chair. She has over 35 years experience in working therapeutically with individuals, families and groups, and 25 years of experience as an academic in counselling and social work. She has a passion for social justice and working with people who fall through the gaps of underfunded and/or unjust systems.
WHERE: Online Webinar using “Zoom”.
To take part you will need a reasonably stable internet connection and a computer with a working video and microphone.
WHEN: Tuesday 5 June, 5:30pm (AEST) Logon. Enjoy networking with other counsellors from 5.30pm. Topic presentation starts at 6pm sharp (AEST) and concludes at 8pm.
Note: Times are Australian Eastern Standard Time
IMPORTANT: You will need to register by 1 June at the latest.
As this is an online webinar, an email will be sent to you beforehand with instructions on how to logon to the workshop via the Zoom platform. You do not need to have Zoom on your computer.
The day before the webinar, QCA will email you a Zoom “invitation” link. Click on the link when you are ready to join the webinar.
Note the webinar link will be open from 5.30pm and you are free to login and join the online networking prior to the webinar starting at 6pm.
Please click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/375249 to make your online booking now and take advantage of the Early Bird Price.
Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Wednesday 30 May 2018
QCA/PACFA Members: $16 Non Members: $21
QCA/PACFA Members: $21 Non Members: $26
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This event attracts 2 Professional Development hours.