EU Resettlement Network

SHARE Expert Webinar: ‘Recognising & Responding to Trauma Amongst Refugee Populations’

An expert webinar to build the capacity of non-specialists working with resettled refugees

The first in the SHARE Expert Webinar series on 'Recognising & Responding to Trauma Amongst Refugee Populations' took place on 28th January 2015 (15.00-17.00 CET).  22 participants from international organisations, regional and local authorities, civil society organisations and specialist and mainstream medical services in 14 European countries heard expert presentations from Dr Evert Bloemen of the Pharos Foundation in the Netherlands, Dr Professor Thomas Wenzel of University Hospital Vienna, Elisabeth Verniers of the Belgian NGO Caritas International in Belgium and Professor Guglielmo Schinina at IOM Geneva.  Throughout the webinar programme, attendees submitted questions that our expert presenters considered in a subsequent discussion. 

You can view the full webinar recording  on the screen immediately below.  Scroll down the page to view an additional pre-recorded expert presentation from Dr Rebecca Dempster, which it was not possible to show during the webinar, and to download copies of webinar presentations and resources referenced and presented by our expert speakers.

Pre-recorded presentation of Dr Rebecca Dempster (resileo.net):

Follow the links to download copies of expert presentations:

1. Elisabeth Verniers - caseworker at the Belgian NGO Caritas International

2. Dr Evert Bloemen - Pharos Foundation (the Netherlands)

See also the Pharos Foundation manual 'Give Us Some Time: Supporting Resettled Refugees with Psychological Impairments'  English language version (produced with the support of the European Resettlement and SHARE Networks) and Dutch language version. And The PROTECT Questionnaire: helping to early identify refugees and asylum seekers that have suffered traumatic experiences. The Safe Future methodology helps to tackle the subject of return and reintegration in the country of origin as a possible future option. The Care Full initiative aimes to improve refugee status determination (RSD) procedures for victims of torture and ill treatment. The Work for Care manual is written for trainers in the field of psycho-social care to learn how to offer training on the specific subject of sexual and domestic violence in a context of (post) war and/or organized violence.

3. Professor Guglielmo Schinina - International Organization for Migration

See also the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. The publication Psychological First Aid: For Field Workers (available in 14 languages).  As well as an Introduction to Basic Counseling and Communication Skills.

(additional resources and presentation from Dr Professor Thomas Wenzel coming soon...)