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Training and Consultancy
Announcement- Upcoming Training :


Refugee Resource is delighted to announce that starting in May 2023 we will be working with Oxford Brookes University to deliver an accredited level 7 course entitled : "Rehumanising People in Extreme Situations: An Introduction"

Refugee Resource will be delivering a ground-breaking level 7 course, accredited by Oxford Brookes University, over 4 Fridays between 13th October and 17th November. 


The course is aimed at professionals and volunteers in all sectors working with refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.  If you are a front-line worker or a counsellor, social worker, or health-care professional, or if you manage people who work with vulnerable migrants, we believe this course will empower and support you. Understanding the background and trauma of the forced migrant experience will help front-line staff respond better to the needs and presentation of those suffering trauma, whilst also avoiding the vicarious trauma and burnout that can be experienced as a result of such work.


To learn more about the course, please click here


Sign up through the Oxford Brookes Moodle portal.  


More details below. Any queries please contact Philip Thorpe by email at: or phone 07425 327198

Refugee Resource provides training, supervision and consultation to teams and individual practitioners working with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants affected by trauma and loss. 

We can

  • Help you recognise the impact of complex trauma and loss on individuals and families

  • Share best practice in engaging and supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants

  • Provide you with effective strategies to improve self-care and prevent burnout


We offer

  • A tailored programme of popular modules based on our extensive experience

  • Bespoke training programmes tailored for your team

  • Open training courses that individuals can join

  • Individual or group supervision or consultation

Our Training Packages

Our highly experienced team of counsellors, psychotherapists and refugee specialists offer a wide-ranging programme of tailored training, supervision and consultation services. We work with diverse organisations, including the NHS, Social Services, Further Education, Councils, Housing Offices, Job Centres,  legal firms and other voluntary organisations.

Working with Survivors of Trauma:

Our participatory training modules will enable you to understand the issues refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants face and how you may recognise symptoms of trauma. You will explore best practice and develop practical skills, knowledge and confidence to work effectively with this client group and help aid their recovery. Full details are available here

‘Your skilful handling of the sensitive emotional subject of trauma allowed for valuable participation from our audience.Your techniques were very useful to our practice.’ Mike Simera, CRUSE, Oxford Training Co-ordinator.                                       


‘Every session I had the chance to experience was extremely helpful, from the facilitators to the content of the sessions.’ Training participant.

Training for Frontline Staff and Volunteers:

The aim of this provision is to introduce you to the basic knowledge, skills and abilities required to work on the frontline in a culturally sensitive fashion and to deliver frontline information and advice to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. It also explores cross-cultural awareness and how to create a caring and supportive environment for your clients. Course participants will be offered practical tips on dealing with challenging situations and issues. Full details are available here

 ‘The information will be really useful for all our customers. Working together [we] will help support those that need our help’. Training participant, Oxford Job Centre, Department for Work and Pensions.                                                              


‘The trainers were very engaging, knowledgeable and presented concepts and experience with great clarity and enthusiasm.’ Training participant.

Clinical Supervision:

Drawing on our specialist knowledge and experience we offer supervision and / or consultation support to groups and individual practitioners working with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. We find this support is also often helpful after participating in one of our training events or skill-sharing workshops. Full details are available here .


‘I am so amazed about the level of training and the skills of all of the facilitators.’ Training participant.


‘A very big thank you for the presentation – it was really enlightening.’ Training participant.

To find out more about our services or register your interest for future training programmes, please contact Philip Thorpe at: or call: 07425 327198

Sushila Dhall, Therapeutic Services Manager and Counsellor

Sushila is educated to MSt (Oxford) level in Psychodynamic Practice (UKCP level) and has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 20 years. She has worked for the NHS, has a small private practice in central Oxford, and has worked for Refugee Resource for 15 years.

More about Refugee Resource:

We have twenty years’ expertise in providing psychological, social and practical support for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants to help them heal from trauma and suffering, and to build new lives as part of Oxfordshire’s diverse community. Please see About Us for more details.


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To relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Oxfordshire, by providing psychological, social and practical support.

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