Refugees, asylum seekers and mental health

08 May 202410:00am - 1:00pm
  • Clinical
  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Violence and trauma
From £110.00
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Online workshop

Many psychologists do not receive training on working with refugees and asylum seekers as part of their professional training, but will encounter them in their professional work, therefore training in understanding the contextual and relevant factors is important.  The recent arrivals from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria in addition to other groups illustrates the need for the training of psychologists. This workshop will provide an understanding of issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers and enable psychologists to be better prepared to undertake this work. 

Target Audience 

The training will be relevant for all levels of experience as a psychologist, and will be particularly relevant to Counselling, Clinical, Educational and Forensic Psychologists. 

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to explain the differences between a 'refugee', 'asylum seeker' and 'internally displaced person (IDP)' and understand why people seek asylum and become refugees and what help they may require from psychologists
  • Be aware of and able to describe the major views on trauma and refugees and the relevant arguments and research associated with this
  • Be able to explain how contextual factors influence refugees' access to and take up of resources and opportunities including mental health services
  • Be introduced to some innovative transcultural work which has been conducted in schools, clinics and outreach projects for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Understand and be able to explain the importance of the role of interpreters and bicultural workers in psychosocial consultation with refugees


Professor Rachel Tribe

Professor Rachel Tribe is a Fellow of the BPS. She has published over 50 papers, book chapters and books on the areas of working with refugees and asylum  seekers including interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health, and trauma. She was a member of the World Psychiatric Association’s task force on migration and mental health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ expert panel on improving services for refugees. She has worked clinically with a range of diverse communities and presented her work in over 40 countries. She is an active clinician and is involved in national and international consultancy and training work. 

Rachel co-edited a book on Working with Interpreters in Mental Health (2003) and co-produced a DVD on this topic for the Department of Health in 2011.  Rachel currently works at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of East London.   She won the 2013 BPS award for Challenging social inequalities. In 2021 she won the BPS DCop award for trainer, mentor/supervisor.  

Her most recent co-edited book is D. Moussaoui., D. Bhugra, R. Tribe. & A. Ventriglio (2021) (eds) Migration, Mental Health and Mental Illness.  New York: Springer. 

In addition, she was one of the editors of the Guidelines produced for the British Psychological Society for Psychologists on; 

  • Working with Refugees and Asylum-seekers in the UK;
  • Working with Interpreters; 
  •  Community Organisations

With Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan she developed an online resource for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Health and Social Care Professionals alongside them.

Professor Divine Charura

Professor Charura is a Professor of Counselling Psychology and the programme director for the Doctorate in counselling psychology at York St John University. He is a counselling psychologist and registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council in England. Divine is also an Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and an adult psychotherapist.  

As a psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher, Divine’s work focuses on psychotraumatology and the impact of trauma across the lifespan. His work has included working with sanctuary seekers and refugees over the last 20 years. Divine has co-authored and edited numerous books in counselling, psychology, and psychotherapy. For Divine’s books and publication.

This workshop will be delivered on Zoom via BPS learn. The link will be available on BPS learn 1hr before, the link will also be emailed to everyone who  has registered. 


Non members: £183.33 (+ VAT)

Members: £110.00 (+ VAT)


Online booking will close at 10am on 7 May 2024

Places won't be available after this point and only those registered will be allowed into the session.


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