Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experiences

Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experiences

Information about the ‘refugee / asylee experience’ and the framework used by ASeTTS’ staff for understanding and working with the psychosocial impact of torture and/or trauma.

A recommended introduction to further training for anyone having contact with people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds.


  • Help you understand the refugee journey

  • Increase your awareness of the impact of torture/trauma on everyday life

  • Define the meaning of the terms ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’

  • Explore Australia’s part in the international refugee intake

  • Identify different facets of the refugee experience and related torture/ trauma symptoms

  • Introduce the ‘Model of Recovery’

  • Present an overview of ASeTTS’ services

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