We are pleased to host a free training session on mental illness in asylum law preparation.

The training will consider:

  • Common presenting mental health difficulties in refugees and asylum-seekers
    • Impact of trauma on mental health
    • Risk and resilience factors
    • Prevalence
    • Depression
    • Psychosis
    • PTSD
    • Complex PTSD
    • Dissociative disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
    • Understanding PTSD and Complex PTSD diagnoses
    • Likely causes
    • Impact on interviews and risk factors within the asylum process
    • Recommended treatments
  • Trauma-informed interviewing for witness statements 
  • Mental health services
    • Structure of mental health services
    • Roles of different mental health professionals
    • Models of care for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Mental health vulnerabilities in the asylum process
    • Impact of asylum status on mental health
    • Detention and mental health
    • Mental capacity
    • Giving evidence
    • Risks to self
    • Impact of social circumstances
  • Psychological processes following trauma and their impact on the asylum process
    • Memory
    • Ability to give an accurate and detailed description of past experiences
    • Credibility
    • Disclosure
  • Vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and looking after your wellbeing


Dr Dorothy King, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Glorianne Said, Clinical Psychologist

Laura Smith, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

The training will take place on Zoom between 10:30 and 4:30 on 24 February 2021.

Register now and a link to the Zoom meeting will be provided closer to the date.

JCWI thank the Community Justice Fund for funding the training.

Booking for this event has now closed.