(FULLY BOOKED) DT 1777 Vicarious Trauma & Self-Care

This course is designed for immigration law practitioners working directly with asylum seekers, refugees, survivors of torture who have suffered serious trauma.
This is a free course. To book a place, please complete and submit the following application form.

Event details

Date(s):30 October 2018
Start Time:09.30
End Time:17.00
Main area:Asylum;Other
Main area other:This is a free course, offered in partnership with Freedom from Torture. 
Aim of course:

The aim of this course is to provide immigration legal practitioners with the knowledge and tools to deal with the impact of working with severely traumatised clients including survivors of torture. 


· Define vicarious trauma

· Identify factors that put one at risk of experiencing vicarious trauma

· Describe systemic influences and how these relate to the individuals experience of vicarious trauma

· Reflect upon personal levels of vicarious trauma

· Identify physical, psychological and social aspects of vicarious trauma and specific approaches to deal with each aspect.

Tutor details:Kalvir Kaur and Maide Showell, Freedom from Torture
Tutor biographies:Maide Showell
Maide has been a member of the adult therapy team at Freedom from Torture since December 1999.  Her main duties include carrying out initial clinical/psychological assessments, offering short, medium and long-term individual therapy and also providing documentation including the writing of medico-legal reports in order to support the asylum applications of survivors of torture and organized violence. She has extensive experience in assessing the needs and vulnerabilities of individuals and providing holistic support and treatment to clients who have suffered gross human rights abuses and she mentors and supervises therapists working at Freedom from Torture. She has a BA in Psychological Counselling, and two MA’s in Psychological Counselling and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is also qualified in Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has run many training courses for professionals working with survivors of torture both in the voluntary and non-voluntary sectors.
Kalvir Kaur
Kalvir is a solicitor with 16 years of experience who holds strategic and legal expertise in advocating for children, victims of trafficking and survivors of torture. She is an experienced trainer, having trained legal representatives, NGOs, and INGOs. She is the lead UK trainer for ECRE ‘Uprights’ project, has trained professionals at Reinforcing Action against Child Trafficking (ReACT) and CONNECT  projects in Europe and served on the advisory group for Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) Refugee Children’s Project. Kalvir is a member of the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum and the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project. In 2008, Kalvir was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Immigration & Asylum category, recognizing her work with vulnerable clients, and in 2014 she was the recipient of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPATUK) Children's Champion award. In 2017 she was selected as a Vital Voices Fellow. Kalvir has authored and contributed to best practice guides and campaigning literature.

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