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The Journey: from home to refuge

Facilitators: Vedia Maharaj & Jill Morgan

Date: Sat 5th, 12th, 19th February 2022

Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Online via Zoom


Delivered over 3 sessions, the workshops are available to practitioners that work with refugees and people claiming asylum, as well as those with an interest in understanding the themes relevant to working with this client group.  It aims to:

  • provide an insight into refugee-specific counselling and psychotherapy with a psychosocial approach
  • consider identity and experiences of displacement and how these stories might interact with the therapist’s personal and professional stories of migration and movement.
  • Reflects on the legal, political and social justice dimensions of the work
  • invites a widening of trauma-oriented perspectives; and discusses risks of vicarious trauma


Drawing upon the Identity-Transition-Change framework of S. Dutta and R. Singh (2019), the sessions are arranged as follows:


Session 1, Identity: 5th February  2022

  • Displacement in leaving and arriving
  • Stories of identity, migration, and movement
  • Key terms of reference and data

Session 2, Transition: 12th February 2022

Emerging identities

  • Widening landscape on how trauma is understood
  • Considering media and the hostile environment

Session 3, Change: 19th February 2022

  • Therapeutic concepts and reflections
  • Working with interpreters
  • Psychosocial approach


Date: Sat 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 19th Fevb 2021

Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: Individuals £120



Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan is an accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Systemic Practitioner and Trainer. Prior to becoming a clinician, Jill academically specialised in post-colonial studies; developing a particular interest in hybridity, migration and diaspora. Themes of insider-outsider, working with(in) the interstice and supporting those that skirt the margins of society, continue to be common elements to her work.
Currently, Jill works with a small caseload of clients affected by journeys of refuge, asylum and trafficking; and in private practice in Birmingham, supporting clients with a diverse range of stories.  Jill finds supporting clients affected by anxiety and trauma to develop second-order change: where they begin to relate to their symptoms differently – reflexive, not immersed – is an area of work that Jill finds rewarding.

Vedia Maharaj


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