STARTTS, Newcastle, Australia
Rural and Regional workers in the refugee sector are adept in the values, behaviours and processes of the host culture and have to learn quickly about the best approaches and processes to work with new cultures in small towns generally cross culturally and concurrently. These workers play a critical role in supporting refugee communities through resettlement and cultural transition in Australia and the recovery process from trauma and torture. Quite often such workers face the challenge of navigating the ‘inbetween’ space of being a community member themselves while providing social and human services to the community. This seminar will present on community development workers who find themselves in the middle of the communities they work with in a smaller regional setting. The seminar will focus on some of the key principles and skills in working effectively in the smaller community context.