November 22, 2017

Training and Education

VAST not only provides services to directly support refugee mental health, we also take a leading role in providing refugee mental health training and education, and advisory consultation for all refugee serving organizations in the Lower Mainland.

We are committed to building capacity in this sector, so as to respond effectively and safely to the complex mental health needs of new arrivals.

VAST is a member of the Canadian Network for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, the International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture, Canadian Council for Refugees, AMSSA of BC, and The Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP).




We also provide onsite training for undergraduate and graduate students in partnership with the following universities: UBC, UNBC, Adler, City U (Seattle), and Vancouver Community College.

If you are interested in learning more about training and education, please get in touch.

We are grateful to our partners at Vancity for their support as we develop a Training Delivery platform that allows VAST to offer remote training in refugee mental health.

Training Modules and Programs

VAST offers the following training modules and programs:


A Trauma-Focused Group Model for Refugee Mental Health and Refugee Trauma Recovery Expressive Arts-Based Approach to Refugee Mental Health
Trauma-Informed Approaches to Working with Refugees Working with Interpreters in the Mental Health Context
Healing, Self-Care, and Sustainability for Refugees and Refugee Claimants:

  • Assessment for Vulnerability
  • Trauma-informed Practice I and II
  • Trauma Counselling with Refugees
  • Trauma-Informed Practice with Refugees.
Supporting Refugee Mental Health:

  • The Complexities of the Refugee Experience,
  • Common Concerns in Refugee Mental Health
  • Refugee Trauma.


Supporting Refugee Children Safe and Appropriate Professional Boundaries
Cross Cultural Skills for Working with Refugee Populations

Who Trains With Us


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Adler University

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The following organizations have also trained with VAST:


Abbotsford School Board AMSSA
BCACC Burnaby Family Life
Burnaby Multicultural Society Burnaby School Board
CAMH Capilano University
CCR Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
City University CMHA webinars
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Coquitlam School Board
Francophone Settlement Agency Genesis GV Counseling
HIPPY Canada Central Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Kiwassa Langley School Board
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Options
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society Qmunity
Rainbow Refugee Committee Red Cross First Contact
RMH Health Initiative SWIS workers
SHARE- MP Family Centre South Granville
SUCCESS SUCCESS Settlement workers and LINC instructors
Surrey School Board Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver School Board VCC
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society