Freedom from Torture - Risk, Resilience and Rights: Working with Separated Young People

Risk, Resilience and Rights: Working with Separated Young People

Booking group
27 April, 2018 - 09:30 to 7 July, 2018 - 17:00
This module runs over three Friday/Saturday sessions: 27/28 April, 15/16 June and 6/7 July 2018.
Leeds - Leeds Conferencing (

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“Helping a separated young person to navigate both the hope and despair of ambiguous loss”

- Ann Salter, Psychological Therapist – Freedom from Torture North West

The Working with Separated Young People six day module will study the inter-relationship between the rights and needs of young people impacted by torture and are in the UK separated from their families.

Overall Aim

To explore good practice and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to work ethically and effectively with separated children and young people

Overall learning objectives:

  • Identify ways torture and organised violence, flight, and life in the UK can impact children and young people who are separated from their families or primary carers.
  • Recognise how the legal and human rights context is relevant to our work with separated children and young people
  • Recognise ways in which trauma and separation have impact on attachment and the lives of separated young people who have experienced torture and organised violence
  • Identify the range of risks associated with trauma for separated young people
  • Identify good practice assessing the needs and risks of separated young people
  • Demonstrate therapeutic tools and skills in working with symptoms of trauma
  • Recognise the risk of vicarious traumatisation, especially as it relates to working with SYP and identify skills and approaches to support self and team well-being

Dates: 27-28 April, 15-16 June and 6-7 July 2018.

Location: Leeds Conferencing, Leeds

To learn more about the course or request an application, please email

Fee: £550 - Book before 29th March for a special early bird price of just £350

Meet the facilitators…

Ann Salter - Psychological Therapist, Freedom from Torture North West

Ann has worked with children and young people throughout her working life in settings including a local authority youth service, the third sector and local and national charities. She has worked therapeutically with separated young people who are survivors of torture for more than ten years and has worked at Freedom from Torture for the past five years, with the specialism of separated young people. Ann co-developed the children, young people and family service in the North West. She is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and teaches on the fourth year of a Diploma / MSc training course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Dr Kyoko Kobatake – Psychological Therapist, Freedom from Torture Scotland

Kyoko has specialised in psychotherapeutic work with traumatised adolescents throughout her working life as a researcher, lecturer and clinician. Before joining Freedom from Torture where she works with separated young people who are survivors of torture as a young person’s psychotherapist, Kyoko has worked with young survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and adolescents who are affected by domestic violence, in several third sector organisations and in the NHS. As an academic Kyoko has a PhD in psychoanalytic theory with a particular interest in transgenerational trauma, and has taught and researched the subject at universities of Glasgow, Leeds and Tokyo. Kyoko is a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and art psychotherapist registered with HCPC, BACP and BAAT.

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