Freedom from Torture - Training


Do you offer therapeutic, medical, practical, social, or legal support to migrant groups, asylum seekers or refugees, including survivors of torture?

We can:

  • Help you recognise the impact of complex trauma and loss on individuals and families
  • Confidently assess the needs and risks of survivors of torture and their families
  • Share good practice in engaging and supporting survivors of torture

We offer:

  • Bespoke training programmes tailored for your team
  • Open training courses that individual practitioners can join
  • Individual or group supervision or consultation

Learn more about our training approach and ethos, meet some of our facilitators and more below

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Training for teams

We are committed to supporting your service so you in turn are able to provide support to survivors of torture in your community.

We train and support practitioners and teams who work with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrant groups on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Psychotherapeutic practitioners in voluntary & statutory counselling services
  • GPs, nurses, midwives, psychiatrists, pain specialists and other specialist health professionals
  • Social workers
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services staff
  • Frontline advice workers for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Legal representatives
  • Housing providers

Our aim is to ensure any training we deliver is relevant, appropriate and applicable to your practice. Because we want you and your team to feel you’re able to put the learning into practice straight away, we usually ask staff and volunteers involved to participate in a pre-training ‘needs analysis’ which will allow us to learn more about your unique working context and specific challenges. Freedom from Torture's clinical and legal staff will then design a specialist training just for you.

Common issues we may explore include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Torture and its impact on individuals, young people and/or families
  • Good practice in assessing survivors of torture, including how to ask about traumatic experiences
  • Protection issues and rights for torture survivors
  • Therapeutic approaches when working with survivors of torture and clients with complex trauma
  • Dealing with disclosure of torture
  • Boundaries and endings
  • Interviewing skills for non-clinicians working with victims of extreme trauma
  • The power of groups when working with survivors of torture
  • Good practice when working with victims of sexual violence
  • Good practice when working with children, families and separated young people
  • Survivor empowerment and activism
  • Working with interpreters in a clinical/therapeutic setting

See also our standard ‘off-the-shelf’ training programmes below for individual practitioners, we are happy to deliver these in-house for your team as well.

To learn more, please email us on or contact your nearest Freedom from Torture centre directly.

For individual practitioners

While we often advocate for training a team as a whole, we understand this isn’t always feasible for myriad reasons. Therefore we also host training events that we open to individual practitioners who work with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrant groups. If you work with survivors of torture, we invite you to enrol on one of our programmes below:

Current standard modules:

In addition to formalised training events, each of our Freedom from Torture centres may host other opportunities for skill-sharing and networking with fellow practitioners in your region, such as roundtables, networking events, short workshops and so on. Sign up for our training newsletter to stay in touch and find out what’s happening in your area.

Our supervision and consultation services

Supervision/peer support

Working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma, including torture, can impact us as workers. Freedom from Torture can offer time-limited peer supervision sessions where we facilitate dialogue between team members and reflection on how we’re impacted by the work.


Survivors of torture and other vulnerable migrant groups often present with complex needs. We can draw on our specialist knowledge and experience to help advise potential ways to progress with your client and/or help you unpick and think through some of the complexity. This can be done as a short team meeting/workshop or over the phone/Skype.

Supervision and/or consultation support are often helpful after participating in one of our training events or skill-sharing workshops.

Please email us on to discuss if supervision or consultation with one of our specialist legal, medical or therapeutic practitioners would be helpful for you and your team

About our facilitators

Learn from 30 years of experience treating survivors of torture.

Freedom from Torture is the only national organisation in the UK that works exclusively with survivors of torture and has been working with survivors since 1985. In all this time, our medical, legal and psychological therapist staff have accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in ethical and empowering approaches to supporting survivors of torture, including managing the long-lasting physical and psychological effects of the torture they experienced as well as the trauma of loss and living in exile.

Freedom from Torture training programmes and supervision sessions are facilitated by our frontline practitioners who work directly with survivors of torture. They therefore bring lived experience as well as theoretical knowledge of working with survivors of torture to each training.

What former participants say about us

We are committed to providing quality training and capacity building support and work hard to ensure both our bespoke and standardised interventions are relevant and applicable to teams and individual practitioners. We’re proud of our training and we’re grateful for all the positive feedback we receive!

"Best thing was that the training has been tailored to help care workers in our context."
"Well structured. Plenty of opportunities to absorb teaching through small group discussion. Felt inclusive. Thought provoking."            
“I now feel much better equipped to work with this client group in a very pressurised environment where there isn't a lot of time to reflect on the presenting issues, and very importantly to continue my learning. This training has signposted new and exciting areas of study and practice which I may not have discovered for myself.”