We provide tailor-made arts-based Psychosocial Training and Consultation for organisations in the UK and internationally, helping to support other workers on the ground in different contexts.


The sessions are led by a minimum of two experienced trainers from Art Refuge’s core team. Guest trainers from different disciplines (such as drama, music, dance) may be invited to co-facilitate particular trainings where their expertise would add value. For groups larger than 25 participants, a third trainer may need to be negotiated. Interpreters are discussed on a case-by-case basis, alongside other local needs. 

Example sessions topics:

  • trauma, coping and resilience

  • arts-based psychosocial activities

  • personal motivations for volunteering / working in the field

  • working with clear boundaries

  • preventing secondary trauma and burn-out - the importance of self-care

  • working to personal strengths and limitations

  • working across cultures, faiths and traditions

  • working on borders and in hostile environments

  • adapting work to different settings - such as refugee camps, day centres, safe houses, mobile services

  • information sharing and networking

  • safeguarding - working with vulnerable minors and adults

  • developing a psychosocial toolkit - safe creative practice


The trainings combine elements of practice (work on the ground) with robust evidenced theory  and experiential learning (art making and discussion). The trainers draw upon their extensive experience in the field bringing historic and live case material into the discussions. Participants are invited to share scenarios and reflect on their own experiences. Recognizing the complexity of the changing political and social landscape, topics are open to adaptation depending upon the group’s needs and new challenges faced.


We use a psychosocial approach in all our work, which recognizes the influence and impact of the psychological and social situation on people’s psychological health and wellbeing. Our trainings offer a holistic approach to working creatively and all our trainings are underpinned by principles of safe art practice. Careful thought and consideration is given to the complexities of intercultural differences and creative concepts are explored as to how to work with these.

Please contact us with your specific training needs in the message area below.


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Thank you for your support.


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