FREE e-Learning

Course 1. Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Course 2. Effective Therapeutic Support for Asylum Seekers

We are delighted that we have further spaces available for learners to register on the 2 eLearning courses above.

The courses are self guided. We suggest that you complete one module per week for 6 weeks, however you are able to go through the content at your own pace.

Learner Quote – 2022

“The main point that stood out for me today that mainly came from the experience videos was validation of my role and work ethic, I continually stress the importance of being welcoming and kind and the impact this can have. I am ashamed as a professional of the experiences the speakers had in our country. Working with women from many different countries I wasn’t sure what I would get from this course but I really learnt a lot. I feel before the learning I was still quite marginalised in my thoughts, this has definitely been expanded and I look forward to any further training. The content was challenging but not complicated, the format easy to follow and the lived experience clips very welcome, thought provoking and appreciated.”

See below for modules below.

Understanding Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Course 1 – Understanding Refugee/Asylum Seeker Mental Health


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Module 1: The Global and UK Context of Refugees
  • Module 2: The Refugee Experience
  • Module 3: Refugee and Asylum Seekers Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Module 4: Supporting the Health & Wellbeing of Asylum Seekers
  • Module 5: When Professional Therapeutic Support May be Needed
  • Module 6: Special Issues for Consideration


  • Appendix and Resources
  • Evaluation

Effective Therapeutic Support for Asylum Seekers

Course 2 –   Effective Therapeutic Support for Asylum Seekers

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  1. The Champions Model
  2. Psychological Issues to consider when working therapeutically with Asylum Seekers
  3. Therapeutic practice in action
  4. Pain
  5. Sleep
  6. Diversity and transcultural practice
  7. Working with Interpreters
  8. Mental Health Care for Asylum Seekers in the NHS
  9. Effective therapeutic practice with asylum seekers for all


  • Appendix and Resources
  • Evaluation

Solace’s eLearning courses are a culmination of over 15 years of practice supporting asylum seekers with their wellbeing and mental health.

Much of the content is adapted from a book produced by City of Sanctuary in 2018/19, co-written by Solace’s clinical director Anne Burghgraef. The courses are considered a national gold standard for compassionate support for asylum seekers and refugees.

In these 2 self-guided e-courses Anne and colleagues take you step by step through the factors that affect the wellbeing and mental health of those who have been displaced from their country of origin. This understanding, combined with some practical advice will provide you with ideas for how to develop your own working practice to offer better wellbeing support to those individuals.

The course is made up of tutorial videos (between 10 to 30 minutes long), then the pages that follow offer review, reference and revision of that video content.

There is no test to complete, but several places to reflect on what you have learnt, what you will change, and what you will share with others in your organisation.

By completing course one, you will have the resources you need to be a ‘champion’ within your organisation and influence others to make positive changes in how you work.

The second course is intended for those who work in wellbeing or mental health settings. It offers resources and tools for managing many of the common difficulties experienced by those seeking asylum.

You can take the learning at your own pace but we suggest, for course one at least, that you complete one module per week for 6 weeks.

By completing both courses, you can expect to have a good understanding of global displacement, and the reasons behind it. You will have good knowledge of the process of seeking asylum in the UK and the factors that cause stress and impact mental health.

You will learn what you can do to support those in this situation from small acts of compassionate support, to clinical support and trauma focussed therapy.

For those who wish to take this learning further, we offer consultation and in house training to support you in specific settings.