Thinking differently about how we help those in need.

When migrants and refugees settle in a new country and a new environment, they face a number of initial settlement challenges. The way we approach these challenges will mean a community completely relying on outside help and the increasing need for services and government funding or that which will harness its own resources, build community capacity and reduced need for external support.

Om offers this unique training program which is supported by theory and practical models demonstrated through Om’s real-life examples and lived refugee experience. By training staff in this strength-based approach, organisations will be able to achieve better outcomes and increase the impact of their work or assist more people not by working harder but by working differently. Be it in areas of refugee settlement or other human service provision and delivery, research or policy development or funding such services, this training will equip you to incorporate a strength-based approach in your work.

Strength-Based Approach To Refugee Settlement Training

Every individual, whatever the situation may be, is endowed with inherent strengths and assets. As a community and a society, we need to help create an environment where everyone can be engaged and contribute by utilising these assets.

Supported by theory and practical models demonstrated through Om’s real-life examples and lived refugee experience, the program can be tailored to suit participants and organisational requirements. Key topics covered will include: Rationale for change;; Understanding the phases of refugee settlement journey; ‘Strength-based’ approach to refugee settlement guiding principles; Settlement success factors including Internal (Mental) and External (Physical) factors; Five Steps to Successful settlement and Employment Loop; Role of service providers; Role of community organisations and community leadership.

Moving from a Need-Based Approach to Strength-Based Approach

‘What do we need’: Need-Based Approach – thinking in terms of needs, problems and deficiencies such as unemployment, youth issues, lack of local experience or education and training. It ignores the resources, skills and abilities that already exist in the community. Services are generally designed and delivered by outside experts and the people will be positioned as passive, powerless and dependent on outside help and assistance.

‘What do we have’: Strength-Based Approach – starting on the premises that the newly arrived migrant and refugees are resourceful and gifted and will be more likely to draw upon the skills of local people to address issues and solve problems. Outside assistance and resources may still be required but the programs will largely be designed and driven by the local community.
For successful refugee settlement and more broadly for community development, the challenge is for key stakeholders is to provide necessary services while at the same time help drive community engagement and address issues utilising the skills and assets from within.

Who Is This For?

  • Community workers and service providers, particularly those involved in refugee support work
  • Government departments and other organisations involved in policy development, service delivery or funding service providers
  • Businesses that support community work and not-for-profit organisations
  • Education sector looking to adapt their courses to drive a more sustainable approach to refugee settlement and community development.

The program is primarily aimed at refugee settlement but it can be designed and tailored to suit other human services delivery areas as well.

Building on Strengths: Strength Based Approach to Refugee Settlement & Community Engagement Training
SydWest Multicultural Services | Level 2 | 125 Main st | Blacktown, NSW 2148
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at 9:30 am – Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 4:30 am (AEST)

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Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP)

Building on strength

This is a unique Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP) to help drive transformational change by helping to develop community leaders as community champions who will in turn be able to mentor and guide others in their respective / cross-communities. Starting with self-awareness and the recognition of power within, by adopting a strength-based approach, participants will learn to identify and tap into the strengths and assets within communities such as newly arrived refugees and migrants while working collaboratively with other stakeholders in community development.  Such an ongoing leadership development program will have a ripple effect, enhancing community capacity and building stronger communities.

Applying an emergent process, the program will be co-designed with the lead organisation and target groups which will involve getting to know the candidates, their passion and strengths and the motivation to participate in the program. The program will have two components: Training component and a Mentoring component.

Other Training

Om is part of the Jeder Institute Collective and works with Dee Brooks to offer Asset Based Community Development and Leadership training.

Positioning For the Future – Human Services Delivery: building on Strengths: Suitable for organisation-wide roll-out.

This training, which will build on Strength-Based Approach (SBA) to Refugee Settlement and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) will enhance organisation’s efforts in discovering and mobilising the resources that are already present in communities that it operates and seeks to further the integration of SBA and ABCD into the organisation’s practice.

Depending on organisational preference, staff can be trained as trainers to offer training internally as required.

Positioning For the Future: Accelerated Leadership Workshop: For senior leadership team in an organisation and other key people identified by the leaders.

This workshop will help prepare senior leaders to initiate and embrace change; help drive a paradigm shift in service delivery by adopting a strength-based approach to settlement as well as other human services delivery. It will in turn help leaders to increase the impact of their work or assist more people not by working harder but by working differently.

To develop a program that suits your requirement or to book Om Dhungel please contact

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