ASeTTS provides a wide range of services for survivors of torture and trauma in Western Australia.
Anyone can be referred to ASeTTS if they are from a refugee-like background, no matter how long they have been in Australia.
It is normal for people to experience difficulties as a result of previous experiences of trauma, torture and persecution.
More than 7 out of 10 people from a refugee-like background will experience challenges resulting from their previous life and migration experience.
You can connect to ASeTTS services
You may benefit from ASeTTS services if:
- You have faced war-related trauma, torture, or persecution before you came to Australia.
- You are having problems in your life that relate to refugee trauma and/or your migration experience.
- You would like someone to assist you in addressing these challenges.
You can help a client or loved-one connect to ASeTTS services
Helping to link someone to ASeTTS services is a meaningful and compassionate way to assist them.
You may know someone or work with a client who:
- You believe may have faced war-related trauma, torture, or persecution before they came to Australia.
- You believe they are having problems in their life that relate to refugee trauma and/or their migration experience.
- You feel that they would like someone to assist them in addressing these problems and/or link them to other supports.
What are the signs and symptoms to look for?
You or someone you know may be experiencing the following:
- Sleep problems and nightmares
- Intrusive memory and flashbacks
- Overwhelming feelings of anger and sadness
- Feeling nervous and not understanding why
- Not wanting to be around other people
- Not wanting to be around reminders of the past
- Poor appetite
- A lack of energy
- Feelings of mistrust
What about children and youth?
You may also be concerned or worried about children and young people if:
- They have some of the same difficulties described above
- They are withdrawn, sad, nervous or aggressive
- In their play, they act out bad experiences they have had
- They are very distressed when they are separated from their parents
How can ASeTTS help?
ASeTTS can help clients experiencing these challenges in the following ways:
- Talking with clients about their worries – counselling services for individuals, couples, groups, children and families
- Providing social network supports through some of our programs or linking them with other services
- Ensuring that clients have someone to work with them to address their worries
- Providing training and supervision to other helping professionals
How does ASeTTS work?
- Services are voluntary, therefore consent for the referral must be provided for any person
- Our services are free of charge for all clients
- We keep discussions private and confidential
- We support client rights
- We can work with interpreters if needed or requested
- People have the choice to change an interpreter if they are not comfortable with the interpreter allocated