2-Day Refugee Readiness Training

The 2-Day Refugee Readiness Training meeting hosted by ISSofBC and funded by The Province of British Columbia, provided training, tools and resources on settlement and integration, primary healthcare and mental health care for refugees in British Columbia. The training sessions were held in the following 5 BC regions:

  • Cariboo – Prince George
  • Fraser Valley – Surrey
  • Metro Vancouver – Burnaby
  • Thompson-Okanagan – Kelowna
  • Vancouver Island – Victoria

Below is a detailed list of what was covered in the training sessions:

ISSofBC – Settlement & Integration for Refugees

  • Refugees from the global to local perspectives
  • Introduction to settlement services and interventions for refugees
  • Regional specific Syrian refugee statistics

Vancouver Association of the Survivors of Torture (VAST) – Mental Health Care Training

  • Mental health concerns for newly arrived refugees
  • Screening for vulnerability
  • Brief psycho-social intervention
  • Working in a community-based context
  • Self-awareness and self-care

Vancouver Coast Health (VCH) – Primary Health Care Training

  • Introduction to IME (Immigration Medical Examinations) & refugee specific medical concerns
  • Post arrival health assessment and review of screening checklist
  • Medical interpretation
  • Insurance and coverage
  • Cultural competence


Each of the training sessions held in the 5 different regions had the following agenda for the 2-days:

Day 1:

  • AM: Welcome Remarks from the Province of British Columbia, Introduction to the Refugee Readiness Fund, Settlement, Primary Healthcare and Mental Health
  • PM: Primary Healthcare Training Part 1 and Mental Health Training Part 1

Day 2:

  • AM: Primary Healthcare Training Part 2 and Mental Health Training Part 2
  • PM: Regional Syrian Refugee Statistics and Update and Action Plan from the Refugee Readiness Team

All of the training sessions were recorded for future reference and for those that could not attend the meeting in-person. View videos from the Refugee Readiness Training meetings.