Course details / Primary care for refugees and newcomers

About this course

Due to war and conflict, the number of refugees has increased considerably in recent years. Many refugees have been granted a (temporary) residence permit in the Netherlands. The psychological health of refugees is frequently adversely affected by conflict in their country of origin; fleeing their homes; and the challenges encountered in the new country. Some refugees experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): it is important that the symptoms of PTSD are recognized and correctly interpreted in first line care. Cultural factors and differences between the home country and the country of refuge must be taken into account when diagnosing and managing these individuals. Arq Academy, the training institute of the Arq Psychotrauma Expert group, and Health[e]Foundation have joined forces to offer the training program entitled 'First line psychological care for (ex-) refugees'. The training consists of four e-learning modules and a workshop to support first line healthcare workers and provides them with background information and tools for recognizing and interpreting PTSD symptoms among (ex-) refugees and other non-Western patients in primary care practice. The e-learning consists of four modules: Provider-patient interaction; Mental health; Resilience and health of refugee children; and a module that provides case studies. On average, each module requires 1.5 hours of study time. The modules provide the theoretical knowledge that you will use during the workshop. You will have a month to complete the e-learning modules prior to the workshop. The 'PTSD symptoms in refugees' workshop provides information; stimulates exchange of information amongst colleagues; and offers the opportunity to practice your skills with the guidance of professionals. Topics such as PTSD, cultural formulation interview and interventions are discussed and there is time to practice your skills.

Who is this course for?

General practitioners, POH-GGZ and other public health professionals in the Netherlands.

What you will learn

After completing the training, participants:

  • Can recognize and interpret symptoms of psychotrauma (including PTSD) among (ex-) refugees;
  • Know about the impact of cultural factors on PTSD symptoms;
  • Understand referral options and can instigate first-line interventions.

What you get


  • General practitioners (ABC1 / ABAN, 9 points)
  • POH-GGZ (LV POH-GGZ, 10 points)
  • Professionals working in international healthcare (NVTG, 9 points)

How it works

Registration via the Arq Academy website. The training will be organized when at least 10 participants registered. If the number of participants is not sufficient, you will receive your money back.
Click here to read more about the training and program of the workshop (in Dutch).

Your mentor

The following mentor will support you during your self-study period:

Annemijn Blok-Versteeg

Annemijn Blok-Versteeg
Project manager

Refugees mental health

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Subject Psychological help for refugees
Target group General practitioners, POH-GGZ and other public health professionals in the Netherlands.
Commitment 9.0 hours
Number of modules 4
Languages Dutch
Price (in Euros) Contact Health[e]Foundation for more details

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