WS10 Not long returned from deployment?

Workshop date: 2021 workshops are currently on hold due to the coronavirus. Please email if this workshop is of interest.
Workshop commences: TBA
Workshop concludes: TBA
Workshop venue: TBA
Workshop fee:

AUD $242 (incl. gst)

[venue, catering and facilitator travel costs additional]

How do I register? Click here
Enquiries? Email: or phone 1300 057 303

How could this workshop make a difference for you?

Personnel returning from deployment often report that the period of returning home is one of the most difficult, challenging and alienating phases of their deployment. This semi-structured workshop offers a supportive environment for those who have recently returned from a humanitarian assignment overseas. It provides an opportunity to work through some aspects of the assignment experiences with others as well as to share reactions to returning to a very wealthy and materialistic world. Psychological insights and tips that may aid adjustment and reintegration are a feature of the workshop.

Whether having returned just one week, 6 months or 1 year ago*, this workshop is suitable for aid workers who want the opportunity to learn more about the phenomenon of reintegration, to push through reintegration blocks or to have the chance to verbalize their experiences with others who also have a firsthand experience of homecoming.  Working through issues with those who can readily understand plays an important role in gaining perspective and feeling less alienated.

*Aid workers who have been back longer than 1 year from an assignment and who wish to attend this workshop are very welcome.  It is not uncommon for aid workers who have not been supported at the end of their assignments to feel as if they still want to share their story or to gain insight into the difficulties they have experienced in adjusting to life at home many years since returning.

What are the topics covered in the workshop?

  • Small group discussions reflecting on the assignment/ deployment experience
  • Opportunity to share the highs and lows of the assignment duration
  • Psychosocial challenges & experiences of re-entry and re-integration
  • Factors that constitute a successful reintegration for you
  • Individual, contextual & organizational factors that influence the reintegration experience
  • Mapping individual changes (from prior to deploying til returning from assignment)
  • Making sense of feelings, thoughts and behaviours at different stages following return from assignment
  • Opportunity to clarify what matters most at this point of return from assignment
  • Long term goals and deployment- relationships – home life balance
  • Mapping options and next steps (personally, vocationally, relationship-wise, physically & materially)
  • Identifying resources and any support requirements (medical, legal, psychological, vocational, alumni)

What are the take-aways from this particular workshop?

An opportunity to have shared your experience of deployment with others who have had a similar experience.  As well, gaining psychological insight, tips and strategies for assisting an integration of the recent experience of deployment with the experience of returning home.

How is the training conducted & facilitated?

Training is conducted in small groups to ensure that training is tailored to meet the needs of workshop participants. All training is designed specifically for the context of individual aid workers or volunteers working in international humanitarian or development agencies. Participants are invited to share their goals and level of experience with the facilitator prior to the training.

Workshops are facilitated in a strongly interactive and specifically contextualized way for those working in the international humanitarian and development sector. Workshops aim to be engaging and may use a variety of training & learning modalities such as contextualization, case examples, participant experience, application of frameworks, demonstration, mini seminars (based on research & practitioner experience), reflective activity, mapping & analysis, group discussions, brainstorming, problem-solving, film clips, hypotheticals and simulations, quizzes, participant-led presentations, role plays (for trying out new skills), coaching and structured peer consultation processes.

Who is the facilitator?

Amanda Allan is the facilitator of this training. She is a psychologist with extensive experience working with international aid agencies, humanitarian aid workers and volunteers. Her work is largely informed by years of professional practice in counselling, briefing & debriefing, facilitating, consulting, mentoring, coaching and education as well as research undertaken as a PhD student at the University of Melbourne over a prolonged period. Amanda led the first Australian 3-day forum in 2003 that envisioned a charter for systematically strengthening the psychological support of aid workers involved in humanitarian work. She also founded the Mandala Foundation and was its executive director up until 2012.

Is there any follow-up to the training such as coaching and mentoring or further training opportunities?

A feature of Amanda’s training is not only its tailored approach but the opportunity for follow-up mentoring or coaching. This is offered on a small group basis or individually by Skype or phone.  Amanda also offers regular peer consultation opportunities for participants who have attended her workshops previously and who are interested in an opportunity for review, reflection, reinforcement or refreshment of concepts covered in previous workshops.