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Settlement Practitioner Introductory Training Workshop

March 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

AMSSA’s BC Refugee Resource Network initiative was created to support the coordination of resources and information flow to support all refugees influenced by the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Consultations with service providers across B.C. indicated that an introductory foundational functional training would aid in the orientation of new practitioners coming into the field.
The Settlement Practitioner Introductory Training will provide practical training on common settlement work tasks that are not agency specific within B.C. 
Among the topics this training webinar covers are:
  • Immigration categories and funding sources
  • The role of a settlement practitioner
  • The framework of settlement work
  • Case management of clients
Event Details
Workshop: Settlement Practitioner Introductory Training
Date: March 21, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST
Location: Online
Target Audience: This webinar is targeted for people who have not received formalized training in the basics of settlement work, are new to settlement work or wanting a refresher on the core tasks of settlement work.
Please note that this workshop has limited registration. If the workshop registration is full, please contact Jenya Avramenko at to be added to the waitlist.
Mona Hassannia – Mona has over 15-years of front-line and management experience in the BC settlement and integration sector working with various populations including government-assisted refugees (GARs), refugee claimants, migrants, and immigrants. She is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor, bringing this experience into her work both as a service provider and accomplished trainer, developing toolkits, training and curriculum to strengthen the field.


March 21, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm



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