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Summer school 2020: Refugee children and families in Europe, social work and counselling.

This event has been cancelled due to the Corona-virus threat. We apologize for any inconvenience.


International Undergraduate Summer School organised by the University College Odisee Brussels in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Fachhochschule) Dortmund, Grupo de Investigación en Psicología Comunitaria of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and Platform Kinderen op de vlucht / La Plate-forme Mineurs en exil. 

With the support of VLHUR.

June 22nd – July 3rd 2020 in Brussels, Odisee, Campus Schaarbeek. 

Join us this summer for an international Summer School in the heart of Europe. Internationally acknowledged lecturers, experienced guest speakers, off-campus excursions to European institutions, (inter) national NGOs and facilities, and an interesting social programme will make this Summer School informative AND fun.

Classes will take place at our small and pleasant campus in Schaarbeek in the North of Brussels. Using public transport, the city centre and main tourist attractions are only 15 minutes away.

Trauma and resilience

Persecution, conflicts and human rights violations continue to force people to flee their homes and seek safety in Europe. Many families with children or unaccompanied minors risk their lives to find a new life in European countries. These families and children do not only need a safe haven, housing, access to schooling and health services, many of them also need assistance to overcome the separation of their family and the consequences of violence and abuse, which they experienced in their country of origin or during the journey. Parents and especially children show a remarkable resilience in coping with difficult situations and trauma. Social workers and counsellors have the important task to strengthen this resilience and to support the recovery of families and children after forced migration.

This two-week summer course introduces key issues in social work and counselling for refugee families and children to students and professionals. Participants will get a thorough theoretical basis in lectures and workshops offered by specialized psychologists and social scientists. Field visits of organisations working with refugee families and children will confront the participants with relevant methodologies and how to apply them in this context. 


An internationally composed team of specialists will provide interesting lectures and workshops on social work with refugee children and families. We will focus on methods to build up resilience.


• European institutions and refugees

• Building up resilience through adaptive methods like “Tree of Life”, story writing, mediation…

• Lectures on resilience, life trajectories, community building… of refugee families and children

• Visit at the Red Star Line Museum

• Visits at international NGO’s 


Throughout the programme we will form small project groups. Each group will work on a real-life question of an organisation concerning refugee children and families. At the end of the programme, the different groups will present their work in a student fair.

Target group

Undergraduate students (2nd, 3rd and 4th grade) of social work, social sciences, applied psychology, anthropology, counselling, health sciences, education… who want to develop a broader view on social work and counselling work with refugee families and children, both on a theoretical and methodological level.

The number of participants for the complete programme will be limited to 50 students.

  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 3
  • In order to receive the ECTS-points, there is a mandatory presence on all parts of the programme and a paper to be handed in at the end of August.

Programme open to professionals

As a professional or interested individual you can participate in the full programme or attend specific lectures or workshops of your choice.
  • Participation fee for the complete programme is € 150
  • Participation fee for 1 lecture is € 15
  • Participation fee for 1 workshop is € 35
All lectures and workshops are in English and will take place at
Odisee - Campus Schaarbeek
Huart Hamoirlaan 136
If you work for one of our partners, you can participate without fee, but you also need to subscribe.


Registration fee for students


  • 80 euro without lodgment (lunches and visits included)
  • 450 euro with lodgment in the Train Hostel (breakfast, lunches and visits included)
  • 200 euro with lodgment in a host family (breakfast, lunches, visits, dinner included - transportation from the host family to the campus is not included)


  • 250 euro without lodgment (lunches and visits included)
  • 620 euro with lodgment (breakfast, lunches and visits included)

What if you have to cancel?

  • If you cancel your subscription before the 15th of May, we will reimburse 100% of the subscription fee and 30% of the lodging fee.
  • If you cancel after the 15th of May, we will reimburse 50% of the subscription fee. At this moment, the lodging fee cannot be reimbursed anymore.


This event has been cancelled due to the Corona-virus threat. We apologize for any inconvenience.




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Miet Timmers
Miet Timmers

Phone: 0032 2 240.68.40
Office: Campus HIG

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