Online Course
Self-Care for Rehabilitation Professionals Working with Displaced Persons
Learn how caring for yourself helps you better care for others

1-1.5 hours





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Wala’a Awwad
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Wala'a Awwad is a physiotherapist who works with survivors of torture and trauma to facilitate healing

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress can occur when working with displaced persons in complex situations, and it is essential to recognise what these look like. Self-care is any activity we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. It "refuels us, rather than takes from us.” This course will focus on developing an understanding of what self-care is, recognising stress and providing strategies to manage self-care.


The aim of this course is to explore the role of self-care for rehabilitation professionals working with displaced persons.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe self-care strategies, such as the ABC's of self-care, which can support healthcare professionals when working with displaced persons
  • discuss the main physiological effects stress can have on the body and associated reactions to stress and trauma, like compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • describe the three symptom categories of burnout, and how burnout can affect a healthcare professional's job performance