I have a strong passion for the development of others, both personally and professionally, and as well as running a successful counselling practice, I also offer a number of workshops.  The following workshops are offered publicly, and can also be delivered in-house on request.

 

Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor

In your workplace, or personal life, do you connect with people, clients or customers who are sometimes upset, distressed, sad, hurt, lonely or simply need someone to listen to them? If you’re not a trained counsellor, it can be difficult to manage these situations with confidence.

 

Accidental counselling refers to situations where emotional support is given by one person to another person and where the person giving support is not a trained counsellor.

 

The Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor workshop is practical, interactive and will benefit anyone required to provide regular, or occasional, informal support and counselling. By the end of the workshop, you will develop skills in the following areas:

 

  • Effective listening skills

  • Asking the right questions

  • Empathetic communication

  • Focusing others towards solutions

  • Positive body language

  • Ending conversations respectfully

  • Assisting others to consider new possibilities

  • Restraining the urge to ‘fix’, or solve, another person’s problem

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS IN 2019 FOR "COUNSELLING SKILLS FOR THE ACCIDENTAL COUNSELLOR":

  • Benalla- Tuesday 19 March 2019

  • Albury- Wednesday 20 March 2019

  • Wangaratta- Friday 22 March 2019

  • Wagga Wagga- Monday 25 March 2019

  • Albury- 2Tuesday 6 March 2019

  • Wagga Wagga - Thursday 28 March 2019

  • Shepparton - Friday 5 July 2019

  • Shepparton - Saturday 6 July 2019

  • Wonthaggi - Monday 29 July 2019

  • Colac - Tuesday 6 August 2019

  • Geelong - Wednesday 7 August 2019

  • Ballarat - Monday 12 August 2019

  • Horsham - Wednesday 14 August 2019

  • Bendigo - Friday 16 August 2019

  • Hamilton- Monday 26 August 2019

  • Portland - Tuesday 27 August 2019

  • Warrnambool- Thursday 29 August 2019

  • Geelong- Saturday 31 August 2019

  • POSTPONED- Mooroopna (Shepparton) - Thursday 5 September 2019

  • Warrnambool - Thursday 12 September 2019

  • Wangaratta - Tuesday 15 October 2019

  • Shepparton - Wednesday 16 October 2019

  • Albury - Friday 18 October 2019

  • Wagga Wagga - Monday 21 October 2019

  • Wagga Wagga - Wednesday 23 October 2019

  • Albury - Friday 25 October 2019

  • Shepparton - Friday 8 November 2019

  • Bendigo- Monday 11 November 2019

  • Horsham - Friday 15 November 2019

  • Geelong- Monday 18 November 2019

  • Warrnambool- Wednesday 20 November 2019

  • Ballarat- Friday 22 November 2019

  • Maryborough- Monday 25 November 2019

 

Additional workshops will be listed in the coming months. Venue address will be provided on receipt of booking.

In-house, customised workshops of the "Counselling Skills for the Accidental Counsellor" program have been delivered for the following organisations in 2018/2019:

  • Fonditha Care

  • Colac Otway Disability Accommodation

  • Laverton Community Integrated Services 

  • St Joseph's College, Geelong 

  • Health on Course, Cowes 

  • Northern Hospital 

  • Kilmore & District Hospital 

  • Anglicare, Loaves & Fishes, Emergency Relief 

  • Worktrainers, Shepparton 

  • Violet Town Bush Nursing Home, Violet Town

  • Waranga Boat Club, Waranga Shores

  • Mandala Wellness, Geelong

  • Bentleys Aged Care, Bendigo

  • Moyne Shire Council, Port Fairy

Managing Stress & Building Resilience

The "Managing Stress and Building Resilience" workshop is a wonderful workshop to bring into any organisation. The skills and strategies covered in the workshop ensure that participants gain a deeper understanding of stress and how to manage stress successfully. Just as important is the "building resilience" aspect of the program because as resilience is built over time, overall stress is reduced and unexpected stress can be dealt with in a more effective manner. Content of the program includes: 

  • Stress: Definition and levels of stress

  • How the brain and body operate under stress

  • Causes, signs and symptoms of stress

  • What is good stress?

  • Differentiating between necessary stress and unnecessary stress

  • What is in your control and what is outside of your control

  • Strategies and techniques to manage stress:

      - Breathing techniques

      - Mindfulness

      - Seeking support

      - Changing state

      - Reframing and changing perspective

      - Time out

 

  • Resilience: definition

  • Identify your personal strengths

  • Strategies and techniques to build long-term resilience:

      - Building confidence

      - Expressing emotions

      - Self-care: sleep, nutrition, exercise

      - Mental health

      - It is okay to say “no”

      - Changing state

      - Positive self-talk

      - Gratitude

      - Mindfulness

      - Relaxation

      - Meditation

      - Support networks

 

  • Develop a personal plan to build resilience

Fostering An Effective Team Environment

Teams are made up of a number of unique individuals, and drawing those different personalities together sometimes needs a boost.  This half-day workshop assists in developing the individuals in your team into a cohesive working group.

 

Effective Communication in the Workplace

This one-day workshop looks at the following aspects of communication in the workplace:

  • Listening

  • Assertiveness

  • Non-verbal communication

  • Communication styles

  • Conflict management

  • Written communication

Personal development programs

  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep (2 hour session)

  • Building Self-Esteem for Women (1 day program)

  • Letting Go workshop (1 day program)

  • Developing Mindfulness Meditation (1/2 day program)

Further information

Please contact Linda Wilson on 0431 693 313, or lindawilson333@hotmail.com for further information, dates of delivery, and cost, on each of the above programs.