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The Occasional Counsellor ™ 2023065F is a Course

The Occasional Counsellor ™ 2023065F

Jul 18, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

$740 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 18 July 2023, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


Teachers not in a Counselling Role


The focus of this training is on teaching participants strategies for assisting individuals who are sad, upset, bewildered, confused, angry, or suicidal whilst clearly remaining within their role.

The training covers the following areas:

the skills of the helper including the importance of empathy and when not to empathise

understanding professional boundaries including understanding your role and the limits of your role

the difference between emotional support and counselling

simple, practical strategies for supporting individuals who may be acutely emotionally distressed while keeping yourself safe and remaining in your role

self-care for the worker.

Any adult in a school could be called upon to assist individuals who are sad, upset, bewildered, confused, angry or suicidal.

This program is partly funded through the Victorian Government’s ‘Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids’ fund.    

Key takeaways               

  • understanding of professional boundaries
  • strategies for supporting individuals who are emotionally challenged
  • information about self care


Presenter information

David Cherry     

David Cherry is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with  extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and families where the child’s performance or behaviour in school has been a concern.  David has provided training for teachers and other school staff for over 25 years on a broad range of topics including : Handling Difficult People, Behaviour and Situations; Managing Complaints; Managing Difficult Calls.

Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards 

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment