Accidental Counsellor Training
A Solution-Focused Approach
Presented by Rocky Biasi, a school counsellor also in private practice and a Clinical Member of the Counsellors & Psychotherapists association of NSW and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
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What is the Level One Accidental Counsellor Training?
A short video explaining the content and process in the Accidental Counsellor Training
Who are Accidental Counsellors?
Accidental Counsellors can be anyone who are not employed as trained counsellors, but often find they are placed in a counselling role by accident. This occurs as a result of issues or requests for help that arise from contact with people you are in contact with you personally or professionally. You could be an Accidental Counsellor as a:
- Youth worker
- Team Leader
- Aged Care Professional
- Complementary Health Practitioners (Naturopaths, Massage Therapists, Kinesiologists, Homeopaths, etc.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is designed specifically for anyone in a caring role providing informal guidance and counsel. This training will teach you an easily understandable and practical framework for effective counselling. You’ll be given a practical understanding of the counselling process, and have a chance to try out some key counselling techniques in a supportive environment.
Here’s what you will learn at the Accidental Counsellor Training
- How to direct your questioning so the client identifies possible solutions
- How to listen effectively and help clients clarify their problems
- How to assist clients to set goals and consider new possibilities
- How to focus clients positively towards solutions
- How to influence clients toward change
- How to assist clients to develop action plans to take positive action
- How to help clients challenge their negative self-talk and create positive thoughts they can believe in
The content related to each of the 7 outcomes above
- How to influence yourself and others to take action that supports goals
- Reflective listening and meta questioning to build rapport and uncover “surface structure” communication
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy patterns including, goal setting, uncovering exceptions, scaling questions and the “miracle question”
- Basic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to challenge negative thinking and beliefs (self-talk)
When I got to work on Monday I immediately recommended you to the schools’ Executive Leaders as something to be considered for our staff PD. Whilst it may not suit everyone (as not everyone is comfortable being a counsellor), your workshop would be an invaluable experience for anyone interested in developing their skills as a counsellor, either as a career pathway or as an ‘accidental’ counsellor.
Having recently completed the course, I have already used many of the strategies back at school and now feel more confident and well-equipped to deal with student issues.
The course was practical, action-packed and opened my mind to the many ways we can speak with and support students. I now feel better-equipped to manage the “difficult conversations” when my school counsellor isn’t on site. The added bonus is that many of the strategies will prove effective in my personal life as well.
Thanks Rocky! I will definitely be recommending the course to my staff.
Thanks so much for last week’s professional development. I have been teaching for more years than I am willing to admit and don’t often put pen to paper but on this occasion I feel compelled to do so.
Your two day “Accidental counselling course” left me with many tools and a whole new outlook on helping my very needy students. I feel invigorated and empowered by my learning, the techniques you taught me, I have no doubt will make me more effective not only at a school level but also on a personal level.
I left on Thursday afternoon feeling a little overwhelmed but in the days that followed it all unravelled and I started to make sense of it all. The clarity of my mind on Monday morning when I was called upon to use my new learning was a really exciting moment for me, when for the first time I started to listen to one of my students in a whole new way.
I really can’t thank you enough and would highly recommend the accidental counselling course to anyone involved with children. Kind Regards.
I Have used your techniques twice already and it was FABULOUS! (obviously not seemless – more practise needed) but i had direction and focus and purpose and just a really positive vibe in both conversations. Love it. Thanks heaps.
I just wanted to let you know that yesterday I had the chance to put the Accidental Counsellor training into practice. I have a student who suffers depression and anxiety and is a school refuser. She hates school, hates teachers and is doing no work. No one has been able to get through to her.
We went to visit her yesterday, 3 teachers; 2 spoke with Mum. I spoke with the students. As soon as we turned up, the student made a point of keeping an almost hostile distance. One word answers. Head down, covering her face. Buried in her mobile phone.
After throwing out a little bait to try and get her to just slightly engage in a conversation I managed to sit next to her and give her the opportunity to talk about herself. I joined her conversation. I didn’t challenge anything she said, but rather agreed that it must be awful to be in her situation. She really started changing her attitude and I think was a bit taken aback that i didn’t challenge her or tell her what to do.
I’ll cut this a bit short.
By the end of the conversation she was making eye contact, telling me her future plans (incredible) what she sees herself doing in her life and said (and this is the incredible bit) “I know I’m going to have to start doing my schoolwork”. That was huge. The only things she’d ever said about school previously was how much she hated it and there was no way she was going to do it. Ever. Full Stop.
It was huge. We aren’t fully there yet, but this is the first and only hopeful and positive step towards re-engaging her in her work.
So thanks. It works.
And I NEVER write testimonials. That’s how impressed I am.
I found the Accidental Counsellor Training extremely helpful. Your techniques and approaches were really valuable. Just some things that I took away from the training:
– Focus on the best outcome for the Student – not what everyone else thinks is best or decides you do with the student.
– Silence is ok – creates space for sharing and opening up.
– Confidence in maintaining professional boundaries and knowing when to refer on.
– Props and imaginative techniques.
-Tapping technique – have used many times now and everyone has reported feeling great.
I have a long way to go in developing my skills – but I feel I am on the right track now.
The other surprising thing is how the techniques have helped me in my personal life. I have been able to help friends and family with their challenges better. The other day I used one of your techniques on my daughter. She worries, has high expectations of herself and doesn’t like to stand out in the crowd. She had given a speech in class where she spoke much faster then the rehearsal. She was ruminating on this. I tried the usual “it doesn’t matter now…you did your best. I am sure you did great”, but she just kept coming back to it throughout the day. I talked to her about the voice in her head going over and over it…..I said how about she took of the imaginary earphones so that she could not hear the voice anymore. She pretended to take them off and smash them to the ground. She walked away smiling with a spring in her step. We heard no more about it. It was very powerful. But it was incredible how easily she understood the concept and went along with the play act.
Thanks and Regards.
Very powerful tools rocky!!! Cheers.
Oh my gosh!!! I cannot boast enough about the Accidental Counsellor workshop! I have been employing the strategies and techniques that we learnt and I have been amazed at how effective it is. In fact on the Tuesday that I returned home after the last day of the work shop I found myself already using my new skills, and it actually had nothing to do with my role as a teacher or year advisor. I had heard a verbal domestic confrontation outside my house and the young couple were sitting on my front fence. I could see that the young man was just being verbal but still he was being extremely intimidating to the young lady. With a back up plan of ringing the police, I went outside, and in a non judgemental way, matching the man’s energy and acknowledged his frustration and diffused the situation.
This small experience made me even more eager to try some of the strategies at school. As year Advisor, I found one of my higher risk students and had a chat about how school was going, to which he replied “all the teachers hate me’. I found myself using the ‘stressful Belief Statement’ questions, trying the ‘miracle question’ and exploring exceptions. I was amazed at how articulate the student was, and when I found myself running out of time and wanting to talk more than the student, I stopped myself and we arranged to discuss some goals the next day.
The following day we engaged in the ‘aiming for change’ conversation and the student came up with some great strategies. So far this student’s progress has been really positive, and although I am sure the student will still have bad days and good days, I am so happy to have had these strategies as a result of your course.
Thank you so much for passing on your knowledge.
You may already be aware of this alternate application for the tapping, but I wasn’t – it was incredible – some students now arrive at class with -“miss we really need some tapping before we start – we’re really off today” I think its really significant that the students themselves – the types some teachers think enjoy being disruptive – recognised the difference in themselves. I now have it added to my bag of tricks for the classroom as well as the couch.
Happy for you to use the story Rocky – It’s such a great tool the more people who adopt it the better. Like your Canberra teacher I have also used the tapping on my daughter. She is 8 years old and has Down Syndrome (and ADD and ODD symptoms) – I use tapping on her at bedtime (I conduct it on her) – she stops grinding her teeth within the first round and is usually asleep by the third! I am so grateful for it and constantly amazed at the amount of situations it is beneficial (I just need to keep remembering to apply it to myself more often). Thanks again Rocky. Cheers.
Just wanted to pass on that I taught the tapping method to 120 year 9 students on Wednesday with amazing results! All students were rowdy and restless and were pretty suspicious of the technique when I first started taking them through it, but after two rounds of tapping they were focused, quiet and there were some incredible comments, especially on the calming of nerves and feelings of anxiety.
One boy in particular came up the next day and said that on Wednesday night at home when he was trying to practice the ‘last post’ for the Remembrance Day service this Friday he couldn’t hit the high notes on the trumpet and was getting incredibly frustrated. He then tapped for five minutes and said that after that he played it perfectly! Awesome stuff hey!
On a personal note, I have had many meetings with students after we got back to school and the way I am now speaking with these students is very different thanks to the strategies that you outlined. The students are now coming up with solutions and thinking through their situation in entirely new ways. Best PD experience yet!!
Thanks once again and all the best for the future.
Your course was very good I have put into practice many times and all of my year 11 and 12 students are tapping with great results.
I have been able to demonstrate your method with a head teacher and an angry student. I stepped in and used my new found skills to disarm the situation.
The result was great, the student calmed and said he was sorry and asked if he could return to class. The head teacher was shocked how well your system works, rather than all parties getting upset more and more.
Thank you again for a great course.
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The questioning techniques from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop will be used.
The interview styles and techniques at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were most useful.
I found the real life examples at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop to be most useful.
Thanks Rocky for the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop – you are fantastic and inspirational! The Accidental Counsellor workshop was practical and gave us great skills including questioning techniques and the concept of mirroring.
The reflective listening; tapping technique, role plays at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were really useful.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was helpful in my role as Year Adviser. The questioning styles/techniques in particular situations were most useful.
Lots of practical skills and strategies to use were given at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
The practical aspect of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop where we role played was so helpful. I will definitely be trying the strategies which were useful and practical.
The scaffolding of examples segment of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very useful.
I found that the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop substantiates some of the things I already do.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave me a number of strategies/ideas on how to approach different situations.
This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave me different strategies when dealing with students’ “issues”.
The practical parts of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were very useful.
This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided me with new strategies to try. There was lots of information which I need to go home and digest.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very relevant to year co-ordinators.
It was good to have the opportunity to ask questions at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. I found the Role Plays most useful.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided me with skills I can use when dealing with a Yr Cohort.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave me some good ideas about process.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very practical and it was obvious that the techniques were successful.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was useful as it’s a whole different approach to the way you counsel students.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very practical, not just theory-based. It was most useful to reach the real issues so that a path forward can be identified in interviews.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave me many new skills and techniques to use when guiding my students.
Some interesting points were raised at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Some of the questions to ask a student in regards to emotion vs behaviour raised at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were good. Also how to get on the students’ level. The tapping technique was new and interesting.
I feel more confident in trying to resolve issues with students after attending the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. I feel as though I had been asking the wrong questions – negative questions. This has been great.
At the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop I was given ideas/ways to actually help students who I did not have the confidence to try to help.
I am interested to implement some strategies from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. I liked the switching focus onto student feelings rather than issue/problem.
Thank you very much for an extremely worthwhile two days at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. Your presentation was engaging, relevant and practical. I wish I had attended this course at the beginning of my teaching (and parenting) career!
Thanks to the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop I will try to be more empathetic, try more positive thinking strategies.
The practical Role play at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was good.
The Accidental Counsellor Training is very helpful and worthwhile.
Also, it is obvious that you are passionate about this work which makes you a fantastic presenter and easy to engage with. All in all, very useful and enjoyable couple of days. Thanks Rocky.
He skillfully enpowers each of us to see the students problem in a new light and he gives us tools to develop rapport and confidence with the marginalised kids.
The workshop uses cutting-edge techniques and promotes peer support.
The 2 days are fun and engaging leaving us with a sense of we can do more for our charges and we have a framework for growing these skills.
I am pleased to call Rocky a colleague.
When I attend a conference, I want to learn something new, that challenges my thinking. I also want practical skills that I can put into practice immediately and definitely received that in this workshop.
The Miracle Question in Solution Focused Therapy is fantastic
Very User friendly
The workshop supported/answered some questions specific to my role
Solution Focused Therapy, E.F.T & Meta questioning were awesome
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