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?

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a practical mental health training that teaches basic counselling skills and principles to people who are not trained counsellors but often find themselves in a “counselling role by accident”. The level one training is a ONE – DAY TRAINING. Find out more about the Level Two Advanced Training here.

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Who are Accidental Counsellors?

 

acwa_logoAccidental 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:

  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Parent
  • Nurse
  • Youth worker
  • Team Leader
  • Aged Care Professional
  • Chaplain
  • Complementary Health Practitioners (Naturopaths, Massage Therapists, Kinesiologists, Homeopaths, etc.

Who Should Attend?

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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.

 

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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

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The content related to each of the 7 outcomes above

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  • 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)

 

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Testimonials

I would like to take a moment to tell you what a great experience I had at your workshop. I have been a teacher for 19 years and have participated in sessions such as BoysTalk, and completed units on Interpersonal Relationships at Uni. I found your workshop to be informative, challenging (in a good way), and most importantly it contained skills that are immediately useful. I found myself using some of the techniques covered in the following week with great success.

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.

Dale Evans, Year 12 Manager | Charles Campbell College Adelaide

I have already used some of the tips I learnt at the training with an irate parent and a cranky student, with great success! Thank you.
Catherine Pearse, Deputy Principal | Heathcote High School

As Deputy Principal of a large primary school, I am often faced with situations where I need to provide guidance and support for students.

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.

Leigh Robertson, Deputy Principal (Primary) | Grafton Public School

Hi Rocky,
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.

David Toogood, Assistant Principal | Karningul School

Hi Rocky,

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.

Tricia Bradley

Hi Rocky,

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.

Allyn Smith, Teacher - Music & Entertainment and Year 8 Adviser | Dubbo School of Distance Education

Hi Rocky,

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.

Louise Dibbs, Student Welfare Worker

Kelly, Jane and I attended the March Accidental Counsellor Training and have been following your techniques and it has made such an impact on our new Pastoral Care Centre. We have had many positive comments from students, teachers and parents, with parents calling us to ask us to help their child. We feel like we now have a solid philosophy to inform our decisions and a very clear vision of how we can best help our students. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us….. don’t think we would still be coping without your invaluable guidance.
Kirstie Brass, Orana Steiner School, Canberra

I was lucky enough to try out some techniques with a year eight girl today and I felt 100% more confident speaking to a young girl who has been reluctant to open up to anybody and has been in and out of hospital over the past month. Before I knew it 45 minutes had passed and I had said barely anything. The student said “it was nice to actually talk and not be lectured”.

Very powerful tools rocky!!! Cheers.

Blair

Hi Rocky,

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.

Alex Gavel, Sydney Secondary College-Leichhardt Campus

I’ve already applied some questioning techniques and the tapping with one of my students. It’s really helped her to focus on what is really upsetting her and what she has control over changing. The miracle question helped a lot too. She thought I was crazy when I explained the tapping but she used it that night when she went home. She told me the next day that she felt like a goose but it helped! She also told another teacher about it too!
Sara Morgan, Visual Arts Teacher | Thomas Reddall High School

I have used strategies and techniques demonstrated and practised at the Accidental Counsellors course almost daily. The results have been amazing. No other professional development course I have undertaken has ever provided me with such techniques and skills that I use on a day to day basis. I thoroughly recommend this course.
Shane Duff, Mount Carmel Catholic High School

Hi Rocky, just a quick note on some unexpected success with the tapping (http://humanconnections.com.au/programs/human-connections-counselling-coaching-home/increase-well-being/ ). I was having difficulty with a significant proportion of a very restless and hyperactive class (year 7) one day – getting more frazzled by the second as all usual disciplinary steps were not working. I had a ‘light bulb’ moment – named the worst 6 offenders – took them outside – gave them the option of a lunchtime detention, or doing a 2 minute tapping exercise with me – they naturally chose the tapping, when we were finished – all I said was thank you – now go inside and do your work. Every one of those 6 kids was focused and worked contentedly for the rest of the lesson. I was amazed – I had a young prac student at the time -and said to her “How was that!” – she replied “OMG! (Very young) – I’m going to be a tapping teacher!”

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.

Louise Savins, Kadina High School

Hey Rocky,

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.

Matt Armstrong, Faith Lutheran College, Plainland

Hi Rocky,

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.

Paul Johnson, West Wallsend High School

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I already use a lot of the content presented in the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop, but need new ways to approach scenarios, so found the workshop very useful.
Belinda Naujok, Lucas Heights Community School

The practical activities were most useful in the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. Putting them into practice and putting our own spin on ideas/techniques.
Steven Foulger, Lucas Heights Community School

Rocky is an inspirational educator, his presentation skills are very personable and he has inspired me to implement some of these new communication techniques with my students. I was unsure how to approach/assist students in need before the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Ingrid Hybler, Sydney Boys High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop presented excellent “real life” strategies that can actually be applied.
Sally Smith, Glenwood High School
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very practical in nature. The content was very easy to translate to scenarios.
Kevin Clift, Glenwood High School

This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was useful in confirming gut instincts but also giving new techniques to get results – by focusing on change rather than problem. The Accidental Counsellor workshop was great at giving practical ways of helping students.
Erica Mount, Kincoppal-Rose Bay School

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop to be very practical.
Annalise Mack, Sydney Boys High School

Rocky was excellent at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop in giving ideas and showing how they can be put into practice. This Accidental Counsellor workshop reinforces what I do and gave new ideas on what to do.
Jamie Kay, Sydney Boys High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided strategies that I am willing to use.
Todd Davis, Burgmann Anglican School

I can’t wait to use the skills from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. The practical examples and the mix of role play and theory were most useful.
Tony Nicklin, Asquith Girls High School

I will recommend that all year advisors get to do the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. This workshop provided the starting point for skills to use with students.
Gail Conder, Auburn Girls High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training course provided an enjoyable and constructive two days.
Catherine Rayward, Georges River College Oatley Senior Campus

Before coming to this Accidental Counsellor training I was probably more aware of what I saw as my weaknesses. Now I can see how I can use the strengths I do have using the scaffolds and realising that there are no hard and fast rules. I guess like everything, this will come with practise which will boost my confidence – at least how I can see a positive outcome!
Bibby Brooks, St Ursula's College Kingsgrove

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop so useful, can’t wait to try out the new skills I learnt especially the tapping.
Maria Esma, Camden Community Connections

Thanks for all the great ideas at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop that I can take back and present to the Welfare Team. The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me the practical skills to use in talking to students.
Michelle Walton, GRC Peakhurst Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided me with personal, practical and professional applications.
Gavin Brown, Greystanes High School

This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided me with strategies to use in my role at school.
Sally Garnett, The Hills Sports High School

I would like to keep doing this Accidental Counsellor Training workshop for a week. The workshop was very experiential and practical/realistic.
Damien Clift, Henry Kendall High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop has given me a great structure to counsel kids.
Julie Ryan, Sydney Technical High School

This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was a fantastic and engaging way to build confidence. It has given me more confidence with dealing with students, parents and teachers.
Alex Gavel, Sydney Secondary College-Leichhardt Campus

This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was extremely valuable professional development for all welfare team members. The practical strategies were very useful.

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.

Vince O'Donnell, Sydney Secondary College-Leichhardt Campus
Looking forward to heading back to school to try some of the techniques from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. The scenarios gave me time to consolidate what was being said and put it into practice.
Renee Carniato, Greystanes High School

Thanks Rocky – love the presentation style of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Lynne Hailey, Greenacre Public School

I wish the days at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop could’ve continued – felt like I was continuously learning. Cannot wait to put this into practice. Role plays invaluable.
Emma Vaux, Greenacre Public School

This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop has been the best professional development I have ever attended. It has increased my confidence in talking with students about welfare issues. The role plays gave us time to practise the skills we have learnt. The scaffolds or techniques are really practical and I know I will be able to use them in my role at school. The skills delivered at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were really practical and useful.
Claire Burden, Nepean High School

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop very useful, especially the Role Play.
Marcia Palmieri, Chifley College Shalvey Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was a real workshop that provides practical tips for all teachers.
Gabrielle Koens, Ambarvale High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop provided skills to use with kids. I found it great that no training with counselling previously was required.
Rachael Roberts, The Hills Sports High School

The information at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop is incredibly relevant and practical and your delivery style most refreshing and interesting to watch/listen to. Thank you.
Sally Gibson, Burgmann Anglican School

Thanks for a great couple of days of thought provoking material at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. It was good to put into practice skills learnt etc.
Gai Thomas, Toongabbie Christian School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was excellent. I was keen to come as I knew I wanted to upskill.
Nicola Glew, Norwest Christian College

I enjoyed this Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. Very charismatic and genuine presentation. Thank you.
Mijo Ticinovic, St Aloysius College

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very practical – better than sitting listening all the time. I found the Role Plays and discussions of these roles most useful.
Davina O'Hara, Patrician Brothers College

I found the practical scenarios at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop most useful.
Catherine Smith, Surveyors Creek

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was one of the best professional development courses I have attended in pastoral care. The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me new skills and confidence to use when talking to students.
Amy Neylan, Mount St Joseph's Milperra

Fantastic! The Role Plays at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were particularly useful.
Anastasia Godfrey, Mount St Joseph's Milperra

There is a great deal of information that I am looking forward to using with my students from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Brigid Mora, Kingswood High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very useful, especially the Role Play.

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.

Michael Refalo, Arndell Anglican College
I will definitely use what I have learned from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop with my students.
Joyce Cordery, Kadina High School

I am looking forward to applying the new strategies introduced at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Melissa Gold, Ballina High School

The role plays and real scenarios at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave some real solutions. The feedback discussions were most useful.
Jodie Crowther, Ballina High School

At the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop I found appreciating the ‘art’ of language useful. Also accepting that we don’t have to solve every problem.
Paula Wanakore, Keebra Park State High School

Thank you Rocky for the clarity of your Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. It is a load off to realise that we don’t have to provide the solutions and that it’s about the students being empowered to create change for themselves.
Chris Taylor, Faith Lutheran College

Through the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop I have learnt to approach situations a little differently. The strategies at the Accidental Counsellor workshop of approach to problems and turning situations around were most useful.
Tony Rapallo, Elanora State High School

The role plays, putting into practice the strategies suggested/presented were very useful aspects of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Bronwyn Mackney, Tweed River High School

It was useful to gain strategies at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop and try them out. The Accidental Counsellor workshop was very enlightening.
Mick Waugh, Kadina High School

Some of the some useful sections of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were the nature of belief, thought, emotion and behaviour.
Cathie Lawson, Labrador State School

Thank you. This Accidental Counsellor Training workshop affirmed many of my beliefs, and at times we need that as a ‘fix it’ profession. I can see how effective a lot of the Accidental Counsellor workshop strategies will be.
Sarah Price, Keebra Park State High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop broke the information down in an easy way that is relevant to the time frame we have with students.
Kye Underhill, Kadina High School

Good to take time out of school at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop to focus on “conversations” with students to bring about improvement for them. The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me some strategies, Qs and processes to use when dealing with students.
Jacquie McAllum, Tweed Heads Public School

I received insights at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop that were helpful in dealing with a personal current life circumstance.
Louise Goss, Mt St Patrick Primary School

I found the practical strategies at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop useful and able to be used immediately.
Marilyn Coverdale, Tweed Heads Public School

At the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop I learnt some useful / meaningful strategies / skills. I found the steps for rapport using scale for children to communicate how they feel most useful.
Annie Roberts, Byron Bay Community Primary School

The questions and responses at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were very helpful and the information/skills learned were useful.
Sr Brigid Frawley, St Brigid's Catholic Primary School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshops were the most thought provoking and interesting seminars I can remember, with practical skills which can be used in both my professional and personal life.
Julianne Davies, Elanora State High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was a mental and emotional challenge which had a profound effect on how I would deal with students and situations in the future.
Melinda Ingram, Southern Cross K-12 School

The Accidental Counsellor Training course is a must for all people involved in welfare. The workshop was very relevant and made sense to my own job.
Tiffeny Cox, Southern Cross K-12 School

The new information on “tapping” at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop is useful to do.
Shirley Croft, Murwillumbah East Public School

As a beginning teacher I probably don’t have enough experiences to draw on to have made the most of the time at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. But I would love to do it again in a few years’ time, and hopefully I can use bits of it now. Thank you!

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.
Stephanie Hunt, Southern Cross K-12 School
I found the practical strategies to resolve conflict very useful at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Damien Tomsett, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale

I can see practical applications of the techniques outlined at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop which will be useful well beyond the boundaries of my professional role. My own family and children will benefit from the Accidental Counsellor techniques.
John McNamara, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale

The strategies provided by the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop were great and very current to our and all students. The Accidental Counsellor workshop provided good strategies for use in a year advisory role.
Kyle Scott, Strathfield South High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop presented ‘real world’ practical examples of what schools deal with on a daily basis. The practical demonstrations that followed the “theory” were most useful.
Meg Ayers, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

There were some very useful aspects to the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. As a teacher I get students telling me about situations and I wanted to check if my responses to them are appropriate etc.
Lisa Bell, TLSC The Entrance Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very useful because of the skills and strategies provided, and the workshop gave me the chance to put into practice what was taught.
Aretoulla Averkiou, Strathfield South High School

Thanks for lots and lots of amazing ideas at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. Can only hope I do it all justice. It was great to discuss different strategies and methods of questioning when dealing with difficult/troubled students.
Louise Fitzgerald, ASC St Mary's Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was well worthwhile and gave me lots to think about and many skills to use. Rocky is passionate about this which makes us feel good. The Accidental Counsellor workshop was very useful with strategies you can put into place straightaway.
Rosemary Golledge, ASC St Mary's Campus

I liked that the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop presented strategies that you could change to suit different problems.
Susie O'Reilly, Bankstown Senior College

Thanks Rocky! I can’t wait to use the new skills I’ve been introduced to at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop and feel like I can confidently tackle situations that often arise in my role as a Year Adviser.
Elise Whiley, Georges River College Peakhurst Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very useful, because it has excellent strategies.
Ruth Kilpatrick, Camden High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop helped me re-appraise my own approach / questioning technique.
Martin Stanley, Sylvania High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshops were excellent for clarification and discussion. Your presentation and information was most beneficial. Group questioning was also great. Looking forward to reviewing and putting information from the Accidental Counsellor workshop into practise with students.
Patricia Walsh, Domremy College

The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop presented practical/realistic ideas. I found the role play most useful.
Felicity Horstead, Epping Boys High School

Good strategies and skills were well explained at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.

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.
Rebecca Forrest, Epping Boys High School
I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop useful especially the ways to phrase questions to students, matching and mirroring and the psychology aspect, and will adopt some of the techniques discussed.
Christopher Sutton, All Saints Catholic Boys College

Thanks for the great Accidental Counsellor Training presentations. You make the techniques appear so easy. I can’t wait to try some of the Accidental Counsellor techniques out with some of my students. You have brought clarity to some difficult cases. The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me ideas for using some different strategies. I especially found interesting the EFT, tapping and can’t wait to try it out on some students.
Dora Musso, All Saints Catholic Boys College

I found the role plays and the feedback during them very useful elements of the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
Nicole Latta, St Andrews College

The different strategies that were used in the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop will change how I approach certain situations.
Clare Letherbarrow, Model Farms High School

Thank you, I found the Accidental Counsellor workshop both interesting and entertaining. It was good to examine how I do things so that I can get better at what I do in counselling/careers and welfare roles.
Angela McDermott, Sydney Girls High School

The Accidental Counsellor workshop has provided me with a variety of new skill sets and tools necessary to help my students. I found the Investigating Negative Thoughts and Beliefs very useful as I know I will be able to put that into practice at school.
Wade Scherini, Eagle Vale High School

The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me some language to use and starting points. I found the sequence of questions most useful.
Jackie Duncan, Mt St Benedict College

I found the overview of different models at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop most useful. The Accidental Counsellor workshop gave me some new models to try. I found it really reassuring that I am using some of these already intuitively.
Kathy Reid, Mt St Benedict College

I feel like the Accidental Counsellor workshop has given me skills and tools that I can use to help my students and that I’m better equipped as an adviser.
Katherine Birkett, Bossley Park High School

I can relate the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop to students and can see myself try to use it at school.
Mariam Ghazanfar, Canley Vale High School

I felt really shy doing the role plays at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop. However, by the second day I realised that the “real life” scenarios were helpful to my learning and I learnt techniques to use at school.
Rebecca Clapham, Auburn Girls High School

Thanks very much for a great Accidental Counsellor Training workshop Rocky. I now have some confidence that I can handle situations that arise in my role next year as Year 7 year adviser. Learning how to approach issues and focus on the feelings and the positive behaviours/solutions, not dwelling on the negative behaviour, was very useful.
Michael Wood, Glenwood High School

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop thought provoking and now have skills to use.
Ruth Fleurant, Glenwood High School

I thought the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was very well presented. There was excellent practice of communications skills. Through the Accidental Counsellor workshop I learned new strategies.
Ahoud Aldabbas, Model Farms High School

I believe that most of the strategies from the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop should be integrated in every teacher training not just counsellor. The reason for that is a democratic education system requires democratic responses. All these strategies are extremely useful in disciplining and class management. That is why I found it all very helpful. Thanks.
Abdurrahma Asaroglu, Australian International Academy

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop very useful. My thinking about how I approach issues from my students will certainly be different after what I’ve learned over the past two days. The questions/wording to use with students to begin a conversation were most useful.

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.
Natalia Dexter, Blakehurst High School
I came along to the Accidental Counsellor Training hoping to build up my “bag of tricks” in order to help the kids and I definitely have a full bag! There’s a lot of stuff to unpack, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
Melissa Keen, Emmaus Christian College

Just a fabulous two days. A lot of information to digest but plenty of practice and support to get started.
Steve Pugh, Torrens Valley Christian School

The Accidental Counsellor Training was very useful with lots of tips.
Angela Moses, Salisbury East High School

Absolutely brilliant!
June Yam

Without a doubt the most practical based solution focussed workshop I’ve attended.
Noel Hernes, Roma Mitchell Secondary College

I’ve always really valued the importance of building relationships with students, but have felt inadequate when they come to me for help. Now I feel much more empowered and confident – but I’m also quite overwhelmed by all of the ideas and strategies.
Rebecca Dal Santo, Emmaus Christian College
The Accidental Counsellor Training was a very informative two days that has given me a variety of strategies to deal with a range of different scenarios that were learnt through a very effective hands on approach.
Ashley Barnes, Karabar High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training was a highly engaging and informative course.
Jo Lortan, St Mary Mackillop College

The Accidental Counsellor Training is very relevant and strategies are immediate and practical. I can see this will stop me going around in circles without finding solutions.
Lisa Plenty, St Clare's College

The Accidental Counsellor Training – great thought provoking content…will use practice.
Jill Clarke, Braidwood Central

Thanks for presenting another way of looking at those difficult students we deal with every day.
Lis Mertens, Braidwood Central

Great approach to dealing with students, that focus on them.
Lee Rose, St. Mary Mackillop College

The Accidental Counsellor Training is one of the most useful professional developments for teachers.
Rhonda Apsey, St. Mary Mackillop College
Thank you so much. You have not only added a feather to my bow but also given me the confidence to do my job better!
Rocki Tahar, Sherbrooke Community School

I found the Accidental Counsellor Training really beneficial.
Janet Smith, Monterey Secondary College

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a full on two days, great input.
Alan Silverwood, Great Ryrie Public School

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a great course with lots of ideas to think about and try.
Barb Nicoll, Great Ryrie Public School

Thank you I enjoyed the two days.
Karen Macaulay, John Monash Science School

Rocky you have a lovely manner. I enjoyed the two days. I know I’ll use the skills from the Accidental Counsellor Training at home and at school.
Helen Peters, Osborne Primary School

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a thought provoking PD that has useful strategies in assisting effective counselling.
Han Mcaleese, Cranbourne Secondary College

The Accidental Counsellor Training was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the tapping technique which was most insightful.
Melinda Roy, Beaconhills College

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a very challenging but very eye opening and worthwhile.
Sandy Burmas, Cheltenham Secondary
 
Rocky connects theory with practice that relates to today’s school environment / issues. Excellent professional development option.
Mark Westgraph, Mackillop College

The Accidental Counsellor Training is one of the very few valuable and worthwhile PD’s I’ve ever been to.
Mackillop College

Thanks Rocky the Accidental Counsellor Training was brilliant.
Luke James, Maitland Grossmann High

I would love my colleagues to attend your workshop.

The Accidental Counsellor Training is very helpful and worthwhile.
Kerryn Wehrung, Mowbray College
Thanks Rocky for a fantastic Accidental Counsellor course, relevant to teachers with lots of practical strategies.
Ivan Lloyd, Burgmann Anglican School

Thank you for a great 2 days, I learnt a lot I can take away and use.
Carlie Dwyer, Daramalan College

The Accidental Counsellor Training introduced me to so many counselling techniques that I intend to use – especially mirroring and matching.
Susan Buchanan, Daramalan College

Thanks Rocky! I’m really excited about putting these methods into practise and further developing my skills when connecting with students in my care.
Brooke Deane, Merici College

The two day Accidental Counsellor Training that every teacher and parent should attend. The skills are practical and realistic for a school environment and the interactive workshop focus empowers you too feel confident to use the new skills. Thank You!
Cath Amesbury, Merici College

Rocky, thanks for an interesting and practical 2 days you are so easy to listen to…time flew!
Sarah Rose, Good Shepherd Primary

Thank you the Accidental Counsellor Training was most valuable.
Paula Geary, Goulbourn High School

Fantastic ideas – has joined many dots and explained sequential process. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
Joan Higginbotham, St Monica's Primary School

It’s great to leave a PD feeling you have practical and useful tools to make the world a better place.
Leonie Walker, Burgmann Anglican School

Thanks Rocky! I found all areas covered in the Accidental Counsellor Training extremely useful!
Sally Atkinson, Burgmann Anglican School
The Accidental Counsellor Training was very useful – makes me feel like I have some theory and skills to back up what I do – not just stabbing in the dark.
Teresa Ellison, Albury Wodonga Community College

Thank you for the energetic presentation.
Mark Turner, The Scots School Albury

Thanks Rocky – Some great ideas relaxed but very informative presentation.
Stuart Morrison, Albury High

Very relevant and helpful strategies – thanks!
Belinda White, Wagga Wagga High School

Enthusiastic, energetic, energising and make it look do-able.
Jenni Hopkins, Wangratta High School

I enjoyed the way you presented and how you were able to explain different strategies by using personal experiences from your role as a teacher and school counsellor.
Paul Bell, West Wyalong High School

I now feel like I have some strategies that I can use to help address the issues of the students in my year group.
Heidi Burgess, Finley High School

I found the Accidental Counsellor Course very useful with lots of strategies that can be used in situations. Some of the strategies I currently use without knowing. Some of the strategies are great for boys.
Alexia Brown, Finley High School

A really excellent couple of days. very insightful.
Ron Barnewall, Wangratta High School

I enjoyed your passion, clarity, honesty and anecdotal stories – Thank you!
Vivienne Long, Wangratta High School
 
The Accidental Counsellor Training opened my eyes to what I need to do better and changed my mindset. The course provided good techniques, strategies and structure to dealing with children.
Vicki Gillmore, Lithgow Public School

An entertaining, practical workshop that addresses everyday issues – very relevant to my daily work. The skills from the Accidental Counsellor Training need to be delivered in teacher training.
Heather Thompson, Dubbo Public School

The Accidental Counsellor Training is a practical course. I could apply the information and techniques to students in my care.
Kerrie Walters, Dubbo College Senior Campus

The Accidental Counsellor training is very valuable for all teachers and welfare staff in schools. It provided practical structures required when dealing with my students.
Marisha Blanco, Dubbo College Senior Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Training allowed me to see how valuable it is to put yourself in the students shoes and how to use / phrase questions.
Tim Quayle, Dubbo School Of Distance Education

This course has helped me realise how to approach students when they are negative. So far it has been by the seat of my pants and this will give me more tools.
Susan Yaghjian, Dubbo College South Campus
The Accidental Counsellor Training was fantastic and the most useful professional learning I have been to in regards to welfare and Year Advisor. Excellent practical strategies to assist teachers in connecting with and moving through solutions with students. This is the best training Year Adviser could ever do.
Kelly Mcgregor, Ambarvale High School

Excellent presentation and explanations. The practice enforced the content.
Michael Owen, Ambarvale High School

Rocky Biasi presented a number of really useful strategies in the Accidental Counsellor Training that could be easily implemented with students. A great blend of theoretical and practical work.
Simon Radford, Fairvale High School

I could relate the strategies in the Accidental Counsellor Training to my students and how I could implement with them.
Emily Hull, Fairvale High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training was VERY USEFUL! It provided insight on many aspects of my job as Year Adviser.
Katherine Pardalis, Holsworthy High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training has allowed me to notice and identify central things that I’m doing that haven’t been working and given me reasons why and strategies on how I can approach it next time.
Sarah Kipichnikov, Bossley Park High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training gave me strategies & more confidence to deal with my students.
Stephen Clark, Bossley Park High School
Having been a Year Coordinator for 10 years and doing this on the run for years these are great tools to use.
Michael Rickards, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale
Great strategies to deal with students in many situations. Valuable information.
Jodene Garside, HT Welfare Northlakes High School

The Accidental Counsellor Training has helped me build confidence and given me ideas that can be immediately implemented in real situations.
Amy Thorpe, Hamilton South Public School
The Accidental Counsellor Training is a different perspective to what we do each day.
Colin Mulhearn, St Paul’s High School

As a Year Advisor the Accidental Counsellor Training will help me with all student issues.
Paul Johnson, West Wallsend High School

A valuable course that addresses the specific needs of teachers as “Accidental Counsellors”.
Mark Jennings, Lake Munmorah Public School

Accidental Counsellor Training provided positive, solution and client focussed strategies.
John O’Callaghan, San Clemente High School

Very useful information and I will definitely use some of these strategies.
Stephen McLean, TLSC Berkeley Vale Campus
Absolutely the best P.D. I have had in this field. Great to receive / learn about practical strategies that can complement what I do and I realise how much I need to learn. Great to have the chance to reflect and role play to achieve improvement in outcomes for the kids.
Danielle Boss, St Marks

Really worthwhile and relevant to my role as a Head of Year. Thanks.
Craig Phillis, Aranmore Catholic College

The Accidental Counsellor Training gave me confidence to use different techniques when assisting students.
Lyndsay Cardenia, St Norbert College

The Accidental Counsellor Training was absolutely useful. There was so much good stuff in a short time. I enjoyed the fast pace and interactive nature of the workshop.
Trudi Horler, Methodist Ladies College

I learnt a lot of useful skills in this course.
Barbara Meadows, Winthrop Baptist College

I found many of the concepts / ideas enlightening.
Nick Guard, Corpus Christi College

I found the workshop enjoyable and your interactice style kept things real and interesting.
Kylie Cranenburgh, Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

Very helpful and worthwhile for my role – practical and relevant. Thank you for two very interesting days.
Sue Tredget, Perth College

I did find the Accidental Counsellor Training useful. I came here to learn options to use in counselling students and I have them.
Leith Daniel, Kolbe Catholic College
Very valuable course.
Stephen Screech, St. Marys Senior High School

It’s great! The focus on skills not theories.
Amber Elliot, JJ Cahill Memorial High School

I really liked how this workshop was based around providing & practicing skills for real situations that occur. Rocky also made it very clear throughout the training the purpose and place for each. Working in groups I also fund it great collaborating with other staff, provided other examples and perspectives.
Emily Morey, JJ Cahill Memorial High School

Informative, entertaining and most importantly – useful and applicable.
Kevin McKenzie, Epping Boys High School

I feel like I have a mini tool kit for being a Year Advisor now.
Cronulla High School

A really useful, practical, real training – presented really well.
Prue Jessop, Georges River College - Penshurst Girls Campus

A wonderful practicle way of allowing students to realise their potential and increase their personal efficacy.
Melissa McMahon, North Sydney Girls High School

This has been one of the most useful Teacher Professional Learnings this year. Many techniques that can actually be used in my everyday interaction with students. Thanks.
Janice Edwards, Prairiewood High School
 
What an awesome course!
Bel Adam, South Grafton High School

Outstanding! Lots of practical ways to help our students develop resiliency and life skills! Thank You.
Linda McGregor, South Grafton High School

Great aid in the increasing need to support students.
Phil Brodie, Kadina High School

Fantastic. These are skills all educators inshould learn and develop.
Bradd Farrell, Kadina High School

I wish the course was more than 2 days! I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do the course again to reinforce the wonderful methods.
Deb Wild, Kyogle High School

Invaluable training for Year Advisors!
Vanessa Fraser, South Grafton High School

Motivating, excellent presenter – powerful strategies.
Judy Crethar, Casino High School
 
The Accidental Counsellor Workshop has given me other ways of dealing with different situations and to get to the base of the issue in student interviews.
Pina Lizzio, Holy Spirit College, Bellambi

I found the Accidental Counsellor Workshop challenging, liberating and the solution based delivery and resources made the choices you need to make in the role of coordinating student welfare very clear. I found it useful because it focused on the client finding the solution within their own frame of reference. It took pressure off and was aimed at empowering students.
Kevin Boyce, Casimir Catholic College

A beautiful two days that has provided me with the tools to work with my students with further care and love to assist them with their problems, so they can find their own solutions.
Michelle Omeros, St Euphemia College
One of the most relevant and useful professional learning courses I have done. Great to see that some strategies I’ve been using are real plus developing more strategies to assist my students and myself. Thanks Rocky.
Louise Mulligan, Casuarina School

Informative and challenging. It’s a relief to know that I’m not expected to have a solution to every problem my students encounter.
Joe Elchaar, Casimir Catholic College

I found your examples and role-plays very useful and I have taken many skills away from the Accidental Counsellor Workshop. Especially understanding that my role doesn’t involve solving student’s problems. I have found that very useful. Thank you.
Melisa Patronaggio, St Johns Park High School
 
Thanks Rocky for your passionate and practical Accidental Counsellor Workshop. I think what we have learnt will make a difference to our work and life.
Christine Varker, Wooragee Primary School

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop provided useful new strategies and was brilliantly delivered.
Michelle Klowss, Yarrawonga College P-12 - Primary Campus

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop is an extremely useful workshop. The range of techniques and theories provided scope for a variety of scenarios. An excellent “taste-test” of counselling principals, I would love to learn more! Thanks Rocky.
Amelia Bright, Mater Dei Catholic College

A truly brilliant professional development course. The Accidental Counsellor Workshop is the best course I have attended in my teaching career. It was informative and highly engaging.
Danielle Neilan, Finley High School

After attending the Accidental Counsellor Workshop I feel I will be able to approach student issues & meetings more comfortably.
Emily Scammell, Xavier High School

Thank you so much for showing me these really practical and useful strategies. I feel much more confident and comfortable in my role at school as a house coordinator. I feel I have more tools to help me fulfil this role more positively and effectively and I’m really looking forward to getting back to school to try some things out. I had a number of students pop into my head at various times throughout the two days as we went through the different strategies. This reinforced my thoughts that the Accidental Counsellor Workshop is useful and practical.

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.
Malina Matsinos, Xavier High School

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop provided great ideas & strategies – so much to take in – in such a short time. I am looking forward to reviewing what I have learnt – practicing and receiving your emails and messages.
Isabelle Campbell, Moama Public School

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop was the most well organised and presented professional development that I have been to. It makes me feel more confident to try new techniques with students and classes.
Kieran Davis, Finley High School
A stimulating, reality based presentation, which provided us with practical skills to use with real students.
Lois White, St Mary MacKillop College, Canberra

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop was positive. The time went quickly. I learnt new skills and it reinforced that a lot of what I am already doing is good.
Trish Brown, St Clare's College, Canberra
The Accidental Counsellor Workshop is a great open minded course. It gives you great and useful tools that will help back at school. I can’t wait to trial them.
Kym Darmody, St Clare's College, Canberra

A motivating and enlightening workshop that reminds us of the important role of “teacher as counsellor” and the need to be skilled and informed to make the difference we are empowered to make.
Hari Stefopoulos, Campbell Primary School

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop will be very helpful in my current role. As the strategies were introduced I was already imagining how I would use them with certain students and parents.
Megan Hasler, Jerrabomberra Public School
An eye-opening two days which has allowed me to see student issues from their frame of reference and use strategies to help students find their own solutions.
Natalija Milanovic, Bass High School

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop is excellent and beneficial to all teachers. Wonderful strategies, which would make a difference to our students.
Richard Mew, Conservatorium High School

One of the best professional development days I’ve been to. Being able to out into practice what we were learning through role playing was invaluable.
Natalie Beckman, Menai High School

A wonderful and practical workshop. I wish I had attended it much sooner.
Christine-Mary Keir, Georges River College Peakhurst Campus

Can be applied to everyday life and that solutions are possible and real.
Anna Rasztabiga, Mission Australia

Rocky has put together a 2-day experience which will change a teachers perception of care and help.

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.
Dr Steve Zolezzi, Psychologist and School counsellor

I have been impressed by Rocky’s keen observations of the human condition. His willingness to help others is informed by humility and a respectful intuition. He has worked hard over years in devising and teaching supportive programs that help students, clients and teachers; moreover, he “walks the walk” in his personal life.

I am pleased to call Rocky a colleague.
Dr David Lake M.B. B.S., Medical practitioner, Psychotherapist, Clinical supervisor

Rocky’s programs empower teachers to better manage challenging behaviour and assist troubled students through practical behaviour management and crucial counseling skills. I highly recommend Rocky’s programs for teachers who find themselves thrown into the deep end of counseling without any training in the practical skills. What you learn could be a life-saver for you and your students.
Steve Wells, Psychologist, Professional speaker and Peak Performance consultant
Essential program for student carers that includes a systemic and evidence-based questioning techniques.
Anna Zantiotis, Assistant Head | Middle School Rockhampton Grammar School

Very engaging and thought provoking workshop. Wish I’d been exposed to this 8 years ago when I became a Head of Year.
Lynda Kennedy, Year 8 Coordinator | Rockhampton Grammar School

I wish I had done this workshop 5 years ago! (or before e.g. at Uni)!! Year advisers should all be doing this course.
Gaelle Homma, Year Adviser | Lucas Heights Community School

The Accidental Counsellor Training will help me be a much better listener and be able to help students fins their own solution.
Cristina da Costa, Randwick Boys' High School

Great in-service – the light forward in getting the solution from students – empowering them.
Mick Bell, Good Student Welfare Co-ordinator | Samaritan Catholic College

Now I have tools and a clear set of steps with which to work.
Sue Duffy, Beverly Hills Girls High School

As a Year Advisor, without training in counselling techniques, it has been very beneficial gaining a “box of tricks” for use to be more effective in this role.
Eva Gleeson, Willoughby Girls High School

This was an excellent course – gave insight into a way you can be more productive in dealing with students and staff.
Claire Downey, Plumpton High School

I found the workshop and practise sessions very useful. It has opened another more positive path for me in an attempt to help my students.
Linh Pham, Sefton High School
Thankyou for the most valuable P.D. I have ever done.
Sharon Sandy, Welfare Officer | Latrobe English Language Centre

A wonderful P.D with fantastic strategies. Can’t wait to put them into practice!
Susan Sleswick, Welfare Officer

I would definitely recomment this course to all teachers who want a better understanding of how to make a ‘realistic’ difference to the students we deal with on a day to day basis.
Julie Skee, Acting Vice Principal | Newborough East Primary School

Very practical P.D. Just so relevant to my role. The school examples were just great. It’s terrific Rocky, that you are working in schools, so you really have an extremely valuable insight into what we are dealing with. Your teaching experience before becoming a counsellor is just an added bonus. Thank you for your valuable knowledge and willingness to impart this to us. You have been so helpful. The 2 days have flown – thank you also for being so organised and having such a variety of different activities throughout this time. The small group experience allowed some great interaction between the participants and yourself. Keep doing what you are doing!!!
Lyn Pentland, Welfare Officer/Counsellor | Mossgiel Park Primary School

I found this workshop so helpful. Great to learn new skills that can be easily applied back at school.
Angela Connelly, Mt Eliza Secondary College

This PD was fantastic. I am leaving with so much more confidence. Thank you Rocky.
Cindy Healy, Welfare Officer | Pakenham Consolidated School
Thank you so much – the course was exceptional. I will certainly be using the techniques at our school.
Jacki Lynch, Senior College House Coordinator | Central Coast Grammar School

The two days passed very quickly due to the relevance of the material and the skills / strategies that were reviewed. Listening to, reflecting, matching the interviewee all reinforced in terms of importance. Scaffolding suggestions are useful. Its also encouraging to be reminded that we are not the experts or fonts of all wisdom. (which we should know but tend to take on too much in our well-being positions). Probably most influential point for me was the need as a counsellor to get rid of our own agendas and feel that the outcome must take a particular form.
John Boesenberg, Head of House System | Central Coast Grammar School

An extremely worthwhile way to spend two days. I can’t wait to implement some of the startegies learnt in this workshop.
John Horsley, Deputy Head of Senior College | Central Coast Grammar School

A course that should be compulsory for ALL year advisors and welfare staff.
Mark McLennan, Hunter River High

I will tell others about this course. I feel more equipped to face these situations.
Nathan Nieass, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College- The Entrance Campus

Thank you. Your Miracle Questions got me thinking.
Kara Osborne, Cardiff High School

Fantastic Experience! Any person involved in a welfare role should attend this course.
Ingrid Rogers, Head Teacher Welfare

Outstanding, practical, realistic and DOABLE.
Karen McLeod, Rutherford Technology High School

Extremely useful. It has given me a new way to start my sessions with students – Thank you!
Vanessa Dean, Head of House | Hunter Valley Grammar School

Excellent & liberating!
Francine Turner, St Philps Christian College

Great two days, enjoyed meeting people with similar roles and a shared vision. Learning that as teachers we are not “Mr Fix it!” having the confidence & belief to understand that we can help using a variety of tools.
Tess McAllister, Gateshead West Primary School

Very timely, necessary, and meaningful. Gave me a scaffold to be more effective with kids under very limited time constraints.
Andrew Jenkinson, Newcastle Grammar School

This should be a must for every person who works with kids.
Laura Hannah, Maitland High School
Thank you, Rocky, for sharing your expertise & helping us become better skilled to cope in our jobs. This workshop should be compulsory for anyone who works in a school environment. Rocky introduced us to, explained and then put into practice a variety of strategies which can be utilised to empower students to change their thinking patterns, image of themselves, and importantly, positively strengthen their belief/confidence in themselves.

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.
Bernadette Ward, Head of House (Middle School) | St Johns Grammar School

Excellent training, probably the most useful I’ve been to! I’m really looking forward to using the techniques as it has totally changed my thinking.
Amy Barber, Head of House (Middle School) | St Johns Grammar School

Over the two days I was given so many practical ideas to be more effective in my pastoral care coordinator position.
Barbara Morrish, Yr 12 Pastoral Coordinator | Mary MacKillop College

Great practical techniques and strategies that could make a difference!
Danielle Verrilli, Junior School Counsellor | Saint Ignatius College Junior School

Excellent delivery and useful, practical techniques framed in useful scenarios & examples. Realistic and illuminating.
Julian Kluge, Student Wellbeing Coordinator | St Francis de Sales College

Experiential, tangible, practical, relevant and useful- many thanks.
Ryan Clancy, Year 11 and Enrollment/Counselling | Thebarton Senior College

The Accidental Counsellor Workshop gave me a different way to help students and get to the bottom of what is wrong.
Wendy Dimopoulos, SSO mentoring | Pennington Primary School

Fresh, different, practical. Can’t wait to try using the ideas Rocky gave us. He was easy to listen to and we got lots of practice and coaching from Rocky. Learn’t so much, I’d never heard of before. Well worth it – all teachers need to go.
Jeanette Starick, Secondary Girls Welfare Coordinator | Torrens Valley Christian School

An action packed 2 days filled with practical suggestions and tools for helping students come to terms with difficult issues they face at school.
Stephen Pugh, Middle School Coord, Boys' Welfare | Torrens Valley Christian School

New ideas to take back to school. Affirming to be able to put a ‘label’ on strategies that are being used (without realising it).
Sharon Okmasich, School Counsellor | Hewett Primary School
 
Excellent ideas for SA’s – Great Learning.
C. Standfield

A variety of useful techniques that were applied to relevant examples and excellent modelling of skills by Rocky.
Lara Tulevski

The role – plays were extremely useful, it helped put the skills into practice. The information was clearly presented.
Laila Comer

I can be a bit of a sceptic but this course was one of the most useful and made me think about other approaches to helping kids.
David Najdek

This workshop provided some excellent real world methods to cope with troublesome students and speak to them in an effective way.
Rosa Zulic

This course gave practical strategies for improving communication with students with negative thoughts.
Lindie Matthews

Practical strategies and handouts that I can share with my welfare / student support team.
N. Mulhearn

An in touch presenter – outstanding workshop, real mind opening. Wow factor indeed.
David Moss

I was given a myriad of ideas to assist students to find their own solutions, rather than being given solutions.
Penny Koutzas

I’ll be referring this course onto teachers from other schools.
Paul Teunis

Much better and easier to understand the second time around! Cheers.
Melissa Musgrove

Very practical, relevant and realistic. Delivered in an enthusiastic, engaging manner. The most useful aspect was having the theory modelled repeatedly by practical role-plays. Highly motivational, best in-service I’ve attended – will recommend to colleagues.
Garry O'Niell
The best course I’ve been to. I’m encouraging others from my staff to go to your next course. The strategies have been so helpful for me in lots of ways. Mainly I’ve been biting my tongue where I used to suggest answers to students and letting them come up with their own ideas. I have also just completed a 2-day lifeline suicide prevention course and all the things learnt from your course were confirmed in this course, which was also excellent! So thanks again for all the invaluable skills you gave me! I’m now contemplating whether I might retrain as a school counsellor as there is a shortage apparently. Hope to see you again soon, maybe at Cromer for another motivational session. All the best.
Debbie Peters

This was a terrific opportunity to learn all these techniques (all of which were very useful). I look forward to implementing all the things I have learned. Thank you.
Chris Page

A very practical and eye – opening course.
John Williams

The workshop challenged me to explore possibilities when working with challenging students. I really connected with the language of SFBT.
John Bonello

Invaluable methods impact confidence and not get involved with the problem.
Elizabeth Cobden

Rocky is an extraordinary presenter: in a short space of time he changes the way in which you approach a problem and provides you with the tools to confidently help others seek their own solutions.
Ed Price

This workshop enabled me to understand how to lead students to come up with their own solutions to their problems.
Cathie Graydon

The workshop gave me some NEW ways to approach students

Very Practical

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
Anonymous
Rob and I enjoyed the Accidental Counsellor training very much and in actual fact I had an opportunity to use some of the skills in a serious incident at school on the next day. I found it very helpful and easy to use in a stressful situation. I will be in touch about you coming to school for us next year. Thanks again it was an extremely valuable experience for me
Sue Dwyer, Boorowa Central School

I’ve been teaching for over 30 years in a pastoral capacity for most of that time. The Accidental Counsellor workshop has been really good because it has refreshed the way I look at things and given me, even after all that time, some new strategies about where to go, what to do and how to approach matters in working with student well-being.
John Foulcher, Head Senior School | Burgmann Anglican School

I think the Accidental Counsellor Course is a worthwhile course. You will learn new skills and tools that empower you to feel confident in dealing with student issues. It won’t make you a counsellor but it definitely will give you the skills to deal with student matters better and with more confidence.
Rob Daniels, Yr 7 Advisor

As a well-being officer I was unsure if this course was for me – within 15 minutes of the start knew that the Accidental Counsellor Training would help me in my role. The training is very practical, commonsense and something you could use in your school.
Anthony Brophy, Wefare Officer

I thoroughly enjoyed the Accidental Counsellor Course, mostly because it has expanded my repertoire of skills to help the students in my care and I feel now that I will be better equipped to move my students’ forward with any issues that they are having.
Felicity Abbey, Year 7 Adviser

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