This was the second time we traveled to Perth Western Australia to present the Accidental Counsellor Training. It’s always a fun time as we catch up with friends and family.
Although the Accidental Counsellor Training is the same across Australia. There are always similar and different themes that emerge from the workshops because attendees bring differing views and experience.
A theme I’d like to reflect on is “who wants the change to occur”.
At the Perth training (along with others) teachers and school staff work very hard to. “get a student to turn up to school”, “stop the student from distracting the class or being rude to teachers” etc.
The Accidental Counsellor Training helps school staff connect, build rapport and trust and use targeted strategies to help influence students. It does not provide strategies and techniques that “will make a student do what they need to do”!
Ultimately, the “client” needs to take responsibility for the change required. As school staff supporting students it can be frustrating and disappointing to know what is required but helpless in “bringing about the change”.
I often experience this in my own private practice. A client was referred to me and in our second session I was hoping to suggest a plan that involved several participants and agencies to help this young man with his severe drug, gambling addiction and OCD. He didn’t turn up for the second session!
A critical aspect or the helping role is to manage our own upset and distress during these times.
Here are testimonials from attendees at the Accidental Counsellor Training in Perth Western Australia 2012
Fantastic training Rocky. I have learnt so much at this Accidental Counsellor Training and can’t wait to apply it. Thank you!
Julie Waller, Hudson Park Primary School
The Accidental Counsellor Training made me feel confident that I’m doing things well, and it also gave me new ideas to use.
Chanel Fenwick, Corpus Christi College
This Accidental Counsellor Training was definitely worthwhile and has upskilled me.
Rae Witham, Dunsborough Primary School
The Accidental Counsellor Training was helpful as effective questioning to find the source of the problem is difficult and time consuming but so necessary.
Allison Stralow, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls
The strategies outlined at the Accidental Counsellor Training were great.
Gavin Palmer, Cocos Islands District High School
The Accidental Counsellor Training was very useful and relevant in a school setting.
Kerrie Montgomery, Chapman Valley Primary School
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave me tools to use that I did not previously have.
Adam Przytula, Winthrop Baptist College
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was useful as it was applicable to real situations with real students.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop made logical sense with strategies which are able to be used easily.
Good practical strategies which can be applied in a variety of situations made the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop very useful.
I found the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop useful as it validated what I already do.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop was useful as it gave strategies to deal with students and to give teachers back at school.
The Accidental Counsellor Training workshop gave several useful options for counselling.
I found it useful to discuss and review strategies at the Accidental Counsellor Training workshop.
The Accidental Counsellor Training Workshop was extremely useful.
Attendees from the following schools joined the Accidental Counsellor Training in Perth
Tuart Hill Primary School
St Stephens School
Kelmscott Senior High School
St Andrews Grammar
St Hilda’s Anglican School For Girls
Hudson Park Primary School
Kensington Primary School
Cocos Islands District High School
Corpus Christi College
Chapman Valley Primary School
Kalamunda Senior High School
Mandurah Catholic College
Winthrop Baptist College
St Norbert College