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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module: 7 Exception Question

  Now that we’ve had posts addressing the wellbeing and connection parts of the Accidental Counsellor, I think it’s time that we take a look at the exception question, another solution-focused strategy. In many ways, our lives, including the problems and challenges that we experience, are like seasons. They come and they go; nothing is

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 6: Connection

  Connecting is getting into the pit with someone. It includes acknowledging, validating, and normalising another person’s experience. Connection is the place where transformation happens because the person feels less alone. They feel that you get them. The emotional consequences of this feeling are that the person trusts you, feels safer, and begins to calm

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 5: Wellbeing and Selfcare

As you probably know if you’ve made it this far, the accidental counselor model is based on three core areas or themes: wellbeing, connection, and influence. In this post, we’re going to discuss wellbeing. We’ll begin by exploring the concept of the The Healthy Mind Platter, which was created and first described by David Rock

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 4: The Accidental Counsellor Model

The Accidental Counsellor Model The Accidental Counsellor Model is based on three core themes animated by your presence. 1) Self Care and Wellbeingso we are not overcome by the emotional distress of others. This also includes appropriate referral. 2)Connection so we are able to validate and acknowledge the person so they feel heard and understood. 3) Influence so

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 3: Boundaries and Knowing When To Refer

In this topic, we’ll be discussing how mental health is managed, not cured. Understanding that mental health is managed and not cured means that we need to be mindful of the strategies we are using to manage our mental health and we need to recognise that if we change or stop those strategies, we will most likely relapse. People often make the mistake of thinking,

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 2: The Solution Focused Approach

The Accidental Counsellor training that I’ve created is based on the Solution-Focused Approach to counselling and communication. Let’s start with the following solution-focused questions: What are you hoping to learnmost from this short course? Once you answer that question,reflect on the reason it’s important for you to learn that now? If you could learn that and put it into action,how

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The Accidental Counsellor Short Course Module 1: What is an Accidental Counsellor?

Welcome to the online Accidental Counsellor Short Course, a brief 80 minute overview of the Accidental Counsellor Training that I created back in 2008. The goal of this short course is to help you connect and influence with the people that you support without burning out yourself through the Accidental Counsellor model. In that model, we will look at strategies based in three key

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Tame Your Mind – Tips for Senior School Students

Hi, Rocky Biasi here from humanconnections.com.au. I want to talk to you today in this video about a topic that I like to call, tame your mind, and specifically I want to send this message out to all of our senior students doing their HSC, but not just here in New South Wales, in Victoria,

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Anxiety Lives In The Past and Future [5/5]

Mark: All right, Rocky, I guess my last question is probably the most difficult question I’m going to ask you about the time here. So we don’t know how long this will last and I’d love you to share some of your ideas about the past, the present, and the future. Because obviously I’m thinking

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The Freedom That Comes With Routine [4/5]

Mark: But my next question is obviously, about the organization of your day. A lot of students are now at home, and we were just talking before we started off air there, just about this idiosyncratic work, where we’re not necessarily asking students to stick to the time table that they had at school. With

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Reframing: Responding To What Is [3/5]

Mark O’Connor: So Rocky, when you say that, I’m going to throw one at you, and then I’m going to ask you a question after it. So I’m going to basically contradict myself. So one of the other strategies that we’ve worked on that I think is really important right now is reframing. And we

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Managing Your Emotional State [2/5]

  See this second video for more information about tapping:   The second thing I would say is, okay, so you’re not feeling great and you’re acknowledging it. How long do you want to feel that way? There are things that we can do that can make you feel better. So if you’re feeling really

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Stella Papanakos
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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.

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