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The Power of Sleep
Life would be a lot easier if you didn’t have to sleep. Just imagine what you could do with all of the time you spend in bed. The potential is limitless, and a lot of people already push the amount of time they spend awake to
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Thoughts on Critical Incidents and Trauma in the School Context
Critical Incidents and Trauma If you work at a school, you need to prepare yourself for all eventualities and potential circumstances. This includes being prepared for trauma and critical incidents. While we all hope that a disaster or serious accident never happens at the school we work for
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How to Help and Respond If Your Teen is Depressed
Data suggest that more than 10 percent of adolescents suffer from some kind of major depressive episode between the ages of 12 and 19. For caregivers caught up in the melee, it can be challenging to know what to do, how to identify symptoms, where to
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The Impact of Poor Mental Health on School Attendance and Supporting Student Motivation
It’s of little surprise to know that mental health issues have been linked with school absences, particularly during secondary and further education. Having said that there is a worrying trend that primary school K-6 students are increasingly entering these statistics. This eventually leads to a decline
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Reducing the Mental Health Crisis in Schools
Mental health is still something that people don’t like to address. But for those who are suffering from poor mental health, it’s clear that something needs to be done to help them. The mental health crisis in schools is rising, with 10-20% of children and adolescents experiencing
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Setting Boundaries An Assessment Model
In the wellbeing module of the Accidental Counsellor Training, we talked about several things like positive psychology, about being positive in the present, well-being factors, and positive habits on how to rewire your brain. What I actually want to talk about is setting boundaries. I have a four
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Transformation Through Connecting To Pain and Suffering
Let’s talk about the Connection theme of the Accidental Counsellor Training. From weak connection to transformation through connecting to someone’s pain and suffering. What do I mean by this? Well, I believe that transformation does occur through a connection. Much more than fancy, smart questioning techniques. They’re important
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Influence – Getting Solutions Not Giving Solutions
Move from giving solutions to receiving solutions. As an Accidental Counsellor have you ever wondered why people don’t follow good advice? It’s remarkable don’t you think? The more you give someone a solution or suggestion the more they don’t do it. It’s not you. It’s the strategy you’re using. There’s lots of
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Setting Boundaries Framework
I’ve come to see that there are 4 parts to setting boundaries. The first thing we need to do is assessment. Make a quick assessment of where they at. Second, is we need to create a team. Who are the individuals we need to get around the client so they
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Hints Toward Possible Solutions
Let’s talk about Solution Focused Language Patterns in the Accidental Counsellor Training. There are four of them in the full online Accidental Counsellor Course. In this video  I want to cover the Exception Question- one of the four language patterns. One of my favourites by the
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7 Accidental Counsellor Tips Connect and Influence Without Burning Out
An Accidental Counsellor Can Be Any School Staff Not Trained As Counsellors But Often Find Themselves in Counselling Situations By Accident. The problem I see in schools is the usual approach of helping people is not working well, takes a long time and the problem issue continues without improvement.
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Solutions Focused Formula Overview
The Solutions Focused Formula is a 4 question process that helps move people from feeling stuck to creating solutions. In this video I put together the questioning techniques from the previous videos in the series. The key here is to help the person create a goal, follow the steps below
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TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Say

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
Heathcote High School

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 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
Charles Campbell College Adelaide

At the Conscious Classroom Management Training workshop Rocky used many examples from his own career which were meaningful and useful.

Michele Scott
Abbotsleigh

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
Karningul School
Connect and Influence without Burning Out
Accidental Counsellor Training
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