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Accidental Counsellor

Thursday 4 August - Friday 5 August

$450 – $560

This 2 day workshop aims to provide people with a range of practical and effective skills to “step into the shoes” of an accidental counsellor and be able to appropriately respond to and support people when they are angry, distressed or experiencing a challenging time.

Regardless of your profession or industry, it is highly likely you will encounter challenging or emotionally distressed individuals. Accidental Counsellors are not counsellors as such, but find themselves in a ‘counselling role’ by accident as a result of conversations or requests for help from clients, colleagues, friend or others.

The Accidental Counsellor workshop aims to provide non counsellors with a range of skills to work effectively with people who may be distressed, agitated or in crisis. This course draws on Lifeline’s vast experience in crisis counselling. The training gives participants a practical framework for managing these issues, while achieving a sense of structure and confidence. The safety and wellbeing of an Accidental Counsellor is addressed in the
session on Self Care.
This interactive workshop provides many opportunities for group discussion, activities and
practising new skills.

Learning Outcomes
Understand the attributes of an effective ‘Accidental Counsellor’
Practise a variety of counselling skills that are critical to any counselling situation
Recognise the importance of active listening skills in the communication process
Learn techniques to respond appropriately to aggressive or distressed clients and crisis situations
Learn the importance of establishing personal and professional boundaries
Develop self care strategies


Thursday 4 August
Friday 5 August
$450 – $560
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Lifeline Central Austrlia
40 Bath Street
Alice Springs, NT 0870 Australia
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