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The Occasional Counsellor ™ 2022203F is a Course

The Occasional Counsellor ™ 2022203F

Aug 2, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$770 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 3 August 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are not employed in a counselling role but are called upon to give others emotional support, including students, teachers, administrative and reception staff.


The focus of the training is on teaching the participants strategies for assisting individuals who are sad, upset, bewildered, confused, angry, or suicidal whilst clearly remaining within their role. 

The training covers the following areas:

  • the skills of the helper including the importance of empathy and when not to empathise
  • understanding professional boundaries including understanding your role and the limits of your role
  • the difference between emotional support and counselling
  • simple, practical strategies for supporting individuals who may be acutely emotionally distressed while keeping yourself safe and remaining in your role
  • self-care for the worker

Any adult in a school could be called upon to assist individuals who are sad, upset, bewildered, confused, angry or suicidal.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment                                                                          

Key takeaways               

  • understanding of professional boundaries
  • strategies for supporting individuals who are emotionally challenged
  • information about self care


Presenter information

David Cherry     

David Cherry is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with  extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and families where the child’s performance or behaviour in school has been a concern.  David has provided training for teachers and other school staff for over 25 years on a broad range of topics including : Handling Difficult People, Behaviour and Situations; Managing Complaints; Managing Difficult Calls.