Course Overview

Brief

This Course describes the complex nature of staff counselling. It provides an update on strategies to establish an effective counselling relationship.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of counselling skills
  • Identify the complexities of a staff counselling relationship
  • Explain an effective method for counselling staff

Topics include:

  • The complexity of staff counselling
  • Confidentiality
  • Skills for effective staff counselling

Target audience

All health professionals involved in counselling staff in all areas of professional practice.

Purpose

Explore what staff counselling is, and is not, and assist in the acquisition and enhancement of skills as a counsellor of members of their team.

Need

When a health professional spends time in a counselling relationship with a staff member, something in the life of that staff member will change – that person’s ability to explore, cope and solve problems will be enhanced or diminished. It is therefore paramount that counselling staff is undertaken appropriately since it can have a profound impact on the employer-employee relationship. Moreover, counselling staff is often confused with disciplinary procedures, performance appraisals or a pleasant chat between friends rather than a structured attempt to provide help in a problem situation. Health professionals involved in counselling staff therefore must be uniquely aware of the nature and process of the counselling relationship to maximise efficacy.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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