Staff Counselling and Well-being


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Thank you for visiting the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing resource page. We hope you will find the following resource useful.

Staff Counselling Unit Documents

Useful Mental Health Manuals

Psychoeducation Materials



Useful Apps

Self-help resources

  • Mood GYM Training Program: MoodGYM is a free, interactive self-help program that provides cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) training in order to help users prevent and cope with depression
  • E-couch Self Help: e-couch provides free, self-help modules for depression, general anxiety and social anxiety, as well as for divorce/separation and loss/bereavement.
  • Mind Health Connect: The easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government, "mind health connect" helps you to find information you can trust. Start now with the Guided search or Mental Health A-Z.
  • The Desk:  "thedesk" is a free online program aimed at providing Australian tertiary students with strategies and skills for success and wellbeing during their time at university or technical and further education. All components of "thedesk" are informed by research on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems, web-based interventions and engagement.
  • Building a Self-Care Plan
  • A Practical Guide About Promoting Wellbeing (English, Arabic)
  • A Practical Guide About a Good Night's Sleep (English, Arabic)
  • Trouble Sleeping?

Online courses

  • Psychological First Aid this course provides opportunity to learn psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. Utilizing the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this specialized course provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. The RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience. This online course is created by:  Johns Hopkins University and offered free online by Coursera.
  • Psychological First Aid Online PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This course is offered free online by the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
  • Psychological First Aid for Children, In crisis events, children react and think differently to adults. Ensuring that humanitarian staff and volunteers are well-equipped to provide initial support for children in an appropriate way can make a significant difference in delivering an effective emergency response. Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a humane, supportive response to a child who is suffering and who may need support. It is an essential tool for any humanitarian worker who deals with distressed children and families. In this new online course, you will learn how to reassure, comfort and support children who have been recently exposed to a traumatic event. This course is especially relevant to you if you are working in the field with children and families, or if you are working in the area of child protection, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), health, education, shelter or nutrition. Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Children course will introduce you to the concepts and steps involved in providing support to children following a distressing event. It includes activities that focus on the core elements of PFA and how to apply them in a humanitarian context. This course is developed in collaboration between Save the Children and Humanitarian Leadership Academy and offered free online.
  • The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) is a tool developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to promote a trauma-informed mental health workforce. The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families form the theoretical foundation and act as guiding principles for the CCCT. The main objective for these concepts is to provide practitioners with a shared vocabulary for conceptualizing and talking about traumatic events. This course contains interactive online lessons that lead you through each of the 12 Core Concepts. This course is offered free online by the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Staff Counselling Calendar

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