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Building Resilience to Psychological Trauma at Work Seminar

October 8, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Everyday, countless Australians working in a range of settings are faced with highly challenging situations, whether it be responding to critical incidents or interacting with vulnerable clients under difficult circumstances. This can include emergency services, customer facing services and enforcement teams. Such service providers can be confronted with highly distressed people in extreme situations that can test their capability to respond effectively, whilst also taking due care of themselves. These individuals face the risk of psychological trauma unless they and their organisations collectively employ robust, evidence-based strategies that can assist them to establish and sustain resilience and effectively manage these situations on an ongoing basis.

Join industry leading speakers in examining the different approaches that have been used to help those on the front line better manage their responses to challenging workplace situations. Throughout the seminar, we will outline key findings and identify strategies that have proven effective, discuss what the evidence says about the strategies that have the best impact on building a resilient workforce, and devise methodologies to help Australian workers avoid psychological injury. We will challenge you to think about the associated issues in new and interesting ways, and provide ample opportunity for you to share practical examples amongst your fellow delegates.

You will be given the chance to participate in group discussions to discern the best way to help your workforce manage challenging workplace situations. You will also have the opportunity to work with your peers from other organisations in developing innovative strategies and service offerings that build staff resilience and help minimise the potential for psychological injury as a result of direct exposure to challenging behaviour and events.

Who should attend?

The program is suited to people in organisations tasked with developing strategies and offering services to help employees build resilience and manage challenging workplace situations, such as:

  • Wellbeing Coordinators
  • OH&S Consultants
  • Peer Support Coordinators
  • Incident Response Managers/Coordinators
  • Clinical Directors/Advisors
  • HR Managers/Advisors
  • Client Service Managers
  • Organisational Development Managers/Consultants


Simon Brown-Greaves, Co-owner & Director, FBG Group

Simon Brown-Greaves is an experienced senior executive manager and organisational psychologist with more than 20 years involvement in helping businesses and public sector organisations align people and performance. Simon is the Co-owner and Director of FBG Group, an organisation that provides high quality, customised leadership and organisational consulting services.


Nick Arvanitis, Head of Research and Resource Development (Workplace), beyondblue

Nick is currently the Head of Research & Resource Development Manager in the

Workplace & Workforce Program at beyondblue where he oversees the development of beyondblue‘s resources related to workplace mental health. This includes resources related to Heads Up, an initiative of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

Rod Wise, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Department Justice, Victoria

Rod has worked in Corrections for more than 30 years, having joined as a Prison Officer in 1981. He is currently the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, but has previously run three maximum-security prisons and worked in a variety of other roles. He has an abiding interest in prison history and is rather sadly an authority on prison movies.

Dr Alexandra West, Senior Psychologist, Victoria Police

Alexandra West is the Senior Psychologist for Victoria Police, and heads up the Police Psychology Unit.  Her role involves the oversight of psychology and mental health within the organisation, across the spectrum from prevention of illness/injury through to intervention and crisis response.

Andrew Douglas, Director & Head of Workplace Relations, M+K Lawyers

Andrew Douglas is a Principal in the Workplace Relations team at M+K Lawyers and National Head of the Local Government Industry Group, and a member of the Manufacturing Group. Andrew’s principal areas of practice are industrial relations, employment law, governance and OHS. Andrew is a highly sought after Employment + Safety professional within Australia. His proactive approach to understanding ever-changing IR and OHS laws ensures his clients are always one step ahead of their competition.

Randal Newton-John, Executive General Manager, Operations, On The Line

Randal Newton-John is the Executive General Manager of Operations at On The Line, the provider of MensLine Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Health Science. Randal’s clinical career commenced as a group facilitator and trainer. He has worked in the area of men’s health and wellbeing for over 10 years as a counsellor, group facilitator and manager.

Randal has overseen the development of the MensLine Australia service for the past five years, including the introduction of online chat and video counselling. Randal leads the Operations team in the management of all On The Line’s service contracts. He has overall responsibility for the operations of eight counselling services, and more than 80 clinical staff. Randal and his team play a significant role as On The Line continues to pioneer new modalities of remote counselling to the Australian community.


Tickets are $295 per delegate or $250 for groups of 2 or more delegates from the same organisation. Ticket price is all inclusive with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a networking session provided. Registration closes Monday 6th October at 6pm (AEST).

To find out more or to register for the Building Resilience to Psychological Trauma at Work seminar, visit https://register.canbook.me/psychologicaltraumaseminar.


October 8, 2014
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


APLS, Level 5
505 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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