Professional Development

On the Run (Accidental) Counselling

How can YOU make a positive difference to those in need?

 While you are not a formally trained counsellor, do you often find yourself in situations where you need to respond to someone’s distress, concerns, or strong emotions?

Whether it’s a colleague under pressure, a parent navigating challenges, or a child and family facing difficulties, these “accidental counselling” moments can be challenging to navigate.

In today’s demanding world, it’s crucial to have the skills to navigate these conversations with confidence and compassion to make a positive difference to those in need!


This full-day transformative workshop is designed to equip you with the tools to become a more effective and empathetic communicator, responding appropriately to those who are distressed.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore Overlaps: Understand the overlap between your key work responsibilities and ‘on the spot’ counselling.
  • Accidental Counselling vs. Formal Counselling: Discuss the key differences between formal counselling and accidental counselling.
  • Personal Values: Explore how personal values influence the communication process.
  • Communication Skills: Build on your communication and response skills using a strength-based approach.
  • Supporting the Distressed: Explore the brain’s functioning when stressed and identify strategies to support someone in distress.


MIRNA TARABAY is a Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She began her career as a teacher and after 6 years of working in the school system in Sydney, she began a career of working with survivors of trauma, abuse and loss .Mirna has worked in a range of capacities primarily with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, both adults and children.

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LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Thursday 08 August 2024


9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Powerhouse Hotel - Tamworth
248 Armidale Rd, Tamworth NSW 2340


  • Member: $260.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $325.00 + GST

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