This Course describes the complex nature of staff counselling. It provides an update on strategies to establish an effective counselling relationship.
23 May 2016
Assoc. Professor Andrew Crowther is Associate Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU. He is also Acting Postgraduate Program Leader. Andrew qualified ingeneral and psychiatric nursing in the (UK). His postgraduate studies include policy and social change and historical aspects of mental hospital management. Andrew has wide experience in clinical nursing, nurse management, and education. He is the author of a book for nurse managers as well as several texts and book chapters on a variety of topics.
All health professionals involved in counselling staff in all areas of professional practice.
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.
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.