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SUPPORTING CLIENTS IN LIFE TRANSITIONS: REFOCUS THE INNER COMPASS - Practical perspectives and strategies to facilitate stability through life changes

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Date: 26 Sep 2020
Venue: Sydney, NSW

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

‘I was fine until I retired’ or ‘I was okay whilst my kids were living at home’ are common statements we hear when we are trying to understand what life was like before a significant life-change. The transition process has thrown the familiar world into chaos and confusion. This course is for all who facilitate/counsel and support these negotiations of ongoing change and stress and want to build resilience in their clients in support of them making healthy, positive choices. The course will provide an opportunity to reflect on the key transition points of life’s journey and to focus on the challenges of retirement and empty nest syndrome etc.. Depression rates are particularly high during times of change for both men and women. Empty nest syndrome is not a clinical disorder or diagnosis. It is a transitional period in life that often brings loneliness and loss. However, the experience is often bittersweet or emotionally challenging. It is not experience by both men and women. Retirement is another transition point that can transform an individual’s life with statistics showing depression rates are high in retired men who often talk about unexpected disappointments of this time they had previously looked forward to. How do we move from a time of chaos and uncertainty e.g. ‘re-tirement’ to a positive ‘re-wirement’ and ‘refirement’ of our understanding of self? How can value clarification throw light on life’s transition points and possibly open new possibilities? This course will address the challenge of moving through life- transitions with an enduring sense of self and discuss the importance of finding a home in oneself when everything in the outer world changes. Navigating these ever-changing currents, tides and winds requires knowledge, self-awareness and processes that help us to a point of acceptance. Practical strategies and activities will be provided and experienced to facilitate these processes of selfawareness and understanding. Instead of being kind and compassionate with ourselves during these challenging times we often tend to become overly self-critical with ourselves and often forget the importance of calming the anxious mind. This course will emphasise the importance to incorporating a self compassion approach during times of significant change.

Learning objectives

  1. Identify the key transitions points of the human development journey and associated cultural and psychological challenges and consequences.
  2. Understand key issues in the transition of retirement and empty nest syndrome
  3. Experience reflective practice activities.
  4. Understand the nature of ‘Change’ and incorporate the model of ‘Becoming Friends with Change’.
  5. Determine the choices available and what can and cannot change.
  6. Establish stability zones in life and build support systems to cultivate healing and deep self-knowing.
  7. Discover what blocks movement through transitions.
  8. Identify inner relinquishment that are needed and how needs may be met in other ways.
  9. Understand the importance of incorporating self compassion during times of significant change and the difference it will make to find stability and calm for an anxious mind.

Presenter details

Beate Steller brings over 35 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Spiritual Wellbeing Coordinator and Social Worker/ Counsellor in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. For over a decade Beate has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Beate completed in 2019 her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies and focused her research on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Aged Care and its Relevance for Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beate also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10,
235 Jones Street,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

26 September 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers