Topic Tuesday // How do you support yourself through the festive season // Tues 11 Dec, 7pm AEDT
With incoming holidays and festivities it's important to look after yourself. For this Topic Tuesday we will have a special guest from Lifeline Australia exploring this subject with us. Stay tuned for more info soon.
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I am super keen to welcome our guest tonight - Robert! Robert is a Lifeline supervisor and crisis supporter, he has been supporting those in need for 10 years.
In terms of tonight’s structure, I’ll be posting some questions every 10 or so minutes for Robert and yourselves to contribute to. This is an awesome chance to learn from Robert and from other members. So please join in and share your own questions too!
To start us off I’ll get @Robert_Lifeline to introduce himself and share a little about his experience ...
Hello everyone and it is a pleasure to be here, thanks to @nashy and @Lauz for organisingthis. As abrief self-introduction, I am currently in the position of Centre Supervisor at a Queensland Lifeline centre. My role involves providing support and supervision to crisis supporters who take calls on the 13 11 14 line. I also take calls when I have some free time. I began my Lifeline journey in 2009 when I trained as a volunteer telephone counsellor (back then we were called ‘counsellors’ but now we are called crisis supporters, to distinguish our work from ongoing counselling work). I have held various roles with the service over the years and now my focus is overseeing programs and initiatives within the service that are focused on practice quality and consistency of response to our help seekers (i.e., adherence to our practice models). Prior to working for Lifeline I have counselled children and young people. I am passionate about advocating for people in our communities who are stigmatised, isolated, marginalised etc., and who may present with mental health challenges, through my supervisor role. I hold a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science and currently I’m interested in Narrative Therapy. Fun Fact: My mother used to take me to her Lifeline phone shifts when I was a baby and place me on a sheepskin rug next to her as she took calls – so I sometimes wonder if there was a certain amount of fate in my ending up back here!
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