Life is a strange and miraculous adventure filled with many ups and downs, twists and turns along the way. It is rarely a straight and smooth path. Read More
Personal Counselling: Mental Health Ward Admission – What to expect & how to make your stay more comfortable
There are times in our life where an incident or event occurs and causes us to experience trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, stress or that we push down our feelings by using substances or self-harming techniques. For others there is a biological component to their mental health condition.
Whether you are admitted to a public or private mental health ward (also known as Psychiatric Ward), your stay will largely be determined by your individual circumstances, your doctors’ recommendations and the severity of your mental health condition.
Regardless of the sector you are admitted into accessing and accepting this type of care can be confronting and challenging at the best of times. Read More
Blu Ripples is proud to announce the launch of our Australian First Career Counselling for DV Survivors program.
Our program-workshop is the result of three (3) years of work by founder Katherine J. Foster, including national and global research; the amalgamation of life and professional experiences.
Following is the story of how Katherine developed and implemented her Career Counselling for DV Survivors program into her practice.
In 2013, I was participating in a DV-Alert training program run by Lifeline in Newcastle, NSW. At the time I was overwhelmed by individuals stories and statistics; it was during one of the sessions that that a thought cropped into my mind – there must be something I can do utilising my skills and experience that has not been done before; and then I had a lightbulb moment – I could help DV Survivors with their Careers – Career Counselling – to help them create or re-establish their careers after leaving their Domestic Violence environment.
By assisting DV survivors in re-establishing their careers I would also be helping them to increase their independence (personal and financial), security and freedom and potentially those of their loved ones and decedents by breaking the cycle of abuse in the NOW.
Upon completion of my DV-Alert training, I contemplated my idea for a little while and then commenced my research by asking my renowned DV-Alert trainer if they were aware of any Career Counselling (Planning) programs that existed in Australia for DV Survivors; to which the reply was no.
I then tentatively spoke with acquaintances who worked in the industry and survivors, the answer that I kept receiving was “No”.
Thereafter, I commenced some basic national and global research (utilising google) and found that no program existed in Australia and that only one program existed in the USA.
The key difference between the USA program and my concept was that the person in the USA came from a Social Work background; whereas my background was Counselling, Career Consulting and Human Resources.
Shortly after, I made contact with the individual from the USA, via e-mail, to see if I could utilise their program in Australia – like a franchise agreement of sorts but I was met with a less than warm reception. That is, I was questioned as to how I got this person details, that they were not interested and surely Australia had a similar program already.
Thus, in that moment I was determined to design and implement my own program, after all I had the qualifications and training behind me and had experienced abuse in my own life.
In mid-2014, I was accepted into RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) to undertake my Post Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development – something I had been wanting to undertake for a long time but postponed for one reason or another. At that point in time, whilst I had already undertaken some research, developed concepts and frameworks; university provided the next major motivational factor in developing and refining the program.
As part of my studies I was required to develop a program including conducting and reporting on research. Thus, I harnessed this opportunity, contacted and interviewed personal and professional contacts including refuge support workers, DV survivors and career development practitioners (with more than 5 years’ experience in the industry who had worked with survivors in this capacity) both within Australian and New Zealand.
The information that I gathered from these contacts provide me with a wealth of information, perspectives and resources to assist in the design and construction of my Career Counselling for DV Survivors Workbook.
Throughout the remainder of my academic studies I continued to work and refine my program to ensure that it was meaningful for survivors.
Today, a couple of months after I have completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Career Education and Development, I am proud to announce the Australian Launch of my program in Port Stephens, NSW on Wednesday, 17th August 2016.
My personal hope is that this program will empower adult survivors of domestic violence; that the community will embrace the program, that a national and eventually a global rollout will occur so that survivors are empowered and liberated thus in turn minimising their risk of returning to a violent living environment whilst simultaneously illustrating that there is a new path if they are ready and willing to take the first step.
Friends, please join me in spreading the news on this wonderful program so that as many individuals as possible can participate in the coming weeks, months and years; so that the program can continue to evolve and be meaningful to the changing needs of survivors and society; that potentially sponsorships or partnerships may be formed to minimise the cost as much as possible to benefit as many Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence as possible.
- Career Counselling for Domestic Violence Survivors Ad July 2016
- Career Counselling for Domestic Violence Survivors – Program
- Career Counselling for DV Suvivors Workshop – Registration
Blu Ripples is proud to launch our Eye Movement (including EMDR) Integration Therapy Services at our Port Stephens (Medowie) Office.
Eye Movement (including EMDR) Integration Therapy is a Read More
WHAT IS VICARIOUS TRAUMA?
Zoe Morrison (2007) defines vicarious trauma as “a psychological term used to refer to changes in a person that can occur when they are repeatedly exposed to traumatic material”.
Today, we heard on the news (TV, Radio, Social Media and probably through our friends and family) about the Parisian terrorist attacks. As the reporters carry out their journalism responsibilities and images, words and accounts from bystanders, victims, emergency services and politicians start to filter through to our living environment of a period of minutes, hours, days and possibly weeks to come with investigates etc. we as individuals will see and hear this news many times over.
For those of us who are particularly sensitive to such devastating news the psychological impact of hearing this over and over again could have a negative effect on your mind, body and spirit.
It is particularly important Read More
Blu Ripples is proud to announce the launch of our new online appointments – booking form.
Convenient, Fast and Reliable our online appointment – booking form is available when you are (day or night). Simply click on to our Home Page and then click on the Make an Appointment Button to the right hand side of the home page just above client testimonials; fill in your details and Blu Ripples will get back to you within 1 business day to confirm availability or to offer an alternative appointment time, should the clients first option be unavailable.
Alternatively current and perspective clients are welcome (as always) to contact Katherine directly on 1300 300 557 and schedule a counselling, career consulting or development appointment via telephone.
EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Counselling Services – Port Stephens, Newcastle, Matiland & Hunter Region
Blu Ripples is proud to announce Read More