45 Free Workshops Across South Eastern NSW in 2021

As part of the Supporting Resilient Communities Initiative, CCWT and COORDINARE are partnering to deliver free training across South Eastern NSW that enhance community wellbeing and recovery through natural disasters.

Initially 21 Accidental Counsellor workshops have been scheduled across the region between February and early May 2021. This highly popular 1-day workshop helps you to build skills, confidence and frameworks for responding effectively to people experiencing difficulties and emotional distress, whilst remaining attentive to your own wellbeing.

The remaining 24 workshops will be scheduled on an ‘on-demand’ basis in your local area between March and September 2021. The on-demand workshops available are:

  • Accidental Counsellor (full day workshop)
  • Managing Conflict & Difficult Conversations (full day workshop)
  • Self-Care (full day workshop)

Any community members, service providers, volunteers, business operators or professionals from the following Local Government areas:

  • Eurobodalla
  • Bega Valley
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Queanbeyan Palerang
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Yass Valley
  • Upper Lachlan Shire
  • Wollongong
  • Shellharbour
  • Kiama
  • Shoalhaven

There are 21 scheduled Accidental Counsellor workshops between February and May.

The remaining 24 workshops that you can request to have delivered in your area include:

  • Accidental Counsellor
  • Managing Conflict and Difficult Conversations
  • Self-Care
Accidental Counsellor

As community members and service providers we often find ourselves providing support to people experiencing difficulty and emotional distress. We want to help, but how should we respond? Without the assurance that comes from being a qualified counsellor, the Accidental Counsellor can be confronted with a range of dilemmas and uncertainty.

This 1-day workshop aims to provide you with a practical framework and skill set that enables you to respond to people experiencing difficulties with clarity and confidence.

For a detailed course description click here

Managing Conflict and Difficult Conversations

Managing conflict and having difficult conversations is an inevitable part of life. We often approach these as a ‘problem’, but when handled well, conflict and difficult conversations can be healthy, constructive and positive. For example, they can allow us to communicate our thoughts, feelings and needs in a healthy way, strengthen relationships, and be a springboard for personal and/or professional growth. However, knowing the appropriate approach is a must.

This interactive 1-day workshop aims to help you to discover the best approach by building self-awareness, extending knowledge and practicing skills.

For a detailed course description click here


Take some time out to nurture yourself and rejuvenate your energy levels. In this 1-day workshop you will experience a variety of interactive activities that promote self-awareness and healthy self-care habits. You will also explore the impact of acute or chronic stress on the brain and body, and develop strategies for dealing with stressful situations.

For a detailed course description click here

These workshops are free and open to all community members, service providers, volunteers, business operators and professionals living or working in the area in which the workshop is offered.

Funding requirements require you to provide some demographic information when you register and to complete an evaluation after the workshop.

If you are unable to attend a workshop that you have registered in, we ask that you let us know so that we can make your space available to someone else.

To enrol in a scheduled Accidental Counsellor click on your preferred workshop:

Bermagui – Tuesday 23 February

Batemans Bay – Thursday 25 February

Eden – Tuesday 2 March

Merimbula – Wednesday 3 March

Bega – Thursday 4 March

Moruya – Wednesday 10 March

Jindabyne – Monday 15 March

Cooma – Tuesday 16 March

Wednesday 17 March – Delegate

Bombala – Thursday 18 March

Crookwell – Tuesday 23 March

Goulburn – Wednesday 24 March

Yass – Thursday 25 March

Narooma – Wednesday 31 March

Braidwood – Monday 19 April

Bungendore – Tuesday 20 April

Queanbeyan – Wednesday 21 April

Wollongong – Monday 3 May

Kiama – Tuesday 4 May

Nowra – Wednesday 5 May

Mollymook – Thursday 6 May

If you have difficulties registering on-line please send an email to yasmin@acwa.asn.au

In your email you must include the following information, or you will not be registered:

  • Your name
  • A contact phone number
  • Address of your home or workplace
  • The date and venue of the workshop into which you would like to be registered

You will then be manually registered into the workshop and sent a confirmation – this will take a few days.

Online registration is the best option as it enables you to provide all required information and reserve your space in a timely way (and places are limited).

If there is not a workshop in your area or you cannot attend that date complete the form below to request an on-demand workshop.

How do I request an on-demand workshop in my area?

Complete the form to request an on-demand workshop in your area. Requests will be considered on a monthly basis at the latest. You will then be informed as to whether your request has been able to be accommodated.

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CCWT is here to help. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Yasmin Stein on 02 8974 9825 or at yasmin@acwa.asn.au