Become a wellbeing and recovery coach for primary and secondary students

Learn about how you can support students through disasters and difficult life circumstances

Beginning in Term 3, 2022, training is available to help school staff give one-on-one support to students who are struggling to adjust after a disaster, like bushfires or the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Australia is seeking expressions of interest to attend its Skills for Life Adjustment and Resilience (SOLAR) for Kids and Teens sessions. These sessions will offer advice on adjustment difficulties after stressful events.

The department has partnered with Phoenix Australia to deliver this program, due to their expertise in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing.

Phoenix Australia will run information sessions about the program in July 2022.

Course content

In SOLAR for Kids and Teens, you will learn how to coach students through the impact of difficult life circumstances, teaching them age-appropriate skills for coping and building resilience. 

You do not need to have a background in mental health to coach students through these issues.

SOLAR for Kids and Teens offers advice to help teachers, nurses, allied health staff and wellbeing support staff to support students. 

Course structure

The program has in-person, online and guided training components, including group supervision while coaching students in your school. The program beginning in Term 3 will take around 10 weeks to complete.

First, participants should complete online learning, which should take approximately 2.5 hours.

After you have completed this online learning, you will be ready to attend the live online session.

The 6-hour, live online component will be held on separate days for primary and secondary schools:

  • Tuesday 2 August 2022 (primary schools)
  • Friday 12 August 2022 (secondary schools).

Following this session, you can also complete an optional 2-hour session on counselling skills. Sessions will be available on:

  • Monday 15 August 2022
  • Thursday 18 August 2022
  • Monday 22 August 2022.

The group supervision component will involve a minimum commitment of 6 weekly sessions, beginning:

  • Monday 8 August 2022 (primary schools)
  • Monday 15 August 2022 (secondary schools).

Sessions will run each week until Friday 2 December 2022, excluding school holidays.

Places in the program are limited to 100 school-based staff. Multiple staff from the same school are welcome to register.

The benefits for schools that support staff to participate include: 

  • free training and supervision by post-disaster mental health experts at Phoenix Australia 
  • staff will be better equipped to support children and young people affected by disasters and other stressful events
  • the skills can be useful in a wide range of contexts to help reduce feelings of distress and discomfort. 

To learn more, please complete a Coaches Expression of Interest Form by Wednesday 20 July 2022.

Information sessions

If you would like to find out more about the program, attend one of the free online information sessions below.

Event details

Date: Thursday 14 July 2022
Time: 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Platform: online (Zoom)
Cost: free.

To attend, join the Thursday 14 July 2022 session on your computer or mobile app, or dial-in by phoning 03 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 and enter the meeting ID: 836 2038 8931.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2022
Time: 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm
Platform: online (Zoom)
Cost: free.

To attend, join the Tuesday 19 July 2022 session on your computer or mobile app, or dial in by phoning 03 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 and enter the meeting ID: 878 8349 7422.

Find out more

To sign up for more information, complete the Coaches Expression of Interest Form.

For further enquiries, contact Matthew Dunne, project officer, Inclusive Education Professional Practice branch by email: matthew.dunne@education.vic.gov.au