About Rebecca Leach Professional Development
"I enjoy all of Rebecca's training - She is the best teacher and makes learning fun! Thank you so much Rebecca for all of your support - You have taught me a lot and I feel confident using the skills I have learnt from you." Michelle (Department of Health)

It is important that I continue to 'sharpen the tools in my own toolbox.' To maintain and enhance my knowledge and skills I use a 70:20:10 framework. 70% of my learning and development is from experience. For over 20 years I have been experientially learning by working in leadership positions within the community services and education sectors throughout Australia (including working for the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre, Lifeline and The Benevolent Society). To ensure that I have current industry skills I continue to practice as a Counsellor. 20% of my learning and development is from exposure. My social learning includes networking and receiving feedback, coaching, mentoring and supervision.

10% of my learning and development is from education. My formal learning has included studying a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Disability Studies, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, Diploma of Community Education, Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Children's Services, Diploma of Leisure and Health, Diploma of Training Design and Development, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Advocacy, Certificate IV in Aged Care, Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Certificate III in Community Services, Certificate III in Disability, Certificate III in Mental Health and Certificate III in Youth Work. In addition I am currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council).
I hope that I can support your professional development by facilitating person centred Nuts and Bolts Workshops (and supportive eLearning and distance education) and Bec-Spoke On Site Training that meets your needs (as part of your 10% formal learning and development). I would like to provide you with ongoing support to assist in your 20% exposure learning and development (including providing you with coaching and assisting you to share information with your team, organisation and sector) and 70% experiential learning and development (such as empowering you to apply knowledge and skills).
Nuts and Bolts Workshops, Distance Education and eLearning
​​"Thank you for going above and beyond - For guiding us, inspiring us, supporting us, mentoring us and teaching us with your amazing ways. You're the best" Jolene (Community Services)

I hope to support your continuous learning by facilitating Nuts and Bolts Workshops. This is interactive professional development (not 'chalk and talk') focused on providing you with practical strategies ('nuts and bolts') and ongoing support to implement them. Please note that the participant numbers are limited to enable a person centred approach to be used in these intensive workshops. These topics are also available as supportive distance education and eLearning.

The topics are determined by industry consultation. Please provide me with your comments to ensure that they continue to meet learning and development needs.
I also hope to support your learning and development by facilitating Bec-Spoke On-Site Training. This is interactive professional development (not 'chalk and talk') customised to meet the needs of your organisation. My focus is on providing practical strategies and ongoing support to implement them. Please note that I am also able to present at conferences and to provide consultancy services.
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Accidental Counsellor​​
"I attended the Nuts and Bolts Accidental Counsellor Workshop a week ago and just wanted to provide some good feedback. I really enjoyed the workshop and found Rebecca to be a warm and inclusive facilitator. I think her love of people really shows through and has a positive impact on her work. One of the most striking things I noticed was that she keeps a really calm, smooth, even tone which makes people feel at ease and helps them to open up and participate. Rebecca's wealth of knowledge and experience was also a huge asset that we got to benefit from. Keep up the good work." Megan (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Without professional support, resources, training and experience, or even a clear mandate to ‘do counselling,’ workers often find themselves placed in an impromptu counselling role as a result of issues or requests that arise and are confronted with a range of difficult dilemmas. The Nuts and Bolts Accidental Counsellor Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication 
  • Providing an initial response to people experiencing crisis
  • Basic person centred therapy, motivational interviewing and solution focused brief therapy
  • Boundaries and referrals
  • Self care
Nuts and Bolts Accidental Counsellor Workshop
"Thank you - I enjoyed the online learning much better than the face to face accidental counsellor course I did with another organisation years ago. The content was good, it really sharpened the tools that I already had and the additional templates were an added bonus. The website and access was really user friendly, and easy to navigate. I did find myself racing ahead, as I already had a good understanding of the content, however I really took the time to reflect on my skills and opportunities for personal development. I work in a management position in the disability sector and face challenges everyday and crisis every day. The self care was very useful for me to remind myself of how important it is to maintain that. The self care part of the course could be a stand alone course and very appealing for organisations that care for others. Thank you." Rachael (Disability Service) 

Case Management​​
"All of my staff requested to attend the Nuts and Bolts Case Management Workshop, so I asked Rebecca to facilitate the training onsite. When Rebecca first engaged with us she showed an immediate understanding of our role and organisation, which in turn played an important part in delivering exactly what we were looking for. I’ve been in this role since 2004 and again – Rebecca somehow seems to have taken / recognised everything I’ve learned on the way to not just deliver an excellent session, but from general conversations, she showed that she really understood who we are and what we do. Thank you Rebecca - I look forward to working with you in the future." Tony
(Co-Morbidity Service)

Case management is the primary way for providing support across the community services sector. Even workers who do not technically have a case management role benefit from a case management approach to their work and from using case management skills and strategies. The Nuts and Bolts Case Management Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Engagement and intake
  • Strengths based assessments
  • Person centred case planning 
  • Implementing, monitoring and reviewing case plans
  • Exit planning and closure​​
Please contact me if you would prefer to undertake the unit of competency CHCCSM005 develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management which includes the elements determine appropriate response to case management in accordance with organisation and legislative requirements, conduct case management meetings, develop an appropriate case management plan and monitor and review case work activities and processes.
Nuts and Bolts Case Management Workshop

Planned Support Guide (Queensland Council of Social Service)

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Conflict Management​​ 
"I have attended several training sessions with Rebecca. I thought that they were fantastic. The way Rebecca could just talk so thoroughly and comfortably about each topic, answer questions and be 'in the know' with the latest information and resources in the sector put me at ease . I found it wonderful that when I had further questions after the sessions had finished that I wasn't a bother and that Rebecca was always happy to help. She actually encouraged me to openly contact her when I needed to. I would definitely Rebecca Leach Professional Development to other people. It has been well worth it. Thank you!" Shaarn (School Counsellor)

A conflict resilient workplace does not rely solely on formal dispute processes, but emphasises positive relationships and strong communication so that conflict is managed early, at the lowest possible level by the people directly involved, and with the most appropriate response. The Nuts and Bolts Conflict Management Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Identifying individual reactions to conflict
  • Effective communication 
  • Assertive thinking and action
  • Conflict resolution approaches
  • Self care
Nuts and Bolts Conflict Management Workshop
"Let me start by saying that I am required to complete mandatory training as part of my employment responsiblities and was forced to attend the Nuts and Bolts Documentation Workshop. I thought that it was going to be a waste of time but I could not have been more wrong. Rebecca's exceptional facilitation skills ensured that I learnt a lot. I enjoyed her relaxed and engaging approach which meant that I did not feel like I was in a classroom and that I definitely did not get bored. I will be recommending that my colleagues also attend the Nuts and Bolts Documentation Workshop and I am even going to request to attend the Rebecca Leach Professional Development Nuts and Bolts Documentation Workshop again next year!" Tracey (Aged Care Service)   

Documentation is the chronological record of interactions, observations and actions. As an integral part of professional practice, workers are required to maximise their efficiency and minimise risks in providing accurate and objective descriptions grounded in fact and evidence. The Nuts and Bolts Documentation Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Meeting legal and ethical responsibilities for record keeping
  • Distinguishing between facts and opinions
  • Writing clear and concise documentation
  • Collecting and storing confidential information
  • Disclosing information with consent or as a legal requirement
Nuts and Bolts Documentation Workshop
"Rebecca has a wide range of knowledge and experiences and I was amazed to learn about her accomplishments. She has played a big role in helping to build and support the community services sector. I have been very fortunate to have her train, guide and support me with my responsibilities in planning and monitoring service delivery, recruitment, performance development and performance management and contributing to continuous improvement. My supervisors have also attended the Nuts and Bolts Leadership Workshop and have found all of the content to be amazing. It has really helped to motivate and inspire my staff. Thank you." Peter (Alcohol and Other Drug Service)

The Nuts and Bolts Leadership Workshop includes Gallup's What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment (grouped into executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking domains) and Q12 Employee Engagement Survey (linked to productivity, profitability and retention) and aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Developing a person centred, strengths based and emotionally intelligent workplace 
  • Recruitment practices
  • Developing and managing performance
  • Evaluating engagement and retention
  • Prioritisation and delegation

Progress for Providers (National Disability Services and Helen Sanderson Associates Australia)

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"Thank you so much for providing me with a flexible learning option. I found the reflection on strengths (Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment) and the ways we use them (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) very interesting. I think Rebecca must be high in the achiever theme (being productive) and use this with feeling (putting energy into creating relationships). She has been very supportive and has even help me to develop policies and procedures.Craig (Mental Health Service)
National Disability Insurance Scheme
If you are a person with disability, participant, family member, carer or the wider community, you may be interested in accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme participant books in order to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, prepare for a planning meeting and implement the plan. The booklets are intended for use throughout a person's National Disability Insurance journey and can be used to record key information, write questions and collect thoughts . The booklets are Understanding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (which includes learning about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, deciding whether to apply for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme), Planning (which includes  understanding current supports, creating a National Disability Insurance Scheme plan to achieve goals and receiving an approved National Disability Insurance Scheme plan) and Using the National Disability Insurance Scheme Plan (which includes understanding what's in the plan, learning how to use the plan, choosing and managing supports and services and reviewing the plan and progress).

My experience in the disability sector has included being involved in the trial sites and rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. I am also an approved facilitator of the Parents as Case Coordinators program. The National Disability Insurance Scheme aims to provide Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need. The National Nuts and Bolts National Disability Insurance Scheme Workshop provides strategies in:
  • Supporting service providers to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Registering as a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
  • Operating as a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
  • Transitioning service users to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Becoming a National Disability Insurance Scheme participant 
Nuts and Bolts National Disability Insurance Scheme Workshop
Positive Behaviour Support​​
"Behavious of concern are regarded as being behaviours of such intensity, frequency or duration as to threaten the quality of life and/or safety of the individuals or others. Some of the behaviours of concern that I encounter within my position include aggression, property destruction, self-injurious behaviour, socially inappropriate behaviour and withdrawn behaviour. The Nuts and Bolts Positive Behaviour Support Workshop was invaluable for my professional development. It provided me with crucial knowledge and skills and Rebecca has provided me with ongoing support in order to implement positive behaviour support strategies in practice.Thank you Rebecca." Anna (Teacher)

Workers regularly find themselves in a position of responding to and monitoring behaviour. Positive behaviour support strategies can provide ways to respond effectively to behaviours of concern and can also support people to learn skills to manage their own behaviour. The Nuts and Bolts Positive Behaviour Support Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments
  • Reactive and proactive approaches
  • Developing positive behaviour support plans 
  • Implementing positive support plans
  • Monitoring and evaluating approaches
Nuts and Bolts Positive Behaviour Support Workshop
Preventing Suicide 
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please contact 000 or visit your nearest hospital.
If the information on this page raises any issues for you or if you need assistance, please contact a 24/7 national crisis support service such as:
Lifeline on 131144
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300659467
Beyond Blue on 1300224636 or
Kids Helpline on 1800551800

On the 27th of September 2017, Causes of Death Australia 2016 was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which showed that suicide was the leading cause of death among all people 15-44 years of age with an average of 7.85 deaths by suicide in Australia each day. The Nuts and Bolts Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm Workshop aims to provide strategies in:
  • Recognising when someone may be at risk of suicide
  • Discussing suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
  • Assessing immediate suicide risk 
  • Developing appropriate safe plans and linking to further support
  • Self care
Please contact me if you would prefer to undertake the unit of competency CHCCCS003 increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide which includes the elements identify and assess the person’s current suicide risk, collaborate to increase immediate safety, facilitate links to further support and review and report on support provided.

Living Is For Everyone (Department of Health)

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You may be interested in visiting Life in Mind, which is a national initiative that connects Australian suicide prevention services and programs to each other and other community.
Reflective Practice​​
"I believe that everyone should attend the Rebecca Leach Professional Development Nuts and Bolts Reflective Practice Workshop. I found the Nuts and Bolts Reflective Practice Workshop provided me with a profound journey that increased my self awareness and emotional intelligence. It encouraged me to observe my behaviour, feelings, thoughts, skills, attitudes, biases and professional conduct from an objective viewpoint. It provided me with the skills to be able to identify my strengths and weaknesses and to engage in a process of continuous learning in order to improve on my practice." Fraser (Community Health)

Reflective practice is the process of thoughtfully considering experiences in order to continuously improve outcomes. It is important to build reflective practice, critical thinking and evidence based decision making into everyday workplace routines. The Nuts and Bolts Reflective Practice Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective practice
  • Ongoing learning
  • Quality improvement
  • Incorporating these concepts into daily practice
Please contact me if you would prefer to undertake the unit of competency CHCPRP003 reflect on and improve own professional practice whici includes the elements reflect on own practice, enhance own practice and facilitate ongoing professional development.
Nuts and Bolts Reflective Practice Workshop
Responding to Aggressive Behaviour
"I attended the interactive Nuts and Bolts Responding to Aggressive Behaviour Workshop and gained an understanding of the trigger phase, escalation phase, crisis phase, recovery phase and post crisis phase. I feel like I now have an awareness about the potential for aggression and am therefore more able to take steps to prevent it. I have already been able to implement some of the practical strategies in practice including remaining calm, adopting a non-threatening posture and using space and the work environment to ensure safety. I will be sending all of my staff to the next Rebecca Leach Professional Development Nuts and Bolts Responding to Aggressive Behavious Workshop. Thank you." Graham (Housing Service)

Occupational violence can have significant short and long term impacts on a worker’s psychological and physical health. These can in turn have significant economic and social costs for workers, their family, their organisation and the wider community. The Nuts and Bolts Responding to Aggressive Behaviour Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Recognising predicators and triggers of violence and aggression
  • Prevention and defusion measures
  • Intervening from individual and organisational health perspectives
  • Self awareness and boundaries
  • Debriefing and self care
Nuts and Bolts Responding to Aggressive Behaviour Workshop
Self Care​​
"I always enjoy Rebecca's training - No matter what it is. She has a way of getting us to recognise the skills we already have and how to use them in context. This particular workshop (the Nuts and Bolts Self-Care Workshop) gave me lots of insights about self-care and really helped me and my staff to understand the importance of exploring our physical, emotional, social, eocnomic and spiritual needs and strategies to assist us to include self care in our daily routines. I'm looking forward to seeing Rebecca at our next training session!" Zoe (Department of Human Services)​​​

Burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are common occupational hazards. Therefore, it is important to enhance resiliency, reduce stress and mitigate the risk of burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in order to thrive personally and professionally. Please note that I have completed a Train the Trainer Mindfulness program. The Nuts and Bolts Self Care Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Measuring current stress levels
  • Preventing and intervening from individual self care and organisational health perspectives
  • Debriefing and critical re-framing
  • Emotional awareness and boundaries
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing self care plans
Nuts and Bolts Self Care Workshop
You may be interested in completing the free online Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance and Mindfulness in Daily Life  training developed by Monash University.
Trauma Informed Practice

"I highly recommend the Nuts and Bolts Trauma Informed Practice Workshop. It enabled me to gain an understanding that a trauma informed approach includes a realisation at all levels of an organisation or system about trauma and its impacts on individuals, families and communities, recognition of the signs of trauma, responding by applying the principles of a trauma informed approach and resisting re-traumatisation. It also provided me with strategies to implement the principles of a trauma informed approach including safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice and choice and cultural, historical and gender issues." Chantelle (Out of Home Care Service)

A strengths based framework based on understanding how trauma affects people's lives and their needs requires consideration of a person's environment beyond the immediate service being provided and how their symptoms and presentations may be seen as adaptations to trauma rather than as pathologies. The Nuts and Bolts Trauma Informed Practice Workshop aims to provide practical strategies in:
  • Progressing from being aware to sensitive to responsive to informed 
  • Identifying indicators and impacts of trauma
  • Implementing trauma informed care principles and practices
  • Evidence based trauma specific interventions
  • Boundaries and self care
Please contact me if you would prefer to undertake the unit of competency CHCMHS013 implement trauma informed care which includes the elements work in trauma informed ways, develop strategies to address people’s specific trauma needs, promote trauma informed practices and maintain safety in practice.
Nuts and Bolts Trauma Informed Practice Workshop

Nuts and Bolts Workshops Expression of Interest Form

Please provide me with the following information to ensure that the Nuts and Bolts Workshop meets your development needs: