Communication Skills and Strategies in Mental Health

ESSA’s first ASK professional development has been developed to build applied skills and knowledge to work in the field of mental health. This suite of PD is designed to be accessible to all our accreditation streams and external parties, this includes AEPs who may work with those who have mental illness, as well as AES and ASpS who work with those who may be experiencing poor mental health, or those who display some symptoms of mental illness but do not have a diagnosis

ESSA Mental Health ASK: Part 2 - The Role of the Exercise Professional as an Accidental Counsellor: Communication Skills and Strategies in Mental Health

This unit will explore communication skills and strategies in mental health. The unit will cover: 
Knowledge and application of communication skills with those with a mental illness or poor mental health including:
        o Reducing stigma
        o Empathy
        o Using appropriate language
        o Identifying and managing events 
        o Compassion fatigue and burnout

Completion of this unit will result in the following learning outcomes: 
Understanding key communication skills and strategies to assist with working with those who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness or poor mental health.
This is a pre-record professional development. 

Presented by Dr Oscar Lederman, PhD, AES, AEP

Dr Oscar Lederman is Clinical lead and Accredited Exercise Physiologist at the Keeping the Body in Mind (KBIM) program, Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service. Oscar is also a conjoint lecturer and academic at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in the Exercise Physiology Department. Oscar has 7 years experience working within the mental health field.

Oscar regularly provides education and training for students, academics and health professionals regarding the role of exercise and healthy lifestyle for people experiencing mental illness. Oscar is a qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor and delivers frequent workshops to students, exercise professionals and members of the public.

Rates per person

ESSA Member         $30.00  
Non-Member    $50.00 
ESSA Student Member    $15.00 
Student Non-Member    $25.00 

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Access to Online Activity

You will be provided information on how to access this Professional Development within your registration confirmation email.

Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2  and/or Accredited High Performance Manager.

This unit is suitable for anyone with an interest in having stronger communication skills to work with those with a mental illness or people who are experiencing poor mental health.


Successful completion of an assessment, within 60 days is required to earn applicable CPD Points


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  • When
    1/01/2023 - 31/12/2023 11:59 PM
    E. Australia Standard Time
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