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Mental Health and the Workplace Workshop Series

In November 2012 we held one of our most successful forums (judging by the feedback received), Mental Health and the Workplace.  This forum attracted over 400 public sector employees and our feedback is saying we can’t stop there.  We have now developed workshops that will address various topics under the banner of 'Mental Health and the Workplace'.

Mental Health and the Workplace: Difficult Conversations

This workshop is designed not only to educated managers as to their responsibilities in managing mental health of their staff, but also how to go about having those difficult conversations with staff.

Many managers are not aware what ‘mental health issues’ actually means in behavioural terms. An aim of this workshop is to de-mystify the term ‘mental health issues’ into real world, understandable concepts with real life case studies and examples. This forms the basis of developing skills for difficult conversations: understanding the problem. We will discuss why these are difficult conversations referencing our general reluctance to “pry into other’s private business”. What happens if that ‘private business’ starts to impact work performance? We will look at guidelines and obligations upon employers and managers under WHS as well as the Public Sector Act. Prior to engaging more formal processes, we will look at communication skills for managers in how to approach staff and how to frame conversations around the intersection between mental health and performance.

The facilitator for the workshop is Luke Broomhall, Director of Broomhall Young Psychology who has 15 years experience in providing consulting services to government, and the private sectors focusing on human behaviours (see bio below for further info).

Venue: PwC, Level 14, Westpac House, 91 King William St Adelaide SA 5000
Date: 11 February 2014
Time: 8.30 am (Registration) 9:00 am – 12.30 pm
Register: here

Mental Health and the Workplace: Staying Well at Work

This workshop is designed to educate employees about mental health issues in the workplace and to identify when peers or they as individuals are having difficulties that may be affecting work performance. Many people are not aware what ‘mental health issues’ actually means in behavioural terms and one aim of this training is to demystify the term “mental health issues” into real world, understandable concepts with real life case studies and examples. This forms the basis for developing skills that will assist in controlling situations in the workplace that may arise. The employee program examines the guidelines and obligations relevant to employers and managers under WH&S, as well as individual duty of care to work in a safe manner. It also discusses the intersection between mental health and performance management issues in the context of employee rights and responsibilities.

The program then discusses the early warning signs, in terms of behaviour at work that individuals can be aware of in themselves and observe in colleagues. It explores the concepts of stress, burnout, resilience and self-care in the context of mental health issues in the workplace and offers some practical tips of healthy living including questionnaires for self-audit learning.

The facilitator for the workshop is Samantha Young, Director of Broomhall Young Psychology.

Date: TBA

Mental Health and the Workplace: Bullying and Harassment: Definitions, Reasons and Strategies

In this the third in the “Mental Health and the Workplace Series”, an Executive Solicitor from The Crown Solicitor’s office, Craig Stevens, will address employers’ obligations under workplace health and safety legislation as well as the need to look behind the label ‘bullying’ in order to determine if conduct is improper or not.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Anne Gale will provide context about state and national laws in relation to discrimination and harassment and discuss obligations for managers and staff.  Anne will also outline the role of the Equal Opportunity Commission in dealing with complaints of discrimination and harassment and its dispute resolution service.

Forensic Psychologist Luke Broomhall will outline the reasons why people engage in conduct that constitutes bullying and his view as to what does and what does not constitute bullying behaviour. Luke will outline practical strategies for managing persons who engage in bullying as well as highlight general organisational models of reporting and responding to allegations of bullying behaviour.

The overall aims of the session would be to ensure a clear understanding of:

  • Why it’s important to deal with inappropriate behaviours
  • What are “inappropriate behaviours” (regardless of the label)
  • Impact on an individual and organisation
  • Addressing inappropriate behaviours, and
  • Support systems available for staff

The training session covers relevant legislation and internal policy. It then defines the target behaviours and discusses the organisational and human costs of such behaviours. The material then explores the motivations behind conduct that constitutes bullying.  Importantly, it also delineates what is not included under these definitions, including ideas such as reasonable managerial action. 

The training materials prompt participants to make their own assessments and recommendations about sample case studies before discussing how to prevent and manage these behaviours when they occur.

Tailored case studies will add to an interactive format that keeps participants interested and engaged. Learning outcomes would be established at the start of the sessions and reviewed and summarised at the end.

Venue: PwC, Level 14, Westpac House, 91 King William St Adelaide SA 5000
Date: 13 March 2014
Time: 8.30 am (Registration) 9:00 am – 12.30 pm
Register: here

Luke Broomhall, Director, Broomhall Young Psychology

Luke Broomhall is a Director of Broomhall Young Psychology, which provides professional consulting services to individuals, government and private industry around people and performance management. He is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience in forensic psychology and organisational consulting. Luke is the current chair of the Australian
Psychological Society (APS) College of Forensic Psychology (SA Branch). Luke has conducted personality profiling assessments in high profile criminal matters in South Australia and provides expert medico-legal opinion in criminal matters at all levels of court in South Australia.

His opinion is regularly sought in legal circles when examining the impact of mental health problems in criminal behaviour. Luke’s experience with personality profiling has also been sought by both government and private enterprise in training and development, coaching, leadership and mentoring. Luke has a particular interest in managing personality disorders in the workplace (or ‘corporate psychopathy’), developing individual skills for success in management and group training in managing mental health in the workplace. Luke has a dynamic and engaging presentation style, drawing from academic literature, clinical and organisational experience. He has a unique insight into human behaviours and how to get the best from different personality styles. Luke presents a regular Psychology segment on 891 ABC Adelaide Drive Program and enjoys spending time with his family,
cycling and the Redlegs.


Samantha Young M.Psych. (Clin.), M.B.A, B.A. (Hons.), MAPS, Consultant Psychologist / Director, Broomhall Young Psychology

Samantha brings a unique combination of senior management and commercial experience, psychological intervention skills and Masters-level formal education in both business and psychology to her clinical and coaching work.  She has lead large teams, advised CEOs and Boards on strategic issues and routinely provides consulting advice to client organisations on human resources, industrial relations and operational matters.

Samantha has worked with employees and executives across a range of issues including career enhancement, skills development, management of difficult organisational issues and building personal effectiveness and efficiency.  Samantha is an experienced and engaging trainer, having designed and delivered training programs for organisations such as Department of Correctional Services, Families SA, CPA, KPMG, Adelaide University and Alfred James Funerals.  As a clinical psychologist, she is able to combine scientific theory with ‘real-life’ practical examples to make training delivery more relevant and interesting for participants.


Mr Craig Stevens, Executive Solicitor, Crown Solicitor’s Office

Craig was a Police Officer for eight years and during the last years of service commenced university study. After some full time study, he worked for three years as an Industrial Officer at the Police Association of South Australia and at the same time finalised his studies on a part-time basis. Craig re-joined the public sector in 1998 and spent brief periods in Public Sector Workforce Relations, Cabinet Office and SafeWork SA in roles focussing on industrial and employee relations policy. He joined the Crown Solicitor's Office in the year 2001 as a solicitor and has been Managing Solicitor of the Industrial and Employment Team since December 2007. He is a President of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia.


Anne Gale, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity South Australia

Anne Gale is South Australia’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. She has statutory powers to assess and conciliate complaints of discrimination and to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities under Equal Opportunity laws. 
Ms Gale was previously Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Consumer and Business Services. Prior to this Ms Gale was Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities, with responsibility for Disability, Ageing and Domiciliary Care. 

Ms Gale has also served in a range of other roles in other agencies including the University of Adelaide, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department for Human Services and the South Australian Housing Trust. 

Ms Gale is a member of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing and has been a member of the National Occupational Licensing Authority Board, as well as a member of a number of community service and sport associations.