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Fostering ongoing health, wellbeing and sustainability within staff and team environments

Part 1: 24 February 2021
Part 2: 3 March 2021

The Mental Health for Mental Health Professionals Masterclass has been designed to help leaders and supervisors working within human and social services harness resources within staff and team environments that foster ongoing health, wellbeing and sustainability, and to drive a paradigm shift from individual to a interdependent relational and sustainable model.  

As the demands on staff and teams working in mental health increase, a much-needed paradigm shift is paramount. Moving away from an autonomous and siloed way of practising, we will explore strategies for driving an all-encompassing, relational, interdependent and sustainable way of relating and practising.  

This masterclass aims to help leaders and supervisors with fostering ongoing health, wellbeing and sustainability within staff and team environments. The masterclass will provide opportunity to reflect, explore, identify and co-design new ways of working with staff and within teams. The program is underpinned by neuroscientific framework of Stephen Porges and is a combination of Somatic Experience and Relational Gestalt theory and practices.  

Don’t miss an opportunity to invest in implementing an ethical and sustainable way of working for you and your team. 

This Masterclass will support leaders and supervisors with:

Understanding ecological systems theory and how to apply it to organisational settings 

Assisting staff with mental health and wellbeing from a psychobiological lens

Learning to notice and track somatic signs of stress, overwhelm and burnout

Developing Healthy Boundaries - differentiate between states of joining, merging and avoiding 

Understanding the illusion of separateness and the importance of harnessing the power or relational neurobiology

Supporting staff to practice from a place of health, wellbeing and sustainability

Developing organisational ecological systems that nourish and support staff when working with crisis and reduce stress and overwhelm

Course Facilitators

Anna Skolarikis

Co- Founder

Restoring Resilience

Anna is the co-founder of Restoring Resilience. Restoring Resilience offers trainings, masterclasses and consults specialising in self care, reflective practice, working with kids and enhancing parent/child attachment.

Anna is a gestalt trained Psychotherapist and Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP). Anna works in private practice and works as a Clinical Supervisor at Victorian Child Care Agency with the Footprints for Success Program. Anna assists at Somatic Experience trauma trainings in Australia and New Zealand supporting emerging therapists to integrate a trauma informed psychobiological approach.

Anna has co-created a Masterclass that is a trauma informed approach working in mental health. Anna invites multi-disciplinary services to collaborate, to dialogue and forge a strong working alliance. The Masterclass provides psycho-education on behaviour through a trauma lens and supports services to build a relationship.

Phyllis Traficante

Co- Founder

Restoring Resilience

Phyllis is the co-founder of Restoring Resilience. She is an industry trainer of over 30 years’ experience, Masterclass developer, gestalt psychotherapist, somatic experience practitioner and global assistant and clinical counselling supervisor.

Phyllis provides counselling, supervision, and training for organisations such as Victorian Aids Council, Mind, Neami, Camcare, Boroondara Youth, NDIS, private practice, Life Works, as well as provides secondary consult, mediation, and support to high schools. Phyllis has managed teams for several organisations to date as well as within her own business.

Learning outcomes include:

Strategies and tools for acknowledging and honouring individual strengths and needs within team environments

The ability to maintain the integrity of the collective and organisational needs

Approaches for holding duality so that multiple wants and needs can co-exist

An understanding of how the whole is not greater, but equal to the sum of its parts, and how that impacts staff and teams



Masterclass commences


End of day one

Each day the facilitator will assign time for morning, lunch and afternoon break

Session 1: Your organisation is an ecological system – what does this mean, and how does this help?

  • Frontline workers are under considerable demand due to the huge and devastating impacts from COVID-19. Now more than ever it is paramount to co-create and develop organisational structures that break down siloes, and support a space for staff to reset, restore and regenerate so they can meet work demands from a place of sustainability, flexibility and resilience.
  • Exploring what is within your organisational ecological systems
  • Mapping out individual and collective resources, unmet needs and gaps within teams
  • The role of diversity and how it is paramount to supporting the health and sustainability of staff

Session 2: Managing stress, overwhelm and burnout with staff and within teams

  • This session will explore a psychobiological perspective toward staff and team safety, health and wellbeing. It will look at Stephen Porges latest neuroscientific framework, the Polyvagal Theory, and support managers to identify early signs of stress, overwhelm and burnout.
  • How the autonomic nervous system will up-regulate and down-regulate arousal levels when dealing with adversity and stress
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of when your staff or team are signalling that they need a break or when they are burnt out
  • Why connection, safety and curiosity will protect staff and teams from vicarious trauma and burnout

Session 3: Connection – exploring self-regulation and co-regulation

  • We learn if it is safe to individuate and separate during our infancy and early childhood development. Paradoxically, separation is only possible when there is safety in the attachment and connection. In our workplace settings we require managers and leaders who understand this fundamental and developmental need to feel culturally and physically safe, to belong, to flow between states of connection and individuation.
  • Examining relational neurobiology, brain malleability: the fundamental relational gift of human beings and how we have survived by forming relationships and emotional connection
  • Discussing the Triune Brain and how different areas of the brain manage different part of the regulatory system
  • How to rewire our perceptions of discipline
  • How to be proactive rather than reactive

End of Masterclass Day One


Masterclass commences


End of day two

Each day the facilitator will assign time for morning, lunch and afternoon break

Session 4: Reflective practice: perception and meaning making
Leaders must be aware that perception and meaning making are subjective. They must learn to bracket assumptions and engage from a position of curiosity and inquiry into how staff are perceiving their experiences and making meaning.
Engaging from a position of curiosity and inquiry – don’t ask why; ask how, when, what
Cultivating genuine curiosity and interest in the ways staff and teams rupture and repair
Exploring how misattunement can leave staff feeling misunderstood, not valued or cared for
The importance of self and coregulation relational skills
Differentiating between states of joining, merging and avoiding when developing health boundaries

Session 5: Cultivating an organisational ecological system – shifting from surviving to thriving
To drive an effective organisational ecological system, leaders and supervisors need to develop their own design of an ecological system that is attuned to their organisation. This session will guide attendees through that process, and will explore:
Practical approaches for building resiliency in teams and restoring resilience team leaders
Building ‘Resilience Groups’ – exploring the ‘name it, share it, heal it, repair it’ process
Exploring approaches for leaders and supervisors to become proactive not reactive
Developing a sense of belonging, grounding, sharing of calm, stabilisation and balance for within staff and team
Integrating your learnings – getting started on developing an organisational and ecological system that is interdependent, relational, fluid, flexible and sustainable

End of Masterclass

"Really enjoyed the Masterclass, excellent, engaging and captivating content. Really well presented and fun."


Head Space

“Thank you for providing this amazing opportunity. It is one of the best things I’ve done. Cannot thank you enough.”


Boroondara Youth

"Great presenters with clear points and targeted information"


Education department

"I liked the way Anna and Phyllis communicated with the group, it was sincere and they really listened and provided some great suggestions to those asking questions or sharing some of their story"


Education Department

"It was engaging and provided an open platform to speak freely from judgement. Was able to expand on my knowledge of the nervous system, window of tolerance and ways to help regulate it. Important lessons on how we connect with others in relation to boundaries"


Mental Health in Construction


2 Day Masterclass

$ 1,399
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2 Day Masterclass

$ 1,099
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