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Digital Seminar

Supporting Clients in Life Transitions: Refocus the Inner Compass

Practical perspectives and strategies to facilitate stability through life changes

Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S. M.A.Ed. B.S.W (Hon) R.N.
One full day
Audio and Video
Apr 30, 2020
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‘I was fine until I retired’ or ‘I was okay whilst my kids were living at home’ are common statements we hear when we are trying to understand what life was like before a significant life-change. The transition process has thrown the familiar world into chaos and confusion. This course is for all who facilitate/counsel and support these negotiations of ongoing change and stress and want to build resilience in their clients in support of them making healthy, positive choices.

The course will provide an opportunity to reflect on the key transition points of life’s journey and to focus on the challenges of retirement and empty nest syndrome etc.. Depression rates are particularly high during times of change for both men and women.

Empty nest syndrome is not a clinical disorder or diagnosis. It is a transitional period in life that often brings loneliness and loss. However, the experience is often bittersweet or emotionally challenging. It is not experience by both men and women. Retirement is another transition point that can transform an individual’s life with statistics showing depression rates are high in retired men who often talk about unexpected disappointments of this time they had previously looked forward to.

How do we move from a time of chaos and uncertainty e.g. ‘re-tirement’ to a positive ‘re-wirement’ and ‘re-firement’ of our understanding of self? How can value clarification throw light on life’s transition points and possibly open new possibilities? This course will address the challenge of moving through life- transitions with an enduring sense of self and discuss the importance of finding a home in oneself when everything in the outer world changes.

Navigating these ever-changing currents, tides and winds requires knowledge, self-awareness and processes that help us to a point of acceptance. Practical strategies and activities will be provided and experienced to facilitate these processes of self-awareness and understanding.

Instead of being kind and compassionate with ourselves during these challenging times we often tend to become overly self-critical with ourselves and often forget the importance of calming the anxious mind. This course will emphasize the importance to incorporating a self-compassion approach during times of significant change.


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“Would have loved two days. Loved the body map and image exercise.”

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“It was the best PDP Seminar I have attended. Informative, educational, hands on. Everyone was involved it was interactive, different variety of resources used. Really enjoyed it.”

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“Beate´ shares a lot of relevant, hands on stories that brings reality to the theory and information. Beate´ is a wonderfully warm engaging presenter.”

“Practical, usable, and far more grounded that I had imagined!”

“Wonderful, valuable day – really opened my thinking on loss and grief leaving me feeling much more confident to support my grieving clients (and myself and family).



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Identify the key transitions points of the human development journey and associated cultural and psychological challenges and consequences.
  2. Understand key issues in the transition of retirement and empty nest syndrome
  3. Experience reflective practice activities.
  4. Understand the nature of ‘Change’ and incorporate the model of ‘Becoming Friends with Change’.
  5. Determine the choices available and what can and cannot change.
  6. Establish stability zones in life and build support systems to cultivate healing and deep self-knowing.
  7. Discover what blocks movement through transitions.
  8. Identify inner relinquishment that are needed and how needs may be met in other ways.
  9. Understand the importance of incorporating self-compassion during times of significant change and the difference it will make to find stability and calm for an anxious mind.

“Often clients seek out support when they are going through times of significant life change and when their inner road map does not fit the reality of the territory or threshold they are crossing. This course provides insight and strategies to proactively support clients through times of confusion, enabling the client to find clarity to make healthy, positive choices.    Beate Steller


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • This will enable you to work more proactively with life stage transition points in client’s lives.
  • Discover a strength-based approach to negotiations of ongoing changes and stresses that facilitate clients making healthy, positive choices during significant transition points in life.



Session outline :

  • Welcome and overview of the day.
  • Naming Life’s transition points and reflecting on the culture of change.
  • Identifying processes that support the transition pathway.
  • Steps and activities that invite the reframing and re-invention of oneself and one’s identity.
  • Discussing the importance of stability during the transition process.
  • How to find a home in yourself and supporting an enduring sense of personal self.
  • Ensuring the importance of self-compassion during times of transitions is valued and practiced.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists with little knowledge of Existential theory and practice. 

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