Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM AWST
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Veronika Fitzgerald
CISWA Executive Officer

0411 913 730


'International Students' Well-being during the COVID-19 Crisis'
THURSDAY 28th May 2020
9.30 - 11.30am
Zoom Online Platform

If your institution has been adversely affected by COVID-19 crisis and you cannot get funding to attend a PD session, CISWA will support you with a 50% discounted $75 fee, or fee-free if your situation requires that level of support. Please contact Veronika on info@ciswa.com.
This workshop is ideal for professional and academic staff who work with international students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put huge pressures on international students studying in Australia.  Institutions have had to rapidly put in place many new systems and processes to support students. 
Student support and counselling staff from WA institutions will present what they are doing to support students through this crisis.  They will share best practice and some of their wider support measures that might be available.  
The workshop will explore the following support for mental health during COVID - 19: 
  • Ramping up reach out and visibility; addressing hardship - leveraging strong internal practice and resources; case management and accessing external resources
  • Trauma informed, feedback informed and specific counselling approaches
  • Observations, Considerations for ongoing and future impacts.
  • Resources
Multi-level Approach to Student Support including:
  • Preventative approaches
  • Visible front-line support
  • Academic support
  • Welfare support
  • Specialist support
Please join us for this informative PD workshop
Tsin Koh - Counselling Team Leader, Murdoch University
Rebecca Omond - Health Promotion Officer, Murdoch University
Maria-Elena Johnston - Student Counsellor, Curtin College    
Pietra Simonetti - Student Welfare and Relationships Coordinator, Department of Training and Workforce Development  
Tsin Koh - Counselling Team Leader, Murdoch University
Tsin graduated with a Master of Psychology (Clinical/Health) in Perth in 1997. She worked briefly in Singapore before returning to Perth, where she worked at Disability Services Commission, followed by 17 years with the Department of Health Western Australia.  Tsin worked at Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service, in both inpatient and community mental health settings.
After working with people with severe mental health disorders for many years, Tsin developed a passion for working preventatively with university students. Tsin has a special interest in working with international students because she was one herself.
Tsin has been at Murdoch University since 2015, and works closely with Bella, one of our Counselling Service dogs. In addition to working with students, Tsin collaborates with staff across the university to develop engaging, informative programs that enhance the well-being of our university community.
Rebecca Omond - Health Promotion Officer, Murdoch University  
Bec began working at Murdoch in 2016 and commenced her role as Health Promotion Officer in 2018. She has a Bachelor in Preventive Health and a keen interest in community health and holistic well-being. She believes in helping people make positive choices to improve their wellbeing. Bec enjoys working with university students in the preventative space in particular; sexual health, mental health and social wellbeing.
Maria-Elena Johnston - Student Counsellor, Curtin College     
Currently, as Student Counsellor at Curtin College, Maria-Elena is privileged to work with students on an individual level and collaborate within an incredibly dedicated academic and administration team to promote wellbeing and success college wide. She holds a GradDipSocSc(Cnslg) and makes it her purpose to support a sense of safety and belonging within the community. 
24 years in International Education, ranging from Admissions and Marketing, Student Services and Management; her love of diversity; an enthusiasm for working with, and learning from students as they tap into their innate ability to problem solve and grow, afford Maria-Elena a holistic and systemic approach to Student Well-being and Success.  
Pietra Simonetti - Student Welfare and Relationships Coordinator, Department of Training and Workforce Development
Pietra Simonetti has been working in international education for over 12 years, working across both the schools and VET sector. Currently Pietra is working in student welfare at TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA), where she monitors the effective management of student welfare arrangements and manages risk associate with the arrangements of welfare for minors. She also works closely with the TAFE colleges to monitor and assist with the management of students at risk. Pietra has previously held a variety of other roles with TIWA working across admissions and student services. Her work was recently recognised by the Western Australian public sector when she was nominated by the Department of Training and Workforce Development for International Woman's Day 2020. 
Register Now! *If you are unsure if your institution holds a current paid CISWA Membership then please contact the CISWA Office via email info@ciswa.com