Managing Front Office Conversations, Conflict & Cranky People

Presented by: David Vinegrad

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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f you are in the front line and work with parents, teaching staff, and students on a regular basis then this workshop is for you. This program is ideal for general office staff whose role includes working with and supporting all members of complex school communities.

Front of office staff drive the heart beat and often provide the first impression of ‘who we are’ at many schools -culture. Front of office staff are the often the ‘first responders’ to distressed and sometimes angry parents, anxious and often self-important students, stressed and sometimes demanding teachers.

Establishing and sustaining productive relationships across the school is a key role of office staff and they need adequate training and skills to make sure their wellbeing is maximized and the office can function without toxic relationships and unnecessary conflict. In this workshop participants will:

  • Take away the very effective L.E.A.P approach to manage challenging conversations with people.
  • Learn to implement a ‘10 step’ approach to facilitating courageous conversations with parents.
  • Explore the influences that brain chemistry and emotional states (affect) can have on challenging conversations.
  • Learn to have a 4 x 2 conversation with staff, students and parents.
  • Learn how the physical environment and meeting and greeting protocols can influence how we do business with the wider school community.
  • Investigate the origins of conflict and how people respond and what are the preferred outcomes.
  • Learn to apply a wide range of effective strategies that defuse high level emotions and engage people in constructive conversations.

Event Details:


Tuesday 10th December, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Saxons Training Facilities 
Level 6, 500 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Target Audience: All School Administration Staff.

  $279.00 + GST

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About the Presenter:

David Vinegrad is a well-known presenter with extensive experience in the area of behaviour management both nationally and internationally. He has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer, and presenter and is widely recognised as an international expert on restorative justice. He has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practices into schools in Australia and internationally and is an experienced counsellor and mediator including high level management of critical incidents and school based trauma. David has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and students in a variety of diverse educational settings undertaking and developing a wide range of roles including recent work in Japan and Brazil.


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