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Department of Education and Training – Leading for Wellbeing series

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DET: Creating and maintaining a psychologically safe work team during challenging times (1 hour)

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Psychological safety is about creating “a climate in which people are comfortable being (and expressing) themselves.” Why is this so important? Google’s 2015 study ‘Project Aristotle’ found that psychological safely significantly underpinned highly functioning teams across the organisation. Staff attached low interpersonal risk to voicing their ideas or making mistakes, and so they were more likely to share novel information or integrate a greater diversity of thought. The outcome was to drive innovation and to improve judgment and decision-making. Employees in psychologically safe teams were less likely to wish to leave their workplace. However, psychological safety is a shared team experience and takes time. As leaders, you can play a very important role in helping your people feel psychologically safe and supported through the uncertainty of COVID-19, regardless of whether this is achieved face-to-face or virtually.

We invite you to join this interactive webinar with psychologists to learn how to create and maintain a psychologically safe workplace in these unpredictable times. A focus on building trust and a feedback culture will provided.

Who is this for?

  • All managers and school leaders across our schools and workplaces.

What will you get by joining?

  • Understanding the seven steps you can take to create a psychological safe workplace.
  • Practical strategies for building a culture of trust, within your team and across the broader workplace.
  • Tools to support a feedback culture.
  • Knowing what additional supports are available for you and your staff.
  • Learn from others through case study discussions.

Our Trainers

Ms Elise Wald

MAPsychH PGDipPsych BProcLawPsych

Elise is a registered, endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor with a Masters in Health Psychology and a passion for wellbeing. Elise maintains a clinical private practice and has a background in organizational consulting and training. Elise is experienced in public speaking, developing customized workshops, providing training and consultation in areas relating to influencing behavior, anxiety/stress management, effective communication, sleep psychology and improving sleep, mindfulness in action and topics related to helping others thrive. Elise is client centered in her therapeutic approach and makes use of a strengths based, mindful and neuro-biology framework that is solution focused and requires creative intuitiveness within evidence-based theories. Elise is largely drawn to a bottom up neural behavioural understanding of the development of self and uses this as a framework for positively influencing understanding about change and wellbeing.

Mr Richard Kaspercyzk


Richard is an Organisational Psychologist with over 25 years of experience of consulting, training and coaching with a particular interest in psychologically healthy and high performing workplaces. Until recently, he was managing director of a large consulting firm delivering services in organisational development, leadership development, employee assistance, critical incident response and early mental injury intervention to over a thousand organisations across all industries in Australia and New Zealand. He is one of the earliest pioneers who applied a risk management framework to managing psychological health in the workplace in Australia.


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