Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Shawn van der Linden


0407 891 756



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Canberra ACT 2600


Shawn is an executive leader with a background in workplace counselling and a rich experience across business and community sectors, he is uniquely equipped to lead high-performance teams.

Shawn combines professional expertise in workplace dynamics, executive coaching and counselling with practical experience in rebuilding teams, supporting families and developing innovative support programs.

As an experienced Counsellor and qualified Social Worker & Mediator, with expertise in Client-directed outcome-informed therapy (CDOI) and Restorative Practice, he has a comprehensive understanding of the service delivery landscape with experience in brokering national partnerships between government, business and community leaders.

In past roles as a CEO of Conflict Resolution Service Inc and Director of Pastoral Support at the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese, Shawn has developed innovative service models and renewed organisational health and direction. Shawn is also recognised as a co-founder and key architect of the OzHelp Foundation, a national collaboration of businesses, associations, unions and community groups tackling workplace stress, suicide risk and enhancing wellbeing in practical ways. More recently Shawn successfully transformed the Converge International National's Onsite Counselling Service, and is now managing Student Counselling Service development across 56 schools within the Catholic Education System Canberra / Goulburn.