Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Karen Walker

Phone

0406625990

Website

https://www.linkedin.com/in/culturesmartcoaching/

Accreditations

Engaging Senior Leaders
Standard MHFA
Blended Online MHFA Community
Blended Online MHFA Workplace

Location Information

Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

States Available In

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

Bio

Some Participant Feedback:

"Karen clearly has a deep knowledge of the topic and facilitated our learning in a safe and friendly space that I found greatly assisted me in my overall experience as a participant."
"Karen was great, very easy to understand and explaining questions."
"Karen was amazing."
"Karen was great. I really liked how she started by creating an environment of respect. This allowed everyone to open and encouraged participation. Karen also spoke from experience which made it so much more insightful. "
"Very positive and caring. Well explained."

My passion is for healthy, thriving people, and cultures, at work and in life. I find joy in helping others.

Lived Experience
My major point of difference and value, is I am a practitioner with lived experience, of what I now coach, train, and consult in.

I have personal lived experience of workplace related mental illness, namely depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

My lived experience also includes being a carer and support for a family member, who lived with long-term and severe, mental illnesses.

I bring an appreciation of leadership and management roles, as a successful senior leader and manager, in my Acting Director, General Manager and Operations Manager roles, working in a complex, highly regulated and challenging environment. As a leader and senior manager, my lived experience has included supporting staff experiencing suicidal ideation, depression, and psychotic episodes, also safety situations involving issues of aggressive customers and stalking.

As a coach and consultant, I have frequently been the first person at a workplace, an individual has trusted to talk with about their personal wellbeing and safety issues, or their concerns for others.

My consulting work includes the facilitation of :
Team Mental Health and Culture Strategies, Case for Change, and Roadmaps.
Organisational Mental Health Strategy. Case for Change and Roadmaps.
Organisational, team and individual Psychosocial Risk Assessments. Organisational Wellbeing Strategy Development.

Credibility
LinkedIn Top Voice in Australia, 2018, for my original contributions on:
Transformation, leadership and change.
Culture, inclusion and wellbeing.

As a Leader, I simultaneously received Harrah’s New Zealand Chairman’s Award for “Excellence in Managing People”; a Board award, and Harrah’s “Quest for the Best Manager” award, an Employee nominated award.

Contributor to the Business Transformation Network, and Thrive Global.

Recent public speaking includes:
Employee Co-Creation of Workplace Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plans - Case Study. 2021 Workplace Mental Health Symposium, 13-15 September 2021.
Innovation Showcase: Psychosocial Complexities of Digital Workplaces. Lessons from Australian Remote Worker Digital Workplace Experiences during Covid-19. 21st Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations conference, 2021.
Organiser of Global Community Network: Enriching Human Culture, Wellbeing, and Performance at Work, Nov 2019 – Present.
Innovation Showcase: Cultural and Political Barriers to Change. 17th Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations conference, 2017.

Education and Certifications include
Current Study 2021: Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice, Griffith University.
Post-graduate. Managerial Excellence Programme, University of Auckland.
Master's elective subjects completed: Values and Conflict in Organisations, Management of Change, Charles Sturt University.
Train the Trainer, Australian Hospitality Association.
NZQA Accredited Assessor.
Blended Learning, IAG.
Coaching and Mentoring, University of Auckland.
Presentation Skills, Unisys.
Improving Your Business through a Culture of Health Program, HarvardX.
Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry, Case Western Reserve University.
Professional Certificate Program The Science of Happiness at Work. BerkleyX.
Elephant Rider – Certificate of Practice | The Emotional Culture Deck.
Certificate of Practising Management, New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership.

Membership includes
The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
Organization Studies Research Network.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Professional Contractors and Consultants Australia.
Project Management Institute.
Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.
Melbourne Football Club. Melbourne Cricket Club.

Additional Information

Training in the Grampians and Pyrenees areas of Victoria

I also deliver in person Mental Health First Aid courses in the Grampians and Pyrenees local government areas of Victoria.

Upcoming Courses | Instructing

Dates Instructor Location Course Type Status
29/01/2022 - 30/01/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
Blended Online MHFA Community Blended Online MHFA Community Registration Open
31/01/2022 - 01/02/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
Blended Online MHFA Workplace Blended Online MHFA Workplace Registration Open
03/02/2022 - 03/02/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
MHFA: Engaging Leaders MHFA: Engaging Leaders icon Registration Open
12/02/2022 - 13/02/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
Blended Online MHFA Community Blended Online MHFA Community Registration Open
14/02/2022 - 15/02/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
Blended Online MHFA Workplace Blended Online MHFA Workplace Registration Open
28/02/2022 - 01/03/2022 Karen Walker
Online
Anywhere in Australia
Anywhere in Australia VIC 3000
Australia
Blended Online MHFA Workplace Blended Online MHFA Workplace Registration Open