Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Frances Power





Youth MHFA

Location Information

Atona North
Altona North VIC 3025

States Available In

  • Victoria


Welcome to [Empowered Existence] ( . We specialise in educating adults and young people about mental health and how to empower young people to live their best life possible. With the increase of mental health issues, we realise the ever increasing value of prevention and early intervention in supporting young people from worsening mental health problems.

More work places and schools are starting to recognise the importance for education about mental health issues and crisis and how we can support one another. Thats why we offer Mental Health first aid for Young People, adults and teens. Empowered Existence is also offering the ‘Tuning into teens’ program for adults and carers of teenagers. All trainings can be delivered in your workplace or school and leave participants feeling more equiped and capable in supporting others around them and in their lives.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are thoroughly evaluated, evidence informed, skills development courses for all community members. With one in five adults and one in four young people experiencing mental health issues, now is an important time to be educated to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker and make a real difference. Please click through each training to find more information on what we offer and contact us to arrange a training that suits your needs.

My qualifications

Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Youth Studies and Family Services Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Advanced Certificate of Nutrition My background

I started working as a Youth Worker with young people and their families in 2006.

In 2011 I took one year sabbatical leave to travel the world and volunteer in countries of need, working with children and adolescents in different communities.

Upon returning to work in 2012 I decided to expand my education and develop my skills, so I started my studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I was able to gain valuable skills and knowledge in supporting young people and their families on a deeper level.

From 2013 until the present I have been counselling young people and their families within the local community.

In 2013 I trained to be a Youth Mental Health First Aid facilitator. I have been delivering the course for three years and thrive in this role as I want to educate as many parents, careers, community members, and community workers as possible. I love teaching adults how they can help and support young people with developing and emerging mental health issues.

My specialty and passion is in working with and empowering young people. I know how to connect, support and work well with children, adolescents, and young adults I have a warm and empathic style and I take the time to really hear the concerns and issues of the individual. I don’t believe in rushed support or care and understand that young people can take longer to open up and develop trust. While working short or long term, I try and give every young person something to take away from each session. This helps with self-growth between our meetings and encourages a goal of empowerment and independence, creating less relapses and a healthy life, with less ongoing support needed.​

I am interested in, and have a passion for supporting and working with the whole family. I believe that some of the best support can come from a healthy and strong family connection. Young people will move away from their family and towards their friends through adolescents but it is important to keep the connections strong and supportive. Parents also need to know that they are doing a good job and have support.

I prefer to work with my clients in a holistic way addressing many components of life that work together to help create a better balance of mental and physical health. I will draw from my knowledge of different theories and match the theory best suited for the individual client. Some clients would prefer more clinical based approaches and some would like a more supporting and understanding ear to talk to. Each client is different and the way I support each client will be tailored to their needs and wants.

Please get in touch as I would love to run some courses for you [ ] You can also follow me on instagram or Facebook empowered_existence

Some current feedback from my latest course

Participant 1 "Very engaging and informative."

Participant 2 "Fran was absolutely brilliant. Such an engaging, energetic presenter with a wealth of knowledge, experience and was able to break down all situations with ease and make them more relatable to all scenarios. I would love to be involved with her again in some capacity down the track as she is brilliant in what she does."

Participant 3 "Absolutely fantastic presenter in every way - knowledgeable, personable, engaging."

Participant 4 "Fran you did an amazing job. I can't fault you on any part.. You could see you have the knowledge and experience thanks Regards"

Participant 5 "Fran was enthusiastic, engaging and very knowledgeable on the subject of youth mental health. I learnt so much in such a short amount of time."

Participant 6 "The course was amazing and Fran presented the information nicely and in a clear manner"

Participant 7 "Fran was extremely knowledgable in Youth Mental Health and was able to engage the class through her own work, providing examples of situations/clients she had been working with and how she's applied the content. She certainly knows her stuff and has a approachable manner about her that made you feel as ease."

Participant 8 "Frances was brilliant and the examples she used perfect."

Participant 9 "Your presentation manner was enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. The real world examples of situations were helpful. The most useful was your emphasis that showing care for the person in distress is the most important thing."

Upcoming Courses | Instructing

Dates Instructor Location Course Type Status
01/12/2021 - 02/12/2021 Frances Power
Ballarat Neighborhood Centre
11 Tuppen Drive
Sebastopol VIC 3356
Youth MHFA Youth MHFA Registration Open
02/06/2022 - 09/06/2022 Frances Power
South Kingsville Community Centre
43 Paxton St,
South Kingsville VIC 3015
Youth MHFA Youth MHFA Registration Open