Soulcare Counselling

Professional Counselling Services

David Broadbent Registered Psychologist

David G. Broadbent graduated from the University of Newcastle (NSW, Australia) in 1987 after having completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. During his undergraduate years he conducted innovative research within the area of attitudes toward paraplegics with special emphasis upon the "strength" of avoidance behaviour and how this might be manipulated. David's research presented a new paradigm which strongly questioned contemporary theories of avoidance and placed greater emphasis upon eye-contact variables. David was concurrently employed, on a casual basis, with management consulting firm John P Young and Associates, providing psychometric assessment services. He was also the youngest accredited crisis intervention counsellor with the Lifeline organisation in Australia; staffing "the phones" from age nineteen.

Upon leaving University David accepted an offer of employment from the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (now known as CRS Australia). It became apparent that the geographical area was deficient in quality pain management services and David was instrumental in developing and coordinating a Pain Management Workshop which was very well supported over the years. David has presented papers at the First National Rehabilitation Conference (1991) and the Tenth National Behavioural Medicine Conference (1993); concerned with the psychological reactions to pain and relevance to treatment protocols.

In 1991 David was invited to become a Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain; whilst also being a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a registered Psychologist in the State of N.S.W. He is also a Member of the Green Cross Foundation (an international network of trauma workers) and the Positive Employee Relations Council. In 1996 David was elected to Associate Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Management. David is also a member of the Internationally acclaimed Mediation Training Institute, the International Critical Incident Stress Association, and the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation of Australia.

David also has an interest in people who have experienced a wide range of stress difficulties; ranging from occupational based stress to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He presented some of his ideas to the First National Occupational Stress Conference (1994) and was an invited speaker at the Third National Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Australia Conference (1994). David has  been an invited speaker at Huntersafe and Futuresafe 2001; the lead Occupational Health & Safety Conference in the Asia Pacific Region. David was particularly sought out for his ability to pragmatically provide education on the impact of traumatic incidents in the workplace and the value of dealing with them from an OH&S perspective. He has also been involved in the training of Psychologists in various parts of Australia; specifically looking at the area of Occupational Stress Assessment and Rehabilitation protocols. Only recently David has been invited to present his thoughts on the relationship between Leadership Behaviours and Safety Performance at the XXVIIIth International Congress of Psychology to be held in Beijing, CHINA, during August 2004. The International Congress of Psychology is the "Olympic Games" in the Behavioural Science world and it is a rare honour for a privately practicing psychologist to be invited to present a Paper.

David's client's regularly comment that his style is very pragmatic and "down-to-earth" whilst also at the same time being to bring to bear all the valuable lessons of the psychological treatment method toward their individual concerns.

David is also one of Australia's leading workplace safety thinkers and for some years has been at the leading edge of leadership development solutions for all types of organisational structures.

David maintains two specific Web Sites for the provision of those services.