Information for business advisors

How does Counting on U work?

Training activities

5000 business advisors will be provided with training to better support the wellbeing of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) business owners. All training is free for eligible attendees and will be conducted entirely online. The 5000 participants will be recruited in two phases.

Phase 1

1000 participants will be placed into Phase 1 of the project, with training to commence between February and May 2021. Of these participants, half will receive both Relationship Building training (RBT) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. The remaining half will receive Mental Health First Aid training only. Participants in both programs will also complete two short booster sessions.  All participants will be asked to complete a small number of short evaluation activities, which will allow the effectiveness of the two programs to be compared.

Whilst those attending the RBT+MHFA training will benefit from the additional client relationship-building skills component, MHFA training itself represents the main focus of Counting on U. Those in the MHFA-only group will receive the same accreditation (i.e. MHFA certificate) as those attending RBT+MHFA training.

All participants in Phase 1 will assist in the recruitment of SME clients who will also participate in a small number of short evaluation activities.

Phase 2

The remaining 4000 participants will be placed into Phase 2 of the project, with training commencing from May-December 2021. These participants will receive RBT+MHFA training and will also complete two short booster sessions.  Participants will participate in a small number of short evaluation activities.

To be eligible to take part in the Counting on U training program, business advisors must:

  • be a member of the following professional bodies: CAANZ, CPA Australia IPA or ICB. If you’re not a member of these bodies but provide advice to SME clients and fulfill the other eligibility criteria, please contact us for further information
  • provide advice to SME clients.

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