Psychological Safety


The safety of staff at council has always been critically important.  Councils ensure WHS standards and procedures are met when it comes to physical safety. Psychological safety isn’t always given equal attention, yet it carries equal weighting in the WHS Act and poses a big risk to council around adverse action and other negative outcomes.

This highlights the importance of leaders having the skills to ensure and manage a psychologically safe workplace. Psychological safety is an environment where employees feel included, feel safe to learn, contribute, challenge ideas and decisions, or voice their concerns without fear of punishment, embarrassment, or being marginalised.  Without psychological safety, the risk of work-related psychological injury claims increases.

The Psychological Safety explores this important topic and guides leaders through four stages of creating a psychologically safe workplace. Leaders will learn the skills essential to each stage so they can immediately implement them in the workplace and track their progress throughout the online series.

Who Should Attend

This course would be of benefit to all leaders including senior leaders, managers, supervisors, and team leaders, plus any influential team members that would support the implementation of course material.

Upcoming Dates

This program includes four online workshops of 90 minutes, held over four consecutive weeks.  This allows participants to implement ideas and strategies from each learning block and build as the course progresses.

All workshops run from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Session One | Introduction to the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Learn what psychological safety is, and its importance in the workplace.  Understand the ongoing benefits to the employer and employee for a positive culture.  Discuss regulatory and compliance requirements, and potential risks and consequences.

Session Two | Inclusion versus Exclusion

Learn the consequences of exclusive and inclusive actions and behaviours in the workplace.  Understand why employees engage in the process of threat detection and how it stifles their ability to contribute fully.  Explore unconscious bias gaps and their impact on inclusion. 

Session Three | Learner Safety and Contributor Safety

Explore the intellectual and emotional process of learning and the creation of a learning culture within an organisation.  The fundamental human need for growth and contribution, that can be leveraged as a result of feeling included.

Session Four | Unlocking Challenger Safety

Unlock the benefits of innovation through psychological safety.  What happens to intellectual and social friction when people feel safe to challenge to status quo.  How to create and sustain a challenger safety culture within a team.


 Wednesday 10 August 2022

 Wednesday 17 August 2022

 Wednesday 24 August 2022

 Wednesday 31 August 2022


   2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
 Online: Instructor Led
   Member: $335
 Non Member $445

 Enquiries:  Melinda Budd
 Phone:  02 8297 1210
 Email:  [email protected]

Benefits for the Delegate

Participants will gain the skills essential to create a psychologically safe workplace, to increase employee wellbeing and performance at council.

Benefits for Council

Council will benefit from this program by developing skilled leaders help shape a psychologically safe workplace culture, where all employees can contribute and thrive in their role.

Linda Manaena and Nicole Stafford

This course is facilitated by two presenters, Linda Manaena and Nicole Stafford.  They are both Psychological Safety Practitioners and Leadership facilitation specialists with a passion for people.  Together they create a dynamic and inclusive online learning experience where stories are shared, and participation encouraged.  Their chemistry, experience, and knowledge make the online learning experience easy for participants to learn and consider the learning material.

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