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Leading the Management of Critical Incidents

About the program

Through scenario based learning, this workshop provides participants with the foundations for leading the management of critical incidents.


Learning intentions

To develop the policy knowledge and communication skills required to effectively lead the management of a critical incident.


Success criteria

By the end of this workshop, participants will have increased their understanding of the policies, processes, communications skills and leadership skills required to effectively manage a critical incident.


Who will benefit?

Any person working in a school will find value in this workshop and is welcome to enrol, however the workshop is designed to be of benefit in the leadership development of year coordinators, heads of learning area, program coordinators, team leaders and deputy/associate principals.


Participant expectations

Participants are expected to participate in scenario based learning activities by contributing to small group and whole group discussions.


About the facilitator

Chris Gostelow is the Manager of the Department of Education’s School Psychology Services.  He has extensive experience in supporting schools after critical incidents in both metropolitan and rural environments. His support for schools has ranged from schools affected by natural disasters (flood, cyclone and fire) to acts of violence and from suicide to community disasters. 

Chris has written publications, presented workshops for school leaders, psychologists and other professionals.  He has studied critical incident management and suicide prevention for many years, completing a Churchill Fellowship on the topic in 1993.  In addition Chris has worked in the private sector with organisations affected by armed holdup and other critical incidents.  He has strong inter-agency connections in the emergency management area.  He brings a practical and experience-based approach to running training and likes an interactive style.

He will facilitate the workshop along with a Lead School Psychologist from his team.


Alignment to professional standards

Leading the Management of Critical Incidents is aligned with the following key professional practices from the Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community.


    One-day workshop


    21 November 2017


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    Leading the Management
    of Critical Incidents

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Day Date Time
Tuesday 21 November 8.30am - 4.00pm






Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea is provided.
  • Wifi connection is available.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).



Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading the Management of Critical Incidents

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