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Skills for Resilience in Christian Ministry


St Barnabas College and Vanessa Daughtry, clinical counsellor at Heartgardener, present a short course consisting of four sessions during the month of June, covering:

  • Recognising early indicators of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Managing the stress of working with people (recognising how stress aids and encumbers)
  • Recognising and managing beliefs that feed excessive professional responsibility
  • Re-membering stories of personal growth arising from pastoral relationships

This course has been tailored to those in Christian Ministry, both lay and ordained, but it is also applicable to all people-helping professionals.


Vanessa Daughtry is a seasoned counsellor and teacher, having nearly a decade of experience in general private practice counselling, focusing on creative therapies and treating complex trauma, and 8 years of experience in engaging, transformative teaching.

Vanessa Daughtry, MA Counselling Practice, BA Vis Arts, Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, Adjunct Lecturer Tabor Adelaide.


“The desire to share these skills comes out of my professional experiences as a clinical counsellor. Early experiences of vicarious trauma led to a sense of being overwhelmed and doubting my capacity to continue with trauma counselling… Hence, the quest to find answers to self-care has been firstly, an urgent journey of survival, then resilience as a trauma counsellor and secondly, finding research based skills, to equip students to effectively care for others, while caring for themselves.”

-Vanessa Daughtry


The 4 Tuesdays in June (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 4:30pm – 6:30pm


St Barnabas College, 18 King William Rd, North Adelaide


  • Standard price: $295
  • Concession price (Student or Clergy ordained for less than five years): $195

Note: This includes Clergy employed 0.6 FTE or less!


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“I thoroughly enjoyed having Vanessa Daughtry from Heart Gardener facilitate a session on self-care through body-awareness for my pastoral care class… I would highly recommend Vanessa and Heart Gardener for any organisation or cohort who value the holistic health of their people.”

– Bruce Hulme, Lecturer in Spirituality and Practical Theology, Tabor Adelaide



Heartgardener video 1 from Steve Daughtry on Vimeo.

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