Michelle Bihary Bio
Michelle Bihary is an expert in workplace resilience.
Her primary focus is to help teams, organisations and professionals build professional and workplace resilience which is vital for a thriving workplace culture. With over 30 years of experience, Michelle works primarily as a trainer, coach and consultant offering unparalleled opportunities for deep professional development, which provide exceptional opportunities for individual development in psychological agility, emotional intelligence, resilience, mindfulness, leadership and mentoring. These engaging programs are not just geared towards individual productivity and performance, they also assist the workplace to engage teams and build and strengthen a mentally healthy workplace culture.
Michelle develops tailored team building and training opportunities that are insightful, fun, practical and transformative. With the challenges of an ever changing, uncertain and complex context, professionals require highly developed personal and self management skills to maximise their cognitive, psychological and decision making skills, whilst fulfilling their potential and sustaining a personally fulfilling life. Michelle’s programs are overflowing with practical tips and skills and bring opportunities to shift the mindset and psychological contract within the workplace.
The highly engaging and energising training programs Michelle has developed in Psychological Agility, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Professional Supervision and Mentoring, Authentic Communication as well as her signature program Professional Resilience®, have been delivered throughout Australia to a wide range of workplaces. Michelle is a sought after speaker and has given keynotes and presentations at national and international conferences. Michelle has also been engaged by beyondblue to provide training to senior executives, managers and HR professionals in how to create a mentally healthy workplace and deal with mental health issues in the context of work.
Building on strong clinical expertise in Mental Health, as an Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist and Family Therapist, Michelle has undertaken extensive clinical training, as well as training and accreditation in Emotional Intelligence, Neuroplasticity, Resilience, Mindfulness, Workplace Wellbeing and Coaching. Michelle has coached thousands of professionals to build their EI, psychological flexibility, resilience and leadership capacity. Having worked with professionals across many sectors, she has developed a very sound understanding of what works and how to build long term capacity in both empowering and engaging ways.
In 2002, Michelle established The Delta Centre; a centre of therapeutic excellence. As the Director, Michelle has brought together a team of highly experienced and dedicated therapists to create a multi-disciplinary professional community; who work together providing coaching, EAP and clinical services, as well as providing training, supervision and consultation.
Michelle has contributed to a wide range of professional activities including the establishment of the National MentorLink Mentoring Program, has been on the organising committee for State Conferences and has presented at National and International conferences. In 2010, Michelle was extremely honoured to be the recipient of the Occupational Therapy Australia National Award, in recognition of her longstanding contribution to her professional association.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy –1981 Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Melb
Group Psychotherapy Training, Parkville Centre, 1984
Individual Psychotherapy Training, Parkville Centre, 1986
Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy – 1990, Bouverie - Latrobe University, Melbourne.
Train the Trainer, Swinburne University, 1991
Certificate in Project Consulting, RMIT, 1993
Institute of Life Coach Training, Foundational Course, 2005
Genos Emotional Intelligence Accreditation, Genos, 2008
Credentials and Other Training
Registered OT - AHPRA
Full Member OT Australia
Clinical Member of VAFT
Accredited Genos Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Trainer
Accredited Trainer for Beyond Blue’s National Workplace Program
Accredited Trainer for Health Workforce Australia Clinical Supervision Training
Michelle has been a keynote speaker and conference presenter; she is passionate and authentic in her communication. Feedback from her programs is always outstanding, she is known for her warm, respectful and engaging manner. Michelle has synthesised the wisdom of many years of practice, with professional and personal development, and uses these to inspire and motivate others in their professional growth and development.
Recent Client list includes:
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Office
FCRC - Financial and Consumer Rights CouncilInner South Community Health Service
ISIS Community Health Service
Merri Community Health Service
Goulburn Valley Primary Mental Health Team, Shepparton
Bethlehem Calvary Health
Bendigo Health Care Group
South West Health Care Network
Ballarat Health Services
Australian Hypnotherapy Association
Victorian Healthcare Association
Monash Division of GPs
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Southern Synergy Training Network
Infertility Treatment Authority
Monash University – Health & Counselling Service
Swinburne University – Centre for Business Development & Training
Acute Health Services at Monash Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals
North West Mental Health Training Unit
Australian Physiotherapy Association – Leadership and Management Group
Glen Eira Womens Business Network
Southern Health – Speech Pathology Department
St Vincents Hospital
Department of Health and Human Services,
Tasmania Correctional Services Department, Tasmania
OT Australia, Tas Division
New South Wales
Macarthur Division of GPs (NSW)
OT Australia NSW
Hunter New Engalnd Health Services
Hunter/New England OT Services
OT Australia - Qld
Country Health, SA
Department of Health and Families NT
OT Australia, NT Division
WA Country Health Service
Fit for Work, Christchurch
OTs in Mental Health, NSW, Professional Resilience 2008
Hunter OT Conference, Newcastle, Professional Resilience 2009
Allied Health Conference Loddon Mallee Professional Resilience 2010
SOCAP NAtional Conference Sydney, Professional Resilience 2011
GPs for Refugees Conference, Victoria 2013
Scope Conference, Victoria 2014
Homeless Sector Conference Victoria 2014
SOCAP National Conference August 2016
Conference Workshops and Presentations
OT Australia Adolescent Group Work 1986
Australian Hypnotherapists Association Keeping the Family in Mind 2002
International Doctors Health Conference Sydney 2007 GP Wellbeing Program
OT VIC Conference Professional Resilience 2007
OT Australia Professional Resilience 2008
NSW OT Association Professional Resilience 2009
OT NT Professional Resilience 2009
International Resilience Conference Sydney, Professional Resilience 2010
International Women in Mental Health Professional Resilience 2008
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