Meet the Trainer: Karen Bull

Karen is passionate about the community services sector, but after suffering burnout and compassion fatigue several years ago, one on one client work was no longer an option for her. Looking for a change of pace, Karen joined the training team at the Institute and now teaches a range of qualifications and short courses, including Mental Health First Aid…

Karen Bull is a Senior Educator at the Australian Institute of Social Relations. She teaches a range of qualifications including the Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Community Services Advocacy and a range of short courses including Mental Health First Aid and Responding to Suicide Risk.

With a career spanning several decades in the sector, Karen has a wealth of experience and knowledge of community services. Prior to joining the Institute 5 years ago, Karen held several positions in the community services sector including as a coordinator of disability housing services and as an advocate.

However, after  years of undertaking one on one work with clients, Karen was looking for a change of pace.

“My primary motivation for working in the sector has been to make a difference in people’s lives and in the community,” Karen said. “However, it got to the point where working directly with clients was just too overwhelming and I needed a change.”

“Working in the education sector is fantastic because I still get to make a difference, just in a different way. I have always loved training and feel it is a good way to influence change.

“I’m really passionate about what I do and hope students feel challenged and excited about their learning. To me, education is a two way thing, a two way dialogue. I want students to be able to share their ideas and for me to be able to learn from them just as much as they learn from me.

“Learning and growing is an ongoing process and I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Karen also credits her colleagues for her love of education. “My favourite part about my job is the people I work with,” Karen said.

“They are supportive, understanding and kind, and having the opportunity to come to work every day and share ideas and get their input is inspiring.”

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