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A Tribute to Dr Michelle Bishop

A Tribute to Dr Michelle Bishop

Written by Judith Richardson

It is with sad heart we let you know that one of Effectiveness Training’s champions passed away in January.  Michelle Bishop has been in our community for over 27years.

Cheryl Barr and myself first met Michelle at Landmark Education 27 years ago where we did lots of training together.  Cheryl went on to teach us both PET and we then did our  Instructor Training together shortly after.  As a single mother of three and a full time Radiation Oncologist, Michelle quickly mastered the skills in both settings and has advocated for our programs ever since.   

Michelle was very influential in her work environment, modelled the skills so beautifully that she inspired her colleagues to further their education in the “soft skills”.   Michelle was well respected and loved by her colleagues and patients alike who appreciated her remarkable empathy and kindness.  She introduced the programs and skills widely at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne which resulted in Cheryl teaching large groups of Surgeons, Registrars and Interns and other health professionals at Box Hill Hospital over a 4 year period. 

She has been such a support in ETIA Vic over the years adding her love of the skills and her warmth and humour to our committee, trainings and social gatherings. Those who were at the ETIA Vic Xmas lunch at Michelle’s lovely riverside home on Feb 2018 will remember fondly that fabulous day out on her farm where she retired a few years back.   

We will miss you Michelle Bishop.

By Judith Richardson (EITA Trainer)

Judith Richardson

Judith Richardson


Making changes doesn't have to be hard. Our programs teach us how to be authentic with ourselves and others. 1. Parenting Program P.E.T. It's rare to find a parent these days who isn't feeling stressed and tired from juggling life's demands. To benefit from P.E.T. you just need the desire to learn how to build warmer closer relationships with your children that will stand the test of teenagehood and beyond. P.E.T. is just the right balance of learning powerful and practical communication skills and a philosophy that will support you in creating harmony in your home. Parents graduate from their training feeling calmer more confident and competent to handle their parenting and lifestyle challenges. 2. Instructor Training: Becoming a BYB or P.E.T. instructor is one of the most rewarding things I have done. If you want to become a Master Communicator, this is a great way to do it. I offer training in a variety of ways to allow flexibility to suit our busy lives. Please call to discuss. Be Your Best Program - a personal empowerment program for everyone: 3. Be Your Best A program just for you with an emphasis on taking more control of your life, becoming more assertive, and getting more of your personal needs met! A great program for anyone who wants to be more effective and highly recommended for parents also. “I discovered ways to find peaceful resolutions to conflicts and how to break certain patterns within my life. I feel more skilled in how to maintain deep personal relationships through honest and authentic communication.” Kim Victoria, Dandenong Ranges. 4. Instructor Refreshers: An important way for instructors to stay current and connected or to get personalised coaching to re-entering teaching. These can be 1:1 or in a small group, in person, or via Zoom. Whatever your needs, I look forward to talking with you and exploring the possibilities these wonderful programs offer. Warm regards, Judith Please call me at M:0416036961 or [email protected]

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The Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia (ETIA) Ltd is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that is dedicated to making courses in communication and conflict resolution skills available and accessible to all people in Australia.

ETIA’s mission is to provide individuals with effective communication and conflict resolution skills to build connected, harmonious relationships.

Our inspiration and programs come from the late Dr Thomas Gordon who is the author and founder of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) program and Gordon Training International (GTI).

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