About our service
Walk and Talk for Wellness
A community program provided by Griffith University.
We know that being active, experiencing the outdoors, and connecting with others, are all important for our health, wellbeing and life satisfaction – so why not do them all at the same time?
Walk and Talk for Wellness is literally what the name says. It is an opportunity to have a conversation with a trained listener in an outdoor environment. It isn’t about exercising! You choose the pace. The walking is secondary to overall experience of having someone listen and chat with you; a different kind of wellness experience, one which combines the mind and the body.
Research has evidenced that being exposed to natural light and fresh air combined with physical movement like walking has many health benefits. Adding in talking experiences provides even more positive outcomes, including:
Helping to release emotion, calm the nervous system, energise and motivate
Boosting mood and reducing stress chemicals in the body
Better circulation and sleep
Improved concentration and problem-solving
Sometimes, sitting still and focusing on your difficulties can make you feel more overwhelmed and stuck. Walking and talking side-by-side can help shift a feeling of ‘stuckness’ when trying to deal with problems or issues. There is also a real feeling of accomplishment that comes with having taken action, literally!
Walk and Talk for Wellness is an initiative developed by the Bachelor of Counselling team in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. The service offers walk and talk sessions in small groups with trained facilitators from the Counselling program.
Trained facilitators for the walk and talk sessions are final year Bachelor of Counselling students (under supervision) who are skilled in connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life. These students are in the final stage of completing their professional training and will be eligible for registration as a professional counsellor upon graduation.
Each session is driven by the goals of the individual, and can range from walking in silence and quiet contemplation to discussing issues of difficulty or problems needing to be addressed. As these sessions are not considered “therapy”, any individuals who need more intensive psychological support and intervention will be referred to an appropriate service. Facilitators are trained in triage and referral processes, and are able to identify when additional support may be necessary. Walk and Talk for Wellness was launched in July 2020 in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council’s Active and Healthy Program, and in September with the Logan City Council's Live Well Logan program