January 23, 2012

Jacquie Wise

Jacquie Wise

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Brief Biography

Jacquie Wise is an Integrative Coach, Counsellor, Trainer and Speaker and is the Principal of Wise Ways, a private practice based in Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

She started her career in public relations and human resources before becoming an independent career, training and adult education consultant.

As a result of overcoming total amnesia lasting 30 years, she developed a range of unique and practical processes for life, love, work and soul.

Described by experts in the personal development and career planning industries as a catalyst and pioneer in Australia, Jacquie has gained a reputation for getting results.

The records as at the beginning of 2013 show that over 215,000 people have attended one of Jacquie’s workshops, seminars or training programs around Australia and she has provided coaching or counselling to over 7,200 individuals, online and in person since 1981.

Jacquie is the author of nine books on personal and professional development, including two best sellers.

Jacquie is regularly contacted to provide comment for national media including newspapers, magazines, radio and television. For 20 years from 1993 until 29 March 2013, she produced and presented the Wise Ways weekly radio program, featuring local and international experts.

Jacquie currently provides coaching, counselling, training, speaking, consulting, career planning, and counselling supervision services, using a variety of methodologies and her acute intuitive insights.

Make an enquiry now… or call Jacquie Wise on +61 3 9690 8159

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Professional Dimension

Jacquie’s work history is extensive and varied in Australia, England and South Africa. Having started her career in public relations and human resource management, Jacquie transferred her interests as in independent consultant to school-to-work transition and later focused on training and development and adult education.

To these interests, she has added integrative coaching and counselling.

Jacquie’s work across a broad range of industries has given her a keen understanding of key issues in a range of disciplines.

Jacquie Wise at WhiteboardJacquie has designed and delivered training programs for leading organisations in both the private and public sectors. She spearheaded public workshops on confidence building and goal setting in Melbourne in 1979.

Her public workshops and seminars are considered a benchmark for excellence in the personal development industry.

In 1979, she pioneered the Australia’s school-to-work transition programs and wrote the first prescribed school text that was used throughout Australia and New Zealand for over a decade. As a result of her work with government workforce management and new enterprise incentive schemes, she was commissioned to write a text for mature people in career transition and to address the specific needs of women re-entering the workforce.

Frequently featured in national media, Jacquie also produced and presented her own weekly radio program ‘Wise Ways’ on 3SCB Southern FM (88.3 FM) until 29 March 2013.

In 1980, Jacquie Wise wrote Give Yourself a Go!, the first recommended text for school-to-work transition-education, used in schools for more than ten years throughout Australia and New Zealand In 1991, Jacquie Wise was commissioned to write a text book for the Australian Government Workforce Management Programs for mature age job seekers. Career Comeback was published in 1992.

Jacquie has coached and trained staff, teams and managers from the following organisations:

  • ABC Television (Production Team)
  • Ansett Australia (Victorian Sales Division)
  • ANZ Bank
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating (AIRAH)
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Australiawide Relocations Pty Ltd
  • Baker Mac
  • Baulderstone Hornibrook
  • Beauty Therapists Association
  • Bentleys (Vic) Pty Ltd  (Chartered Accountants)
  • Bonlac Foods
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Budget Specs
  • Bunnings
  • Centre for Adult Education (CAE)
  • City of Melbourne
  • College of International Business (Vic) Ltd)
  • Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  • CSL Pharmaceuticals
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Department of Treasury (Workforce Management Unit)
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Ernst & Young
  • EW Tipping
  • Footscray College of TAFE
  • Fundraisers Association
  • Furmanite
  • Hawthorn Teachers College
  • Health & Community Services (HCS) – Central Highlands Region
  • Holmesglen TAFE
  • Humanitarian Crisis Hub
  • Infoxchange
  • International Training for Communicators (Toastmasters)
  • JP Young
  • Kangan Batman Institute
  • Kaycee Shoes
  • KPMG
  • La Trobe University
  • Legal Aid
  • Leo Cussen Institute
  • LM Ericsson
  • Local Government Engineers Association of Victoria
  • Matthew Hall
  • McIlwraith
  • Melbourne Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Melbourne University
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Ministry for Planning and Environment
  • Ministry for the Arts
  • Mobil Oil
  • Monash University – Law Faculty
  • Monash University – Medical Faculty
  • Moreland Library Services
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Myer (Doncaster and Melbourne)
  • National Australia Bank
  • National Australia Bank Travel
  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)—Panel, Mentor, Trainer
  • Northern Metropolitan Institute of Technology (NMIT)
  • Noel Jones
  • Office of Correctional Services Victoria
  • Outer Eastern TAFE
  • Palmer Corporation (Jag)
  • Plan International
  • Port of Melbourne Authority
  • Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH)
  • Productivity Commission
  • Randall & Co
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University
  • Sanbrook
  • Simsion Bowles & Associates
  • Smith Family
  • Sothertons Chartered Accountants
  • Spencer Street Authority
  • Springvale Council SkillShare
  • State Superannuation Board of Victoria
  • State Superannuation for Australian Universities
  • Telecom
  • Tennis Australia/Flinders Park
  • The MET
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • Uniting Care Life Assist
  • V/Line Railway Services
  • Vicrail
  • Victoria University
  • Victorian Adult Education Association
  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Victorian Public Tenants Association
  • Victorian Teachers College
  • ViPAC Engineering Consultancy
  • Warner Bros
  • Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Wimmera Hospital
  • Womens Health in the North
  • World Vision
  • Yooralla
  • Young’s Animal Health

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Personal Dimension

Jacquie Wise - youngAt the age of 23, a series of traumatic events left Jacquie with total amnesia (Dissociative) which meant that she could not remember anything about her life before the age of 23.  Since then, she has remembered certain significant events.

What followed was a search for her truth: the sense of self, personality and values she’d lost. In the process, she had to find ways to overcome extreme fears and despair and to develop a new identity.

Without help, Jacquie battled alone for years to reinvent herself. She did not realise, at the time, that the techniques she developed in her desperation to help herself would one day help thousands of others to break through their perceived limitations and transform their lives.

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Spiritual Dimension

Jacquie has practised as a Spiritual Counsellor and Consciousness Teacher for over 20 years, helping people find meaning in life. Jacquie takes a grounded, evidence-based approach to metaphysics. She recommends that you take the scientific approach.  Science accepts a hypothesis as a given—and then puts it to the test.

Jacquie’s own experiences throughout her life led to a fascination with world faiths, philosophies, myths and metaphysics, all of which have been the subjects of a life-long study. Her broad knowledge is enhanced by a deep understanding of universal laws and acute intuitive perceptions.

Jacquie prefers to describe herself as an intuitive rather than as a clairvoyant. She discusses the spirtiual dimension of life in her book Reconnecting: The next dimension in our expanding consciousness.

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Therapeutic Approaches

Jacquie Wise integrates the following:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Mindfulness Psychology
  • Person or Client-Centred Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Rational Emotional Therapy (RET)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Transpersonal or Soul-Centred Therapy

Make an enquiry now… or call Jacquie Wise on +61 3 9690 8159

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Vocational Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision
BASA Education and Counselling Services 2012

Advanced Diploma of Solution-Focused Counselling
– Centre for Effective Therapy 2008

Diploma of Solution-Focused Counselling
– Centre for Effective Therapy 2005

Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling
– Phoenix Institute 1999/Upgrade 2005

Reiki II
-Ailee Chin, 2004

Reiki I
– The Usui Reiki Centre, 2002

Intuitive Use of Archetypes
– Dr Caroline Myss, 1999

Advanced Certificate Business Communication
– London Chamber of Commerce 1966 (English, French, Spanish)

Fellow of the Institute of Linguists
– Westminster College, London. 1966 (English, French)

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  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Master Certified ‘Go MAD'(R) Coach
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI (R)
  • Master Certified Coach, Pentangle
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (Advanced Standing)

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Medibank Provider Number 1252261Y since June 2010
Medibank – Private Health Insurance Provider

PACFA Clinical Level Member 20540 since March 2008
Listed on the National Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) – provides a comprehensive list of Psychotherapists and Counsellors who have been assessed against Register Eligibility Criteria agreed to by Member Associations of PACFA, and have demonstrated an approved level of professional training, competence and ethics

ARCAP Clinical Level Member
Listed on the ARCAP independent, Australian National Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists established by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and the Australian Counselling Association represents the interests of counsellors and psychotherapists in Victoria

ACA Clinical Level 2 Member 5963 since December 2006
Australian Counselling Association (ACA) – national progressive professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists Accepted into the College of Clinical Supervisors October 2015

ANZHA Member since September 2012
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc – a non government, not for profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of mental health education, training, and research to mental health advocacy

ASA Member 8310980 since March 1983
Australian Society of Authors (ASA) – peak professional association for Australia’s literary creators. Members are biographers, illustrators, academics, cartoonists, scientists, food and wine writers, children’s writers, ghost writers, librettists, travel writers, romance writers, translators, computer programmers, journalists, poets and novelists

Jacquie has been a mentor with the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) Scheme; a member of the Executive Committee of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA) and of the founding Leadership Task Force of the Micro Business Network (MBN).

Her Professional Indemnity Liability Insurance is with CGU Insurance Limited.

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The Gift of the Gab and how to get it , Harper Collins 1999, 2000 (twice) 2001, 5th edition published by Wise Ways Press 2005

Het Geheim Van Een Vlot Gesprek (Gift of the Gab Dutch edition) Deltas, Belgium, The Netherlands 2001

Career Comeback – Taking Charge of your Career, Pitman 1992,
2nd edition published by Wise Ways Press 1995

Reconnecting – The next dimension in our expanding consciousness, Wise Ways Press 2006

Make the Most of your Money – Wise Ways to Budget for Savings, Wise Ways Press 1993, reprinted 1995

Dinners in a Dash – Wise Ways to Cheat in the Kitchen, Wise Ways Press 1994

How Could I Forget! Wise Ways to Improve Your Memory, Wise Ways Press 1994

Making it Happen – Wise Ways to Set Goals, Wise Ways Press 1992

Give Yourself a Go! – 1st edition 1981 Longman Cheshire reprinted 1981
2nd edition 1982 Penguin Paperback and Braille
Reprinted 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Prescribed school text for 10 years in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Pacific Basin


How to Build Self Confidence – 60 minute audiobook, Wise Ways Press 2009

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Jacquie Wise: A Trend Spotter

Jacquie Wise Trend SpotterJacquie Wise has demonstrated a special skill in spotting trends and intuiting her audiences’ unspoken needs which has enabled her to be a ‘first’ throughout her career. She was the first to:

1 identify the need for innovation in the way school-to-work transition issues were addressed by school teachers. She wrote the first recommended text that was used in schools throughout Australia and New Zealand for over a decade (Give Yourself a Go!). School-to-work transition programs subsequently taught in schools were based on Jacquie Wise’s model

2 identify the specific needs and attitudes of women re-entering the workforce and was commissioned to write Career Comeback to address those needs

3 develop specific material for the then Department of Employment Education and Training (DEET) for their workforce management programs, and programs for the unemployed (in particular unemployed youth)

4 spearhead public workshops on self-esteem and goal setting in Melbourne, to be copied by other short course providers

5 conduct public workshops on confidence building exclusively for men, despite being told that such workshops would never meet with any response, and that furthermore, a woman would never succeed in running them. The workshops ran successfully for more than five years

6 identify and respond to the need for small businesses to understand the world of publicity and promotions by developing courses on public relations and dealing with the media. This led to a number of other providers offering similar courses for small business development

7 conduct public workshops aimed at preparing people for retirement, addressing emotional as well as financial issues. Previously, seminars were conducted only by financial institutions and focused on investment issues

8 identify the need for basic principles of interior decorating to be presented in practical ways for the general public/home makers who want to be their own ‘interior decorator’. Previously, interior decorating principles were only taught at accredited levels for professionals

9 identify and meet the need for public workshops on overcoming shyness, which led to her book The Gift of the Gab and How to Get It which attained its third reprint in as many months after publication

10 identify the trend towards short-cut meals; the need for quicker and easier cooking techniques, which she addressed in a course called I Hate to Cook, the first of its kind

11 spearhead the trend for spiritual issues to be addressed as mainstream topics in the adult education arena by developing short courses for the general public

12 act as a ‘coach’ to private individuals or corporate executives, a decade before the concept of ‘life coaching ’ or ‘performance coaching’ became popular.

Jacquie’s public course on Confident Conversations is the longest running course in the history of the Centre for Adult Education. It has been delivered at various educational facilities as a five-week course and a one day seminar an average of eight times per year every year since 1979.

Make an enquiry now… or call Jacquie Wise on +61 3 9690 8159

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