Sense of Coherence, the Creation of Health and Coaching

Sense of Coherence, the Creation of Health and Coaching

  The ICF has a great blog resource and whilst is doesn’t have a health coaching category, I found this interesting blog (and several others) under their research section!   I was immediately drawn to it for obvious reasons: Such a big, sexy title “Narrative Healing, Salutogenesis and the Wellness Paradigm” and there are many resonant factors with OT: we constantly engage with our clients narrative and how occupational meaning is constructed through narratives; salutogenesis literally means the creation of health and ofcourse we understand how occupational engagement can create health. Within this blog, the coach and author Dr Joel Kreisberg, cites the work of Antonovsky andhis Sense of Coherence model (he hasn’t referenced this…

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“Mummy please can we go for a drive?”

“Mummy please can we go for a drive?”

  I have long been interested in how moving our bodies physically and a change in physical environment, can really create a much needed shift and evoke different insights during coaching.  (There are examples of this in my Coaching Creativity book and elsewhere).   Whilst coaching professes to shift outside of the medicalisation of other “helping” therapies, its practice often mirrors the medical model:  Pre-planned 1 hour sit down sessions, “see” your coach, leave, come back at regular intervals.  Nothing wrong with that, but coaching occurs in between sessions…

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When it feels like a marathon

When it feels like a marathon

  There are times in your life when you feel like you are running a marathon, except you are not physically running, you don’t have the training, the right trainers and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be an end!  This is how my life has felt for the last year – I hit the 6 weeks school holidays exhausted. I had been looking after my teenage daughter  full time since February and whilst she had been given a place in anew supported school, that wouldn’t start until September.  I…

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COACHING FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS AT WORK

Coaching for Chronic Illness at Work

  Occupational Therapy enjoys an important relationship with the domain of work, with work being a primary occupation for human beings and one which gives identity, meaning, security and wellbeing. In the UK the role of OTs in vocational settings has grown alongside a general growth in vocational rehabilitation services as a whole. Work has been a significant interest of mine both personally and professionally. Professionally, my last regular OT jobs were in vocational settings including a role as an…

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Cowboys of OT

Cowboys of OT

This short musing was inspired by Bob Garvey who wrote a paper on the “Cowboys of Coaching” a few years back and it prompted me to consider what might mean in relation to OT. Having spent the last 10 years working, not only independently, but also in a “new” area of practice  and one that is not regulated (coaching), I often wonder if I might be considered a bit of a Cowboy…. Whilst I maintain my HCPC registration (worked hard…

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BELIEFS, COACHING AND RECOVERY

Beliefs, coaching and recovery

  I had planned to start exploring my new health coaching book, but I lent it to Maggie so I won’t see that for a couple of weeks! However, one theme I am sure will be covered is the relationship between health beliefs and self-management/recovery. In the coming years, I think stronger and stronger evidence will emerge around this and what we know intuitively about this – that an understanding of how our thoughts/beliefs may affect our physical recovery and…

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THE ART OF TAKING ACTION

The Art of Taking Action

  I treated myself to a new book before Christmas, which will come as no surprise to most of you. Unusually for me, as I prefer paper pages, it is an ebook called “The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology” by Gregg Krech. I am very interesting in Japanese psychology and philosophy be it our own “Kawa Model” through to “Kaizen” as embraced in my creativity coaching. As Occupational Therapists we are pretty good at identifying actions with…

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The Gifts of Being Your Own OT

The Gifts of Being Your Own OT

  Why becoming your own OT could be the best thing you ever do for yourself (and if you can’t do this alone, perhaps work with an OT who can help you – yes I do mean hire an OT for yourself – you don’t need to have an illness or disability to benefit from the OT approach.) Go on, grab an assessment from work and do it on yourself!  It might be MOHO  or perhaps PEO or COPM…or draw…

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MICK COLLINS

OTs Doing it Differently: Mick Collins

Book Review: “The UnSelfish Spirit:Human Evolution at a time of global crisis” by Mick Collins, reviewed by Maggie Jeffery I’ve been a closet OT all my life but way back in the 60’s inadvertently trained as a nurse instead. Since then the challenges that life produces have drawn me time and again to awareness of the vital importance of balancing ‘Doing’ as well as ‘Being’. Psychosynthesis training in fact included the old song – ‘Do, Be, Do, Be, Do’. How…

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ESCAPING THE CLAWS OF “I’LL START WHEN…”

Escaping the claws of “I’ll start when…”

There are times of extraordinary upheaval and stress, catastrophic events, sudden bereavement and other awful, awful stuff- so please don’t mishear what I am about to say. I remember when my kids were very small and it seemed impossible to do anything (watch this if you are in any doubt!) and my lovely mum, who is also my best friend, would say things like “in a few years Jen, it will get easier…” Well it didn’t – it just changed.…

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