OT’s Doing it Differently: Kate Sheehan

Work, life balance is always hard to achieve but sometimes you have to manage your life in a different way to achieve that essential balance between your professional and personal goals. I was motivated to re-evaluate my life, after working in statutory services for a number of years and realising that I was missing my young’s son nativity because in the words of my manager ‘it was not in the strategic interests of the organisation to allow me time off…

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JILL MAGLIO

OTs Doing it Differently: Jill Maglio

Jill Maglio founded CircusAid in 2016. Jill is a certified occupational therapist and the director of Holistic Circus Therapy (HCT), a registered and accredited private practice that combines occupational therapy with circus arts to address the unique health and well-being needs of individuals and communities. Jill has been researching circus and occupational therapy for over 12 years in Australia, Europe, South East Asia and the United States. Upon the completion of a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice degree from La…

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CATHERINE BEYNON-PINDAR

OTs doing it differently: Catherine Beynon-Pindar

I met Jen in 2005 at the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) conference in Brighton. I had just finished my degree in occupational therapy and was excited by the future, passionate about occupational therapy and felt that the world was my oyster! I felt confident that I had made the right choice in my first job and indeed there were many advantages and opportunities within a private medium secure hospital but I felt stifled by 9-5 working that challenged the…

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Kawa Coaching

Kawa Coaching?

  KAWA coaching  The integration of coaching within OT practice is often a key question asked by OTs when they start learning coaching skills.  There are numerous answers, ranging from taking a coach approach to your whole practice, using coaching tools on certain occasions, “coaching” someone for a specific part of their OT intervention, running groups based on a coaching approach or using coaching as part of OT supervision and I am sure there are many moreJ I became acquainted…

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ask yourself at least 6 times

Ask yourself at least 6 times…

  Emergent Coaching and a powerful online resource I am struggling with my painting – again! Whilst my “business” is firing on all cylinders, I have neglected my creative work, something which I seem to do rather too easily. I needed some help, and decided to revisit an online process I used several years ago. It comes from the Emergent Knowledge field which embraces an iterative process – one where you ask the same question several times over.  The website is called www.powersofsix.com and…

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10 years time

10 years time

  10 years time? I went on an amazing “walk” recently with my colleague Rosalind who does a unique combination of coaching and walking. You can check out her website here.  This particular walk was actually the first Netwalking session we ran which aims to network people whilst they enjoy fresh air and some exercise. And things shift around surprisingly quickly when you do this! Rosalind and I were chatting to a lady who was struggling to make some seemingly simple…

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and a little self care

Using Questions to Unblock and… a little self care

  Using questions to unblock In the course of writing the ecourse, Coaching Skills for OTs,  I revisited a document I produced a few years ago.  It came from asking OTs what the commonly heard reasons patients give for not moving forward or not putting plans in place: namely what they struggled with. Commonly given answers included: “I don’t have the energy” “There are too many risks” “Its too painful” and many more I often take statements that I hear, be it…

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CONVERSATIONAL LEARNING

Conversational Learning

Conversational Learning When discussing “coaching” I often draw a silo and illustrate how learning from various fields, theories and models contribute to the mix in the silo, with it all narrowing down (I use the word narrow, purely figuratively!) to a simpler, user friendly  approach at the bottom of the silo. At the opening of the silo, we can see the “essence” of coaching, where it is distilled into listening, intuitive relating, curiosity, self awareness/management and action learning. So what…

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Reframing: the key to resilience, acceptance and gratitude?

Reframing: the key to resilience, acceptance and gratitude?

  Re-framing: building resilience,  acceptance and gratitude? I have been quite tested lately. Losing use, albeit temporarily, of my dominant hand, resulted in me being unable to drive, write or type for 5 weeks.  It was as my lovely friend eloquently described it, “Another Growth Opportunity” or AFGO. But as I started to accept what had happened, I shifted from complete upset to a much better place, by using a very simple reframing tool, courtesy of Jill Badonsky of KMCC.  Re-framing is…

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PROFESSIONALISM AND FEAR: FEELING LIKE AN OT MORE THAN EVER

Professionalism and Fear: feeling like an OT more than ever

Professionalism and Fear: feeling like an OT more than ever I was inspired to write this posting after I coached an OT this morning, who I have been working with since January this year. She is a fabulous OT who I thoroughly enjoy working with, and we had more of a mentoring session today, rather than a coaching session.  As ever, I always learn about myself and my process when I work with others – that’s one reason why coaching…

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