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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Making Plans that Work

Making Plans that Work

  Making it happen “With grace, willingness and ease, dance with your intentions, watching them emerge. Looking back you will see how the dots joined themselves up beautifully, with little help” LM$ M$e Careful sharing I over share, I always have. I start telling people about my wildly enthusiastic plans, truly believing this would help me to make them happen and stick to them. I do believe in accountability which is why working with a coach helps, but you have…

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ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in OT

ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in OT

  Reflections on ACT as a tool for OTs My first real encounter with ACT, was on a 6 week ‘Positive Acceptance’ Course 3 years ago, when I was myself, going through a very challenging chapter in my life. ACT stands for Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Classed as Third wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it differs by incorporating mindfulness and ‘self compassion’.  The most important lesson for me, was to make space for what I was feeling, rather than fight it. Fighting activates the…

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