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Doing Work That Matters; A Discussion between Rhiannon Crispe and Jen Gash

If you haven’t “met” Rhiannon Crispe and her fabulous work creating and running The OT Lifestyle Movement, you really are missing out. With a fabulous podcast (more about that in a mo) a growing and active Facebook community, Rhiannon has created something very special. Here is the truly inspiring and juicy introduction on the website: “We believe in a holistic approach to healthcare and creating sustainable behaviour change through lifestyle optimisation. We believe in a back-to-basics approach to living well; real food,…

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The Importance Of Embracing Uncertainty

We are living in uncertain times right now, but right now I am pondering a different type of uncertainty we grapple with, as OTs who coach. I started to read the Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) book (mentioned above) and the following phrase jumped out at me: “Getting comfortable with (this) uncertainty has been a key part of the journey to becoming skilful at OPC” The uncertainty that Fiona Graham talks about is to do with an internal shift we need…

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Coaching Health Literacy- Coaching Occupational Literacy

This week I finally took a look at the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. I try not to look too often as I get rather excited and distracted! I’m always interested in what makes coaching “work” and what hinders it, but also how occupational therapists can use coaching to strengthen their practice and ensure relevance. It’s with that lens that I read papers such as this: “Exploring Health Literacy and its Relationship to Health and Wellness Coaching”…

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Daily Structure And Small Activities

I am writing this from my bubble –  a bubble which is more middle class than I would like to admit, working from home, ticking along, just got a secondhand hot tub, kind of bubble (yep but please bear in mind that the hot tub only cost £200 and is powered by solar water and electric, as best we can). At this point in time, as a family, we can manage financially, emotionally is a different matter. Long terms goals…

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Helene Theriault

As a certified coach (PCC) and registered occupational therapist with 18-years of experience, Hélène provides coaching services to adults to empower them to reach their full potential. This service may include: a) one-on-one or group coaching session, b) workshops or courses to teach others how to apply a coach approach in their organization, c) or developing resources and tools to support incorporating a coaching culture in organizations. Hélène, the owner of Function First Coaching™, was inspired and motivated to create…

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Ageeth Hup

What were the times that you felt most happy? What were you doing? What prospect makes you get out of bed with energy and zest? What activities give you a feeling of purpose, connectedness or joy? What was your initial attraction to OT? We as OTs seem to be driven by a natural desire to help others, to maximise their participation, connectedness & purpose in life. We help people to recover, discover, develop and thrive. But what about ourselves…? Somehow,…

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Sid Hamid

Change in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world has never been so intense and real until now, bringing it with disruption to every single norm in our lives. Rather than being unconsciously carried down the meandering river of this change, I am learning to accompany these natural movements and participate in them more consciously by continually answering these two  fundamental questions: “Who am I truly?” “What do I really want?” Using Professor Dr Franz Ruppert’s Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Theory and…

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What is it about goals…..?

As a fairly driven person and having been trained to always look at SMART goals as an OT and later learning of the centrality of goals to coaching, I’ve now come to later life with an increasing realisation that this is only half of the story. This realisation has been more like a creeping awareness that however much I set myself goals and make plans, I seem to rarely achieve them, instead succeeding in other unintentional ways. (I do appreciate…

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Post Traumatic Growth

Post Traumatic Growth Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) is the positive change that can happen in the wake of a traumatic event – the positive psychological change that comes as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances.  This idea fits well with the work that many OTs are involved in – doesn’t it. We work with people who have their occupational lives challenged by many situations disability, injury, disease as well as isolation, marginalisation and displacement (and we…

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