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inclusion me

Starting Out: Tips On Being An Independent Occupational Therapist

Matthew Box established his OT company “Inclusion Me” in 2009 after working as an OT in Kent Social Services. Today, 9 years later, his company has over 40 associates and clients have included: ZSL, Selfridges, Nike and numerous Local Authorities including The City Of London, Thurrock & Hammersmith & Fulham alongside various large scale building contractors.  Inclusion.Me’s mission is to provide accessible services that are underpinned by dignity and empowerment:   We apply ‘Universal Design’, maximizing usability of facilities for…

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DR LYNNE GOODACRE

OTs Doing it Differently: Dr Lynne Goodacre, Letting go of being in the room

The inspiration for this post came from a comment Jen made in her last ezine when writing about her drives with her daughter: She faces forward and we don’t need to make eye contact. This is really helpful in terms of freeing up our brains to do their own sorting and regulating and so helpful in coaching, which is why I enjoy telephone coaching so much. This comment really resonated with me in terms of my coaching journey and my…

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masters of integration

Masters of Integration

I am busy trying to find out where I heard this fabulous phrase, which apparently if you find a deeper definition of “Jack of all trades” rather than being “Master of none” it means being a “master of integration” (If you know where I heard it, please tell me!). I started to ponder what the term “master of integration” might mean in relation to Occupational Therapy, coaching and what we offer to our clients. As so often happens, various synchronicities started to…

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Energy for movement…but perhaps not in the usual way

Energy for movement…but perhaps not in the usual way?

I don’t mind admitting that the end of 2014 left me bereft of energy. What will a health challenge, the loss of Treacle (the best cat you will ever hope to know – she was only 2) and months of isolation whilst I tried to finish off my second book. I piled into January feeling rubbish. Usually I draw upon the things I love such as painting and seeing friends to give me a boost, but the effects were fleeting.…

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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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