MyODP Podcast

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The MyODP Podcast is the latest form of outreach and capacity building from ODP. It consists of an audio series on a dedicated topic with a targeted audience in mind. Each podcast in our first series, A Supporter's Toolbox, has a duration of 7-10 minutes and focuses on getting tools to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and other supporters.  Each episode will be informative and personally and professionally engaging. Capitalizing on the micro-learning concept in adult learning best practices, this first series will offer information in a short and readily digital format.


Supporter's ToolboxA Supporter's Toolbox

Dr. Stacy Nonnemacher translates what we know about natural human experiences and the world of behavioral science into strategies, tips and interventions for supporters. Families, direct support professionals and other supporters are encouraged to follow this podcast to gain additional tools to use tomorrow and beyond as you strive to provide the best supports to people with disabilities.

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MyODP Podcast Episodes

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoNature: The Low Cost, Low Effort Intervention

Those of you who love to be in the outdoors already know, without the research to support it, nature does a body good. We urge you to find ways for yourself and those you support to reap those benefits. Here is link to a resource mentioned in this episode: Mental Health Research on

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoDon’t Crush Motivation

As supporters, we tend to use incentives to reward people for their accomplishments. Instead of using rewards for everything and in every situation, we will focus on when we should or should not use them.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoYou Can Put Your Mind To It

Some of us have self-defeating thoughts about who we are and what we can do. We are going to talk about the importance of having a growth mindset, and how you can support others to have one, too. Here is link to a resource mentioned in this episode: Growth vs. Fixed Mind Sets    

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoMaking Social Capital a Priority

People in our lives serve as important resources for getting jobs, engaging in recreational opportunities, feeling socially connected, and overall well-being. We will talk about the importance of investing in social capital in your role as a supporter.      

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoMindfulness: Getting Unstuck and Feeling Good

Chances are, you or someone you support has gotten stuck with unproductive or negative thoughts. We are going to talk through some strategies to increase mindfulness even when someone may feel inadequate or without purpose or direction.  

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoNothing Is Out of Reach: Making Accommodations to Open Possibilities

Our field talks a lot about making accommodations in school and on the job site. We don't often talk as much about making accommodations when building skills to make it possible for people to engage more fully in their home and community. This episode is a reminder to do just that by setting high expectations to open a world of possibilities for the people you support.  

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoMore Choice Equals More Happiness, Right?

We have already talked about the importance of supporting someone to find their purpose or meaning. Taking it a step further, we will talk about how to help people develop what sparked their interest and to continue to support nurturing and deepening of that passion.   

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoWhat Do You Expect?

Greek mythology and psychology urges us to think about how our expectations of others influence how they show up in this world. We will talk about how our values and thoughts guide our actions and ultimately the support we provide.  

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoGuest Series with Jordan Hollander- Becoming More Flexible

This is the third episode in a three-part series with our first guest, Jordan Hollander. This episode focuses on wrapping up the previous two podcasts on the concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by exploring more about how and what we think impacting how effective we are as supporters. We review the six core skills of Psychological Flexibility that we can all practice in becoming more flexible people and supporters.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoGuest Series with Jordan Hollander- Its the Journey and Not Just the Destination

This is the second episode in a three-part series with our first guest, Jordan Hollander. Sometimes we focus too much on supporting someone to simply create goals and tend to ignore what drives those goals. We continue our conversation from the previous episode focusing this time on distinguishing values and goals and their role in creating a meaningful life.