Nature: 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 SpringerNature.com
Don’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.
You 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
Making 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.
Mindfulness: 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.
Nothing 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.
More 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.
What 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.
Guest 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.
Guest 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.