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Force of Habit | Common Blocks and Useful Tips for Making Lifestyle Change













PowerPoint Presentation

Force of Habit Handout


Presented by Pat Nemec, PsyD, CRC, CPRP, Pat Nemec Consulting

Achieving and maintaining wellness requires good habits and, sometimes, changing bad habits.  Many people find it challenging to develop new habits or change old ones, and find that their change plans get derailed.  This presentation, designed for a general audience, will help participants understand how habits are formed, what perpetuates habits, why they are so hard to change, and what strategies have been shown by research to be effective for changing habits.  Although this workshop will primarily address human nature issues, some issues specific to people with mental health conditions will be discussed.


Learning Objectives: 

1.List at least five factors related to motivation to change.

2.Describe the four keys to habit change.

3.Identify at least two factors that affect willpower.

4.Choose one or more strategies relevant to their own wellness habits.


Diet: It's Not Just What You Eat



















Diet Handout


Presented by Pat Nemec, PsyD, CRC, CPRP, Pat Nemec Consulting

Many people believe that a simple formula of “calories in, calories out” is enough to understand weight gain or loss.  This presentation, designed for a general audience, will summarize recent publications addressing how eating patterns are influenced by biology, the environment, and habitual behavior.  The concept of “willpower” will be explored, and several specific tips will be included for changing eating habits.


Learning Objectives:  

1. Identify biological contributors to cravings and eating patterns.

2. Describe how the environment contributes to “mindless” overeating.

3. Explain how an understanding of biological, environmental, and behavioral influences on diet can be used in Wellness Coaching.


Smoking Cessation



















Smoking Cessation Handout


Presented by, Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OT, CPRP, FAOTA

This presentation, designed for a general audience, will present epidemiological data on the frequency of tobacco use among people with mental health conditions.  The concept of a “smoking culture” at service agencies will be described.  Challenges to quitting will be reviewed, along with a variety of options to consider for quitting.


Learning Objectives:  


1. Identify the prevalence of tobacco use among people with mental health conditions.

2. Define a “smoking culture.”

3. List a variety of options for smoking cessation.



Social Support: No Person Is an Island



















Social Support Handout


Presented by, Amy Spagnolo, PhD, Rutgers University

Wellness Coaching is built on the foundation of the 8 dimensions of wellness model, which emphasizes integrating all areas of a person’s life in order to motivate and enhance overall wellness.  It is, however, common to focus effort on “problem” areas that require immediate attention and to short-change some dimensions that are less easy to address or not easily targeted in routine mental health settings.  Social support is a critical element to wellness in many of the 8 dimensions.  This presentation will define social support and provide strategies for helping people identify their current supports as well as untapped people, areas, and activities to enhance their social support.  While suitable for a general audience, participants with some knowledge of and experience with Wellness Coaching are likely to benefit most.


Learning Objectives: 

1. Define social support using the concepts of social networks, inclusion, and capital.

2. Use a strengths assessment to evaluate social wellness including identification of people and activities to enhance social support.

3. Design a wellness goal that addresses preferences and choice for the social dimension.

4. Create a plan for addressing social wellness in routine interactions with persons served.


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Strengths Focus: Beyond Assessment
















PowerPoint Presentation


Presented by, Amy Spagnolo, PhD, Rutgers University

While an initial strengths assessment is an important part of Wellness Coaching, the use of a strengths focus does not end there.  This presentation will describe the broad concept of focusing strengths in all interactions, on the use of reframing, and how affirmations (an important technique in motivational interviewing) fit into Wellness Coaching.  Participants should have previous knowledge of and experience with the Wellness Coaching process.


Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how starting Wellness Coaching with a strengths assessment creates an atmosphere and relationship that builds hope and self-efficacy 2. Define the broad concept of “strengths focus”

3.Describe the use of affirmations in the Wellness Coaching flow


Wellness Coaching During Crisis



















Mindful Meditation Handout

Sleep Handout


Presented by, Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OT, CPRP, FAOTA

Practitioners trained in Wellness Coaching often seem to drop the use of Wellness Coaching for individuals experiencing a crisis.  However, a crisis situation may be a perfect opportunity to encourage the use of wellness strengths, to gather information to inform future wellness plans, and to help a person choose a new priority area for setting a wellness goal.  Building new strengths through Wellness Coaching may help a person avoid or reduce future crises.  This presentation is designed for participants with some knowledge of and experience in Wellness Coaching.


Learning Objectives: 

1. Describe how Wellness Coaching can benefit a person in crisis.

2. Explain how specific Wellness Coaching competencies and components can be used with a person in a crisis situation.

3. Give examples of how Wellness Coaching may be able to help a person to prevent and/or prepare for a future crisis.

Jessica Bounds  Jessica.Bounds@dmh.mo.gov


Rachelle Glavin

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