Friday, 20 November 2020

ACT Diary 2020 - my reflections

Season 3 Episode 36

It's a cup a soup this week. In this 10 minute episode you can hear me reflect on how I've used the ACT Diary over a turbulent year. 2020 has certainly delivered for us all on both the uncertainty and anxiety fronts. I've found the diary particularly useful in ensuring that I attend to my own self-care in a whole host of contexts.


I'm looking forward to having the 2021 Diary by my side next year. Helping me check in on my values, track my progress and think how I want to show up.


You can order the diary direct from the publishers here www.pavpub.com/mental-health/well-being/act-diary and you should be able to get it from your regular bookshop too!


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Shownotes

Find out more about the Diary for 2021 on the publishers website here

You can also find the Diary on Amazon

Hear our episode where we check in with Dr Dayna Lee Baggley at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Hear my chat with Nic back in 2018 where we talk about the ACT Diary and much more. Don't worry - he'll be back on the show in 2021 with some of his new projects!
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Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Two Free Conference Tickets for students or recent graduates! Apply now!

GET A NEW PERSPECTIVE

Do you have a keen interest in using ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science in the Workplace?

Are you a student or recent graduate in organisational or occupational psychology, sports psychology or any discipline involved in supporting people at work? 

UPDATE - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.

We finally sponsored 4 student tickets (a blend of 2 day and 1 day places) for the #ACBSUKROI Conference - there were some fab entries - thanks to everyone who took the time to apply.

The tickets went to:

Sangita Bhalla
Emma Boontam
Alexandra Lechner
Mariana Tutino

You can grab one of two tickets to the UK-ROI ACBS Online Conference on 16 & 17 November - sponsored by People Soup - nourishing the mind, flourishing at work.


The 4th UK and Republic of Ireland ACBS ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science (CBS) Online Conference is coming up very soon on the 16th and 17th of November. Conferences are a place to rapidly learn and update yourself on the cutting edge research and practice within the ACT and CBS world. For those of us who work (or aspire to work in supporting people in the workplace) it's a rich, multidisciplinary source of inspiration. 

However, given the current climate, it is not easy to access funding to attend conferences, especially for students and recent graduates. As such (and inspired by Contextual Consulting) People Soup will be sponsoring two free places for students and recent graduates of disciplines that involve supporting people in the workplace using ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science (worth £115 each). This will be both to attend the live conference online and receive full access to the recording of the sessions for viewing afterwards.

The conference has an exciting array of speakers presenting on a variety of topics. You can find out about the conference  and read the full programme here:

The programme includes three fabulous workshops and I was lucky enough to interview each of the presenters on the People Soup Podcast.

Who is eligible?

  • Any student or or recent graduate of organisational/occupational psychology, coaching psychology or sports psychology who has a keen interest in ACT and Contextual Behavioural Science in the workplace. 

How do I enter?

Please email me with 'Conference Sponsorship' in the subject line and include:

  • Your brief CV - maximum one page. Give me the highlights without using a tiny font or disappearing margins!
  • A statement (maximum 100 words) on the topic - "Why I'd love to attend the ACBS UKROI Conference."
To ross.peoplesoup@gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday 10 November. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 11 November.

After the conference, each winner will be invited to join me on the People Soup Podcast to share their insights and highlights.


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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Dr Jim Lemon - Part 2

 Season 3 Episode 35

P-Soupers - welcome to Part 2 of my chat with Dr Jim Lemon. Jim is the Head of the Medical Paediatric Psychology Services in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. He's been using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children and young people who have long-term health conditions, and their families. This work has also extended beyond individuals and families to using ACT in multidisciplinary clinics, with teams and on hospital wards.

We cover a lot of ground in our chat. Jim charts the evolution of the adoption of the matrix and the prosocial approach to change within families and within and between teams and service in the NHS. To hear his illustrative examples and the way he describes the impact and growth of the approach is part of who he is as a human, generous and humble. When you listen I'm predicting that you'll feel the potential of the approach too. After listening to Jim you'll probably want to sign up for his workshop at the ACBS UK & ROI Conference in November.

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Loads more podcast platforms here.


You can support the podcast here - pop something in the virtual tip-jar (well actually - pledge £3 quid!) - thanks so much!


Social media links

Shownotes

If you're interested in the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science UK & ROI Conference in November - where Jim is delivering a workshop - you can find out 
more here

Here's my version of the matrix that Jim talked me through in our chat!





Here's a link to Joe Oliver's article on Psychology Today - Low Self-Esteem and other superpowers.

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Sunday, 4 October 2020

Dr Jim Lemon - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 34

P-Soupers - welcome to Part 1 of my chat with Dr Jim Lemon. Jim is the Head of the Medical Paediatric Psychology Services in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. He's been using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children and young people who have long-term health conditions, and their families. This work has also extended beyond individuals and families to using ACT in multidisciplinary clinics, with teams and on hospital wards.

In part one we get to hear about Jim's career history, his route to a career in clinical psychology and paediatrics and a little taster of his work using ACT. You'll also get to hear about his mysterious (non) appearances in blockbuster films and his unusual song choice.

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Loads more podcast platforms here.


You can support the podcast here - pop something in the virtual tip-jar (well actually - pledge £3 quid!) - thanks so much!


Social media links

Shownotes


If you're interested in the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science UK & ROI Conference in November - where Jim is delivering a workshop - you can find out more here

If you'd like to find out more about the Flexibility @ Work Programme and Module 4 - where we focussed on Flexible, Contextual Leadership - click here.
And if you'd like to see the brilliant video I mentioned in The Gallery from Dr Tom Richardson - on metaphors for the mind you can find it here - you can also find Tom on Twitter.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Rikke Kjelgaard - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 33

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part two of my chat with my friend, the psychologist and badass -  Rikke Kjelgaard. In this Episode Rikke introduces us the the concept of 'creative hopelessness'. 
 
Rikke’s presents the topic in a way that is both captivating and vulnerable – sharing a pivotal moment in her life experience, which I found enormously powerful. This provides a wonderful insight into Rikke’s workshop at the ACBS UK and ROI Conference on 17 November 2020 – you can find out more and sign up HERE. With her trademark generosity Rikke finishes with a beautiful and memorable takeaway - what a guest!

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Loads more podcast platforms here.


You can support the podcast here - shout me a coffee (well actually - pledge £3 quid!) - thanks so much!


Social media links

Show Notes
You can find Rikke on Instagram and Facebook

And here are Rikke's websites!




Check out the ACBS UK & ROI Conference where Rikke is presenting a workshop here.

The Gallery

And if you want to find out more about Connnect PSHE - then click here!  
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Sunday, 23 August 2020

Rikke Kjelgaard - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 32

P-Soupers - what a privilege it was to welcome Rikke Kjelgaard to People Soup.

Rikke is a licensed psychologist, an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a multi-passionate entrepreneur, a devoted public speaker, a writer, a behavioural nerd, the chief rock'n'roller in her own company and an unshakable optimist with ONE mission: helping people become the person they most want to be.

In this episode we hear a bit about Rikke's career, how she discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a pivotal moment in her life and her work values which shine through for all to witness. Rikke's honesty and openness is truly inspirational - I hope you enjoy listening.

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You can find Rikke on Instagram and Facebook

And here are Rikke's websites!

The Gallery

You can access those two papers I mentioned via Shane's ResearchGate page here.

And I also mentioned Will Kent's research at the University of Chester. He's looking for employees from any occupation to take part in an online study exploring a measure of how capable you feel to manage stress at work.

You can find out more and take part here.

And you might recognise the music from The Gallery. It's called Left Bank Two by Wayne Hill and was used in the kids TV Programme 'Vision On'  for their gallery, many years ago. You can find out more here! 
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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Dr Ray Owen - Part 2

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part two of my chat with clinical psychologist and brilliant human, Dr Ray Owen. In the opening moments of this episode you'll hear a clip from Ray - talking about arriving well in a conversation – whether it’s a palliative care nurse about to have a really difficult and emotional conversation with a fellow human or a manager, preparing for a difficult performance conversation – we can prepare to arrive well in both of these scenarios.

 

We cover loads more in our chat – you’ll hear about his workshop at the ACBS UK & ROI in November which is called "ACT for Long Term Health Conditions - Adjustment to Long Term Health Conditions: how Psychological Flexibility can help." 


Please note - the main content was recorded and edited before the latest announcement about the conference. The conference will now be a two day event on 16 & 17 November and the pre-conference workshops will now be incorporated into those two days. You can find out all about it and sign up here!

 

And you'll get to hear not one, but TWO fabulous takeaways!


Links


Apple Podcasts


Spotify


Stitcher


Radio Public


Loads more podcast platforms here.


You can support the podcast here - shout me a coffee (well actually - pledge £3 quid!) - thanks so much!



Show Notes

Read more and order Ray's book Facing the Storm




Read more and order Ray's book Living with the Enemy


Both books are available via all good bookstores.


Ray's website is here and you can follow him on twitter here.


Here's a link to more information about the programme I've developed with a recent guest, Dr Annie Gascoyne. It's called Flexibility at Work and there are four modules, designed to build flexibility in yourself, others, teams and leaders! To kick it all of theres a free webinar on Thursday 9 July. All the details are here!




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Book Launch - Swipe Right on your Best Self by Eric Winters

I was thrilled to be invited to host the book launch for Eric and loads of people around the world joined in the fun.

I can best introduce this fabulous read with my own review:

"Hat’s off to Eric – awesome work! This is an accessible, practical and fun book – firmly grounded in evidence based behavioural science. Eric takes the reader on an engaging and compelling journey that brings together threads from history, fiction, pop, and his personal experience to illustrate each stage of his relatable proposition. He is an outstanding guide to the human condition and helping us all realise that –“taking courageous action is an ability, a skill to develop.” Let’s get out there and spread the science."


You can watch the launch here on catch up 😁





And you can buy the book here! Eric Winters - "Swipe Right on you Best Self - Simple steps to a bolder life with fewer regrets"

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Dr Ray Owen - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 30

P-Soupers – this week – it’s part one of my chat with clinical psychologist and fabulous human, Dr Ray Owen. 

 

We cover loads in our conversation

  • you’ll hear a bit about Ray’s career – a story which he holds lightly,
  • His books - Facing the Storm and Living with the Enemy,
  • His work in long term health conditions and palliative care – and how he discovered ACT and contextual behavioural science,
  • And he choses his song – which is a not only a belter – it also has an important message for us all.


Links


Apple Podcasts


Spotify


Stitcher


Radio Public


Loads more podcast platforms here.



Show Notes

Read more and order Ray's book Facing the Storm




Read more and order Ray's book Living with the Enemy


Both books are available via all good bookstores.


Ray's website is here and you can follow him on twitter here.


That quote from the Poem The Traveller - by Antonio Machado


"Traveller, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.


Traveller, the path is your tracks
And nothing more."

                          Antonio Machado


Ray also mentioned the book by Kathryn Mannix, it's called "With the end in mind - how to live and die well." The quote from that book is:


“There are only two days with fewer than twenty-four hours in each lifetime, sitting like bookmarks astride our lives; one is celebrated every year, yet it is the other that makes us see living as precious.”


Here's a link to Ian Dury and the Blockheads performing Reasons to be Cheerful - Part 3

And you can find out more about Ian Dury's work and life here


I also mentioned the SMART training - featured in our previous episode - you can find out about that here.


Here's a link to more information about the programme I've developed with a recent guest, Dr Annie Gascoyne. It's called Flexibility at Work and there are four modules, designed to build flexibility in yourself, others, teams and leaders! To kick it all of theres a free webinar on Thursday 9 July. All the details are here!







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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Update on ABC with our Big G

On Saturday I received a letter from Dad. He's been reflecting on his ABCs regularly since he appeared on People Soup. You can listen to us reflecting on basic psychological needs theory here.

Here's his update - not sure why the red pen! I've also typed it out below.






My ABC with Big G - Update

June 2020

Autonomy
Belonging 
& Competence

  • Many things have happened since I was so skillfully interviewed by Ross.
  • I am in lockdown so I desperately miss contact via:-
    • Swimming,
    • Volunteering at the Hospice,
    • and Clara Vale Village Hall,
    • Shopping Visits,
    • Days Out,
    • Cleaner & Hairdresser visits.
Joan Bakewell's suggestions re: scheduling certainly helped me at the very start. Whilst I do not have a written schedule, I do adhere to certain things on a regular basis.
    • I do combined exercises every day.
    • I walk to Ann's tree and beyond every day.
    • However, I haven't got seriously back into reading.
    • I do have however the best fed birds in christendom.
I have embarked on another DNA test sponsored by a lady relative in Canada and I am in regular contact with 'relatives' in Dorset and Holland.

RE: Future Learn, a slight hickup in my joining but I will rejoin one day.

The major event that has been such a help is that I have come up with a project.

The project is to extensively tidy/reorganise the garage & convert it into an easy access workshop/craft area.

This project has involved a lot of hard work removing decades old shelves and boxes from the garage walls. 

And buying attractive shelving units to form a workspace.

The workspace and bench has been formed and fitted with lighting and power for radios etc.

I plan an easy door to the garage, side hung and into thirds. This is on order and due in July when hopefully the project will conclude.

However, I have accumulated miscellaneous items over the years to sort, store and reject.

The project has and is giving me a purpose. It has made me think it through, adapt, plan, adjust and end up with a workspace which I love. I look forward to going there everyday and even eat my meals etc in the area.

I look forward to the doors arriving in July.

Most of the wood I have used was already available so costs are restricted to the three shelving units and the door on order.

Months of putting away all the collected 'debris' I've unearthed will follow!

Neighbours are kind & shop for me and bring me cakes etc.

On my walks or when working on my project I long to see people to say hello to.

I look forward each day to video calls with Ross PM and Alison AM.






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