SWIS 2016 Experience, Slides, and Thought Records

(If you read the former version of this post- this was re-linked and re-posted after checking in about some details/rules behind re-posting and sharing. The goal is to add more external links to posts and, after being notified of some possible conflict, I wanted to check in with the party I was re-posting from to see what the rules/courteous way to share was).

The weekend at SWIS 2016 was awesome. An enormous amount of work and organization was put into this by Dr. Ken Kinakin and his crew (just like last year).

Dr. Ken Kinakin has uploaded more presenter notes and video to http://swis.ca/swis-2016/ from all speakers over the weekend, and there is a really generous deal going on right now for all the information he’s made available for everyone (SWIS attendees or not).

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Check it out.

SWIS 2016

Ozzie Talks was a great experience and it was awesome meeting many excited, kind, and caring people and learning from many of the presenters both Thursday and over the weekend.

Those who sat in on the “Post Figure and Bikini Eating and Emotion Management Strategy” talk were so great to spend time with, interact with, and afterward, connect with.

I wanted to share the slides and a skill used to demonstrate how thoughts and behaviours can be understood and changed over time with continuous use, and how this can be used to help manage post show potential troubles.

The talk was 20 minutes long but the slides were organized so that much of the ideas spoken about could be visible, for post talk posting and for Ken’s posting on SWIS’ site, in case the videos weren’t something someone wanted to watch and still wanted some info.

Post Bikini and Figure Competition Emotion and Eating Management Strategies Slides

The skill I would love to share, and was talked about in presentation, is a thought record.

This is used for clients at the Eating Disorders Facility I work in as a Mental Health Worker (Support Staff) with an awesome and diverse team of Clinical Staff and Fellow Mental Health Workers. It’s really awesome to work through it with clients, or others, and to see the clarity and “a-ha” moments that can take place after being introspective and objective in the ways a thought record (and other helpful tools) can promote.

Stopping to notice our thinking can work incredibly well for us to start noticing patterns that could be interfering with the way we want to live, the choices we make, and how we are perceiving the world and ourselves.

Here is a thought record and here is the site this particular one was pulled from:

Check it out, check out the comments/directives at the bottom of the page and if this is useful for you, really awesome.

These can help put us (or those we’re supporting) in the driver’s seat of helping ourselves toward our own self-understanding and change. Support with these can make this an even more amazing and beneficial experience.

Please know it’s okay to reach for help from a qualified professional if you feel this is something you need or want. We all struggle sometimes and some of the most well-rounded, well adjusted people out there (with a lot to offer) are those who have struggled. Sometimes significantly and sometimes often.

You don’t have to deal with everything alone. It takes enormous courage to ask for help and it’s admirable (everyone in our lives benefits when we do our own work).

Here is a really valuable resource to find one in your area: Link to Mental Health Professionals in Your Area

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