It’s like waiting for a bus, you wait ages for one wellbeing resource to arrive, then six come at once!

Yes, the day has arrived when our wellbeing pocket guides are available to download for free, on the Elizabeth Casson website. Though they’re designed for newly qualified Occupational Therapists in their first year of work, the interest has spanned way beyond that. We’ve had positive feedback from every stratum of the occupational therapy community. Our Tweets and blogs have been read around the world. It’s taken months of work and all diverted to digital thanks to the pandemic. But we’ve adapted, reworked and hopefully triumphed.

For the project team this is truly a day of celebration. When we started the project none of us could have imagined the context in which we would be working. The plans we had to come together had to be abandoned. We have never actually met face to face. We never all managed to be on a conference call at the same time. Every member of the team volunteered their time whilst also carrying out their clinical roles at the height of a global crisis. It is testament to the team that we have reached this momentous day.

So what have we been doing?

Over the last six months we posed lots of questions on social media about how the transition from student to clinician impacts on wellbeing. So many people got involved and shared their views and experiences and joined in the #OTalk we hosted earlier in the year. We chose some key themes that came out of this engagement to create 6 wellbeing pocket guides:

          • Becoming Your Own Cheerleader
          • Quietening Your Inner Critic
          • Finding Balance
          • Self-Compassion
          • Building Your Network of Support
          • Finding Perspective in Tough Situations

Over the course of the project we also published a series of blogs on this website. These have been brought together in the final resource: The Book of Blogs

A bit more detail……

The guides adopt a self-coaching approach. Each one contains a number of exercises to help you address some of the challenges you may be experiencing during this process of transition. They are workbooks designed to help you pause, reflect and explore some new tools and techniques.

A word of caution: they are not designed to be downloaded in one go and skim read in the hope that they will make a difference. Take some time and pick the one or two which feel important to you right now. They are not going to go away. They will always be there for you to come back to when you are ready. Don’t feel the need to complete all the exercises. If something doesn’t feel appropriate leave it. 

Over the coming weeks we will be providing a more detailed insight into each of the pocket guides. But for now, pop over to the Elizabeth Casson Trust’s website and check them out.

Some final thoughts.

We hope that over the last few months we have shone a light on an important question for our profession: what are the challenges faced by newly qualified occupational therapists? By developing these guides we hope also that we have made a positive contribution to this discussion. 

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have engaged with the project. Your willingness to share has meant that the guides we’ve created are informed by your experiences. We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who gave feedback during the development of the guides on their design and to those of you who acted as critical friends and shared your thoughts.

Finally we would like to extend our thanks to the Elizabeth Casson Trust who believed in our vision of what was possible. They not only funded the project but, over the last six months, have been a strong advocate for our work and travelled this journey with us.

In case you missed it above here is the link to explore and download the resources