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Practice Pavestones Newsletter

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Practice Pavestones Newsletter is a FREE resource for Health and Counselling Professionals. Practice Pavestones is produced to support practitioners to develop sound client centered counselling skills to facilitate effective client engagement and behaviour change.

Newsletter topics feature discussions about various counselling theories, illustrations of the micro-skills of delivery and ideas for trouble shooting.  The editorial has a particular focus on Motivational Interviewing and includes links for ongoing learning and suggestions for reflections to incorporate into reflective practice and supervision. Practice Pavestones aims to be informative, encouraging and a bit of fun!

Designed to be universally useful across a broad spectrum of behaviour counselling contexts, Practice Pavestones is particularly relevant for practitioners wanting to incorporate or deepen their non-diet/ HAES® orientation and for those who work with clients' eating behaviours. For APDs, the newsletter is supported by an annual quiz to support the accrual of assessed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Practice Pavestones Newsletter celebrated its inaugural issue in December 2013 and has continued to grow every month with new issues, new discussions and new subscribers. In May 2014 Practice Pavestones was accepted as a listing on DINER – a professional resource library for members of Dietitians Association of Australia 

Each newsletter issue is now published in the blog page for easy revision and access to archives. You can click through to the blog page here.


    'Tara’s ‘Practice Pavestones Newsletter’ is always insightful with great user-friendly content. I highly recommend it as a tool and resource for health professionals looking not only to support their clinical work, but very importantly, as a regular reminder to do the best we can to take care of ourselves as well.' 


    Dr Rick Kausman. Author ‘If Not Dieting, Then What?’ www.ifnotdieting.com. Melbourne Australia

    'Tara’s Newsletter is a must for Dietitians who want to be effective nutrition counsellors. She packs in lots of practical hints and wording ideas in each post. All this while being terribly fun to read! I look forward to each issue.'


    Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW. Author Counselling Tips for Nutrition Therapists Workbook www.mollykellogg.com Philadelphia USA

    'Through addressing issues that are relevant to the everyday practice of  Dieititans, 'Pavestones' achieves the very difficult task of scaffolding the reader between contemporary thinking in counselling and therapeutic dietetic practice in a clear accessible way.'


    Dr Janet Conti. Clinical Psychologist & Dietitian. Sydney Australia
  • 'Thank you for providing such a wonderful profession specific resource. I really love the specific examples, the summary at the end and the targeted reflective practice points.  I work as a clinical educator for final year students on placement in an acute facility and am finding so many valuable  points to improve the way I interact with students but also so many examples I can use to help students build their interactions with patients.  I have also already been able to direct my APD mentee directly to subscribing to  your newsletter after she expresses some learning goals around improving her counselling skills, perfect timing! Keep the wisdom coming, it is very much appreciated!'


    Amanda Barnett Clinical Educator/Senior Dietitian, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland. Australia
  • 'Tara, I just wanted to commend you on this wonderful resource and to thank you for the time and commitment that it must take to make it happen. It lives and breathes your passion for the people we deal with and the counselling tools that are there for us to use to assist our clients. Well done, your drive and passion are an inspiration to us all.'

    Frances Cloughley. Accredited Practising Dietitian/Grad Dip Counselling. Sydney Australia
  • 'The way Tara is able to explain more effective ways of working together with clients is such a wonderful support for all Dietitians and reminds us that we do indeed have to look beyond the nuts and bolts of nutrition to truly connect with real people. Thank you so much Tara, I see Practice Pavestones as a wonderful gift in my inbox each month, I love it!'


    Fiona Sutherland. Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitians, Nutrition Consultant. Body Positive AUSTRALIA

    'Thank you Tara MacGregor!  As an educator of future dietitians I am always looking to fill the need for current, insightful comment coupled with practical ways to practise the less tangible aspects of dietetic practice. I recommend Practice Pavestones not only to my students, but to new graduates and dietetic colleagues alike.'



    Di Wintle. Lecturer.Nutrition and Dietetics. School of Dentistry and Health Sciences. Charles Sturt University
  • 'Tara’s newsletter Practice Pavestones is a welcome addition to my monthly professional reading.  It stands out with compassionate views, an authentic voice and evidence-based research delivered with light-hearted tone. With Practice Pavestones Tara is leading the way in advocating for a client-centred approach in Australian health care, dietetic education in particular.  Her many years of experience as a dietitian and counsellor are evident; her skills as a writer and her expertise in training and supervision mean that the insights and practical ideas presented in each publication are well considered, thought provoking and help me evolve as professional. I hope Practice Pavestones becomes required reading for all students considering a career in the health sciences.  I dearly wish I had this resource as new graduate! '


    Sue Zbornik. Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Author of ‘Find Your Happetite’

    'Thank you Tara for yet another incredible newsletter.... reading them is so calming, exciting and motivating all at once!'


    Casey Conroy, Holistic Dietitian & Yoga Teacher, www.funkyforest.com.au
  • 'I want to say how refreshing and inspiring I found your latest newsletter. I am excited to find such an informative, funny and beautifully crafted piece of writing [including everything from poignant quotes, clever analysis and reflective practices]. You paint a wonderful picture!  Thank you for your work. I have a lot to learn but I feel a little more assured in my beliefs/digestion of nutrition and dietetics training thus far after coming across this.'


    Stephen Davis APD / Nutrition Counsellor / Dietitian at Inwards Outwards: Psychology & Dietetic Services.
  • 'Tara's commitment to spreading the word that the working partnership that is 'counsellor' and 'client' beneficially contains less 'I' and more 'You', is timely and inspiring. I've been in private practice as a psychotherapist and family counsellor for almost 20 years. I've served on the state and federal professional bodies, taught counselling skills to graduate students and intern psychologists and presently supervise a number of counsellors. And yet I am reminded of important aspects of the work, learn new skills and access fresh resources as I read each issue of Practice Pavestones.'


    Susan Hamilton. Psychotherapist & Family Counsellor. www.freshperspectives.com.au
  • 'Tara Macgregor’s newsletter, Practice Pavestones, is an invaluable resource for clinicians and educators in the fields of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. Ms Macgregor has also accomplished the challenging task of providing information that is equally as appropriate and helpful for people who are struggling with disordered eating and body dissatisfaction. As a therapist working in the field, I can confidently recommend Practice Pavestones to colleagues and clients alike and I always find something new to incorporate into my own practice.'


    Dr. Deah Schwartz. Psychotherapist, Author, Writer, Trainer. Author of Dr Deah's Calmanac

    'Hi Tara, I absolutely love your newsletter! Thank you! Having just started working in the area of disordered eating I have found the advice and information invaluable. I am hoping to read all the back issues for my CPD.'


    Sally Drinan APD