Posts tagged core attributes

Issue 6: Unconditional Positive Regard; Why? How? and What are the challenges for Dietitians?

In this Issue of Practice Pavestones we will be exploring the last core attribute in our client centered practice: Unconditional Positive Regard. So how does Unconditional Positive Regard contribute to relief, acceptance, motivation and other experiences that our clients really value?


What is Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR)?

UPR is a disposition or attitude towards our client whereby: ‘the client is viewed with dignity and seen as a worthwhile human being’ Phillip Burnard

This attitude accepts that our clients have a right to their subjective reality and is offered without conditions.

When a client experiences UPR they often report feeling:

genuinely cared for by their health professional
praised spontaneously and authentically
supported without strings attached
warmly accepted

To find out more about how UPR helps and what is might sound like in session read on. I hope this exploration gets you thinking……

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#core attribute #praise #strengths #unconditional positive regard #weight stigma

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Issue 3: The Counselling Modality Layrinth; Where To Begin?

There are so many counselling modalities offered to Allied Health Practitioners to assist in helping their clients: ACT, CBT-E, MI…to name a few. Recently I was asked by a colleague which counselling modality was the ‘best one to start with’ for Dietitians. My short answer to this question is Motivational Interviewing (MI)- a great starting place for health professionals working in behaviour change. For a more comprehensive response there are some really important issues to consider beyond choosing a ‘best fit’ modality. Knowing where to start can be confusing and a tad overwhelming!

With the risk of actually adding to the confusion I am going to be quite challenging and say – take great care with how you begin with any of the modalities above! Let me share more…….

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#client centered #congruence #core attributes #empathy #unconditional positive regard

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