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ABMP Student Success Curriculum. Topic 1: Transitioning. 2. Goals of This Lecture . Vision a positive massage future. Identify fears, doubts, and challenges. Understand attitudes, behaviors, and actions that lead to student success. . 3. Life Vision . Benefits. Understand: Who you are

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abmp student success curriculum

ABMP Student Success Curriculum

Topic 1: Transitioning

2 goals of this lecture
2. Goals of This Lecture
  • Vision a positive massage future.
  • Identify fears, doubts, and challenges.
  • Understand attitudes, behaviors, and actions that lead to student success.
3 life vision
3. Life Vision
  • Benefits. Understand:
    • Who you are
    • What you value
    • What gives life meaning
    • How past relationships & events influence today’s choices
4 exploring the past
4. Exploring the Past
  • Understand how family, friends, and events influence us today (Worksheet 1-1, page 5).
    • Relationship to family and friends
    • Past achievements
    • Relationship to education
    • Turning points
5 exploring the past groups
5. Exploring the Past: Groups
  • Describe one habit, belief, or behavior that you learned from an important friend or family member.
  • Describe one important past achievement and explain how this event influences the person you are today.
  • Describe the level of commitment and attitudes you have brought to your education so far. What do you plan to do to ensure this education experience is positive and successful?
6 begin to vision
6. Begin to Vision
  • A clearly defined vision is easier to achieve than an undefined vision.
  • Start Visioning! (Worksheet 1-2)
    • Values
    • Personal Passions
    • What Has Meaning?
7 begin to vision groups
7. Begin to Vision: Groups
  • Describe one thing that holds great meaning for you and explain how this influences your behaviors and choices.
  • Describe what a meaningful future would be like. Who are the people you want in your life? What types of activities do you participate in? Where will you live? What will your work be like?
8 what is a positive education experience
What student qualities contribute to academic success (excluding intellectual ability)?

What are the characteristics of a positive educational experience?

8. What is a Positive Education Experience?

Complete Worksheet 1-3

9 who do you want to be as a student
9. Who do you want to be as a student?
  • Describe what you would like your massage school experience to be like.
  • Discuss the behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs you are willing to change in order to achieve the vision you described above.
10 break

10. Break!

Good Work!

11 overcoming fears doubts
11. Overcoming Fears & Doubts
  • Massage Students
    • Numerous responsibilities
    • Commitments to family
    • Full-time job
    • Social life
    • Anxiety about fitting in, getting good grades, keeping up with homework
12 understanding fear
12. Understanding Fear
  • Real fears
    • Strong basis in reality; promote good choices
  • Imagined fears
    • Things we can’t control but get worked up about anyway
  • Worry
    • Low level negative self-talk and projection of negative outcomes
13 overcoming real fears
13. Overcoming Real Fears
  • Acknowledge the fear.
  • Brainstorm.
  • Plan.
  • Discuss.
  • Take action.
  • A solution can be found if the goal is important.
14 overcoming imagined fears
14. Overcoming Imagined Fears
  • Common imagined fears
    • Fear of rejection
    • Fear of failure
    • Fear of commitment
    • Fear of losing a job
  • A form of self-defeating behavior
15 overcoming worry
15. Overcoming Worry
  • Worry can deplete the energy you have to devote to your studies
  • Example: Susan & the Quiz
    • Susan allowed worry to sidetrack her and she failed the quiz as a result.
16 question fears doubts
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How long have I had this fear?

How are past or current actions explained by this fear?

In what way does this fear disable me?

What new behaviors do I need to cultivate in order to confront or overcome this fear?

How willing am I to put time and effort into overcoming this fear?

What has helped me work through fears in the past and how can I use those lessons now?

16. Question Fears & Doubts
17 worksheet 1 4
17. Worksheet 1-4
  • Complete the Resilience Assessment on page 13.
18 adversity life stresses
Common Adversity

Little time for self

Too little sleep

Stressful deadlines

Challenging classes

Interpersonal conflicts

Work conflicts

Extreme Adversity

Loss of a job

Death of a loved one


Financial challenges

Serious illness of self or family

18. Adversity & Life Stresses
19 self awareness is key to resilience
Self-Awareness Defined

The ability to reflect on one’s own feelings and to use this information to make choices and take action.


Acknowledge people’s feelings

Show empathy

Promote collaboration

Values other people’s ideas

Control internal emotional states

Demonstrate resourcefulness

Be motivated

Remain positive

Achieve goals

19. Self-Awareness is Key to Resilience
20 resilience
20. Resilience
  • The ability to thrive in challenging situations. Resilient people:
    • Set goals that are meaningful.
    • Are not dissuaded by the first obstacle.
    • Assesses choices & make changes (adapt).
    • Solve problems; avoid blaming others.
    • Find humor in trying situations.
21 build resilience
21. Build Resilience
  • Evaluate areas that need improvement using worksheet 1-4
  • Build trusting relationships
  • Build autonomy & self-awareness
  • Build initiative & industry
22 model the skills you want to cultivate
22. Model the Skills You Want to Cultivate
  • Common to model primary caregiver when child.
  • What are the behaviors for the skills you want to learn?
  • Example: What are the behaviors of confidence?
23 support from family friends
23. Support from Family & Friends
  • Who will be most impacted by your decision to start school? Why?
  • How might these people distract you from school or get in the way of school?
  • How could these people best support your educational experience? Have you asked for the support you need?
  • How might you involve friends & family in your educational experience in a positive way?
24 transition successfully
24. Transition Successfully
  • Strategies for Students
    • Who are recent high-school graduates
    • With children
    • With significant others
    • With friends & family
    • With jobs
25 breathe
25. Breathe!
  • Congratulations! You just prepared mentally to overcome challenges!
  • You now have the skills you need to transition successfully into massage school life.
  • Your vision of yourself as a student and as a professional is “home.”
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