Supporting Clients in Gaining A Greater Sense of Self-Efficacyin Creating Personal Change
High-Level Wellness “High-level wellness is an integrated method of functioning… oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable, within the environment where he is functioning.”Halbert Dunn, MD, PhD, FAPHA Chief, National Office of Vital Statistics U.S. Public Health Service (1935-1960)Author,High Level Wellness (1961)
3 Key Concepts from Wellness Pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH (Originator of Wellness Inventory)
The Illness-Wellness Continuum Key Concept #1: Wellness is a process, never a static state. This model shows the relationship of the Wellness and Treatment Paradigms. Moving from the center to the left shows a progressively worsening state of health. Moving to the right of center indicates increasing levels of health and well-being. The Treatment Paradigm can only take you to the neutral point, where the symptoms of disease have been alleviated. The Wellness Paradigm, utilized at any point on the continuum, moves one towards ever higher levels of wellbeing.
The Illness-Wellness Continuum Think of the continuum as a pathway. People can be headed in either direction. A person who is generally physically healthy, but who is always worrying about their health and complaining, may be to the right of the neutral point, but may be facing towards the left, in the direction of premature death. A person who is physically or mentally challenged may have a positive outlook and be cultivating love instead of fear, and consequently may be facing to the right, in the direction of high-level wellness.
The Iceberg Model of Health Key Concept #2: Illness and Health are only the tip of an iceberg. To understand their causes you must look below the surface.
The Wellness Energy System Key Concept #3: We are energy transformers. All our life processes, including health and illness depend on how we manage energy. Putting together a person’s energy inputs and outputs we have the complete wellness energy system. These 12 life processes are the basis of the Wellness Inventory.
What is Wellness? John W. Travis, MD, MPH Wellness is a choice…. a decision you make to move toward optimal health. Wellness is a way of life…. a lifestyle you design to achieve your highest potential for well-being. Wellness is a process….a developing awareness that there is no end point but that health and happiness are possible in each moment, here and now. Wellness is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit….the appreciation that everything you do, and think, and feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health. Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself.
A Central OrganizingPrinciple for Adding a Wellness Dimension to Your Practice
What is the Wellness Inventory? The Wellness Inventory is a pioneering whole person assessment and Life-balance program designed to help people gain personal insight into their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The program offers guidance and tools to transform this new awareness into lasting changes in their lives, and a renewed sense of health and wellbeing.
How Can the Wellness Inventory Program Benefit Your Clients? • Assess your clients in 12 key areas of wellness and lifestyle. • Determine your clent's "change readiness" in each area. • Support clients in increasing their personal responsibility for their health and wellbeing. • Create personalized wellness plans. • Provide resources & tools to help support clients on their wellness journey. • Track their wellness progress in meeting their goals. • Bring more balance into their lives. • Achieve a higher level of health and wellbeing.
How Can the Wellness Inventory Program Benefit Your Practice? • Build your practice - usethe program as a marketing tool. • Create a wellness program for your practice. • Profile your clients in 12 areas of wellness - gain valuable insight. • Determine your client's change readiness in each area. • Create personalized wellness action plans for your clients. • Maintain your client’s accountability with weekly email reminders. • Track your client’s progress. • Increase client retention. • Create new profit centers (wellness coaching, corporate wellness).
“The Wellness Inventory is a foundational wellness tool.” Spas and the Global Wellness Market Stanford Research Institute
Wellness Inventory is profiled in special issue ofMilitary Medicine “Total Force Fitness for the 21st Century: A New Paradigm.” (Aug. 2010) Chosen as an “exemplar” in the Survey of Multidimensional Health and Fitness Indexes. “It (Wellness Inventory) was chosen as an exemplar because in addition to meeting all the inclusion criteria, it is very comprehensive in nature, is adaptable, and has a strong focus on health rather than disease.”
Taking the Assessment Clients assess themselves in 12 key dimensions of wellness.
There are 10 statements for each dimension - 120 statements total. Each statement describes a wellness action, skill, belief, attitude or awareness.The assessment generally takes 30-45 minutes to complete. If a client is unable to complete the assessment at one sitting, they can save their results and login at a later time to complete it. About the Assessment
“Approach the assessment in Learning Mode, with an attitude of mindfulness and a spirit of self-discovery.”
Creating My Wellness Plan After completing the assessment and viewing their scores, your client can choose to continue to create a Personal Wellness Action Plan or log off and return to create their plan in a later session. The Personal Wellness Plan enables a client to create 1-5 simple action steps by following some basic guidelines. A wellness coach can be very beneficial in creating a realistic wellness action steps based upon the specific areas of wellness the client is most motivated to Change (as revealed by their assessment results). If the client chooses to log off and create their plan later, they will log in to “My Wellness Homepage” where they can create their Personal Wellness Plan (highlighted on next slide), and access other wellness tools including My Wellness Journal, the Self-Study Center and the 12 Wellness Resource Centers.
Small Steps for Continuous Improvement – Lead to Sustainable Lifestyle Change
Email Reminders – A Key Tool toSupport Your Wellness Journey Your client will receive an email reminder containing their action steps at the frequency requested when creating My Wellness Plan. Email reminders help your client to stay focused on successfully completing their action steps, and on building a sense of self-efficacy in creating personal change.
Email Reminders– Providing Direct Access to Update Your Action Steps In addition to providing regular exposure to action steps, email reminders also provide a direct link to the “Update My Wellness Plan” tool. This direct link enables your clients to update their action steps without having to login at www.MyWellnessTest.com. Clients can also directly access My Wellness Homepage from their email reminders without having to log in.