Self-management Testimonials

The workbook was very much appreciated – looks good, and the engaging interactive style of the presenters was very VERY different

I thought the workshop was terrific and you did a great job to adapt your format to cater for the diverse needs of the very eclectic group

‘Thanks SO MUCH for your support and engagement in this CCSM Support Tools on-line course!

  • I liked that I could download the slides and watch them any time. Internet is very expensive here so I was able to download in the off-peak times and watch whenever I liked.
  • Definitely for me, the support from Owen was a highlight!
  • The videos of interviews using the resources were great.
  • I loved the content and the focus on the client.
  • Loved the course – thanks!

I hope my clients get as much out of an interview with me as I did in this Workshop. Thank you both so much.

This workshop was fantastic.

This was an amazing amount of information. Thank you for your energy!

Owen has been a professional colleague of mine for many years. When I was Head of Department here at CQ University, I facilitated and participated in the Continuing Professional Development workshop program conducted by Owen and Sue. I loved their engagement  with the participants in the workshop, the manner in which they personalised the learning, and provided opportunities for shared learning within the workshop.

Owen’s engagement with the Wollongong community as well as his lifelong commitment to students and the now Exercise is Medicine movement saw him rewarded by the University of Wollongong with the Inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement.  I know that Regional Universities such as ours need to develop deep and broad connections with the community. Owen’s vision and energy  while at Wollongong University resulted in placement and research opportunities that otherwise would not have been possible.

He brings that vision and energy to his current interests in CCSM Support, education and training of the next generation. Elders like Owen and Sue are what the future leaders in our field need.

‘Owen and Sue Curtis have for many years conducted regular professional development workshops for accredited exercise physiologists to improve their skills in developing client strategies to self manage their health, especially those with a chronic disease.   As an exercise physiologist in clinical practice, I found their capacity to impart their knowledge and skills through these workshops invaluable, and their enthusiasm for patient-centred care was of the highest standard.  I would have no hesitation in recommending these workshops to any health practitioner who is involved in the on-going care and rehabilitation of individuals, where improvements in their lifestyle are important factor in the management of their on-going health.

As a fellow member of the National Board of Exercise and Sports Science Australia I  worked collaboratively with Owen  in the early 1990’s and his commitment and enthusiasm to the or the growth of the exercise physiology profession was of the highest priority. Owen was involved in the creation of a 4 year degree at the University of Wollongong and his enthusiasm for the development of career pathways for these graduates was contagious’.

The benefits to me as a Health Professional through participating in this online course (CCSM01) include:-

  1.  Gaining greater insight into how their condition impacts on their life and what they would like help with is very helpful. The CCS cards work time and time again in bringing to the surface this vital information.
  2. Using the perceived level of success is fantastic and one area i’ve failed to consider in the past, understanding how the user rates their level of achievement really shows true understanding and paves to way for effective relationships and positive health outcomes. Thanks.

‘My client was more engaged and invested in this process than during previous consultations with clients in similar circumstances when the cards haven’t been used. Is a complete game changer in terms of it got the client/service provider relationship off to the best possible start and has set the tone for this client to be accountable to themselves and also myself as their service provider’.

I love how the action plan solidifies the discussion in to a sequential and logical process the client can reflect on. It gives them food for thought but more importantly they see what they’ve identified start to take place which motivates them to keep going. It then provides a checkpoint for re-review how it’s working and identify ways to increase its effectiveness. I love how when reviewing their progress it’s always positive. They may have reached a partial goal, or even If they haven’t, it gives us a chance to collaboratively investigate the why it happened and how can we improve. It provides a building block for successful behavior change which the client continues to build and build with the right support. Did I mention it continues to assist identifying ongoing needed support as well?  Is there anything it can’t do???

Thanks Owen. This course has been truly insightful and has helped me identify areas of focus, as well as processes that enhance service user focus.

The use of the CCS cards provided me with a real insight into her feelings of needing help to deal with the condition and the worry of the loss of money due to not being as functional as she would like. This added worry was interesting as I feel she would be unable to recover completely if she saw herself as a non functional adult’. The benefit gained from the use of the cards was a real positive as, not only was it a valuable time of  communication between us, it also gave me the opportunity to understand her current feelings towards her condition 

‘I am finding I’m getting some amazing results out of using some of the tools that you and Owen taught and it’s getting easier the more I practice

The tools provided were extremely valuable. Those cards (CCS cards) are either safecrackers or sledgehammers, but they are seriously powerful tools to get people to open up.

After using this series of tools on various clients, I have found the SMART tools quite useful, especially the barriers section which, at times, tend to reveal a deeper understanding of the clients’ individual conditions. The CCS cards have been particularly useful when assessing clients with mental health conditions because the tend to have difficulty expressing their feelings when they are so depressed

A very engaging workshop which presented ideas and motivational techniques in a unique and interesting manner

The day was great! I thought the interactive varied teaching styles were very effective over a long day

The format worked well for me because the session was broken up appropriately to engage participants and to practice techniques in a safe environment.

Since the Adelaide workshop about a month ago, we have been using various tools as a compulsory assessment item. A senior EP modified the one given to us in the workshop to make it more ‘assessment friendly’. It includes SOC, MAR, PAR and SMART goals. We are also encouraged to use any other tools which may be appropriate for our assessment .