Dr Wendy’s Blog

Helpful and informative posts to add to the lives of my readers

Dr Wendy’s Blog

Through Dr Wendy’s blog I aim to provide helpful and informative posts that add to the personal and professional lives of my readers.

With over 30 years as a health professional (clinical, education and research), I have a strong interest in better education and training for all people working with people. I’m passionate about things like Professional Boundaries, Nursing, Training, Professional Supervision, links between childhood trauma and mental illness and workplace bullying. I’ve been training in Psychodrama for over 20 years  – some might say a life-long learning – and I’m committed to using experiential learning in the work I do with individuals and groups.

I also have the great honour of being invited to regularly present and facilitate at national & international conferences on the topics of boundaries, bullying and mental health in the workplace.

I hope that you’ll take a few moments to see what I have to say, and I encourage you to respond with your comments. I’d love to hear your opinions and insights on the topics I discuss here, to have you a part of this conversation…

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Starting out with Davaar

Posted by on 15 Jul, 2020 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Starting out with Davaar

Starting out with Davaar

Starting out with Davaar

Debb @ Davaar – July 2020

I’ve been with Dr. Wendy for a couple of years now. Before Dr. W, I was admin in the education system. Two years later, employment nursing courses went online, so staff were made redundant. Dr. W offered me a job with Davaar, and as the saying goes, the rest is history!

Debb Quinn

So what’s it like working for Dr. Wendy and Davaar Consultancy? Well, it’s been the best thing to have happened to me since … oh gosh, ok well, I can’t remember that far back but it’s been oh-so-good! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still ‘a work in progress’ when it comes to the Scottish accent and terminology – or as I call it ‘Wendy-Speak’ – but I hope I am slowly ‘getting there’. With my hand on my heart, there’s never been a dull moment I can tell you. She is certainly one very resilient lady! (a workshop participant called her a ‘pocket rocket’) – and with ‘proven consistency’, as per our Instagram posts. In between podcasts, workshops (face to face), online training, Rotary (Past President), supervising, one-on-one sessions, being hassled by me – she still makes time for her own mental health by throwing in a game of golf!

Dr. Wendy McIntosh portrait

Starting backwards – Covid-19 has certainly brought a ‘what are we going to do?’ question to the drawing board. Here I was panicking, very concerned about my own welfare, at the same time trying to think outside the box. Well, surprise surprise, Dr. Wendy was already outside that box … waiting for me to catch up! She and IT guru Nikki had already set up online training and published the first 6 podcast episodes ‘Professional Boundaries‘ – something to relax and listen to while self-isolating, and/ or working from home. Add into that organised mix came ‘You Supporting You … Your Sentence, Your Story, Your Week’ … and gently stir. We had such a positive response that it is now on our website for one and all to download.

Check out the booklet for yourself … it’s really cool … and yes, I am blowing my own horn! I loved designing thisbooklet especially using Japanese influenced illustrations from Pixabay (thank you Pixabay).

Download the You Supporting You Workbook

Click on the cover to learn more.

One of our customers loved the book so much she gave us this testimonial to use:
“The best part for me is the title ‘YOU Supporting YOU during this time’. I am a strong advocate of people helping themselves. I often talk about the three-prong approach to recovery with my clients: doctors and medicine, counselling therapies, and most important ‘what can you do to help yourself??’ This fits perfectly in with that model!”

Without carrying on too much, that’s what I love about this diverse ‘job’ (dare I call it a ‘job’?) – the love of design – webinar PowerPoints, training flyers, workbooks, documents, booklets, and everything in between – like I said ‘never a dull moment’ with this talented woman.

Dr. Wendy also completed a very successful VIRTUAL workshop, this July month, with Linguistpd in the UK via Zoom. Over the past couple of years, Wendy would take the opportunity to catch up with friends and relatives when these workshops were scheduled; however, this time around the workshop was facilitated virtually. Will it work? Will anyone turn up? Will it be successful? Well, yes indeed, the feedback was very positive and humbling. Another exciting chapter to add to the memoir!

I will fill you in on more amazing feats blitzed by Dr. W in the next month’s blog. Stay well, stay safe.

 

You Supporting You – Workbook to Download

Posted by on 9 Jul, 2020 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health | Comments Off on You Supporting You – Workbook to Download

You Supporting You – Workbook to Download

You Supporting You – Your Sentence, Your story, Your week

It is our great pleasure here at Davaar to provide this resource for your own musings, a reflective writing process packaged in a free downloadable workbook.

Download the You Supporting You Workbook

Click the cover to download your copy of our PDF workbook.

Creating this resource grew out of the Covid-19 pandemic that has had such a significant impact on our world and peoples of the world.  What began as a social media exercise has developed into a soothing six-week daily personal reflection process.

The aim of this reflective process is to assist you as the writer to connect or perhaps reconnect with your strengths, your dreams or your purpose in life. To support more inspiration and deeper reflections we have included the mediums of images, music, stories and art to arouse the creative genius in each of us. (more…)

SPECIAL EPISODE – Boundaries and COVID-19

Posted by on 6 Apr, 2020 in Boundaries, Featured, Mental Health, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

SPECIAL EPISODE – Boundaries and COVID-19

SPECIAL EPISODE – Boundaries and COVID-19

It’s April 2020 and the world is in the grip of a global pandemic. During this trying time, each of us needs help navigating this crisis. In this special episode Dr. Wendy McIntosh PhD, from Davaar Consultancy, discusses tapping into your support networks, the pressures of being at work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the immense challenges of maintaining safe Professional Boundaries when we’re all operating under additional pressures

Wendy also talks about the stresses of working from home, teaches us how to use Box Breathing to get some relief, and how to use The Third Space model to use the shift between work and home to find a little peace, even when work and home are in the same location. 

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

Use the links above to subscribe in your favourite Podcast app, or click the play button to listen. Visit our Podcast page to see all episodes. Stay tuned for the Season Two, coming soon. (more…)

Ep.6 Strategies to Set and Repair Boundaries

Posted by on 19 Feb, 2020 in Boundaries, Podcast | 0 comments

Ep.6 Strategies to Set and Repair Boundaries

Episode 6 – Strategies to Set and to Repair Professional Boundaries

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

In Episode 6, Dr. Wendy McIntosh PhD, from Davaar Consultancy, shares a Professional Boundaries scenario set in a child care centre. Although the lure of becoming friendly with the parents of the children who are cared for each day is attractive, it can be a pattern that can be tricky to reverse.

Wendy describes steps to remedy this awkward situation and some hints on ways to help refocus the attention back on the customer and their child, rather than the staff member’s family.  Also discussed are Strategies for establishing better boundaries in collegial relationships, and how important it is that the front office staff also exhibit a unified boundaries front.

This is the final episode of Season One,  and rounds up our first season of the Professional Boundaries Podcast. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen. Get access to all episodes here.  Stay tuned for the Season Two, coming soon. (more…)

Sponsoring entry to ACN Nurses Forum August, 2020

Posted by on 10 Jan, 2020 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Sponsoring entry to ACN Nurses Forum August, 2020

Sponsoring entry to ACN Nurses Forum August, 2020

We’re getting ready for the 2020 International Year of the Nurse & MidwifeNNF2019Logo

And to celebrate it, Davaar Consultancy is excited to sponsor the registration of a nurse or midwife to attend the ACN Nurses Forum in Canberra on 19th – 21st  August 2020.

Simply tell us who is your Nursing or Midwifery Role Model (currently or historically).

  • What is it about the person or their work that you most admire?
  • If you were to meet them today what question you would ask them?
  • If they were to ask you – how do you envisage your professional role in 50 years? How would you respond to them?
Your essay piece must be between 350-500 words, and entries close on 30th April 2020. The winner will be announced on the 12th May 2020 – International Nurses Day.
Get writing now, and mail your entry to debb@davaar.com.au

Ep.5 Reasons for Transgressions

Posted by on 21 Dec, 2019 in Boundaries, Featured, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

Ep.5 Reasons for Transgressions

Episode 5 – Reasons for Transgressions

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

In Episode 5, Dr Wendy McIntosh PhD, from Davaar Consultancy recounts a Professional Boundaries scenario about a Police officer in a small town and the various events that led to his transgressions.

You’ll hear how, in hindsight, it was clear that unresolved issues from his own history left him at risk of this particular boundary violation. 

Learn about how taking a candid look at our own history might give us hints about Red Flags warning us of likely vulnerabilities before problems transpire.

Wendy also discusses Consistency or the lack of it, a particularly powerful Red Flag that usually deserves our immediate attention.

This is the fifth part of a dialogue that be will be continued in the following episodes. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen. (more…)

Ep.4 Those Red Flags

Posted by on 15 Dec, 2019 in Boundaries, Featured, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

Ep.4 Those Red Flags

Episode 4 – Those Red Flags – What are they and do I really want to listen to them?

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

In Episode 4, Dr Wendy McIntosh PhD, from Davaar Consultancy shares another potential Professional boundary transgression scenario, the red flags that were apparent, and how responding to those red flags in a different way could have prevented a challenging situation for a male teacher.

In this episode, Dr Wendy discusses what the alerts that we call Red Flags might look and feel like, in more detail and some clever ways to respond to them. Red Flags Poster

This is the fourth part of a dialogue that be will be continued in the following episodes. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen. (more…)

Ep.3 Professional Boundaries Framework

Posted by on 9 Dec, 2019 in Boundaries, Featured, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

Ep.3  Professional Boundaries Framework

Episode 3 – The professional Boundaries framework. Staying in the Zone of Helpfulness

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

In Episode 3, Dr Wendy McIntosh PhD from Davaar Consultancy shares another Professional Boundaries scenario and ways to identify when a professional’s behaviour risks boundary crossings or violations, or if a transgression might already have occurred.

Listen as Dr Wendy explains the Professional Boundary Framework model she uses in her workshops to help participants get a visceral feeling of the Professional Boundaries continuumThis episode introduces powerful and specific questions to ask while examining situations that are ripe for crossings or Professional Boundaries Frameworktransgressions and delves deeper into the reasons that they occur. The discussion of Red flags continues in this episode.

This is the third part of a dialogue that be will be continued in the following episodes. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen. (more…)

Ep.2 Definitions and language of Professional Boundaries

Posted by on 2 Dec, 2019 in Boundaries, Featured, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

Ep.2 Definitions and language of Professional Boundaries

Episode 2 – Professional Boundaries: Your safety, your well-being

New Professional Boundaries Podcast

In the Professional Boundaries Podcast – Episode 2 – Definitions and language of Professional Boundaries, Dr. Wendy McIntosh PhD from Davaar Consultancy shares a potential Professional Boundaries crossing scenario from her own nursing career, revealing some of the risks of crossings and transgressions when working with clients, customers, patients, and colleagues.

In this episode, boundary crossings are explained, and how they can so easily slide along the over-involvement and under-involvement continuum into transgressions and some of the reasons why. Wendy also begins the talk about Red flags – what they might signify, and how to spot them.Definitions and language Professional Boundaries poster

Listen as Dr. Wendy continues her discussion on maintaining Professional Boundaries, and why the context of the relationship is so important.  This is the second part of a dialogue that be will be continued in the following episodes. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen.  Listen to Episode 3 about the Professional Boundaries Framework here. (more…)

Ep. 1 Professional Boundaries: What are they?

Posted by on 25 Nov, 2019 in Boundaries, Featured, Podcast, self-care | 0 comments

Ep. 1 Professional Boundaries: What are they?

Our New Podcast – Professional Boundaries: Your safety, your well-being

In this very first episode of the Professional Boundaries Podcast, Dr. Wendy McIntosh PhD from Davaar Consultancy shares a short story from her own career and talks about Professional Boundaries and why it’s so important for you to be aware of them when working with clients, customers, patients, and colleagues.

In this episode, Boundary transgressions are explained along with under-involvement and over-involvement and why they matter. Listen as Dr. Wendy begins a discussion on strategies to avoid transgressions and crossings. A conversation that Wendy will continue in the following episodes. Use the links above to subscribe, or click the play button to listen to Episode one. (more…)

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