Sunday, December 2, 2012

Q & A with Ted Nielson, our WELLU Faculty/Staff Feature!

Q: What is your role here at CSS?
A: Ted works for the Claim Recovery Program in Recovery Services within Health Services. In his role, he works with students in recovery from Alcohol Dependency.

Q: How long have you been a part of the CSS Community?
A: Since October of 2012.

Q: What do you do to remain active?
A: Ted plays volleyball and works out regularly. In his routines, he often focusing on resistance workouts because he used to be a gymnast!

Q: What do you do to remain emotionally balanced/maintain stress?
A: Ted is very engaged in emotional health, maturity, and dependency which are all common in his field. Ted is a spiritual person who emphasizes conversing with people, asking for help, and having appropriate self-care and awareness. He is currently participating in our Coaching Program through the WELLU!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: Ted enjoys playing the guitar, snowboarding, reading, and, of course, hanging out with friends.

Q: Fun Fact?
A: Ted recently became the staff advisor for the Women's Club Hockey Team here at CSS!

We asked Ted a few questions regarding the WELLU Coaching Program in which he is an active participant...
Q: Could you tell us a bit about how the program works?
A: Ted has regular phone conversations with a graduate nursing student. Ted and his coach schedule times to talk on the phone in which they talk about his life and specific goals he is working towards. Ted's coach gives him brief homework to work on between each session and holds him accountable to accomplish these goals and stay on track.

Q: Do you enjoy being coached by graduate students?
A: Yes, Ted raves that his coach is very pleasant. She is not at all dictatorial, she gives him total autonomy, she doesn't waste his time, and she is very flexible to changes.

Q: How has the program helped you reach your goals?
A: The program has been extremely helpful in helping Ted jump-start goals that he otherwise would have procrastinated on. The program has helped him get moving, and it has been a thrill for him to have something to look forward to in his day.

Q: What was the best part of the coaching program?
A: According to Ted, the program has been a major catalyst for action and has provided accountability. There is always someone on him making sure he is on track and not slacking.

Q: What advice would you give others interested in the Coaching Program?
A: The coaching program would serve anybody well and he recommends it to others. We all put things on the back burner and sometimes need an extra push in the right direction. The program is not time consuming and it is very rewarding.