Motivational Assessments…Right on Baby!

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Back in February 2012 I wrote about motivation….and am continuing with this psychological feature of life.  Sometimes I look back and say to myself, gee Amy you must be a pretty darn motivated person huh? So is my husband for that matter. We’ve both accomplished quite a bit at this point in life. But boy, isn’t it nice to hang out at a pool (which we did recently at Embassy Suites) and do, well, nothing!

Ahhhhh, don’t I wish!

Anyway, back to the point of this blog. I’ve taken a motivational assessment and because I am pleased with it, I offer it to interested clients. It’s called the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential ~ MAPP.

The MAPP is a self-discovery tool used in career exploration. After entering data, I was provided with a confidential document and I was pretty surprised by the results! I’ll point out just a few discoveries about me from the assessment, indicating you may receive results that are valuable to you as well.

The first section focuses on interest in job content (those vocational tasks you want to perform), temperament for the job (how you prefer to perform tasks), and aptitude for the job (expression of performing tasks). Other sections cover how you relate to people, things, data, reasoning, and applied usage of math and language.

The vocational analysis section ranked my highest potential is in Writing and Journalism; and Counseling, Guidance. Right on baby!

Right On Baby!

There’s a graphical summary that uses Worker Trait Code Charts to represent the breakdown of your personal scores into numbers and percentiles. This information determines the person’s level of motivation for specific traits. The higher [or lower] the number/percentile allows you to view your capacity to succeed or compete with the general population in the trait area of activity.  Traits in Level 1 are compulsive; Level 2 is highly motivated; Level 3 is moderately motivated, and so on.

The MAPP results (along with helpful interpretation of it from a vocational counselor like me) aids you (the job seeker or career changer) to identify your motivations and learn how to use them to be successful in your career and life plan. It’s important to keep in mind that this assessment, like all assessments, is not a sole determinant for whatever you set out to measure.  The MAPP does not determine whether you can or cannot perform in a job, it rather indicates if you will perform.

My results reveal I am compulsively (yikes, that can be a scary word…so let’s use the word driven as its synonym) interested in being concerned with people and for providing service dedicated to the interest of others. I am driven to literacy and/or communication tasks. I relate to others with a service communication style and voluntarily inform others.

I am not that particularly motivated by things, but I have a high level of motivation to compile (gather, classify, store information) and copy (duplicate, transcribe, record and send) data. My language capacity is highly systematic, with a logical explanation and education orientation.  I am literary creative with a strong communicative ability. I am moderately motivated with reasoning concepts, and applying math.  Again, right on baby!

There’s so much more to this assessment….  That’s just some of what arose to the surface for me.  I’d be happy to discuss how assessments are useful when planning your next steps in life.  Or to evaluate where you are and how you got there….which I’ve been doing while I blog about my past and how it’s brought me to the present.


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Observation Skills and Body Language – Where’s Waldo?

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Observation skills are important in my work as a counselor. Observation skills incorporate visual analysis, memory, concentration and the ability to pay attention to detail and to notice visual signals like body language.

When’s the last time you checked out Where’s Waldo?

In counseling, body language is used to help build rapport. It helps to observe the client’s/customer’s body movements and match or mirror them in an appropriate way. This can improve communication and  can help people feel more comfortable being around you. It’s true that people seem to gravitate towards people who are most like themselves (I find that boring though.)


I observe people’s body language a lot and can notice when a person is in discomfort, is lying/not being truthful, or is hiding something.  If there’s conflict between what comes out of their mouth and what is being said by the body, this could indicate they are having a difficult time verbalizing something. I encourage the person to explore their feelings and try to reconnect their mind and body.


Take a Long Look!

It’s not unusual when counseling for the client to  break down and cry…which calls for some serious quiet time.  This offers an opportunity for the person to be still.  This silence is the calm and a much needed break. The person will resume a conversation when they are ready. Body language speaks loudly without pretense. Body language is often more important than the spoken word which can be done quite softly. Body language doesn’t lie.

I’m off to meet my step aerobics buddies for a night out (originally posted June 4, 2012 ).  I’ve had a couple of weeks of not doing aerobics so it’s time to see my buddies in real clothing, and eat a nice meal with them!  However, I have been going to a fitness boot camp! What’ve you been doing for exercise lately?


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.



Want to Heal that Injury? Focus on Your Nutrition!

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In a recent post, I talk about a paper I wrote for a health studies course, and I mentioned how important nutrition is in my life. Nutrition ~ the science or study that deals with food and nourishment, especially in humans ~ continues to be as important as ever to my lifestyle.

At ISU, I took a Human Nutrition (FS HN 167) course in the Spring of 1994. It was a lecture style course, and the student body was well over 200 people. I enjoyed the course even in that type of learning environment.

Just as you orient in church, at a sports event, on the bus, or even at your dining room table, you tend to position yourself in the same seat or section.  I recall the lecture room (in Curtiss Hall) and our little pod of people who sat down in front, lower left. We got to know each other familiarly (who would fall asleep first, who was the fastest test taker, who would be most likely to raise their hand and speak out, who would usually leave early…).  This bonding helps with such a large learning environment.

Sleepy Student #1

Remember Julius Michalik (that’s not him!)? Julius was on the men’s basketball team back when Johnny Orr was in his final seasons as ISU’s head coach. Julius played with Fred Hoiberg (still The Mayor!) and Loren Meyer. I remember walking to class behind Julius in early, early morning hours, specifically during the predawn, butt freezing cold, wintery time.

Following in the Largest Footsteps

I used Julius’ huge footprints to guide me to class…kept my boots just a ‘lil less snow filled! He was in this course I’m talking about in this post, adding another special memory for me. Julius, as any basketball player, or as any student, or any worker, may sustain an injury in the course of work.

In my vocational rehab counseling & life care planning practice, I find it important to inquire about nutritional habits.  Good nutrition plays an incredibly important role in the healing of an injury.  If you simply don’t care what you eat, it is more likely than not you will have health related problems. And you won’t heal in an optimal time frame (it doesn’t need to months and certainly not years to heal with most injuries or from most surgeries).  On the other hand, if you’re handling a medical malpractice case, I definitely find that nutrition is vital during rehabilitation.

What really happened in Saturday night’s Kansas vs Ohio State game?

Put tobacco smoking and excessive alcohol intake on top of crappy eating habits, and good luck with reaching a healthy state of healing and of mind. L have learned that healthy eating helps a person stay awake and alert, the body to heal quicker, and allows the mind to focus during important daily tasks in life.

In another of my past blogs I wrote about how I like to use visuals to teach…..and I use that concept for myself.  Take a Look at What I Just Created called EAT ME.  These foods are powerhouses!   Feel free to print it off!

Nutrition is fundamental when helping a person to lead a healthy lifestyle and again to heal in an optimal time frame. Nutritional support varies on an individual basis, but it has to start somewhere.  Here is a link to a simple nutrition assessment.

If I find the person whom I am assessing describing poor nutritional habits, I will offer suggestions and resources and will refer s/he to a dietician. Our local HyVee Food Stores have great information on nutrition.  Nutrition made easy, take a look! Thank you for reading!


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.