Monday, June 26, 2017

Off 2017 Success, ICF Sets Date for 2018 International Coaching Week

For nearly two decades, Dr. Sandra Schiff has served as the president of Health Mate, Inc., in Southeast Michigan, where she provides career goal training as well as consultation in matters such as transitions and corporate leadership. Working to stay at the forefront of coaching science, Dr. Sandra Schiff remains active in her field through professional organizations such as the International Coach Federation. 

Based on the most successful and influential International Coaching Week (ICW) in the history of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Vice President of Global Development and Membership Colmon Elridge recently announced that the event will be held again May 7-13, 2018. During this celebration, ICF coaches and chapters worldwide promote organizational awareness by offering free services in their local areas so that people have the opportunity to see how beneficial coaching can be in their lives. 

During the 2017 event, upwards of 60 different ICF chapters across the globe participated, offering 300 different coaching opportunities to individuals in their areas. These types of services included workshops, webinars, joint efforts with local business, and coaching sessions offered at no cost.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Union Institute and University - Doctoral Degree Program

Prior to becoming president of Health Mate, Incorporated in southeast Michigan, Sandra Schiff attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she earned a master of social work in 1981. Sandra Schiff also earned a doctorate in geropsychology and organizational development from the Union Institute and University in 1996.

Started in 1964, the Union Institute and University is a pioneer in adult education, helping to create the format of traditional classroom education along with online classes. The university offers doctoral, bachelors, and masters programs and has over 15,000 alumni. The university also provides students from around the world the opportunity to study wherever you are with its flexible distance learning program.

The flexible scheduling for doctoral students allows them achieve educational goals without having to alter personal lifestyles or work schedules. The program requires students to complete a 66-hour program within seven years. The doctoral programs feature seminars in foundational and research studies to enhance the classroom and online training.

Monday, June 12, 2017

NOW WHAT?(R) Seminars - Facilitating Life Transitions

A leadership coach and executive located in Southeast Michigan, Dr. Sandra Schiff has extensive experience in change management and facilitating organizational effectiveness. With a focus on executive leadership and transition coaching, Dr. Sandra Schiff has recently received authorization to function as a NOW WHAT?® facilitator. 

Based on Laura Berman Fortgang’s book, Now What?: 90 Days to a New Life Direction, and related workbook, each NOW WHAT?® Seminar encompasses a dozen teleclass sessions over a three-month period. Participants include parents considering returning to work and professionals contemplating career transitions. 

Led by Life Blueprint® facilitators, seminars are typically small and rely on an easy-to-use private telephone bridge. Discussion centers on helping participants determine what they want to be “when they grow up,” take action to achieve such objectives, and allow jobs to reveal themselves. Support extends to any major transitions, such as divorce. One unique aspect of this is the Life Blueprint® methodology for finding the DNA that leads to fulfillment and happiness.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Seeking out Companies That Offer Lateral Growth Potential

A Southeast Michigan executive and leadership coach, Dr. Sandra Schiff also functions as a NOW WHAT?® facilitator. As such, Dr. Sandra Schiff assists clients in career transitions by helping them define their skill sets and realize rewarding opportunities by finding their paths. 

Some companies encourage not just vertical movement, but also lateral movement. This recognizes the fact that performing the same job can turn into a dead end over the years. For some, it makes sense to seek out organizations that offer a variety of interrelated positions and actively encourage cross-functional movement over the course of a career. 

Rotational programs typically immerse employees in a number of departments and workflow settings and give them a well-rounded base of skills that they can take with them in better defining their capacities and talents. This is one aspect of a company that it may make sense to research before settling on a job, no matter how appealing it appears in the short term.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wayne State University Receives Future of Nursing Scholars Grant

Committed to helping individuals and organizations alike achieve their potential, Dr. Sandra Schiff focuses on career, leadership, and transitional coaching. An alumna of The Union Institute with a PhD in organizational development, Dr. Sandra Schiff received both her MSW and BA from Wayne State University (WSU), where she serves as an adjunct faculty member.

WSU recently joined a select group of universities when its College of Nursing was selected as a recipient of the Future of Nursing Scholars grant. Along with fewer than 30 other universities to offer the scholarship, WSU will be able to provide more assistance to nurses who are looking to earn their PhDs.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the scholarship will be granted in the spring to a student who will begin his or her doctoral studies the following fall. Via the grant, students not only receive financial support and mentorship, but also gain access to opportunities to develop their leadership skills in preparation for management roles within the nursing profession.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Everyday Practice of Mindfulness

Dr. Sandra Schiff provides personalized life and career coaching to individuals and families. In a recent blog post, Dr. Sandra Schiff focused on the importance of mindfulness, which she characterizes as being employed in describing a variety of concepts and practices. 

Mindfulness can involve making a conscious effort to be in the present, taking deep breaths, or meditating. While many think of meditation as clearing the mind, there is more to it than that.

Another aspect of mindfulness centers on changing the emotional relationships one has with thoughts and accentuating the productive and positive. This may involve sifting through a myriad of competing thought patterns and settling on those that are most beneficial or productive in defining life goals. 

Mindfulness may take the form of an hour of quiet each day or involve taking time at intervals to focus inwardly throughout the day. It may also involve closing the eyes and concentrating on breathing or keeping the eyes open and focusing on a flower or stationary object in the distance. Whatever the process, undertaken regularly and with specific intention, mindfulness has been shown to have a significant positive effect on those who practice it.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to Prioritize the Important Things in Life

The president of Health Mate, Inc., in Southeast Michigan, Dr. Sandra Schiff serves as a business development coach, consultant, and Certified Peoplemap™ trainer. Moreover, Dr. Sandra Schiff has worked with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s I Rise Family Empowerment Program, where she presented a Family Forum session on how to prioritize the most important things in life. Since prioritization is a challenge with which many struggle, here are some useful tips for practicing it.

1. After creating a list of the challenges you want to overcome, think about what is most important to you. Order the list on that basis.

2. Instead of spreading yourself thin, focus on your top priorities, as this ensures that those tasks will be completed quickly and you develop as a person.

3. Understand the purpose behind everything you do and ensure that the challenges you confront all serve that purpose. Doing so helps you to cut out the tasks that don’t actually move you forward.

4. Leave yourself some room to take time away from your work and life so you can enjoy the things that make you happy, such as hobbies or time with friends. This time will prove invaluable as it helps you to recharge and approach your challenges with renewed vigor.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What the Now What?(R) Program Offers to Prospective Facilitators

A professional coach and consultant who serves as the president of Health Mate, Inc., Sandra Schiff focuses on the techniques that can be used to rewire the brain so people can make the changes they want or need. Further, Sandra Schiff is an Authorized Facilitator of the Now What?(R) program.

Created by public speaker and life coach Laura Berman Fortgang, the program provides life transition coaches with the tools they need to help others make headway in their efforts to move into new careers.

In addition to receiving training in how to implement the 90-day program, which helps coaches with everything from communicating the Now What?(R) message through to offering a blueprint for the successful implementation of its core concepts, the program also provides Authorized Facilitators with access to support from a marketing perspective and a trusted brand that can be relied upon to produce results.

Further, Authorized Facilitators gain access to logos and brochures featuring this branding and are offered the opportunity to supplement their learning with over 30 additional training modules.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wayne State Creates New Tinnitus Diagnostic Tool for Animals

As a Certified Care Transitions Coach, Sandra Schiff works with families to help them address the self-management skills required during transition situations. Sandra Schiff also works part-time as a professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work. 

Wayne State University maintains a reputation as one of the leading public research universities in the United States, as highlighted by the recent development of a new tool by a team of researchers at the university that may help shed a light on the underlying issues behind tinnitus.

The paper accompanying the research, A Conditioned Behavior Paradigm for Assessing Onset and Lasting Tinnitus in Rats, which was published in PLOS ONE, notes that almost 50 million people in the United States have tinnitus, which commonly manifests as a consistent ringing in the ears. The diagnostic tool created by researchers takes the form of a training regimen that allowed them to determine whether or not the rats tested had tinnitus, if it had a pitch, and how long the condition lasted.

The key takeaway is that the tool allows for this training, which would usually take a number of months, to be completed in just over two weeks. As such, it expedites the tinnitus research process in animals, which may, ultimately, lead to faster medical breakthroughs in relation to humans.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The PeopleMap™ Personality Questionnaire - The Four Personality Types

Sandra Schiff serves as the president of Health Mate, Inc., a leadership, transition, and parenting consultancy. A multifaceted consultant and coach, Sandra Schiff is also a certified PeopleMap™ facilitator.

The PeopleMap™ System, created by E. Michael Lillibridge, PhD, helps people understand different personality types in order to improve communications at work and in daily life. The system hinges on the PeopleMap™ Personality Questionnaire, a seven-question personality test that boasts a predictive accuracy rate of 95 percent.

The PeopleMap™ Personality Questionnaire places people into one of four personality groups:

1. Leader types are results oriented and driven to accomplish large-scale tasks. They tend to thrive on competition and often find themselves in leadership roles.

2. People types are relationship oriented and care most about the people in their lives. 

3. Free-spirit types do not care for convention or policy, and they generally value freedom in all aspects of their lives. They pursue projects that speak to their interests and seek varied experiences.

4. Task types are hard workers and tend to be extremely organized. They pay attention to details and feel a sense of reward when they complete tasks.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Historical Fiction Novels about World War II

An experienced leadership coach and business consultant, Sandra Schiff is the president of Health Mate, Inc., in Michigan. For recreation, Sandra Schiff enjoys reading and is especially fond of historical fiction novels. 

One of the most celebrated books in this category is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the story of a girl who becomes obsessed with books and repeatedly steals new ones to share with her neighbors and the Jewish man hiding in her basement in Germany during World War II. 

Another book, Shame and the Captives by Thomas Keneally, looks at World War II from a completely different point of view, focusing on the prisoners of war. The novel looks at Japanese prisoners held in a camp in Australia and introduces readers to a protagonist working with an Italian prisoner because her own husband is in a prison camp in Europe. 

A third book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, explores the relationship between a German boy and a blind French girl who cross paths in occupied France. The novel is a story of the basic goodness of people even during times of war.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wayne State Professor Joins Rutgers Violence Against Women Consortium


Sandra Schiff serves as the president of Health Mate, Inc., in southeast Michigan. In addition to her work with the consulting and coaching service, Sandra Schiff teaches at the Wayne State University School of Social Work.

The Wayne State University School of Social Work, which recently celebrated its 81st anniversary, prepares students for a career in social work. The school is also a nationally recognized leader in research related to social work.

Debra Patterson, an associate professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work, was recently selected to participate in the Rutgers Violence Against Women Consortium. This team of experts will seek to improve services for victims of violence through research. In particular, its research efforts will focus on existing gaps in knowledge. The team will study teen dating violence, intimate-partner violence, stalking, and the causes and consequences of these behaviors.

Ms. Patterson will join 13 other interdisciplinary professionals in this research. Her background includes eight years of work with a domestic- and sexual-violence agency, where she researched the barriers victims face when seeking help. Over the next four years, she and her associates hope to improve best practices for victims in a useful way.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WSU’s School of Social Work Holds B.S.W. Welcome Days

As the president of Health Mate, Inc., Dr. Sandra Schiff develops programs that facilitate executive leadership, transitions, and parenting. As she continues to focus on coaching services, Dr. Sandra Schiff currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Michigan.

WSU’s School of Social Work offers undergraduate, masters, doctoral, graduate certificate, and continuing education programs in social work that prepare students for professional practice. In its 81st year, the school continues to advance social welfare policy and practice by providing communities with educated and skilled social work professionals.

To educate prospective students on the social work profession, the Wayne State University School of Social Work conducts B.S.W. (Bachelor of Social Work) Welcome Days. This event covers in detail all aspects of the B.S.W. program, including the application process and curriculum. Career opportunities in social work are also discussed.

Off 2017 Success, ICF Sets Date for 2018 International Coaching Week

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