FAQ’s About Us

Dear Readers,
Today we thought we’d address some common FAQ’s about us. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.allisonjweaver.consulting/

Here are some answers below:

How Do Your Sessions Work?
A. Our Approach

1. Our approach is primarily an alliance between the coach/consultant and the Client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximize personal and professional potential.
2. We value aspects of both coaching, which involves the coach drawing out the client’s full potential and consulting, where the consultant brings expertise to the client’s situation.
3. Our coaching/consulting relationship is a partnership which:

Unlocks a potential to maximize performance.
Allows the client flexibility
Encourages Accountability
Helps clients learn by doing
Inspires creative thinking, growth, and strategies.
Provides structure, advice and guidance.

4. Finally, the “answers” that you are looking for come about through the work done in our joint partnership.

B. Quick Definitions for Your Consideration

1. Coaching: Coaching develops leadership, strategy, relationships and communication through facilitation, accountability, listening, and challenge.
2. Consulting: Giving expert advice, strategies, expertise, and experienced opinions to clients on decisions and situations of importance. Consultants are specialists in their field.
3. Counseling: Helping people resolve psychological or mental health problems, through licensed mental health counseling. We do not offer psychological or mental health counseling or therapy in our sessions?

What are the responsibilities of the Consultant/Coach and Client?

A. The Basics

1. Clarify and encourage you to set the goals that you really want.
2. Help you and your team focus better in order to produce results more quickly.
3. Provide you with the tools, support and structure to accomplish more of your goals.

B. The Coach’s Focus

1. The main focus is on helping each client navigate and enhance cross-cultural relationships, improve communication with peers and patients, and work towards reducing burnout and enhance well-being in their department.

C. Other Responsibilities of the Coach:

1. Ask questions, encourage, advise, challenge, make requests and listen.
2. Keep you on track with your goals, values and vision.
3. Value clarification, identifying plans of action, and examining modes of operating.
4. Giving feedback and empowering actions.
5. Provide and facilitate sessions.
6. Customize sessions to fit each client’s need.
7. Demonstrate 100% commitment to the process.

D. Responsibilities of the Client

1. Expect Your Best – Give Your Best Effort.
2. Be Willing to Change and Take Action.
3. Be Open to Feedback.
4. Do the Required Homework.
5. Let Your Coach Know How You Feel About the Process.
6. Be Committed and Focused.
7. Request Adjustments as Needed to Help Your Learning.
8. Understand That You Will Grow.
9. Be Willing to Step Up to Face the Challenge.
10. Come Prepared. Fill out the Coaching Preparation For

Where Can I Find a PDF Version of Your Forms, Policies and Contract?
A version of our contract, terms, and policies are available for download here

Will coaching really help my team?

Check out this helpful article from the Harvard Business Review for more information: https://hbr.org/2015/04/will-that-cross-cultural-coach-really-help-your-team .

More about us: http://www.allisonjweaver.consulting/learn-more


Research on Patient Care and Communication

Dear Readers,

Here is some recent research on patient care and communication. We trust that you fill find this useful.

Foo, P. K., Frankel, R. M., McGuire, T. G., Zaslavsky, A. M., Lafata, J. E., & Tai-Seale, M. (2017). Patient and Physician Race and the Allocation of Time and Patient Engagement Efforts to Mental Health Discussions in Primary Care: An Observational Study of Audiorecorded Periodic Health Examinations. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management40(3), 246-256.

Cole, K. O. W., Gudzune, K. A., Bleich, S. N., Cheskin, L. J., Bennett, W. L., Cooper, L. A., & Roter, D. L. (2017). Providing prenatal care to pregnant women with overweight or obesity: Differences in provider communication and ratings of the patient-provider relationship by patient body weight. Patient education and counseling100(6), 1103-1110.

Kurlander, J. E., Chey, W. D., Morris, C. B., Hu, Y. J. B., Padival, R. K., Bangdiwala, S. I., … & Drossman, D. A. (2017). Development and validation of the Patient‐Physician Relationship Scale among patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterology & Motility.

Ibe, C., Bowie, J., Roter, D., Carson, K. A., Lee, B., Monroe, D., & Cooper, L. A. (2017). Intensity of exposure to a patient activation intervention and patient engagement in medical visit communication. Patient Education and Counseling.

Epstein, R. M., Duberstein, P. R., Fenton, J. J., Fiscella, K., Hoerger, M., Tancredi, D. J., … & Kaesberg, P. (2017). Effect of a patient-centered communication intervention on oncologist-patient communication, quality of life, and health care utilization in advanced cancer: the VOICE randomized clinical trial. JAMA oncology3(1), 92-100.

Tang, L., & Guan, M. (2017). Rise of Health Consumerism in China and Its Effects on Physicians’ Professional Identity and the Physician–Patient Relationship and Communication. Health Communication, 1-7.

Turner, K., Samuel, C. A., Donovan, H. A., Beckjord, E., Cardy, A., Dew, M. A., & van Londen, G. J. (2017). Provider perspectives on patient-provider communication for adjuvant endocrine therapy symptom management. Supportive Care in Cancer25(4), 1055-1061.

Fernandez, J. M., Cenador, M. B. G., Millan, J. M. L., Méndez, J. A. J., & Ledesma, M. J. S. (2017). Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Clinical Practice Related to the Treatment of Pain. Influence on the Professional Activity and the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Journal of medical systems41(5), 77.

Reeve, B. B., Thissen, D. M., Bann, C. M., Mack, N., Treiman, K., Sanoff, H. K., … & Moultrie, R. (2017). Psychometric evaluation and design of patient-centered communication measures for cancer care settings. Patient Education and Counseling.

Pellegrini, C. A. (2017). Trust: the keystone of the patient-physician relationship. Journal of the American College of Surgeons224(2), 95-102.

Lorusso, D., Bria, E., Costantini, A., Di Maio, M., Rosti, G., & Mancuso, A. (2017). Patients’ perception of chemotherapy side effects: Expectations, doctor–patient communication and impact on quality of life–An Italian survey. European journal of cancer care26(2).

Xiang, J., & Stanley, S. J. (2017). From online to offline: Exploring the role of e-health consumption, patient involvement, and patient-centered communication on perceptions of health care quality. Computers in Human Behavior70, 446-452.

Schieber, A. C., Kelly-Irving, M., Génolini, J. P., Membrado, M., Tanguy, L., Fabre, C., … & INTERMEDE Group. (2017). Integrating multidisciplinary results to produce new knowledge about the physician–patient relationship: A methodology applied to the INTERMEDE project. Journal of Mixed Methods Research11(2), 174-201.

Ernstmann, N., Weissbach, L., Herden, J., Winter, N., & Ansmann, L. (2017). Patient–physician communication and health‐related quality of life of patients with localised prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy–a longitudinal multilevel analysis. BJU international119(3), 396-405.

Tan, S. S. L., & Goonawardene, N. (2017). Internet health information seeking and the patient-physician relationship: A systematic review. Journal of medical Internet research19(1).

Scott, K. M., Nerminathan, A., Alexander, S., Phelps, M., & Harrison, A. (2017). Using mobile devices for learning in clinical settings: A mixed‐methods study of medical student, physician and patient perspectives. British Journal of Educational Technology48(1), 176-190.

Petrič, G., Atanasova, S., & Kamin, T. (2017). Impact of Social Processes in Online Health Communities on Patient Empowerment in Relationship With the Physician: Emergence of Functional and Dysfunctional Empowerment. Journal of medical Internet research19(3).

Brenk-Franz, K., Strauß, B., Tiesler, F., Fleischhauer, C., Schneider, N., & Gensichen, J. (2017). Patient-provider relationship as mediator between adult attachment and self-management in primary care patients with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of Psychosomatic Research97, 131-135.


Sint Eustatiusius(Netherlands)

St.Eustatius also known as Statia is part of the Caribbean Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but English is the “language of everyday life” on the island and education is solely in English. An English based creole is also spoken. Tourism is a big part of the economy , but trade also flourishes in a host of other area.
St. Eustatius is culturally a mix of European and Carribbean influences, and is a family oriented society. Also, rank and connections are important, though the culture is more relaxed than some. It’s important to recognize the history of the territory, and the transient nature of many of its inhabitants when considering how to relate well with the culture. Below you will find a video about the territory and surrounding islands.

Lonely Planet. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved from https://www.lonelyplanet.com/sint-eustatius

Sint Eustatius Tourism. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved from http://www.statia-tourism.com/
World Atlas. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved June 22, 2017, from http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/caribb/steustus.htm

Research Roundup: Communication

Here are several  research articles that are interesting on psychology and communication. These are in order by date of publication:

Sutherland, C. R., Chur‐Hansen, A., & Winefield, H. (2017). Rural and Remote General Practitioners’ Perceptions of Psychologists. Australian Psychologist.

San Juan, V., Chambers, C. G., Berman, J., Humphry, C., & Graham, S. A. (2017). The object of my desire: Five-year-olds rapidly reason about a speaker’s desire during referential communication. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 101-119.
Mercier, H. (2017). How gullible are we? A review of the evidence from psychology and social science. Review of General Psychology, 21(2), 103.
Kim, M., & Choi, Y. (2016). Risk communication: The roles of message appeal and coping style. Social Behavior and Personality, 45(5), 773-784.
MacRitchie, J., Herff, S. A., Procopio, A., & Keller, P. E. (2017). Negotiating between individual and joint goals in ensemble musical performance. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, (just-accepted), 1-61.
Medina Benavides, J. R. (2017). Rasgos de personalidad y su influencia en las relaciones interpersonales de estudiantes universitarios (Bachelor’s thesis, Universidad Técnica de Ambato-Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud-Carrera de Psicología Clínica).
Hills, T. T., Adelman, J. S., & Noguchi, T. (2016). ATTENTION ECONOMIES, INFORMATION CROWDING, AND LANGUAGE CHANGE. Big Data in Cognitive Science, 270.
Uzefovsky, F., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2017). Empathy development throughout the life span. Social cognition: Development across the life span, 71-97.
Goodie, J. L., Ware, C. M., & Hunter, C. L. (2017). Necessary Training for Psychologists Working in Primary Care Settings. Handbook of Psychological Assessment in Primary Care Settings, 95.

Research Update

Here are some interesting articles  from the research community recently:

Bokhari, R. (2016). Improving patient safety as a function of organizational ethics in the delivery of healthcare in Saudi Arabia (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University).
Hong, J. Y., & Yoo, E. K. (2016). Perception and Associated Factors on Patient Safety Culture of Care Helper in Nursing Facility. International Information Institute (Tokyo). Information, 19(11B), 5577.

Lee, C. T. S., & Doran, D. M. (2017). The Role of Interpersonal Relations in Healthcare Team Communication and Patient Safety: A Proposed Model of Interpersonal Process in Teamwork. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 0844562117699349.

Lillibridge, N., Botti, M., Wood, B., & Redley, B. (2017). An observational study of patient care outcomes sensitive to handover quality in the Post‐Anaesthetic Care Unit. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Makkar, N., & Jain, K. (2017). To study the impact of design considerations on customer satisfaction in a dialysis facility of a super-specialty tertiary care hospital in Delhi, India. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 5(6), 2563-2571.
Martinez, W., Lehmann, L. S., Thomas, E. J., Etchegaray, J. M., Shelburne, J. T., Hickson, G. B., … & Bell, S. K. (2017). Speaking Up About Traditional and Professionalism-Related Patient Safety Threats.
Merino-Plaza, M. J., Carrera-Hueso, F. J., Castillo-Blasco, M., Martínez-Asensi, A., Martínez-Capella, R., & Fikri-Benbrahim, N. (2017, April). Evolution of patient safety culture in a medium-stay hospital: monitoring indicators. In Anales del sistema sanitario de Navarra (Vol. 40, No. 1, p. 43).
Merkel, M. J., von Dossow, V., & Zwißler, B. (2017). Structured patient handovers in perioperative medicine: Rationale and implementation in clinical practice. Der Anaesthesist.
Muñoz, M. (2017). No Pass Zone: Call Light Response and Interdisciplinary Teamwork.
Ott, L. K. (2017). Shielding From Harm: What Can You Do? Speak Up. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 36(2), 136-137.
Paramalingam, V., Swift, S., Smith, O., Williams, M., Greco, P., Every, H., … & Baker, A. (2017). Improving Quality and Safety in the ICU through the Introduction of a Procedural Checklist and Pause. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 28(2).
Piva, E., Sciacovelli, L., Pelloso, M., & Plebani, M. (2017). Performance specifications of critical results management. Clinical Biochemistry.
Villiers-Tuthill, A., Doulougeri, K., McGee, H., Montgomery, A., Panagopoulou, E., & Morgan, K. (2017). Development and Validation of a Cross-Country Hospital Patient Quality of Care Assessment Tool in Europe. The Patient-Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, 1-9.
Wollenhaup, C. A., Stevenson, E. L., Thompson, J., Gordon, H. A., & Nunn, G. (2017). Implementation of a Modified Bedside Handoff for a Postpartum Unit. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(6), 320-326.


Nauru, formerly  Pleasant Island, is a country in Micronesia.  Its nearest neighbor is Banaba Island in Kiribati. After years of occupation, Nauru gained its independence in 1968.  After its natural resources were depleted,  the island’s wealth diminished in value.  Nauru briefly became a tax haven and illegal money laundering centre. From 2001 to 2008, and again from 2012, it accepted aid from the Australian Government in exchange for hosting the Nauru detention centre.  In many ways, it is still a client state of Australia, due to its dependence on that country.

Here are some things that need to be remembered about the culture:

  1. It has both tribal and animistic roots that ground its heritage.
  2. It has adopted many customs of Australia.
  3. Family, connections, and time for networking are valued.
  4. The pace of life on the island is not fast.
  5. Aside from the detention center, its economy is an agricultural and fishing based economy.
  6. There aren’t many animals or birds on the land, and native vegetation is scarce, due to mining, heavy farming, and introduced species.  There are no native land mammals, but there are native insects, land crabs, and birds, including the endemic Nauru reed warbler. The Polynesian rat, cats, dogs, pigs, and chickens have been introduced to Nauru from ships.
  7. The diversity of the reef marine life makes fishing a popular activity for tourists on the island, as well as SCUBA diving and snorkeling.
  8. English is widely spoken and is the language of government and commerce, as Nauruan is not common outside of the country.


BBC News. (2017, April 18). Nauru country profile. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-15433616.
Central Intelligence Agency. (2017, May 01). The World Factbook: NAURU. Retrieved from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/nr.html.
The government of Nauru. (2017). Nauru. Retrieved from http://www.naurugov.nr/.

Here’s is a video about Nauru for your  education from 2008:

Blog Updates of the Week

Here’s our roundup of some interesting blog posts for this week. Note: We don’t necessarily endorse any of the authors or their perspectives.

Bilingualmadrid. (2017, May 03). Unit 2 – Summary. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://bilingualmadrid.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/unit-2-summary/
Brennan, C. (2017, May 04). Here are preexisting conditions you could pay more for under AHCA. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dozens-diseases-pre-existing-conditions-affected-ahca-article-1.3137561
Catalejoweb. (2017, April 28). Jam de improvisación. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://catalejoweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/jam-de-improvisacion/

Chassagne, N. (2017, May 01). Home is where the heart is. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://plantifullife.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/home-is-where-the-heart-is/

ClearingCustoms. (2017, April 26). When It’s Hard to Want to Want to Be Back [at A Life Overseas]. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://clearingcustoms.net/2017/04/26/when-its-hard-to-want-to-want-to-be-back-at-a-life-overseas/

DrFitnessIn. (2017, May 05). Runner’s knee. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://drfitnessin.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/runners-knee/

Expatpowerlifterrandommusings. (2017, May 04). 5 hard-earned tips for alleviating culture shock. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://expatpowerlifterrandommusings.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/5-hard-earned-tips-for-alleviating-culture-shock/

Gingabrasileira. (2017, May 03). Cook of the week. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://gingabrasileira.net/2017/05/03/cook-of-the-week/

Harmony. (2017, April 26). Featured Parents: Why boarding school? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://aliensathome.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/featured-parents-why-boarding-school/

Heater, B. (2017, May 05). Will science and good shoes help break the two-hour marathon barrier this weekend? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/05/will-science-and-good-shoes-will-help-break-the-two-hour-marathon-barrier-this-weekend/

Hoerster, A. (2017, May 03). Vulnerability. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://abuddhistyear.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/vulnerability/

Intercoolturality. (2017, May 03). Nómadas del siglo XXI. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://intercoolturality.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/nomadas-del-siglo-xxi/

‘Intuitive’ prosthetic hand sees what it’s touching. (2017, May 05). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://orthofeed.com/2017/05/05/intuitive-prosthetic-hand-sees-what-its-touching/

James, A. (2017, May 04). Do we consider the person as a whole – Shawley by now? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://ashjamesphysio.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/do-we-consider-the-person-as-a-whole-shawley-by-now/

Jnbaldonado. (2017, April 29). Parenting is a Cultural Thing. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://jnbaldonado.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/parenting-is-a-cultural-thing/

J∆mes, M. (2017, May 05). How We Make Choices | Robert Sapolsky. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://syntheticzero.net/2017/05/05/how-we-make-choices-robert-sapolsky/

Kaufmann, B. K. (2017, May 05). Kayakers buoyant over resurrection of flood-ravagedHarvie Passage. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/kayakers-buoyant-over-resurrection-of-flood-ravaged-harvie-passage

KimViNa. (2017, May 03). Alcohol Consumption. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://globalmindsetrmit2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/alcohol-consumption/

Lastglass. (2017, May 05). Another tale from the father and son toilet conversations: The bidet-driven society and the ‘others’ Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://lastglass.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/another-tale-from-the-father-and-son-toilet-conversations-the-bidet-driven-society-and-the-others/

Marilyn. (2017, May 04). “The Only Way to Go, is To Go Back”. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/2017/05/02/the-only-way-to-go-is-to-go-back/

Mclernon, M. (2017, May 04). Eminently Coachable. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://hardalltheway.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/race-plans-2017/

Mdmomsblog. (2017, May 05). Happy World Laughter Day! Here’s Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://mdmomsblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/happy-world-laughter-day/

Migreenparty. (2017, May 05). Pre-Existing Condition. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://migreenparty.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/pre-existing-condition/

Minimalistgrandma, /. (2017, May 05). Blackberry Winter. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://minimalistgrandma.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/blackberry-winter/

Mountainstomainstreetblog. (2017, May 04). Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://mountainstomainstreetblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/culture-of-being-an-appalachian-trail-hiker/

Nacklo. (2017, May 05). Where I’m From. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://informedbabbling.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/where-im-from/

Orthobuzz.jbjs. (2017, May 05). High Rates of Return to Play and Patient Satisfaction after ACL Reconstruction. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://orthobuzz.jbjs.org/2017/05/05/high-rates-of-return-to-play-and-patient-satisfaction-after-acl-reconstruction/

Lowkeyblog. (2017, May 05). Diverse people & minds. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://lowkeylokiblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/diverse-people-minds/

Pbrainmd. (2017, May 03). EKG findings in CNS Disorders. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://pbrainmd.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/ekg-findings-in-cns-disorders/

Pinoytransplant. (2017, May 02). Illusive Hope. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://pinoytransplant.com/2017/05/02/illusive-hope/

Politicsinpink. (2017, May 05). When Trumpcare meets the Gig Economy. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://politicsinpink.com/2017/05/05/when-trumpcare-meets-the-gig-economy/

Samiam7132. (2017, May 05). And we’re off… Again. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://greeneggsnsam.com/2017/05/05/and-were-off-again/

Shock culturale in Cina. (2017, April 28). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://claudiamilariar.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/shock-culturale-in-cina/

Stephenhand2012. (2017, May 04). Introvert Power. Psychologist Laurie Helgoe. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://stephenhand2012.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/introvert-power-psychologist-laurie-helgoe/

The Typist. (2017, May 04). Dialects. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://phumpinating.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/dialects/

Whenyouliveinvienna. (2017, May 03). Viennese Coffee Culture. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from https://whenyouliveinvienna.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/viennese-cafe-culture/