We already do improvisational storytelling in my facility. How is TimeSlips’ training different?
We often hear people say “We’re already doing that…” but when we ask a few questions, we hear, “well, maybe not…” Here’s a handy checklist:
Are you creating a ritual process and a special event?
Are you accepting and validating every answer?
Are you inviting and including gestures, sounds, and “non-sensical” answers?
Are you asking open-ended (“Beautiful”) questions?
Are you echoing all responses to be sure you’re getting them right?
Are you inviting and affirming multiple forms of expression (sounds, gesture, image, words)?
Are you having fun?
Are you connecting deeply with residents?
Are you sharing the stories beyond your group?
Are you engaging and building on the creativity of staff, families, volunteers and elders?
If not…your organization could truly benefit from building community through creative engagement. Learn more about becoming a Creative Community of Care.