Students learn valuable facilitation skills and relationship- and community-building skills through our evidence-based creative engagement methodology.
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Help break down the stigma and stereotypes around aging and dementia by building positive intergenerational relationships.
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Students learn to ask Beautiful Questions and invite someone to imagine, using words, sounds, movements and images. This shift from the expectation of memory to the freedom of imagination opens communication and invites emotional communication.
That’s up to you! Training simply means you completed the online training. Certification assures you that you have successfully transitioned from training to practice. Why Certify? Certification:
As part of our mission to make creative engagement available to all, our Creativity Center is free to use without training. We think the training will be enormously helpful - but it’s not required.
We recommend at least 5-6 so they really get into the swing of things. It usually takes 2-3 sessions just to feel comfortable facilitating and it’s good to have enough sessions for them to get to know the elders. But TimeSlips does not have a requirement - do what is right for your group of students, your aging services partner, and your timeframe.
Yes! Just make sure when you invite them to the Creative Campus you use the same email address they used to create their account. (Or they can update their account to match your invitation if needed.)
Not necessarily, we understand schedules are hard to accommodate so do what works for you. At one school for example, they actually partner with three aging services partners who give possible days and times that work on their end and students can sign up for whatever times works in their schedule. This requires clear and direct communication between the students and the aging services partner, so ensure everyone is set up for success on that front. Some schools that have smaller groups of students and an aging services partner who is geographically close by the school, actually use class time to all go together which is a great option whenever possible. Students being able to co-facilitate makes for great reflection and learning.
Certification is pretty simple. We ask that they facilitate a minimum of 3 sessions; post the resulting stories to the Creativity Center on our website, and then complete our Self Evaluation form. If someone from your Creative Campus is trained as an In House Trainer, the Self Evaluation form will show up in the students tasks. When they complete it, the In House Trainer will get notification that it needs to be reviewed. They can comment on the Self Evaluation and either send it back to the student for some discussion or simply approve it which will complete the certification process. If your Creative Campus does not have an In House Trainer, the student will need to purchase certification on our Products page and will go through the same process but will be assigned to TimeSlips Master Trainer/staff member to go through the review process with instead of someone internal in your Creative Campus.
We prefer that it is the same group so facilitators can get to know the storytellers and develop relationships and rapport. These sessions also go a long way for developing a sense of community among residents and even between residents and staff. But if it doesn't work out that way, it’s also not a bad thing to spread the creativity and love around a little either!
Every time I walk out of a session, I walk out with a smile. I've learned so much about people with dementia throughout this process. I learned that creativity does not waiver throughout their illness.
My experience with TimeSlips has been nothing but fun and exciting. Each week I look forward to seeing the residents and helping them be as creative as they want to be. I love how open this program is and how it doesn't limit the leaders or residents with the storytelling. I think the residents really enjoy TimeSlips because it removes the pressure to be correct that other activities may have on them. We always have a good laugh while telling stories and it allows us all to get to know each other well.
I absolutely loved TimeSlips! I hope to stay connected in the future and continue with it even when it is not required. I developed some wonderful relationships with people with dementia.
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