You could find a way to begin talking meaningfully to a person who isn’t interested?
What if ….you could teach a person who doesn’t want to be taught?
What if ….you could somehow get through the barriers and prejudices and just engage with a person at the place where they are open, and there, give them something of greater worth than gold?
As listeners take the TSI journey, they enter the world of the young hero and, through reflection on his struggles, gain foundational understandings that form a basis for healthy thinking, positive attitudes and responsible decision-making and all the time they are ‘just listening to stories’.
Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) was developed as a tool to engage with ‘juvenile delinquents’ using well crafted stories as a vehicle to deliver ageless life principles to young minds who were already wary of listening to adults and had their fill of ‘professionals’ telling them to re-think their lives. Soon success in this realm expanded to other audiences.
Since its creation the TSI process has been effectively applied in the realms of education and child & adolescent mental health, and has made a vital and timely difference at home in the relationship between countless parents and their children.
We all take the journey from childhood to adulthood via the land of confusion – the question today is:
What’s your next step?
Hi, My name is Ron Phillips and welcome to my website. I dig a good story! In fact that’s about all I can listen to for long. My life’s work is all about the transmission of information through the medium of stories.
30 years ago, I got together with Dan Brewer and he transcribed a collection of stories that I had been telling groups of kids in the residential treatment facility I was running in California. This developed into my first book, Gem of the first water.
When I told the story I recognised that this was the perfect conduit for communicating with kids on the ‘other side of their attitude’. I couldn’t go through the ‘front door’ with these young people, so, aided by my stories. I took all these precious healing themes and principles, and a bunch of beautiful word pictures and I climbed in the bathroom window! And once you’re in the house it kinda doesn’t matter how you got in!
This was the foundation for Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) – which, in my opinion, is the very best way of imparting healthy and enriching life lessons into eager minds. There’s a real elegance to this storytelling approach in fact I’m not aware of any other ‘best practice’ models or programme materials that can match the outcomes TSI achieves with groups of teenagers, in terms of compliance and the general wellbeing of participants.
I have run around 18,000 group sessions, which, as far as I can see, is more groups in mental health than any one has ever run. This material is timeless and consistently effective and is just as important to regular kids as it is for kids with a concerning diagnosis.
This material has stood the test of time. For 30 years, every single working day I have been using the Gem Journey with great success in three areas – with Families, which I saw in my private practice, in schools, and with clients in the tertiary mental health clinic where I have served for 20 years.
If you look on the navigation bar you will see the same three areas. If you are a parent, and you are wanting to make all the difference in the life of your child, then click on the ‘families’ section, If you are an ‘educator’ then that’s the button for you, and I invite mental health professionals to look into the ‘professionals’ section for a wealth of study information and statistics.