Everyone takes this journey….
What's your first step

Adolescence is a pivotal time in a person’s life. The time where we decide who we are and who we will be. Where Identity is formed. Often young people make uninformed decisions during adolescence that derail their lives.

The Gem Journey is a unique, fully articulated, ready to use curriculum that teaches the acquisition of Identity. By achieving the 8 Elements of healthy identity, revealed during the journey, adolescents can finally be equipped to find their very best selves.

Originally Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) was developed as a tool to engage with ‘society’s children’, 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.

Employing intuitive themes and real life scenarios, the story equips your children, your students or your clients to internalise essential developmental understandings. Through hearing and discussing the story they acquire the building blocks of a healthy identity and gain mastery over anger, impulsivity and other forms of behavioural dysfunction. And all before they know it!

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Adolescence is a pivotal time in a person’s life. The time where we decide who we are and who we will be. Where Identity is formed. Often young people make uninformed decisions during adolescence that derail their lives.

The Gem Journey is a unique, fully articulated, ready to use curriculum that teaches the acquisition of Identity. By achieving the 8 Elements of healthy identity, revealed during the journey, adolescents can finally be equipped to find their very best selves.

Originally Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) was developed as a tool to engage with ‘society’s children’, 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.

Employing intuitive themes and real life scenarios, the story equips your children, your students or your clients to internalise essential developmental understandings. Through hearing and discussing the story they acquire the building blocks of a healthy identity and gain mastery over anger, impulsivity and other behavioural dysfunction. And all before they know it!

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!

An Overview of the Gem Journey

The Gem Journey is based on my theory that ‘we humans’ are composed of eight unique elements or aspects of our lives that need to be understood and mastered.

Each Element is unique and independent, yet totally integrated and working in synergy with the other elements to comprise our identity, the ‘sum of self’, the person we are.

Each Element has the potential to contribute to the sum of self in either a positive OR negative manner. With each Element we are presented with a dilemma: We can either learn to control it or ignore it.

Our whole self is comprised of our Time, Mind, Heart, Behaviour, Self-image, Decisions, Self-awareness and our ‘Dance’.

To achieve Identity each Element of Self must be understood, and the dilemma each Element presents must be brought under personal control.

You can teach your children how to achieve their best selves…

Please take a few minutes to watch my introductory videos below. These will give you a great overview of TSI and my books.

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’.

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.

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Mental Health Counties Manukau ‘Our People’ Profile

Our People – Ron Phillips Where do you work? I have worked for Child & Adolescent Mental Health services as a Family Therapist since February 1996. Yes, I started last century. Twenty four years later I’m still working with young people all over South Auckland. Why did you choose to work in Mental Health? In

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Major lessons of the Gem Journey Curriculum

At this point in my vocational career my strongest desire is teaching my students how to master the eight elements of self. Because I sincerely believe if they understand and learn to control each aspect of their lives using these lessons they will be ready and equipped to enjoy the greatest adventure of their lives,

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Author statement

I now fully realise that my work at the mental health coal face may well be drawing to an end. I have a desire, no a passion, driven by my personal time pressure, to tell the world that the major lessons contained in the Gem Journey are the solution to much of today’s mental health

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