FAQs

These are some of our most frequently asked questions

Training/Certification

Do I have to take the Online Training to use the Creativity Center?+

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.

I’m a Certified Facilitator. What does that mean I can do?+

Certification assures you that you have successfully transitioned from training to practice, and enables you to facilitate storytelling circles and call them TimeSlips sessions. Certified Facilitators can “model” Time Slips for others, but they can not “certify” others. That is reserved for people trained as In-House Trainers and Master Trainers.

I can't hear the sound in the Online Training.+

Be sure your computer isn't on MUTE. Turn up the volume on the computer and in the module sound icon.

Challenges

Can people with severe memory loss do this? I don’t think
my group/loved one is capable…+

Yes! TimeSlips works beautifully with people in the mid to late stages of memory loss. We have run many successful groups made up of people at all stages and abilities. One just needs to remind people that TimeSlips is about the imagination, and to reflect the joy at the base of the process. Learn more about working with family members. Learn more about organizational training.

Can Improvisational Storytelling be done with people with low vision?+

Yes!  People with low vision are already envisioning the story in their minds. Once a story gets started (just a few basic answers) in a group setting, people with low vision commonly jump in and carry the story. You can also use high contrast or contour copies of an image to make it more visible.  

Students

I’ve done the training as a Student - should I get “certified?”+

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:

  • Verifies that you are following the core principles of the method.
  • Provides access to Master Trainers and professional development
  • Provides access to our inspiring international network of Certified Facilitators
  • Provides access to additional support / promotional materials
  • If you took the training as a student and didn't purchase certification at that time, please contact us and we'll send you the information to move ahead.

    Families

    I care for my husband at home. Can I do this one-on-one?+

    Of course you can! In fact, we designed this site for you so you can have something meaningful and playful to do at home and also invite family members who might be far away to play with you (through the "collaborate" button). The main challenge will be to open yourself to word-play and let go of any desire to “clean up” language. TimeSlips is about experimenting and playing with expression. There are no wrong answers. Also try our Creativity Journal, specifically designed for one-on-one use. It's a beautifully designed keepsake with simple instructions for families, friends, homecare and hospice workers.

    How can I get my loved one into a TimeSlips program?+

    Check our our MAP to find TimeSlips near you. If there isn't one near you, try bringing info about the program to your current aging services provider (senior center, day center, early memory loss program, or long term care facility). This approach is inexpensive and easy to learn and can easily be incorporated into any program.

    Organizations

    How does my Organization get trained?+

    Just click on Org Training in Services (or here). We offer fully online or in-person training. The training elements include:

  • Creative engagement techniques
  • Creative community building techniques
  • - Engaging families, staff and volunteers - Planning a celebration event - Creative Asset Mapping - Documentation and Evaluation

    How do I become a Trainer? I want to train others in my company to do this.+

    Have your organization become a Creative Community of Care. This includes training two staff members as In-House Trainers. This status enables your organization  to train and certify staff at a dramatically reduced rate. Learn more about becoming a Creative Community of Care.

    Impact

    Is there evidence that this works?+

    There is some nice, solid research out there now telling us that yes, this kind of creative engagement has significant impact on the lives of people with dementia. See our impact page for more details.

    General

    This is fun. Who was this designed for? And who can use it?+

    It IS fun isn’t it? TimeSlips was originally designed for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Creative engagement is an ideal way for people with cognitive challenges to communicate. Our main audiences are families, care providers and elders experiencing isolation, whether from disabilities or social situations. But it’s fun for everyone and effective for community building of all kinds.

    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.

    Can I see Improvisational Storytelling in action somewhere?  +

    Check out our MAP and see if there is a Creative Community of Care or Certified Facilitator near you who would be open to a demonstration. Or simply watch one of our videos to see TimeSlips in action. Our Online Training also has extensive videos of the process in action.  

    How can I learn more?+

    Click here to learn more about our many services and products. Or contact us directly with your questions.

    Where do you find these images!?+

    With over 500 Certified Facilitators, we have lots of image hunters! We often find images that have the Creative Commons license and ask permission to use it for non-commercial purposes. But you can really use anything as a prompt. Try looking out the window, or holding a piece of fruit to prompt a story exchange. The images are fun and thought provoking, but the world is your prompt! In general, you can find images in greeting cards, calendars, online image banks (like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the New York Public Library) and magazine ads. But be sure to have permission to use the image if you plan to sell it in book or calendar form.