TNM for Healthcare Organizations
Compassionate Care of Self, Colleagues & Patients
The Narrative Method for healthcare professionals builds upon narrative medicine to help physicians, nurses, and staff increase empathy and compassion.
TNM’s powerful toolbox for meaningful communication includes the practice of Narrative A.W.E. (*Awareness *Wonder *Empathy), which teaches participants how to put themselves aside in order to closely listen respectfully without imposing their own beliefs, allowing for a greater appreciation for differences, and unique perspectives.
Better communication among colleagues allows for a clearer understanding of the patient as an individual beyond their diagnosis, reducing errors in directives and handoffs, and improving patient cooperation and compliance with protocols, resulting in better health outcomes.
In our increasingly technological and rapidly changing culture, it is time to emphasize the human side of healthcare for ourselves, each other and our patients.
TNM for Veterans Organizations
From Pain to Possibility
The Workshop for Veterans is a profound group experience that empowers and unites. Men and women from all walks of life share their stories and discover their common humanity. In a light-hearted atmosphere that interweaves storytelling, inspiring media, creative writing and open discussions, participants learn a compassionate method of communication that improves their interpersonal skills and the quality of their relationships.
The same skills that build healthy relationships also build self-esteem. With a developing bond of trust, participants become more comfortable with eye contact and closeness. They learn to listen closely and read the subtle body language and facial expressions that add nuance to the meaning of words. As a result, they discover the ways their communication styles help or hinder connections.
Participants see that past trauma does not have to define their future. In a safe environment, they can find their voice and practice expressing themselves more openly with their brothers and sisters, an experience that they can build upon in their outside relationships. As they begin to connect and see themselves in each other, they can more easily forgive and accept themselves. The Narrative Method helps Vets gain the confidence to develop new goals and support each other in the transition back to civilian life.
Alienation - Loss - Shame - Meaning & Purpose
Reconnecting & Transitioning - Substance Abuse - PTSD
Support with Stories
Our programs for Veterans and service members starts with the dedication of founder Shari Foos. In 2015 Shari was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Antioch University LA for work supporting veterans as part of New Directions for Veterans.
We continue to develop and expand our programs for Veterans with the goal of making our services available to as many service members as possible free of charge.
TNM for Social Services Organizations
Connect & Transform
The Narrative Method provides a rare opportunity for participants to experience themselves through the eyes of another and feel heard, respected and valued for who they really are. For some, this may be the first time they have felt truly understood. TNM creates a safe community for participants to increase empathy and expand perspectives through deep listening, connecting, and expressing themselves without fear of judgment. The program rebuilds self-esteem, confidence, and the skills to create healthy relationships. With a broader perspective, participants see that what happened to them in the past does not define who they are as human beings.