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Our programs require only paper and pen, are highly interactive, and participants find them enjoyable and valuable.

TNI research consistently shows participants benefit from our programs through:

  • Diminished feelings of isolation

  • Validation of their feelings and stories

  • Enhanced feelings of team membership

  • Fuller recognition and appreciation of what people in similar situations endure -- greater empathy

  • The alleviation of stress, fatigue, and burnout

  • Decompression from the burdens we all carry

  • Enhanced sense of personal and professional resilience

  • An ability to immediately apply what they practiced to caring for patients, families, colleagues, and in their personal lives.

  • Improved reflective listening skills -- able to reflect words/language to open the experience being related by the speaker 

  • Differentiating between “experiential” language vs. “functional” language

  • Enhanced ability to deliver patient- and family-centered care

  • Supportive, therapeutic and validated commentary -- participants feel they are not alone

  • Relating to team members through their story, not just by their title or position 

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Reading narratives and having them reflected upon by an invested group has the ability to:

  • Catalyze a desire for personal/professional transformation after “hearing” the words one wrote, and reflecting on the words others write

  • Heighten awareness of individual biases and perceptions, and of others’ biases and perceptions, including colleagues and patients

  • Validate difficult emotions and experiences in the work environment, and bring awareness of joyful, uplifting experiences

  • Help people practice paying attention to and reflecting back specific words and language to actively show respect for the person telling their story -- the provider brings the knowledge, the patient brings trust. Gaining trust early is key to effective communication of knowledge.

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