Alyse Price-Tobleris creating SEMPI Social Communication Model
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- PLUS YOU WILL GET AN OFFICIAL SEMPI MUG
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- A SHOUT OUT ACROSS THE SEMPI SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FB X3, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM!
- PLUS YOU WILL GET TWO OFFICIAL SEMPI MUGS
- AND 2 SEMPI T-SHIRTS!!!
The SEMPI SCM is already being trialed in a special needs school in Western Sydney, NSW in their senior classrooms. The SSCM identifies quickly in class, exactly where students are emotionally and physically, allowing the support staff to act according to the student needs, helping to reduce loneliness, violence, assault, drug issues, food and water intake, stigma and bullying :)
PLUS YOU WILL ALSO GET A SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT-OUT ACROSS ALL THE SEMPI FB x 3, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS!
Hello, my name is Alyse Price-Tobler. The last four years of my life have been dedicated to completing my Master's Degree in Psychotherapy (MCAP), and designing the empowering, easy to use, 'SEMPI Social Communication Model' (SSCM).
This model is designed to stop loneliness, isolation and stigma within our communities. This is achieved by teaching community members, deeper level empathetic conversation skills, (in under 20 minutes), to instigate when someone is NOT OK and needs to talk straightaway. The immediate implementation of these skills, allows the person to feel heard, validated and understood, which may reduce negative mental health symptoms, including loneliness, isolation, suicide, and stigma.
This model has an altruistic philosophy, allowing any person, from any social class, to use the model, with the ability to take turns, so that all parties feel heard, validated and understood, while also leading to a more equal social class power balance. Social class 'cross over' of participants using this model, is invited, as it is my belief that by mixing up the social status participants, class barriers will come down, as deeper perspectives and empathetic understanding of each other’s lives become more understood. This idea matters because people need personal equality and freedom to thrive. The silence and imbalance of power within our society needs to be stopped, so that we all feel heard, validated and understood, while honoring each other.
The 'SSCM' also gives an immediate snapshot into the participant’s mental and physical health, right at that moment, so that a concise, and accurate plan can be devised if needed.
This model also has a ‘pay it forward philosophy, allowing it to be free, once it gets out into the community. This new model can be used everywhere from schools, to nursing homes, to the corporate sector, basically everywhere!
'ARE YOU O.K?' AND THEY ANSWER, 'NO.'
The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ has been written for ALL community members, from all walks of life! Imagine if people could learn to speak freely and honestly with a strong voice, about why they feel the way they do and what their individual needs are, while also believing that they will be heard when they do this.
The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ (pronounced Sem-pie) has been developed primarily with the purpose of reducing ''the tribal stigma of race, nation, and religion" (Goffman, 1963) within our communities.
The ‘SSCM’ teaches a ‘Listener’ the skills to 'hold space' for a ‘Sharer’, (in under 20 mins). Mastering these new skills, allows the ‘Listener’ to teach the SSCM to the ‘Sharer’ so that they can take time to gain insight and awareness about themselves, while building personal resilience, improve self-esteem and coping strategies. Going through the 'SSCM' will provide the ‘Sharer’ with time to explore the 5 'SEMPI entry words,' while empowering them to find their own answers once they feel heard, validated and understood. It is hoped that by working through the model, things will calm down for the person, so that they only need to access referral and crisis services if they feel they need more professional support. This also reduces the burden on our overloaded crisis care lines, saving government dollars, to be spent on improving community services elsewhere.
'HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?' is a deeper, more real invitation, asked by one person to another, (between ages three to adult), that covers 5 essential basic human needs (through the acronym SEMPI)
These are 1. SLEEP/SAFETY NEED- the need to rest.
The need to feel safe.
2. EMOTIONAL NEED- the need for love, empathy, and to matter.
3. MEET YOUR BASIC SURVIVAL NEEDS- the need for food, water, clothing and housing.
4. PHYSICAL BODY NEED- the need to feel physically well in our bodies.
5. INCLUSION NEED- The need to be included in your community.
‘HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?’ comes with an in built, genuine offer for the ‘Listener’ to take the time, and empathise with the ‘Sharer’, consequently moving the conversation to a deeper level of care and understanding for each other’s perspectives!
‘HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?’ is a totally unique question that no one is used to hearing, so they cannot equate it to the question ‘ARE YOU O.K?’
Each letter within the acronym 'SEMPI' covers all aspects of daily mental and physical health in an easy to use system. Children from age three can use the specifically designed children’s model, to learn how to speak about and understand themselves. They can also gain personal insight about how their bodies and minds are feeling from an early age, thereby reducing stigma and normalising talk around mental health. Children can speak about anything they choose, be it good or not so good, in their daily ‘SEMPI’ routine. They can share this model with adults, or other children, allowing everyone to reciprocally have a voice and feel heard!
PLEASE WATCH THE ACCOMPANYING VIDEOS TO SEE SEMPI IN ACTION or go to www.sempi.net.
It is very clear to me, that mental illness has become more prevalent and community resources are now at breaking point! Every day, as a practicing Psychotherapist, I see extreme levels of loneliness, low self-esteem and loss of hope. I see class division, segregation, judgmental behaviour, inequality, stigma, and discrimination. I have also designed the ‘SSCM’ as a preventative measure, so that we as a society do not become mentally or emotionally unwell. It is my life’s mission to change this.
The ‘SSCM’ also assists the carers, advocates, and nursing staff who work with the elderly, to have a voice and feel heard. The SSCM is also indicated to be one answer to the current lack of time being given in nursing homes to patients, leading the patients to be being over medicated to keep their behaviours settled, as per the current research “RedUSe: reducing antipsychotic and benzodiazepine prescribing in residential aged care facilities” Juanita L Westbury, Peter Gee, Tristan Ling, Donnamay T Brown, Katherine H Franks, Ivan Bindoff, Aidan Bindoff and Gregory M Peterson Med J Aust || doi:10.5694/mja17.00857 Published online: 14 May 2018
Thank you for reading, and please support us!!! Alyse
Also, Alyse will start to interview patrons monthly on her YouTube channel show, 'SEMPI Real Conversations' to learn the SEMPI SCM and show people an immediate snap shot into their day!