CSCC to Host Story Power Workshop on Nov. 9

CSCC to Host Story Power Workshop on Nov. 9

Holly Vincent
Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Cleveland State Community College will be hosting a Story Power Workshop by the Creative Story Project on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Career Education Building on the CSCC campus. This program is designed to teach attendees how to use story and story prompts in work with Alzheimer's/dementia patients. The program also includes a brief component on aging, the elderly, and dementia. This workshop is for anyone who is in a helping field or anyone who has important aging loved ones as a part of his/her life.

The workshop is taught by Pete and Joyce Vanderpool. The Vanderpools have long employed storytelling as an engaging way to reach the children of our community. Pete is well known for his messages on health and safety. The Vanderpools saw the potential of the evidence-based TimeSlips program and the value it could bring to our community. Both have completed training in the TimeSlips method and have incorporated some of its principles in to their Story Power program.

“Over the years as proponents of story, we have identified the power that story holds,” stated Vanderpool (Joyce). “People relate to story much faster than to facts and figures. As a result, we started using story to work with children to teach them about personal safety. When we discovered the need for mind stimulus for those with cognitive disorders such as dementia and learning challenges, we developed Story Power specifically for that purpose.”

Vanderpool continued, “Everyone is invited to come and enjoy learning about story and its inherent power to make a change in the lives of those with Alzheimer's/dementia or other cognitive challenges. You just might gain a new understanding of the uses of story, and have some fun too!”

The workshop is free and open to the public.  For more information on the Story Power Workshop, please contact Joyce Vanderpool at or call (423) 310-7333.


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