by Alyse Price-Tobler (mcap)

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SEMPI Version 2 is released!

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Media release for the Sempi Social Communication Model version 2. By Alyse Price-Tobler 6.5.2018


New System takes mental health conversations beyond ‘Are You Ok?’


What is the ‘SSCM’ and why was it designed?


This model offers a new way to move conversations around mental and physical health beyond, ‘Are You OK?’ The ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ offers a deeper, more real invitation, asked by one person to another, (between ages three to adult), questions that come from a genuine place of interest for another person, from the acronym ‘SEMPI’, that is available for all community members through a free community resource booklet.


SEMPI teaches community members the steps to take if someone is not OK in that very moment. The ‘SSCM’ teaches adult community members how to easily move into deeper, more empathetic conversations, enabling everyone to feel heard & understood, through the acronym known as SEMPI. Each letter within the acronym SEMPI covers all aspects of daily mental and physical health in an easy to use system.


It is suggested that the question ‘HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?’ is offered as an alternative question to ‘Are You O.K?’


Introducing the question, ‘HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?'


'HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?' is a deeper, more real invitation, asked by one person to another, (between ages three to adult). This question is asked if it comes from a genuine place of interest for another person.


‘HOW IS YOUR SEMPI?’ comes with an in built offer to take the time out to listen, and walk with the other person, consequently moving the conversation to a deeper level of empathy, 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?’


How does this model benefit the community?


SEMPI can be taught in under 20 minutes. Members may experience the development of closer communal bonds, reduced loneliness and depression, heightened feelings of inclusion, and higher values of self-worth. This may have a positive impact on community member’s levels of empathy and happiness. It may also influence communal policing budgets, resources allocated to health care programs, and professional community workers burn out rates. Money saved can be used to improve communities health and wellbeing overall.

The 'SSCM' is created to be an aid for the community (not a replacement for professional help). There is a HUGE gap in the area of self-care in the community due to escalating living costs and cuts to social services. This model is created with this in mind, to assist the community to work with their difficulties together, and be able to identify them early, so that their problems don't escalate to higher unmanageable levels, and community money can be better spent.

The ‘SSCM’ is designed to work across all levels of stigma, including workplace stigma, mental health stigma, social class stigma, disability stigma and social stigma (physical, behavioural, intellectual and group). It teaches each person an easy to remember sequential task, so that they can adapt the model exactly to suit their own personal stories, and then pay it forward.


It is very clear, that mental and physical illness has become more prevalent in today’s society, and community resources are now at breaking point. Every day, there are extreme levels of loneliness, low self-esteem and loss of hope. There is class division, segregation, judgemental behaviour, inequality, stigma, and discrimination. The ‘SSCM’ has been designed as a preventative measure, so that we as a society, can start to empower our community members to have deeper levels of conversation, so that more of us do not become mentally or emotionally unwell, and we can combat the stigma head on from a strong standpoint.


Who can use the ‘SSCM?’


Children from age three, can use the specifically designed children’s model, to learn how to speak about and understand themselves. Children gain immediate 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 routine. They can share this model with adults, or other children, allowing everyone to reciprocally have a voice and feel heard!


Teachers in schools can especially benefit when they teach their students SEMPI, as the students will learn a much more expressive needs vocabulary, and learn to speak up about serious issues. It can allow for the fast identification within the child of physical or mental abuse, allowing guardians to act before the child’s problem escalates.


This model also gives a voice to people with any disability or mental illness. I know this, because I teach this model to my clients. I originally trialled the SSCM on women experiencing primary homelessness with mental illness at The Exodus Foundation in Ashfield NSW, as my Master’s Degree thesis. I now teach members across the community this model, IN UNDER 10 MINUTES how to do this, so that they can pay it forward.


The ‘SSCM’ has been written for ALL community members, from all walks of life! This new model teaches everyone from aged three to adult, the art of having a heart to heart conversation, so that competing with each other stops, and real listening can take place. This model increases altruism through a ‘pay it forward’ philosophy.


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 honouring each other.


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.


This concept has the power to change the world!


The SEMPI Social Communication Model and over 40 videos about SEMPI, are available for viewing at or








For further media information contact: Alyse Price-Tobler email [email protected] web


My background


I am a professional, practicing Psychotherapist/Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling (MCAP). I currently run my own private psychotherapy practice and counselling retreat out of Mittagong in NSW. I have worked in front line Community Mental Health & Disabilities, for the past 32 years. I have walked with thousands of struggling community members and I have seen a lot! These amazing souls are the reason why I get out of bed every day. My passion is deep and I am a very driven and serious advocate for many of my clients. Giving my clients a voice to feel heard and empowered is why I have written this model. Changing the conversations across the world to be more loving and empathetic for the generations to come, has been my primary focus all of my life. Alyse :)

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