Traumatic Incident Reduction Association

Gerald French, Certified/Accredited TIR, LSR, and Ability Enhancement Trainer & Technical Director

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An Interview with Gerald French

VV: How long have you been a TIR trainer?

Gerald: The first formal workshop I gave was in May of 1990. There were a grand total of two students in the training, Chris Christensen -- to whom I later dedicated a book -- and LoriBeth Bisbey. It's quite possible that I learned more than they did during the five days we were together in Menlo Park, though both were kind enough to suggest otherwise, and each went on to do great work with the material.

VV: What inspired you to become a TIR trainer?

Gerald: The astonishing power and...teachability (for lack of a better word)...of the tool itself, as well as the elegant simplicity of the approach that surrounds it.

VV: What do you find rewarding about it?

Gerald: The after-the-fact validation of the confidence I feel in my being able to provide those in training with something much more valuable than, typically, they had hoped or even imagined they would get when they enrolled.

VV: Are you willing to travel to deliver training, if so under what conditions?

Gerald: I can best answer that by observing that it sometimes feels as it it's all I do. I've given trainings in the US in perhaps 12 states, from Alaska to Florida to San Juan, where I've now taught five or six times and serve as a member of the faculty of the Traumatology Center for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. I gave one of the first Operation Green Cross trainings in Oklahoma City to therapists in the aftermath of the 1995 bombing there.

I'm still waiting for an invitation to Hawaii, but console myself with the thought that I have been privaleged to date have taught and/or lectured in Australia, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Egypt, England, Norway, Switzerland, Brasil, Argentina. To that list, I hope to add Portugal, N. Ireland, and perhaps Croatia within the coming year.

VV: Do you have a private practice?

Gerald: A small one.

VV: Besides TIR, what other things are you interested in?

Gerald: Writing. I recently co-authored a to-be-published case study suggesting a causal connection between life-long stuttering and a specific childhood trauma, and am currently engaged in co-authoring a second book on TIR which we hope to see published within the year. I also love travel, and music, and Prairie Home Companion, and large dogs and small cats and spectacular sunsets and interacting with human beings ... most especially including my wife, Bia.

VV: Describe your professional background?

Gerald: Checkered, I believe, is the term that would spring to most lips.... Many years ago, I spent a few months (well, two) working at an iron mine in Malaya (now Malasia). I did not become an architect, the subject in which I majored at Harvard.

Having come of age as a native of San Francisco during the 1960's, I did other strange and wonderful things. At one point, I taught in Project HeadStart and drove a bright yellow school bus in East Menlo Park, where I also taught for two years in a research-based preschool. Awarded a Fellowship in a Master's program in Early Childhood Education, spent a year traveling in Europe and N. Africa upon graduation, after which I set up and directed a parent co-op children's center for the Unitarian church in Palo Alto, California.

In 1984, the year of its formation, I became the administrative Director (under founder Dr. Frank Gerbode) of the Institute for Research in Metapsychology, subsequently AMI, of which TIRA is a part. For the past 20 years, I have been involved with Gerbode and others in the development and promulgation of this work, taking time off between 1997 and 2000 to obtain a second Master's in Counseling Psychology at Palo Alto's Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

VV: What other courses are you currently teaching?

Gerald: Case Planning for TIR and Life Stress Reduction, a follow-up to the TIR training.

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