ImageCenter Set-Up

Logging in

If people forget their login information there is a link on the ImageCenter homepage that says Forgot Your Login? . After they enter their email address, the system will send them their username and password.

Help files

When you see a question mark at the top left of your ImageCenter screen, that means there is a help sheet related to that page. Just click and it will open up for you. We have not written a comprehensive user manual because we keep adding and changing features. When the system stabilizes, we will do that. In the meantime, we have helpsheets.

Inbox

The choices you have here will change depending on where you are in a session or what parts of the system you are using. If you don’t have past sessions, for example, that choice will not appear. If you don’t have sessions to facilitate, the top choice in the right menu will be Start a Session.

Live and simultaneous or not

Times when you would select no:

  • you are creating an image for yourself
  • you are setting up sessions for clients to do on their o wn time
  • you are creating journal prompts
  • you want to keep people engaged between live sessions

Remember the ImageCenter works on Mountain Time. It tells you below the time selection box what time it is when you are setting up the session. I find it easiest to set sessions up right before I’m going to do them so I don’t have to think as much about time conversions.

If you are trying to convert time, here is my favorite visual tool. Caveat- the tool does not show Mountain time, so you still have to think about it.

Selecting participants

In order for the system to be able to save the images it has to know who is participating and who is facilitating (so it can put copies in both places.) There are a couple of reasons a person may not show up in your list of participants to choose:

  • they don’t have an account (fill out the form at the bottom of the page– the system will send them account info)
  • they haven’t clicked on the verification link the system sends out (send them to email/spam filter)
  • they are not assigned to you (send them to / and have them pick you as their facilitator)
  • you have not clicked the box in your Manage My Account area that says you facilitate sessions for others

Selecting decks

There are short descriptions of each deck which can be accessed by the link to the left of the drop down menu. The best way to learn about the decks is to use them. Set up sessions for yourself, just peruse what is there.

The decks that begin with Exploring contain a mix of paintings and photographs.

The Icebreaker, Team building, and Leadership development decks are the same images as our printed decks. Each of them have corresponding content that is available elsewhere on the Resource Center.

Other decks, like Visioning, are new photo decks for the ImageCenter.

In general, use photo based decks for people who are more structured and linear and exploring decks when you want to dig deeper into the emotional and subconscious realms.

Managing Prompts

Don’t get too attached to how this part of the ImageCenter  works in detail, because it is being redesigned. I have requested a different kind of interface that allows you to pick a deck and have only the global prompts for that deck to show up. In the meantime, we’ll have the long list.

On the left side is a link to the manage prompts area. The Global Prompts are questions we have used over the years, that are preloaded in the system when you need something quickly. Or if it just happens to be the perfect question. I’ve used the questions on this list many times. Think of them as the tried and true.

You do not have to use the questions that match with the decks they are suggested for. They are just matched up to give you ideas. As you learn more about how the sessions play out from doing them, you’ll get better at selecting question/deck combinations.

The Custom Prompts area is a place to build your own library of prompts. There are most likely questions that you ask related to your content expertise. This is the place you can add them to the system. If your list gets too long, you can easily move them in and out of the active area by clicking the buttons on the right side.

You can also add a custom prompt from the bottom of the set-up screen. Just fill out the quick add box and it will appear in your drop down list of choices.

Session details

Pay attention to the screen where it shows you the details of the session you have set up. It’s easy to make a mistake setting up the time, or to have the wrong deck (like I did in the video.)

You can change the details of a session by going to the main menu (link on top right if you aren’t already there.) Pick Change an Existing Session.

Session is ready to go

If you have set up a solo activity, you will see Begin/Resume an Activity on the Participant side of your inbox.

If you have set up a session with one or more people, you will see Facilitate a Live Session at the top of the Facilitator side of the inbox.

Next Steps

Starting to Facilitate