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MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend an upcoming session.

Three Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Physical interaction Techniques

Training will take place in the Barb Goode Training Centre at 3223 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

10am to 4pm each day.

Next session:  February 25, 26 & March 3, 2020  – Limited Spaces available


Open Future Learning

Open Future Learning Collaborating with some of the most revolutionary thinkers and leaders in our field, Open Future Learning has created over 500 short films. These powerful and often emotive films are embedded into the contents of each module. The films capture the invaluable experience of these people and inspire the user by bringing the learning to life. 

Open Future Learning just launched two new Staff Learning Modules:
Mental Health
Mental health is health. Capturing the experience and perspectives of leading professionals and advocates this module offers a comprehensive insight into mental health. Written by Yona Lunsky this module explores mental health, mental illness and what supporters can do to protect and promote the mental health of the people they assist.
Infection Control and Bloodborne Pathogens
Written by Robin Dewy, this module has been created so you can understand the ways in which you may, through your work, become exposed to infectious diseases and how you can protect yourself. Importantly we also explore how you can teach the people you support how to protect themselves from getting or spreading infectious diseases too.
Watch the trailer for the Mental Health module here:

Learning is made easy with a range of multimedia tools that engage the user. This includes interactive graphics that explain abstract concepts, professionally produced films, top animation, quality written content, and audio that is synced to all written content.

Log in to Sharevision to find out more about how to register for this free training.



MAPS and PATH Training – February 2020

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Date and Time

Thurs, February 27, 2020, 9:30 AM – Sat, February 29, 2020, 4:30 PM PDT

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Spectrum Society, Barb Goode Training Space

3223 Kingsway,  Vancouver, BC V5R 5K3

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Event description

Co-facilitating MAPS and PATH as exemplary forms of person centred planning for individuals, friends and family, teams and organizations

Facilitated by Aaron Johannes and Eilidh Nicholson

What is MAP or PATH planning?

PATH is a process in which a facilitator and a graphic facilitator work with a focal person (or organization or team) and their supporters to create a vision of the best possible future, out of which comes a plan that is always “positive” and “possible,” understood by all and no longer mysterious or scary. By the end of the PATH event the focal person or group has communicated where they want to go, what and who they need to support their journey, and how this part of their lives will be part of a bigger future. Those who care about them often say they feel clear, inspired and hopeful afterwards, and are excited to take on action oriented roles. A PATH is a great tool to bring a network together and the “new” PATH processes focus on the development of support networks more than ever!

Eilidh and Aaron, together and with other partners, have been doing Paths for individuals, organizations and teams for more than 20 years collectively and this responsive process continues to surprise and delight them as they watch individuals and tea

What a PATH is:

  • powerful and empowering
  • practical and dream-based
  • communal and individualized
  • a great way for teams who think they hate “planning” come to life and families get excited about the future. to bring a support network together
  • a great way to get on the same page
  • action-oriented

What PATH is not:

  • a cookie cutter approach
  • a way to force someone to be part of your plan for them


  • individuals who are at a time in their lives when a creative, inspired approach feels right
  • facilitators looking for a person centred method of planning they can use in a variety of situations
  • families who want to work together
  • friends who want to make a difference
  • committed employers
  • agency leaders wanting to know what’s optimal so they can do their best work

Over three days together, in a small group, we will…

  • see a PATH being facilitated by experienced facilitators with opportunities for questions
  • learn the steps of a PATH
  • have fun with drawing, even if we think we can’t draw
  • facilitate a PATH for someone
  • graphically facilitate a PATH for someone
  • have a PATH done for ourselves
  • learn to honor this process as participatory leaders
  • have fun, get energized and think new thoughts
  • learn about other person centred planning methods
  • get a really cool certificate
  • share our strengths

* there may or may not be dancing penguins involved at this workshop

Have questions about MAPS and PATH Training – February 2020? Contact

Inclusion 2020 Conference
May 21-23, 2020

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Avenue,
Surrey, BC V3R 1N5

Contact: Lesley Patten, Conference Coordinator:




Computer Tutoring for Persons with Disabilities

Computer Comfort provides the perfect starting point for adults with disabilities who want to develop basic computer skills.  It offers one-on-one computer tutoring at no cost in a supportive, client-centred environment; a refurbished donated computer for the home, if needed; and ongoing support.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Free
  • Self paced, client centred learning
  • Ongoing technical support
  • A comfortable and supportive learning environment

Individuals can learn to use:

  • Microsoft Office software
  • Email
  • Internet, including social networking

Contact us for more information:

  • Munesh Raman
  • 604-473-9363  Toll Free: 1-877-673-4636


The 7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities – Health & Wellbeing across the Lifespan

When:  November 25 – 27, 2020

Where:  The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC