Learning Opportunities – June 28, 2019
July Vancouver PATH and person-centered planning Training
Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 9:30 AM – Friday, 5 July 2019 at 4:30 PM
Barb Goode Training Space – 3223 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K3
Co-facilitating PATH and MAPS as exemplary forms of person centered planning for individuals, friends and family, teams and organizations
Aaron Johannes, Eilidh Nicholson and Laurel Charnetski
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, Laurel 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 teams who think they hate “planning” come to life and families get excited about the future. Laurel is an Inclusion Support Teacher in the Surrey School District, Eilidh has worked with adults in two agencies as the designated planning organizer, and Aaron has worked with many agencies and is an instructor at Douglas College.
What a PATH is:
- powerful and empowering
- practical and dream-based
- communal and individualized
- a great way to bring a support network together
- a great way to get on the same page
What PATH is not:
- a cookie cutter approach
- a way to force someone to be part of your plan for them
Who are PATHFINDERS?
- individuals who are at a time in their lives when a creative, inspired approach feels right
- facilitators looking for a person-centered 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
What about MAPS?
- MAPs are a related process – they go a bit faster, are good problem-solving tools and focus on different parts of person-centered planning. Learning both tools will give us a sense of how person-centered planning works for people, teams, groups, projects and organizations looking for ways to be more responsive
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-centered planning methods
- get a really cool certificate
- share our strengths
Why might you want to do this training in particular?
- between us we have a lot of experience with different kinds of people in different places, and different situations
- Aaron has trained as a graphic recorder in several different settings and will share some of that knowledge with you
- currently, Aaron is working on a book about how person-centered planning works and what the various methods have in common and why they are useful as a suite of tools and an emancipatory approach to people who are marginalized
- Eilidh has been the planning facilitator of choice for two different agencies and has worked in a project for youth transitioning to adult services
2019 Housing Central – BC’s Affordable Housing Conference
November 17 – 19, 2019
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Link to Website: https://bcnpha.ca/events/annual-conference/
TASH Conference 2019
December 5 – 7, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values.
The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.
This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
Link to website: https://2019tashconference.sched.com/info
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.
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.
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