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Learning Opportunities – June 7, 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

Event Details

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
  • 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-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

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