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PATH and Maps Training – August 17th to 19th, 2022

About this event

We will examine several tools for thinking about person centred planning, network development and goal setting. We will focus particularly on PATH as a template for planning but will also look at MAPS, Solution Circles, the Circles diagram and One Page Profiles. At the end of this three days together participants will be able to facilitate groups of various kinds as well as support individuals to identify their networks and expand them. Participants will gain basic drawing skills (we’ve trained dozens of people who also thought they couldn’t draw – it will be fun!) and facilitation skills, within the context of person centred thinking and planning, which now has a history of more than 50 years of good evidence that we can support people’s aspirations for better lives and networks. (Minimum number of registrants to run class is 6)

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 teams who think they hate “planning” come to life and families get excited about the future.

What a PATH is:

powerful and empowering

practical and dream-based

communal and individualised

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


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


During our time together 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 and how to use them

get a really cool certificate

share our strengths

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


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