PATH and MAPs Training – Universal Design for Learning Sept 26-28, 2014
PATH as an exemplary form of person centred planning: co-facilitating for individuals, friends and family, teams and organizations
Aaron Johannes and Shelley Nessman with special guests David Wetherow and Liz Etmanski
This PATH and MAPs training event is designed for all learners, in plain language, using graphics and a bit of improv! It is an opportunity to learn the processes, or for those wanting a refresher or more practice.
What is PATH?
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 communicat- ed 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!
Shelley and Aaron, together and with other partners, have been doing PATHs for individuals, organizations and teams for more than 20 years and it is still a process that surprises and delights them as they watch individuals and teams who think they hate “planning” come to life and families get excited about a clearer future. David Wetherow, with his wife Faye, are Canadian pioneers of all kinds of person centred thinking processes that lead to individualised lives, most recently the “Star Raft” – radicalising our thinking about potential networks of support and the opportunity that planning creates for invitation. Liz Etmanski is an artist, speaker, teacher, graphic facilitator and a trained PATH facilitator who brings to every interaction a vision of community as adundance and possibility. She has a growing reputation as a strong and dynamic self advocate.