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A Day With David Pitonyak: The Importance of Belonging

July 1, 2009

 Spectrum’s “Personal Support Networks Project” proudly presents,

A Day with David Pitonyak

The Importance of Belonging

August 20th, 2009, 9 – 4, Hilton Hotel, Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby


Being connected to the people we love is critical to our emotional and physical well-being.  Many people experiencing our services are sick from loneliness.  This workshop is about ideas for moving beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chosen relationships. 

There are four ways to register, 1) contact by email or phone (604-323-1433); 2) register online, at:  (paypal and credit card payment); 3) you can print and mail or fax your registration: .   A printable brochure is at: .   Cost for the day, including lunch, is 110.00.    

For more information about Spectrum’s “Personal Supports Networks Project: 101 Friends,” check out


Fostering relationships and developing unpaid networks of supports are personal goals for many folks with disabilities, as well as agency goals in strategic plans.   This workshop will inspire, assist with planning and allow for celebration of all that we’re doing right in the province!

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have developed knowledge in the following areas:

–      The impact of loneliness in the lives of people who experience disabilities, particularly as it relates to difficult behaviors;

–      The importance of going home to the people we love as an important organizing strategy for helping people to develop relationships;

–      Strategies for helping people who are lonely to develop enduring, freely chosen, positive relationships.

–      Problem-solving strategies for times when relationships are unbalanced or slow in developing.

About David Pitonyak


David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviors. He believes that difficult behaviors are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings. Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviors is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to change.  David also believes (to paraphrase Jean Clark), that a “person’s needs are best met by people whose needs are met.” Supporting a person with difficult behaviors begins with an honest assessment of the needs of the person’s supporters. Creating more responsive human services is possible only when we take responsibility for problems of the workplace culture. A healthy organization is an organization that invites all of its members to take an active role in decisionmaking, provides support to each member as defined by the member, and evaluates its success by the

degree to which it lives up to its promises. 


David has consulted with families and professionals throughout the United States, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Cyndi . They have two sons, Joe and Sam.


Check out David’s site, – it has lots of great information!

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