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PATH Training in Vancouver – March

February 27, 2014
our friend Cheryl after her first PATH

our friend Cheryl after her first PATH

Here’s part one of the video!  By Inclusion B.C. as part of their “On My Way” video blog!  

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 guest David Wetherow

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 the future.

What a PATH is:

  • !  powerful and empowering
  • !  practical and dream-based
  • !  communal and individualised
  • !  a great way to bring a support network


  • !  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

    Who are PATHFINDERS?

  • !  Individuals who are at a time in their lives when a creative, inspired approach feels right
  • !  facilitators looking for a more 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

    Over two days together,

    in a small group, we will…

  • !  see a PATH being facilitated by experienced facilitators with opportunities for questions
  • !  learn to honor this process as participatory leaders
  • !  learn the steps of a PATH
  • !  have fun with drawing, even if we think we can’t


  • !  facilitate a PATH for someone
  • !  graphically facilitate a PATH for someone
  • !  have a PATH done for ourselves
  • !  have fun, get energized and think new thoughts
  • !  learn about other person centred planning


  • !  get a really cool certificate
  • !  share our strengths

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

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