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September PATH and MAPs training – with Aaron Johannes, Shelley Nessman, Liz Etmanski and David Wetherow

August 30, 2014

Our last Vancouver training of the year is coming up – please consider joining us 🙂 September 26 – 29.

Tickets are available here.  Discounts for staff, families and affiliates of PLAN and the Family Support Institute.  

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.  

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

What is Universal Design for Learning?  

Universal Design for Learning, sometimes called UDL, is a way of creating learning plans that work for everyone no matter what.  We will use different ways of talking about things (dialogues, art, music, theatre) in a kind of emergent co-learning learning model.   No one will be turned away for any reason and we’ll do our best to make this workshop work for you – if you are a person without a disability and you love spending time with self advocates as much as you do, this might be the workshop you want to take!  

Location: Spectrum, 3231 Kingsway, Vancouver 

9:30 – 4 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Lunches, snacks, really great markers, all supplies and $75.00 worth of books included!  

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


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2014 11:45 am

    Hi there Aaron, Just returned from Ontario and family vacation and found this in my email. I am very interested and have been for some time now. I think I’d be great at this however I am one of those on disability income and have very little to offer except a payment plan or bartering with my many energy/body /mind /spirit skills, abilities and processes. Please reply soon. would love to know if this is possible.

  2. Jerry Laidlaw permalink
    September 3, 2014 8:33 am

    I would like to do this to but am on disability and chould onily make payments

  3. Jerry Laidlaw permalink
    September 9, 2014 9:37 am

    i would love to come to vancouver and finaly meet Daivd Wetherow for the training

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