Co-facilitating MAPS and PATH as exemplary forms of person centred planning for individuals, friends and family, teams and organizations
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.
These are appreciative processes that are hopeful and generative and can be used to foster deeper relationships with support networks. They are also practical processes that can be used with teams, projects and organizational planning! While there are now many different kinds of person centred planning processes, PATH is one of the oldest and is an exemplary form honed over years and years of people’s great experiences! Person centred planning comes out of the work of Psychologist Carl Rogers during the 1940s and gives us some dialogic tools that are ever more necessary as we work towards supporting self-advocacy and an inclusive world.