Planning for Vulnerabilities with Self Advocates

Why is there a photograph of Woodlands Institution in a posting about planning for vulnerabilities with self advocates?  Because, once upon a time, our society thought that the best way to keep people safe was to look them away.  Ken Scott, in his historical research article, The BC Public Hospital for the Insane, 1872-1902, writes of the earliest institution being built in 1878 and in 1894, only 16 years later, with a total of 117 patients there was already a royal commission into abuses: . . . to investigate questionable practices . . . when a male patient died after … Continue reading Planning for Vulnerabilities with Self Advocates

Shift-It Resources

Someone recently wrote, kind of disparagingly, that there are hundreds maybe thousands of kinds of person centred planning tools.  Well, not really.  I’ve found about 80 and while there continue to be new ones created all the time, they often replicate other resources, for reasons of corporate or personal branding rather than because someone has a new, better idea.   These are also often uninformed by theory and contemporary practices.  If you really don’t have a better idea, don’t bother, really.  If you do, please create and share it! Of these processes, the most elegant and beneficial that I’ve found are … Continue reading Shift-It Resources

PATH and MAPs training

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 … Continue reading PATH and MAPs training