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Spectrum Society - Inclusive Learning and Research Division

3231 Kingsway

Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3


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Co-facilitating person-centred planning which includes friends and family

Aaron Johannes and Shelley Nessman

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 four 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

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Spectrum Society - Inclusive Learning and Research Division

3231 Kingsway

Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 5K3


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Spectrum Consulting.  Collaborative: Learning, Research, Press is a social enterprise made up of people with and without disabilities, hosted by Spectrum Society for Community Living.  We engage in inclusive qualitative community based research projects, translation to plain language and graphics for documents and events, and run a small press.  All profits are used to support people with intellectual disabilities and our current focus is on literacy, story-telling and leadership.  Most of our work is done with self advocate co-facilitators.  All of our work aspires to be friendly to everyone everywhere.

Spectrum Society is currently celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of offering individualised supports in the neighbourhoods of greater Vancouver by hosting 30 events, including this one.   Thanks to all our friends, neighbours, colleagues and families who have supported our mission!  


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