Visioning and Problem Solving
Circles of Storytelling is a narrative process that listens deeper using stories to generate reflective problem solving that can create lasting behaviour change and effective behaviour intervention plans. This is a particularly valuable process for those looking to enhance their leadership and facilitation skills or to build such processes into their school or team approach to complex pupils.
Whatever your position in the team, good communications skills are vital. They are at the centre of every work place interaction and can make a real difference to your work environment. Here’s a worthwhile day to increase your skills in this area. These skills will not only help your personal growth but they will increase job satisfaction and in turn relationships with adults and children.
There is growing interest nationally from Educational Psychology Services in the use of person centred tools to support complex planning and transition work. We have recently worked with Psychology teams (and other Childrens Services support staff) in the London Borough of Brent, North East Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and in East Lothian providing an introductory day on person centred planning approaches as described below.
In this training we demonstrate a live problem solving approach which is based on the active participation of family members. ‘Family Circles’ is an evolving new approach to problem solving with families and is based on our years of family work and the development and use of the Circle of Adults process. Inspired by our own Parent Solutions work and the Circle of Adults process as well as Family Group Conferencing and other Restorative Interventions we bring you Family Circles. Essentially the approach involves gathering a family together for a process that is facilitated but majors on the family members offering each other their wisdom and ideas. The approach is capacity focused, person centred approach to working with families rather than the dominant deficit oriented and ‘medical model’ of viewing and planning for or doing things to families.
This can be introduced in one day but is better offered over a series of twilight or half day workshops with individualised coaching. We will provide background context for this approach and will directly model the process with real live issues facing participants. So bring your most challenging concerns to this training.
Some leaders are less effective because they move straight into managing and implementing new ideas without going through the crucial first steps of creating a shared vision and involving the community who will be affected by these new ideas. Some leaders can be unsure how to create and share their vision with their immediate team or their wider organisation.
To facilitate a group, team or organisation in thinking together around a given challenge or issue here is an opportunity to experience for real the person centred, futures planning tool – MAP (Pearpoint, Forest et. al. 1989). This is a process not a training day. Let us facilitate your planning and refocus your story whilst strengthening you and your group.
Legislation and national and local Government initiatives confront us all with the challenge of working together in the interests of the most vulnerable and the most challenging more effectively than we do today. In this training day we explore these challenges and consider successful ways of setting the conditions for effective multi agency working.
Learn how to facilitate a family, a work team or an organisation to think together around their preferred future or about particular challenge or issue. Education, Health and Care Planning in a truly Person Centred way. Here is an opportunity to experience first hand the person centred, futures planning tool – PATH (Pearpoint, Forest et. al. 1989). This will be an event with lots of hands-on participation.
All person centred planning tools and processes are driven by a commitment to achieve inclusive outcomes for the person whose plan it is, and the young people involved are always present throughout their planning session. The focus of all person centred approaches is the whole person irrespective of the label they carry. Two people, a process facilitator and a graphic facilitator, typically facilitate plans.
Person centred rehabilitation is designed to create a better life for an individual by the provision of an intense input designed to being about social change. This usually entails a series of visits focused on getting the person out and about to increase confidence, social skills and presence in their local community and to pursue goals and dreams. Usually, the work is carried out under the close clinical supervision of a practicing psychologist.
In this practical workshop session we will explore ways of problem solving around complex situations. The session will be practical and will aim to allow the sharing of experiences and good practice as well promoting innovative approaches to problem solving around systemic, organisational as well as individual inclusion issues.
Give your team the opportunity to pause and reflect on what matters most to them about the work they do. The act of listening to each other creates relationship and strengthens trust and inclusion within the team – in creating a shared vision, groups of people build a sense of commitment together.
One of the most frequent telephone queries we receive at Inclusive Solutions is from parents whose disabled son or daughter is about to make the transition from Primary to Secondary School. Typically there is a tale to be told of LA planning procedures that are too little and too late, and a severe lack of confidence from all parties that the transition will be successful. Little wonder that transfers from mainstream to special schools continue to peak at Year 7!
Let us join you to explore your vision and the ‘roadblocks’ to your vision. Creating the vision is the heart of the session and depending on your needs we can add some or all of the following activities to strengthen the vision and clarify what actions the team will take in moving towards it.
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about Margaret Wheatley Turning to One Another (2002). Give your team the opportunity to pause and reflect on what matters most to them about the work they do. The act of listening to each other creates relationship and strengthens trust and inclusion within the team – in creating a shared vision, groups of people build a sense of commitment together.