Colin and Derek returned to Malta this Easter to provide 3 days of training for a large gathering of Erasmus participants on the themes of Attachment, trauma and self discovery. Wonderful engagement from participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Rumania and Malta.
Great February meeting started well with Denise and her great Caribbean cooking! Lovely exchange all round!
He won’t sit still that long!
How often do we hear those words when we describe a PATH or a MAP meeting likely to last up to 2 hours? This is particularly true of young people labelled with Autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), or attention deficit hyperactivity difficulties (ADHD) but often applied to those with social disadvantage, hyper-vigilant, learning or behaviour challenges. Often, they are boys but not always.
Previous meeting experiences and observations of the focus child in classrooms and other challenging situations lead those who know him best to suggest he has a short attention span and an inability to sit through a planning session.
Colin and Derek facilitated a visioning and goal setting session with the staff of all the Manchester Hospital schools. This diverse team are involved in the education of children and young people who are terminally ill, have mental health needs, brain injury and so on.
We cannot afford the luxury of despair
Person centred planning using group facilitated processes such as MAP and PATH were originally created in North America and Canada by Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forest, John O’Brien and colleagues. These planning processes have an amazing way of and eliciting honest exchanges and mobilising hope in the most difficult and challenging of situations. We at Inclusive Solutions after learning and facilitating such processes for over 20 years are still feeling the privilege of trusting a way of working that can truly engender hope and honesty. What other processes can really be relied upon to do this with any degree of success? How does this come about? What are we learning?
Colin and Derek provided training on Keys to Inclusion for SEN team of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster. Powerful and moving session. Inclusion is not a neutral subject and SEN decisions certainly are not.
Colin, Claire and Beth Darwin facilitate a session with volunteers planning how they wish to support homeless people in Suffolk to find community, a good life and a rich spiritual life if possible.
Naomi Williams on her first outing for Inclusive Solutions carries out delicate and sensitive training on tackling unconscious bias towards racism and other forms of prejudice. Well received from the Nursery team from deepest Bermondsey – as you can hear.
Tara Flood and Colin Newton spent a day with Partners in Policy makers in Scotland teaching the ‘keys to inclusion’ to parents of disabled children and disabled self advocates.