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About this course

In this 35 minute video guide training we will explore how we have attempted to build inclusive circles of support around individuals and contrast this with a radical approach to hospitality and community building – the Community Circle. The purpose of community circles is to bring people from a local community together to share their skills, talents, gifts and resources. This idea is based upon the premise that ALL of us need three things in our lives to make us happy and fulfilled, these being money, friendship and meaning. We believe that everyone needs a community, everyone needs to be heard and everyone needs to have fun.

Community Circles are based upon reciprocity and the assumption that everyone has both gifts and needs – whether these are labelled or not. The circles adopt the fundamental value of inclusion that ‘all means all’ - no one is excluded from community circles, rather the circle members work out how to include everyone equally and safely instead.

A community circle is made up of participants and allies from the local community. The meeting starts with everyone sharing food and conversations. Next the group comes together in a circle so that everyone can see each other and share what is good and new in their lives with everyone getting a turn to be listened to. ‘New and Good’ breaks the habit of thinking about and acting from what’s wrong, it is an exercise of giving and receiving attention with one another and it provides a strong foundation of strengths from which we can think about and tackle difficulties. The group is then asked the question: what do they wantneed or have to offer?

Community circles provide a great foundation or starting point from which to explore connections, build relationships, locate resources and share skills. These circles will be a particularly important resource for Brokers and the people that they work for. They provide a safe forum in which people can meet and friendships can start, a natural reservoir of people and relationships where people can be invited to offer their time and capacity.

To be successful we begin with a belief in inclusion. A belief that:

  1. We are all born ‘in’.
  2. All means all.
  3. Everyone needs to belong.
  4. Everyone is ready.
  5. Everyone needs support.
  6. Everyone can communicate.
  7. Everyone can contribute.
  8. Together we are better.

Colin teaching

Hi, I’m Colin Newton - Psychologist and Director at Inclusive Solutions.

I have spent my career committed to inclusive education and have run many PATH and MAP sessions for over 20 years. I still love this unique approach and am sure you will too. I was privileged to learn this way of working directly from the creators Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forest and John O'Brien.


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Course Curriculum

  Community Circles Training
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  Steps in the Community Circle
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What's included

Lifetime access to our Community Circles Video Guide

Access to a private online community of students and experts

Certification upon course completion

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psychologist appreciates

'Can really recommend their online training. Informative, practical, and perfectly pitched. Looking forward to more to come.'

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Family Practitioner appreciates this approach

'A very well presented and rich CPD experience which I would recommend to all Parents, Psychologists and related professionals to support them in using dynamic ways of ensuring children and young people's voice is heard. The tools are very accessible and Colin and Elliot offer a clear and coherent theoretical perspective with an evidence base in a very enjoyable session. Thank you.'

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When will I get access to the course and curriculum?

As soon as you have signed up/made payments

Will I get a certificate?

Certificates will be available upon course completion

Can I get a refund if I am unhappy with my purchase?

If you are unsatisfied with your courses within 30 days please reach out to us for a refund

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