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What is a MAP?

About MAPs

To facilitate a child, family, group, team or organisation in thinking together around a given challenge or issue, the person centred, futures planning tool – MAP - is an excellent choice. Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint and John O’Brien developed this tool in the 1980s some 5 years prior to their creation of the PATH process.

MAP, like PATH, is a creative planning tool that uses both process and graphic facilitation to create a shared vision of a positive future for individuals and families. MAP draws on people’s ability to visualise different futures and to plan for these using the focus person’s unique gifts, strengths, interests and capacities.

The MAP session will be led by two trained facilitators – a process facilitator who guides people through the stages and ensures that the focus person is at the centre throughout, and a graphic facilitator who creates a large graphic record of each of the steps in the process.

This tool like PATH, uses both process and graphic facilitation to help any group develop a shared vision and then to make a start on working out what they will need to do together to move towards that vision.

MAPs are great for threshold moments.

Course introduction

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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What's included?

Lifetime access to the MAPs course you have signed up for

And a selection of downloadable online resources

Access to a private online community of students and experts

Certification upon completion of each course

Hear from some of our students!

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Person centred planning approach that really works!

'I found it a really useful process. When working with families and struggling to bring the strengths out a process like this really work well. There are clear actions and a direction to which we can all work to achieve.'

-Nottinghamshire Social Worker

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Family Practitioner appreciates this approach
Structured way of working with families and teams in a respectful and visual way

'A really powerful approach - I am just looking forward to using this way of working. This should really help me get it right with some of the families I work with.'

-Family Support Worker.

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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

Discount is available for groups- the bigger the group the greater the discount!

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Join this course today and benefit from years of person centred planning experience and strategies. Help make inclusion happen!