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What is a PATH?

About PATH

PATH is a creative planning tool that uses both process and graphic facilitation to create a shared vision of a positive future for individuals, families, teams and whole organisations. PATH draws on people’s ability to visualise different futures and to plan backwards from a future vision or dream and tell stories about how that vision can come into being.

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

The key outcomes of a PATH are as follows:

  • A shared vision within the group of a positive future for the pathfinder
  • A commitment to invest in moving towards this future
  • A sense of how to do this

This tool, like MAP, uses both process and graphic facilitation to help a group develop a shared vision and plan what they will need to do together to move towards that vision.

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 PATH course you have purchased

And a selection of downloadable web resources

Access to a private online community of students and experts

Certification upon course completion

Hear from some of our students

psychologist appreciates
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.'

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This training goes really well with our book of the same name - available to you for 30% less than the retail cost just for participating in this course! Available from

Simply email [email protected] with your course reference and we will send a discounted copy!

Visually Impaired Youth Worker appreciates this approach
Creative way of working with a range of agencies to create a plan or strategy for the future.

'I think it was a brilliant way to gather together a strategy and move forward. Great as it involves outside facilitation to open up ideas.'

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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 experiences!