Join us as we explore ideas, tell stories to inform and inspire, and have a little fun together.
has been supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs in the United States and in Canada for almost 3 decades. He was introduced to the founding members of the Marsha Forest Center in 1990 and became a facilitator of the person-centered processes of MAPS, PATH and Circles of Support through Inclusion Press. For almost 10 years, he worked closely with Judith Snow, a pioneer in developing circles of support and helping to identify ways that others could discover their gifts and make contributions to their communities. He continues to hold these initial values of inclusion in all aspects of his life.
During the last decade, Sheldon’s work has been associated with The Center for Positive Living Supports in Michigan. The focus of The Center’s work on the importance of relationships and creating Cultures of Gentleness were a perfect fit for how Sheldon approached the issues surrounding those who are most at risk of being excluded.
Sheldon’s wish is to bring his broad experience to bear in helping organizations and teams provide the best individualized supports. He believes that with intentional support, anyone can thrive in community.
Shelley Nessman’s passion is supporting people to discover, nurture and share their gifts, skills, and abilities. Her experience as a facilitator and planner has helped her to understand that when a person and their network combine their dreams with a plan for action – anything is possible! Two significant experiences changed everything about the way Shelley views “the work”. The first was an opportunity early in her career to be trained by Jack Pearpoint and Marsha Forrest as a PATH facilitator (followed by life altering training from Dave and Fay Wetherow). The second has been the privilege of sharing her home with people who experience disability. Life sharing has been a deep personal learning experience that shows up in everything she does.
Deeply listening to someone and supporting them to identify and express their gift changes us all- and is the reason Shelley has always said: “This is a peace movement- it’s all about love”.
Tuesday & Wednesday
7 & 8 November 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm each day
Woodstock Community Hall
22 Church St, Burwood, NSW
at the end of Fitzroy St
Full Price – $410
Concession – $205
Full Price $280
We do not want the cost to stop you from coming, please talk to us.
Enquiries: Michaela Kennedy
0409 646 665
Day One – What Have We Got to Lose? – Creating a good life with people we love and support
Who doesn’t want a life that supports us to know our passions, gifts, capacities and to use them on a daily basis?
You are invited to a conversation about what a good life for people who experience disability looks like, understand about vulnerability and how to balance risk taking in planning! It’s more than planning for a budget, this is planning for a good life. This interactive workshop will focus on filling your tool kit with resources, ideas and energy for your continued work in person-centered planning and supported decision making.
Day 2 – You are the Leader You Have Been Waiting For! – Leadership, Kindness and a Culture of Gentleness
Many of us cast about looking for someone to show us the way, not realizing we already have the skills we need to be leaders in our own right. We may find ourselves asking “how we can all grow as leaders in our own lives and the lives of others?”
In this session, we will examine the principles of a Culture of Gentleness and how they can assist in developing our own leadership skills, as well as the skills of others. We will introduce The Central Purpose and the 6 Elements of a Culture of Gentleness and how we might utilize them as tools to deepen our understanding of leadership.
As supportive leaders, we can nurture a culture of kindness and connectedness that creates a fertile ground for people to build relationships.
This workshop will provide concrete tools and structure to increase confidence and leadership skills. It is designed for professionals at all levels, front line supporters, family members and self-managers. Join us for an interactive day of conversation and fun, where we will explore what qualities of a good leader or mentor are and define the kind of leaders we want and need to be.