Gentle Journey to Wellness Workshop

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John A. Logan College, Workforce Development, H128

700 Logan College Drive

Building H, Room 128

Carterville, IL 62918

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By focusing on being “Person-Centered” and “Trauma- Informed” in our sector, we combine two powerful modalities of care for youth.

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By focusing on being “Person-Centered” and “Trauma-Informed” in our sector, we combine two powerful modalities of care for youth. When we create a framework of compassion, safety and value for all involved in our practice, everyone’s success and satisfaction levels can increase.

Thorough conversations, videos and group activities, we will explore how the foundations of a Culture of Gentleness can be utilized to provide skillful and compassionate support to children and youth in our communities. “The Central Purpose” and “The Six Elements” (principles of A Culture of Gentleness) provide an easily accessible framework that aids us in meeting people where they are at and finding more meaningful and engaging ways to be supportive .

There are a number of tools rooted in Person-Centered work that can assist us in supporting youth to develop, nurture and sustain relationships. By examining “The Five Valued Experiences” and “The Five Accomplishments”, we can explore the ways to incorporate this thinking into our work.

We will spend some time in this session learning about Person Centered Planning tools and the ways they empower people to have input and influence on decisions made about what good support looks like for them. We will also look at what it means to be “Trauma informed” These tools will assist teams across sectors to have a common understanding of how support can be tailored to the individual in ways that are meaningful and helpful. The end result being authentic plans embraced by the youth served.

Please join us for an interactive day filled with conversations, new tools and a deeper understanding of ways to support not only the most vulnerable of our citizens, but everyone in our lives.

About the Presenter:

Sheldon Schwitek has been supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs in the United States and in Canada for almost 3 decades. His initial interest in person-centered practices grew out of supporting a young man with autism. During this experience, he was introduced to the founding members of the Marsha Forest Center and became a facilitator of the 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 supports and helping to identify ways that others could discover their gifts and make contributions to their communities. For more than 2 decades, Sheldon has been an integral part of the Toronto Summer Institute, helping to facilitate connection and community with diverse groups of participants. Sheldon has utilized the knowledge and skills he gained throughout his career to ensure the supports a person receives are focused on the unique preferences and needs of the individual and those who know them best.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 was a perfect fit for how Sheldon approached the issues surrounding those who are most at risk of being excludedRecently, Sheldon has been working with teams who support individuals with complex needs. Sheldon brings expertise to provide guidance in the development and implementation of an individualized plan; supporting staff training and development, and as on-site direct support and mentoring of those who provide services to the individual.Sheldon’s wish is to bring his broad experience to bear in helping organizations and teams provide the best individualized supports to those who are the most broken hearted and present significant challenges to those who provide assistance. He believes that with intentional support, anyone can thrive in a community.

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Funding for this workshop is provided by the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

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John A. Logan College, Workforce Development, H128

700 Logan College Drive

Building H, Room 128

Carterville, IL 62918

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