Bernadita P. Grajek
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Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I work with adults with develpmental disabilities and adults with serious mental illness. I am very interested in assisting in futures planning. I have used various models such as wraparound, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, etc. I am interested the PATH process
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I would like to share my experiences with working with Asian american Pacific Islanders and their unique cultures.
How did you hear about this community?
While researching PATH.
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
job descriptions for PATH facilitators and graphers
how do they get funded?

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At 1:42pm on April 27, 2010, Becki Pauls said…
Hello Bernadita. Welcome to the online Inclusion Network and thank you for sharing a bit about you and your life. I hope that this can be a meaningful space for you to connect with people that are thinking about some of the same things that you are. Please contribute and share your thoughts here in any way that you like. Blog posts are good for sharing information and resources, while the Forum is a good place to start a discussion. Hope to hear from you soon. - Becki
At 4:38am on April 26, 2010, Heather Simmons said…
Hi Bernadita
Welcome to the Network! Hope you find some useful and inspiring information here. Sounds like you have some intriguing experiences that we could learn from.
I've been working with MAP and PATH for about 16 years now, mostly working within the service system in govt and non govt agencies in the UK and now in Perth in Western Australia. I encountered very few situations where people worked exclusively as process or graphic facilitators of MAP or PATH and were funded to do that within the system. I know some people who have worked freelance on a 'fee for service' basis but, in general, people facilitate MAP or PATH often as an 'add-on' to their 'real' job.
I flip flop in my own thinking about this...I think that there are some advantages...people can really develop their skills and experience if they are planning regularly; there are people available in the agency to plan when necessary; there are 'go-to' people in the agency have have some knowledge and expertise...
The disadvantages are that planning then becomes another organisational department; everyone passes their difficult situations on for planning without thinking about what it takes to sort things out with individuals and families themselves; you don't build up expertise or awareness within the whole organisation; people abdicate their responsibilities to the people they serve and handball it to the planning team; planning remains a 'specialist' subject...
It would be good to hear more from you and others about their thoughts and experiences on this subject...
I hope this can be the start of a long conversation...thanks for the questions!

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