PATH – A person-centred planning approach for a successful future

Who Should Attend?

  • Student (centre of the process) and Parents (support the student)
  •  Fellow students, friends, etc.
  • Family, neighbours, school personnel, and others who will support the student
  • People in the future (people who want to make a difference in someone’s life!)
    – invited by the student
  • A skilled and trained Facilitation Team,
    including a Facilitator and Graphic Recorder


Time commitment: 2-3 hours

Location: A comfortable, spacious room with a large flat wall for the graphic record (free from distraction)

Materials: Provided by facilitation team Confidentiality is assured!

The PATH Facilitation Team

Create the conditions to make the PATH successful. The facilitators’ purpose is to bring out the best in each member in the PATH process. Personal agendas are set aside and the facilitator guides the group and provides a structure for exploration and agreement.

Graphic Recorder
Listens with his/her hands and reflects the group’s work in a graphic record, summarizing key ideas and assuring an accurate account of the agreements that the group makes.

What is PATH?

PATH is a powerful, person-centred planning tool
PATH is an action-oriented, long-term plan to a positive future
PATH is a tool, a process, a journey of self discovery

Benefits of PATH…

  •  Makes school relevant
  • Student ownership and empowerment
  • Realizing dreams
  • Self advocacy and self-directed learners
  • Seamless transition
  • Fulfills graduation requirements on portfolio

Benefits of PATH

Touching the Dream
Locating the North Star
An expression of identity and orientation. What future dream do they want to work towards?

Sensing the Goal
Goals must be positive and possible.
What can the student accomplish in a year’s time?

Grounding in the Now
An honest description of what is happening now.

Identifying People to Enroll
The Pathfinder must enroll people in order to accomplish the goals and reach for the dreams.

Recognizing Ways to Build Strength
As they move along their PATH, the student gathers knowledge, learns skills, and maintains helpful relationships to overcome challenges.

Charting Action for the Next Few Months
This is an opportunity to plan specific plans and to set a timeline. Outline what action you can accomplish in the next few months.

How Do I Know PATH is for Me?

  • Is it a time of transition? (such as entry into elementary school, or high school/planning for graduation.)
  • Do you have questions about the future?
  • Do you need to connect to resources and services?
  • Do you need an opportunity to explore options and concerns for the future?
  • Would you like an opportunity to share a common vision for your future?


Role of the Student
To dream for the future, choose a network of support, and to be a self advocate.

Role of the Parent/Family
To think about the future and to think beyond perceived limitations and obstacles.
To plan for important milestones, such as transitioning into elementary or high school and planning for life beyond graduation.

Role of the School
To support the student and family in developing the PATH, assisting in achieving the goals set out in the action plan, and helping to initiate community connections. 

Preparing for PATH
Gather thoughts and dreams regarding some of the following areas…

  • Continued spiritual growth
  • Life Skills/independent living skills
  • Vocation (work/school/volunteer)
  • Recreation/health
  • Relationships/social connections and friendships

For more information, contact:
Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese
Superintendent’s Office
150 Robson Street – 3rd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 2A7


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