CFN believes there is no one size fits approach to providing support to individuals and their families. We are committed to working with one person/family at a time and listening to what you hope to achieve both now and into the future. One of the best ways we can understand how CFN can support you is through a formal planning process with one of our experienced planning facilitators. Planning has long been held to be a useful process for people with disabilities and their families/carers to engage in. Planning not only assists people to express their hopes and dreams but can also ensure you have more choice and control over the supports you receive.

PATH Planning – Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (developed by Marsha Forest, John O’Brien and Jack Pearpoint)

In addition to Individual Support Planning, people supported by CFN may also choose to undertake planning using the PATH process. PATH is a process to help you, your family/ carers and significant others in your life, to look at the big picture and set goals around your hopes and dreams for now and the future. PATH planning is also a useful stepping stone in helping you to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The PATH process works best when important others in your life are invited to participate in the process, as others can contribute ideas and resources that you alone simply do not have. Additionally, for some people, planning a positive lifestyle for a family member with the disability may be an overwhelming experience and to have additional support from others who you trust and respect, can be a great support. We, therefore, encourage individuals, their families, and/or carers to enlist support from family, friends or allies who can be involved in the planning process.
The emphasis of the PATH process is on the steps to achieve the dream of the person with the disability. The key questions explored are as follows:

1.  The Dream – what is it?

2.  The Goal – developing the goal within a time frame

3.   Now – snap shot of the present

4.   Who do we enrol to achieve this goal?

5.   Getting stronger – developing the strength to achieve the goal

6.   3 months – what will be achieved?

7.   1 month – what will be achieved?

8.   The first step – what can we do now?

The tone of the path process is generally one of optimism, enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement. All involved benefit from its positivity and re-enter their lives with a renewed sense of hope and achievement.

If you would like to know more about PATH we’d love to hear from you, so please, get in touch with us here.