PATH, MAPS and CIRCLES were developed to assist individuals, families and their support networks to plan positive and positive futures. Circles came first (with Judith Snow), to discover who was in her life, to work to build an exciting and robust future. MAPS had it’s origins in schools, to replace the medicalized files with stories that children and adults could use to discover the potential and direction for inclusion and friendship for all. PATH followed by reversing the planning process, beginning with a North Star Vision of possibility, and working backwards in steps into a action plan to implement a better life.
These conversational planning processes have become part of the family of Person Centered-Planning approaches that have been adopted and adapted by individuals, families, organizations, school systems and governments around the globe. More detailed information on each process follows.