The Star Raft: Gather Your Circle, Set a Great Direction, and Take the Helm!
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9/21/2016
When: Wednesday, September 21st 2016
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Via Adobe Connect - see "How to Participate" below
United States
Contact: Donald Taylor
(202) 888-2419


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About this Series

This episode is part one of our five part Autumn 2016 webinar series, Leveraging Community Resources to Create a Full Person-Centered Plan.

About this presentation

Star Raft circles clarify personal and family objectives and create a strong sense of direction. They identify and mobilize the skills, capacities and interests of the focus person and 'follow the threads' of those interests in the direction of companionship, connection and contribution.

Star Raft circles engage community partners who have standing and influence in workplaces, learning spaces and community associations where one's presence and contributions will be valued, and they sustain those commitments over time by continually working on a flow of new membership into the group.

This webinar presents patterns that can be tailored for early childhood, school and after-school transitions, customized employment, micro-enterprise development, and life-long advocacy.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will have multiple strategies that they can use to:

  • Help individuals and families build community-based social networks of support.
  • Identify the places in which prospective members of social networks have standing and influence.
  • Use effective techniques for inviting prospective circle members to initial levels of participation.
  • Provide circles with 'scripts' for conducting network meetings, including patterns for maintaining safety, continuity, sustainable growth and a productive balance between 'system' resources and community resources.

Intended Audience

Self-advocates, parents, professionals and community partners will find strategies that they can put to work on their own, generating immediate tangible benefits and connections. Managers, supervisors and workers in direct support organizations will find patterns that can give a new 'shape' to the workday as they shift focus from 'activity' to connection, companionship and contribution.

About the presenter

A color portrait of David Wetherow. David is smiling with sunlight lighting up his face. He has hooded blue eyes, thick grey eyebrows, and grey hair that is combed back neatly. David is wearing a maroon collared shirt.David Wetherow has been involved in human service design and development for over thirty years, working in the fields of disability, mental health, substance abuse recovery, and child welfare services. David and Faye created the first Microboards and developed the first inclusive housing and service cooperatives in North America. David is a seasoned trainer in qualitative program evaluation and person-centered planning, a parent, a lifelong advocate, and a passionate sailor. He conducts on-site trainings and videoconference coaching sessions with Microboards, families, self-advocates, provider agencies, church congregations, and community partners. You can learn more about his work at his website, Community Works.

How to participate

This series of live webinars will be streamed over the web. Each presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for questions and answers. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on Tuesday (two days prior) and a reminder the morning of the event.

Attendees can register for individual sessions or for the entire series. TASH members receive 25 percent off. Participants registering for the complete series will receive one episode free. Prices are as follows:

TASH Member Non-Member
Individual Session $30 $40
Complete Series $120 $160

You must be signed in to your member account to receive the member discount. Not a TASH member? Join Today!

All the presentations will be recorded and available after the event for purchase in the TASH Training Resource Library.



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If you have any questions about the series please contact Donald Taylor at (202) 888-2419 or dtaylor@tash.org.