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A Culture of Gentleness Workshop

20 Jun, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

On June 20th RSCL will present a workshop on the culture of gentleness for staff, self-advocates, families and caregivers from 10-4 at City Hall. Registration is free but RSVP is required as space is limited. Please RSVP to info@rscl.org

Relationships are the key to providing positive supports. A Culture of Gentleness provides a framework and philosophy that help to deepen relationships in a way that everyone involved feels supported to do their work.

This training will introduce the philosophy of a Culture of Gentleness by providing individuals with a basic overview of what it is, and what it isn’t. It will introduce participants to the Central Purpose and the Six Elements of a Culture of Gentleness, along with a review of the 4 Pillars and 4 Tools that Dr. John McGee utilized in Gentle Teaching. It will provide a synopsis of positive supports and the important role of a gentle caregiver.

The session will utilize lecture and small and large group work in order to provide a rich adult learning experience. This training is a good introduction to a Culture of Gentleness for everyone involved in providing supports, from caregivers to all levels of administration.

Sheldon Schwitek has been supporting individuals with complex behavioural needs in the United States and in Canada for almost 3 decades. Sheldon has utilized the knowledge and skills he gained throughout his career to ensure the supports a person receives are focused on the unique preferences and needs of the individual and those who know them best.

During the last decade, Sheldon’s work has been associated with The Center of Positive Living Supports in Michigan. The Center’s work is dedicated to providing training, technical and mobile response assistance to those who support individuals with complex behavioural challenges across the state. The work of the Center has been concentrated on the importance of relationships in supporting people by creating what they call a “Culture of Gentleness.” This work focuses not only on supporting the individual with a disability but on supporting all of the team members as well.

Sheldon’s wish is to bring his broad experience to bear in helping organizations and teams provide the best individualized supports to those who are the most broken hearted and present significant challenges to those who provide assistance. He believes that with the correct training and support, anyone can be supported and thrive in a community setting.



20 Jun, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Richmnd City Hall Room 2.004
6911 No 3 Rd
Richmond, Canada
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