Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Kristinn Már Torfason (K); Michael A. Vincent (M)

Session Title

A Journey in Mentoring

Subtitle (if any)

Development of a Team of Mentors in Iceland

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The attendees will be exposed to a model of Gentle Teaching mentor development including the mentoring relationship necessary as well as the essential mentor competencies.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

John McGee regularly emphasized the role and importance of Gentle Teaching mentors. These are the dedicated individuals who train, coach and support entry-level care givers, individuals supported, peers, agency administrative and management personnel, and family members in the values, fundamental information and the application of Gentle Teaching basics in a variety of settings. This presentation will describe the process of developing and supporting a body of mentors based on the presenters' experiences since 2014.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

(K): (Kiddi will provide);

(M): Michael Vincent was introduced to Gentle Teaching in 1987 simultaneous with beginning his employment at Macomb-Oakland Regional Center in southeastern Michigan. In 1989 and 1990 he participated in the development of a training curriculum for entry-level care givers in Gentle Teaching. That curriculum, the first of its kind, was implemented in September 1990. Over the years Michael Vincent trained literally tens of thousands in the basics of Gentle Teaching as well as dozens of advance practicum sessions. He has been a presenter at thirteen previous Gentle Teaching International conferences.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Hidda Pálsdóttir and Trausti Júlíusson

Session Title

Planting Seeds

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The presentation shows how an idea planted by a passionate mother of a young woman in service at Ás styrktarfélag took 14 years to grow into a full Gentle Teaching implementation at all the organizations homes and daytime activity centers. We take you through the steps on the way and focus specially on the spectacular transformation of the service provided at one of the organizations daytime centers.

The presentation is a reflection on how ideas find their way, what it takes to get them through the different obstacles that they will encounter, but it is also a beautiful example of how effective the GT methods can be. The presentation will be interesting to anyone who loves GT, but specially useful for individuals and organizations that are interested in GT, but have not yet taken the big step of implementing it into their services.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

The presentation shows how an idea planted by a passionate mother of a young woman in service at Ás styrktarfélag took 14 years to grow into a full Gentle Teaching implementation at all the organizations homes and daytime activity centers. We take you through the steps on the way and focus specially on the spectacular transformation of the service provided at one of the organizations daytime centers.

The presentation is a reflection on how ideas find their way, what it takes to get them through the different obstacles that they will encounter, but it is also a beautiful example of how effective the GT methods can be. The presentation will be interesting to anyone who loves GT, but specially useful for individuals and organizations that are interested in GT, but have not yet taken the big step of implementing it into their services.
How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.
The spectacular transformation that occurred in one of the organizations daytime activity centers, that we focus on in the presentation, can best be described as going back to basics. All the rules that lots of time and energy had been put into developing were thrown out of the window and replaced by the basic idea of the culture of gentleness.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

The presenters have used GT in their work for several years. They have had mentor training by Mike Vincent and have published work in Icelandic on GT. They are overseeing the implementation of GT in all the homes and daytime activity centers of Ás styrktarfélag.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Steve McCarthy
  • Denise Misovec
  • Kelly De Grant
  • Lisa Steffen

Session Title

The Journey to Gentleness: Bringing a Culture of Gentleness to a Community Based Agency

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Our goal in this presentation is to share our experiences as we incorporated Gentle Teaching into our organizational culture and allow others to learn from our mistakes and successes. We will cover 3 different aspects of our journey: incorporating the philosophy into our Adult Day Service, into our Employment and Training programs, and developing a gentle culture among our peers in the workplace.
Planned topics:
• Introduction: Steve McCarthy, President and CEO of Curative Connections.
o Steve is the leader responsible for bringing a Community of Gentleness to Curative and will touch on why he wanted to bring this philosophy to our agency.

• Incorporating a Gentle Culture into our Adult Day Programs: Denise Misovec
o We have used our foundation of person centeredness as a way to introduce and implement the culture of gentleness. As we continue to stretch ourselves towards a mindset of gentleness we have been aware of the need to empower everyone to have the willingness to make these adjustments as the day needs.

• Incorporating a Gentle Approach into a Community Employment program: Lisa Steffen
o We’ve found that our community employment and job coaching team often have questions on how to apply the philosophy of gentle teaching in an environment filled with employer expectations. This part of the presentation will offer a look at how a gentle approach can not only be applied, but help to build consumer success in a work environment.

• Bringing a Community of Gentleness to the workplace: Kelly De Grant
o Kelly will talk about using the elements, tools, pillars and the Central Purpose of Gentle Teaching to create a more caring, calm, and supportive work environment, which includes changing agency policies to reflect our gentle culture.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

As we are new to this Gentle Teaching journey, we rely heavily on the training we have received and the wonderful individuals who have helped us along the way. We often look back at written materials and what we’ve learned from others’ stories to help us find our way in difficult situations. We rely on the basics because that, for now, is all that we know – but having a strong foundation in the basics gives us a solid base on which to grow

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

In March of 2015, Michael Vincent came to Curative Connections to share the Gentle Teaching philosophy. Initially five of us (now four) were selected to be the Culture of Gentleness Resource Group. We attended the GTI Conference in Kansas City 2015, GTI Conference in Akureyri , Iceland 2016, completed the 3 day Culture of Gentleness Practicum in Michigan, November 2016, and will mentor in a practicum for others in April, 2017. We have provided multiple Culture of Gentleness in-service education sessions in our agency, based on the video series covering the six elements, which include video, discussion, and Q&A. In addition, we lead a session on our agency culture of gentleness in our agency orientation meetings for new employees.
We also invite individuals to use our team as a resource to discuss difficult situations with clients (and sometimes co-workers), and brainstorm how to approach a situation in a gentle manner and achieve a result which is a positive one for all involved.
We are working on revising policies for our agency, where possible, to reflect this more gentle culture.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Nancy Nicolaus Tracy Mauk

Session Title

Let's Start at the Beginning - the early history and stories of safe and loved.

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Participants will learn the early history and evolution of the basics of Gentle Teaching through stories and visual representations. Participants will leave this presentation feeling the spirit of gentleness; recognizing the simple and basic tools that help us connect with others and change lives.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation will convey simple concepts and themes utilizing the tools of our eyes, words, touch and presence. At the conclusion, participants will comprehend that meaningful relationships with others is one of our basic needs to exist and feel safe. Developing safe companionship, connectedness and
community are the most important outcomes.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Nancy was first introduced to Gentle Teaching in 1981 in a presentation by Dr. McGee. For the past 10 years, Tracy and Nancy have been training and mentoring in Missouri, and other parts of the central USA. Tracy and Nancy were fortunate to spend approximately 120 training days with Dr. McGee and participate on the GTI Board of Directors.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dr. Anthony M. McCrovitz

Session Title

Practical Ground for Gentle Teaching: A Reference Point for Review and Research

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

To invite and engage others in the processes of documenting and sharing outcomes of Gentle Teaching, encouraging participation in the collection of stories (data), for useful review and research.

Attendees will be introduced to current studies and reviews, and an outline of the GTI Board’s path of critical consideration and dialogue for formulating and constructing a model for research.

We will discuss valid approaches for Gentle Teaching research that are recognized by the scientific community, and examples will be given. These will include (1) Researching the impact of Gentle Teaching on the quality of work for caregivers; (2) A qualitative analysis of stories relating to the effect and influence of Gentle Teaching; (3) A literature study on Gentle Teaching assumptions.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

If we don’t know where we’ve been, we won’t know where we’re going. An understanding of this is basic for cultivating an intentional direction, whether it’s for developing an idea or for developing one’s quality of life. Self-assessment and reflective processes become necessary for envisioning a fundamentally whole picture, enabling a clear direction for goals and the integration of underlying principles that emerge through the carrying out of a plan or proposed research.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Friend and colleague of Dr. John McGee; Active Member of GTI governing board who has participated in and presented at every GTI conference since 2006

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Karen Bojczuk

Session Title

Safe and Beyod

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Those attending will leave with a better understanding of looking at ourselves first and the impact we have on others

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation will look at what feeling safe is and how to expand beyond that. Often we as caregivers get really good at helping those we serve feel safe with us however we also need to remember to share that relationship and move towards feeling safe with others.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been employed by the H.O.M.E. Society for the last 10 years. I have been mentored by both Cam Dore and Dave Lappin as well as John Mcgee. I have been in a related field since 1999 and have served as a caregiver, supervisor and now as the Coordinator of Culture and Mentorship at H.O.M.E's. I have supported some of the most vulnerable and fragile individuals that H.O.M.E's serves as well as what has been seen by others as the most challenging over the last 10 years.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Chrisanna Sampson

Session Title

Maintaining a Culture of Gentleness in the Workplace

Subtitle (if any)

Recipe for Love

Which format are you requesting?

15 - 20 minute GTI TED talk

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

To share how GT - the 4 Pillars and Tools play out in a day at the office working alongside the folks we serve. (Share how we are able to build relationships and maintain a culture of gentleness during the course of our work day together.)

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Hopefully will effectively share how the principles - the "basics" of GT - which I believe to be the 4 Pillars and the Tools - play out in the course of a day working alongside folks we serve. How we learn from each other, build a relationship and work together successfully as a team. (We have individuals who work at the front desk in Reception with me)

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been employed by H.O.M.E.S. for approximately 4 1/2 years both as a Caregiver and now as the Executive Assistant at the office. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow in both my personal life and work life by adopting the concepts/Philosophy of GT and try to maintain a culture of gentleness in both those areas of my life. I believe I have been successful as a Caregiver and now as a full-time employee working at the H.O.M.E.S. office in building relationships with the folks we serve and I would like to share how I am able to do that - as well as share - how they in return - maintain a culture of gentleness with me.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dave Lappin

Session Title

Intro to Gentle Teaching

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

To give those that have not experienced Gentle Teaching in any meaningful way, an introduction to the basic concepts and beliefs that form a Culture of Gentleness

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

As an introduction to G.T....this presentation would focus on the pillars and tools of Gentle Teaching along with a deeper look at "Our Central Purpose" which are all at the core of Gentle Culture

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been involved with Gentle Teaching since 1995 and been mentored directly by John McGee. I have presented on GT at several International Conferences as well as Community Partners and throughout Canada and have been recognized as a Master Mentor by Gentle Teaching Canada

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dr. Charles Conant

Session Title

Accepting A Culture of Difference

Subtitle (if any)

Removing Intolerance From Our Schools.

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Title: Accepting A Culture of Difference: People attending this session will walk away hearing the stories of three young people with different needs, a young man with Down Syndrome, another young man who is Emo and the final young man who grew up in neglect and abuse. All three of these young men were living in a world of pain and suffering until Gentle Teaching came into their lives. Participants will have the tools to evaluate what it means to be SAFE, LOVED, LOVING AND ENGAGED with the community around them and within themselves. Participants will experience the lives of three young people and how Gentle Teaching transformed their lives through storytelling, songs, and videos that will touch the heart and challenge the mind to SEEK the unseekable, REACH the unreachable and LOVE the unlovable.Those attending will also receive a practical assessment they can use on themselves to determine if they truly are Gentle Teachers in the home, school, and community.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

The presentation focuses in on Safe, Loved, Loving and Engaged using our Presence, Touch, Eyes, and Words. When we focus on the human need for acceptance and relationship can we bring about change in how we embrace those who the world views as a culture of distain.
All those who wish to be true Gentle Teachers need the basics taught to us by Dr. John J. McGee a dear friend who I miss dearly but who taught me to love those others wish to cast aside.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been living Gentle Teaching since 1986 when I first spoke to Dr. McGee as a new teacher working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Since that time I have worked with serious juvenile offenders, children with autism and emotional disabilities. I developed a School called the Therapeutic Learning Center built on Gentle Teaching principles for my school district and ran it for four years.
I have been blessed to present at a number of GTI conferences including, Belgium, Canada, Puerto Rico and the USA. Dr. Mcgee mentored me for over 20 years and I was able to get him to come and speak in my school district several times.
I am currently a Behavior Specialist in which I work with 28 schools to assist with children in crisis and work with the school, family, and child using Gentle Teaching principles.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Sheldon Schwitek

Session Title

Calm at the Center

Subtitle (if any)

Mindfulness Practice for Those Caring for Others

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Mindfulness is becoming a part of the day to day experience for many people and organizations. Fortune 500 Companies are teaching and encouraging their employees and successful leaders are embedding mindfulness into the workplace routine.
The exciting news is that not only does the practice benefit employees, it has deep and far reaching benefits for the people they support. How often are we told to remain calm in the face of crisis? Many of us do not have the skill set to do this or to stay calm when things begin to escalate.
Currently, a program is being finalized in Ontario, that focuses on teaching caregivers the practice of mindfulness to better equip them to support others. In this presentation, we will be examining elements of this program and other modalities of mindfulness in the work environment.
Through lecture, examples, video and active learning, participants will begin to understand how this simple tool can make a difference in our own lives and those that we support.
In this session participants will:
• complete a simple mindfulness practice
• investigate how the fMRI’s and science are beginning to quantify how mindfulness works.
• demonstrate how this practice is being used to support those who are perceived as “challenging”.
• explore ideas for using mindfulness to support ourselves and others when things get difficult.
• access a number of resources for continued learning and practice of mindfulness.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation builds on the most basic skill that caregivers need, the ability to stay calm and centered in order to compassionate support.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been using the ideas of connectedness and relationship throughout my 30-year career as a caregiver. I have been working with the Center for Positive Living Support for the last 8 years, assisting others in understanding how a gentle culture can provide excellent levels of support.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Anne Brandt Ladefoged and Jeanita Stenmann Mortensen

Session Title

Mending a broken heart

Subtitle (if any)

The story about John

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

To describe the benefits of working wih Gentle Teaching. To show others, that Gentle Teaching creates results, and it contributes to mend a broken hearted person. By working with both the mothering and the fathering part of Gentle Teaching, you can improve a persons life.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

The presentation promote the conference theme - back to the basics. The story about John is a story of a man who was broken hearted when he moved to "Landsbyen Soelund". He was 54 years old, he had lived all his life at home with his family. When his mother died, he moved to "Landsbyen Soelund".
John reacted on his lost by grief and his behavior became aggressive. He had troubles in the connection to other people. For about 5 years we worked with the mothering part of Gentle Teaching in the relation to John. We used methods like "social stories" and "conversations with the purpose to support his identity".
After 5 years John now was safe in the relations to a few employees, and we were able to start working with the fathering part of Gentle Teaching. That caused a more progressive development and John became able to connect to more people and he became a happier man.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Anne Brandt Ladefoged: I have worked for 17 years in "Landsbyen Soelund", which is an institution for disabled people. All 17 years I have worked with the philosophy of Gentle Teaching. In the beginning as a social worker, then as a social educator and for the last year as leader for one of the units in "Landsbyen Soelund".

Jeanita Stenmann Mortensen: Has worked for 9 years with disabled people. All 9 years she has worked with the philosophy "Gentle Teaching". For the last 4 years Jeanita has worked as a mentor of the Gentle Teaching philosophy, and she has been connected to a special forum, where they have discussed and shared various actions in the Work with Gentle Teaching.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Søren Lytzau

Session Title

Gentle Teaching as seen through the senses

Subtitle (if any)

Gentle Teaching and Snoezelen

Which format are you requesting?

15 - 20 minute GTI TED talk

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

We experience and relate to the world through our senses, and when we meet other people, this also happens through our senses. The integration of impressions from our senses and the ability to turn up and down for arousal becomes a prerequisite for meeting other people in an appropriate way. When we meet people with Gentle Teaching, we also meet them with our own sensory threesholds, sensory integration and sensory modulations. Knowledge and understanding of fx. sensory under- and overload is essential to our use of Gentle Teaching, and Snoezelen as an educational principle, where pedagogues and other caregivers facilitate relationship formation, based on an understanding of the senses, thus has a close connection with Gentle Teaching.

The purpose of the presentation is to introduce the participants to the significance of the senses for the meeting with other people, and present a number of cases focusing on the importance of arousal and regulation of sensory impressions in the building of relationships.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

The subject of this presentation relates to the very basics of building relationships to people, and the understanding of how our senses is essential in this process. With the presentation I am hoping to illustrate how knowledge about sensory integration and the principles of Snoezelen can strenghten the use of Gentle Teaching.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have worked with the principles of Gentle Teaching at "Landsbyen Sølund" (The village of Sølund) since 2009. First as a physiotherapist and later as part of my work with the study and development of Snoezelen at Landsbyen Sølund.

My latest work where we, as an organization, use Gentle Teaching is the implementation of a new digital platform for development and documentation of the educational efforts with residents.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dorothy Bowne and Tracey Hamlet

Session Title

Care of the Caregiver

Subtitle (if any)

Critical Incident Stress Management

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Creating a Culture of Caring for the Caregiver
• To understand the connection between quality services and agency support to direct support professionals
• To understand the role of leader in maintaining agency culture including the often difficult practical implementation
• To learn one agency’s journey toward Caring for the Caregiver

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

In order to effectively support individuals with a history of trauma, complex medical, mental health, emotional and physical challenges, employees need to be supported. Employees endure loss and difficult challenges as part of their work. Caring for the caregivers is a base block for supporting excellent services.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

MOKA became part of Michigan's journey to re-engage with Gentle Teaching. We received training at the Center for Positive Living Services about 6 years ago and have continued to train our employees in working with people (GT) and increasing those employees trained in becoming mentors. Gentle teaching is at the core of our work and is the base for our approach to services as well as our approach to supporting our employees.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dorothy Bowne and Tracey Hamlet

Session Title

HIring for a Gentle Culture

Subtitle (if any)

Use of Behavioral Interviewing (and other techniques) for matching employeees to organization culture

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Participants will learn to implement stronger practices to hire more effectively within the organizational culture of gentleness. These effective interviewing and hiring strategies will lead to lower turnover rates and improve services to individuals.Purpose
• To Hire the Best!
• To Define the Attitude your organization is Looking for
• To Protect your Core Team
Principles
• Hospitable, Professional, and Respectful at all Levels
• Gut & Head Need to Align
• Keep the Bar High
Topics of Discussion
• The journey to HFA
• Planning
• Interviews
• Selection

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

One of the basic building blocks, arguably the most critical, is the ability to hire effectively to match the culture of gentleness. We believe that the employees who provide the direct support are the most critical to the quality of services that individuals receive.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

MOKA began the GT journey over 6 years ago when we supported the last few individuals to exit the last institution in Michigan as it closed its doors. We started with our leadership team by making sure we got the training, including the practicum. Then we identified a few leaders to become trained as trainers and certified as mentors. From there, we began to increase the number of employees trained in gentle teaching, becoming mentors, and deepening their understanding of the impact of trauma. We continue to offer the working with people training to our employees through our own MOKA trainers. We have expanded our work to include a culture of care for the caregivers (trauma informed). We have experienced some incredible positive changes, including our ability to lean on gentle teaching and what we call "a culture of respect" to support our overall organizational culture. From this start, we have developed other trainings to support our employees and leaders in this culture, including helping with skills to hire more effectively, performance management from a culture of respect, critical incident stress management (CISM), and more. Our biggest challenge is sustaining the strong culture that we have developed that all started with gentle teaching.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Deirdre Mercer

Session Title

Are we speaking the same language?

Subtitle (if any)

Translating the language of love

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The outcome of this presentation is to provide the audience with the tools necessary to adapt this culture to all aspects of relationship. We are built to connect to others and our life is a series of relationships that may ebb and flow. The tools taught to us from our mentors have allowed us as gentle teachers to see the effect our interactions have on others. Recognizing our ability to increase or decrease a person's feeling of safe and valued with us is imperative in all aspects of relationship. As mentors and teachers of this culture it is important for us to be able to take the basic tenants of this culture and translate it to our audience in a way that makes sense them. By planting a seed in a way that the learner feels connected to it, we will harvest a more plentiful crop.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This session will promote the theme of back to the basics by not only peeling back the basic elements of Gentle Teaching but by peeling back the basic elements of human relationships. This presentation will engage the participant through conversation and stories of hands on caregiving. Concrete, real examples of how to create feelings of safety and value will be highlighted. Clear examples of what unsafe and devalued looks like will be shared. We will discuss the importance of giving unconditional value, praise and positive interactions to combat the visible and invisible demands faced by not only ourselves but those we support as well.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

My experience in Gentle Teaching includes my work with John McGee beginning in 1997 until his passing. John mentored me as a young social worker and shaped my values, ultimately leading to my development as a mentor and trainer. Because of my work with John McGee and our local gentle teaching leaders such as Diane Lindsay, and John Williams, I was selected as a Senior Training Consultant for the Center for Positive Living Supports. From 2009-2014 I worked as trainer and mentor traveling the state of Michigan was we closed our last institution and re-introduced 250 people to their home communities. I continue to consult with both COR and HOMES Society in Canada as a trainer and mentor. I have also worked with the Association of Rehabilitation nurses both nationally and their Michigan chapters. I currently consult with Oakland Family Services providing training to therapists and counselors who support children with severe emotional disturbances. I also continue practice cultivating this culture in my learning little learning labs as a colleague to others at MORC, as mother to my 2 teenagers, as a wife, and in my newest role as a live-in caregiver to my parents with dementia.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Windyz Brazao Ferreira

Session Title

The challenge of embedding GT in the Scientific Agenda:

Subtitle (if any)

the potentiality of Case Study Research Metodology

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

This presentation aims at providing for the GT community a tool to systematize their knowledge and expertise on the approach. For this purpose it focus on the potentiality of using (qualitative) Case Study Research Methodology for internationally researching and systematizing knowledge on GT approach so it can be written as a paper and presented in scientific events, such as congresses or international seminars.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Back to Basics, for me, means back to the core teachings of John McGee who inspired so many people around the world. His brilliant selfshless views (theory and method) on human relationship as the basis for caring those who are vulnerable are relevant knowledge that should be recognised as such by the scientific community. Aligned with Johns´ ideals, I understand that the purpose of disseminating GT as a scientific knowledge (papers) based on qualitative research is crucial for spreading worldwide his theoretical and methodological contributions for mending broken hearts

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I am an academic in the field of disability for over 35 years and a researcher (inclusive education, public policies, teacher training, families, research methodoly) for over 20 years. In 2007 I came across to GT in an International Seminar on Accessibility for People with Disability, held in Brazil, when I met Mario Pereira from Portugal. Since then I have participated and delivered presentations in the GT Conferences in Portugal, The Netherlands, Denmark and Greece. In 2013 I brought Mario Pereira to Brazil to deliver a training on GT and Path. (40h)

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Sylvia M Fernandez-Colorado

Session Title

Living by GT at a Vipassana 10 Day Silent Retreat in Israel

Subtitle (if any)

Letting Humanity Shine

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The desired outcome is to demonstrate people, what I see as the real roots of GT, Humanity! Show how simple gestures during the day can be integrated to live a GT Lifestyle with this lovely and amazing philosophy of life as a forefront. Come join me to learn more about GT and about yourself in this journey through a day in a Vipassana Silent Retreat! We will do a lot of talking!

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation, as all my presentations, includes interaction and fun learning since the entrance of the participants to the room. I will focus on how the GT tools can be manifested every day in the most restricted of social interaction environments (a Vipassana silence Retreat).

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I was the Assistant to Dr. McGee for two years in Puerto Rico. After his passing away I was appointed his position as Monitor on the Federal Civil Case 99-1435 which included GT. I've offered several free trainings and professional presentations on GT in Puerto Rico and elsewhere (Dominican Republic, Denmark, Israel).

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Floris van de Kamer

Session Title

How to use Micro video analyses to level again with your child or client

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

People who will follow this presentation will learn how effective the use of video is by analyzing in detail how the interaction is between the parent/caregiver and their child/client. They'll learn how important it is how to level to the needs of the other and how to get into their world, and let them feel save and loved.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation wil show you the process of a family with an adopted child with autism. His name is Miente and he is 11 years old. The situation at home and at school are critical. His parents are exhausted and the signs are there that the home situation is getting to heavy, so Miente might need to go to a grouphome.
The parents are very connected to Miente and they dont want to bring Miente to a grouphome.
We are going to start with VideoHomeTrainging so we can go back to the basic to level to Miente, to get into his world, searching for his needs to feel understand, save and loved.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

My first experience with Gentle Teaching was back in 1996 at school. 4 years later i started working at a grouphome at Prinsenstichting. Especially because they were working with Gentle Teaching at that grouphome. 1 client lives there. His name is Ronald and he met John in 1997. When i worked there for 3 years with gentle teaching, John came again and he mentored me. From that point the organization wanted gentle teaching to be implemented in the whole organization. So i became a mentor in 2004 and since them together with others i started to implement gt in the whole organization.
I also started since 2005 to join the Gentle Teaching International and visit the conference each year since. I also gave almost every year a presentation to present the process of the implementation and presenting cases with inspiring videos of the processes

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dr. Charles W. Woodard

Session Title

Gentle Teaching Starts With Loving ME

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

To Equip Gentle Teachers to BE without allowing Oneself to Get In the Way!

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

It Enables Gentle Teachers to be Unconditional regarding their Relationships with Others.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Trained to be a Certified Gentle Teacher and Mentor by Dr. McGee. Conducted research regarding the Effectiveness of Gentle Teaching with Individuals that have Special Needs, that lived in a residential facility. In addition, worked in this residential facility that promoted Gentle Teaching. Trained an entire staff that worked with pre-school children regarding the impact, effectiveness, and role of Gentle Teaching in enhancing children's socio-emotional development and extinguishing/reducing challenging behaviors.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Mette Hovaldt Jacobsen, Louise Mølgaard Didriksen

Session Title

Gentle Teaching Dialog Game

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Last year in Iceland, we proposed a prototype of our Gentle Teaching Dialog Game. The game has now been produced and we are proud to present the final result. We hope that the interest from last year is still there and that our colleagues from around the world are interested in buying the game and use it in their daily work with Gentle Teaching. As we explained last year, we are also planning to develop an electronic version of the game, so we are constantly interested in collecting new dilemmas’ that we can add to the game.

It is our wish that the participants will be able to contemplate about Gentle Teaching through dialog about different ways to deal with specific challenges and dilemmas’ that arise when working with Gentle Teaching. We hope that they will welcome the game and use it as a tool when discussing Gentle Teaching or when they collaborate with professionals, relatives or new colleagues who wish to learn what kind of philosophy Gentle Teaching is.

We hope that the participants will be just as excited about the game as we are. We think that the game is an enriching pedagogical tool when working with Gentle Teaching.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

We are presenting a new product and a new way to work with Gentle Teaching which we hope will help highlight the importance of constantly focusing on the most basic, the Four Pillars, because they represent the Four emotions; Be Secure, Be Loved, Be Loving and Be Included. We believe that, to thrive, all these emotions must be experienced. The dilemmas in the game should be discussed based on the Four Pillars. This means that the players should be focusing on the basic emotions of humans and discuss the dilemmas based on those.

This is why we believe that our presentation fits very well with the theme of this year which is Back to the Basics.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

We have been working with Gentle Teaching in 2 and 7 years respectively. The Sødisbakke Institution has worked with Gentle Teaching since 2007 and many pedagogical changes has been made since which has resultet in significantly fewer uses of force towards the residents.

We are both working on the Skovbo section at Sødisbakke, which is an institution for mentally disabled autists and it is clear that the gentle approach has had a positive and enriching effect on the residents.

We are both mentors for new colleagues so we have an important task in conveying Gentle Teaching

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Jesper Brejnholdt Henriksen

Session Title

Joining

Subtitle (if any)

GT with ICT

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

This is my contribution.
This presentation will be a view in to my daily work and how we have been working in the living unit, where we use GT as a foundation for our work.

I would like to speak about:
How to work with GT, where the resident most of the time is in his own secure world. Isolation by Looking videos of him self all day long.
How do you take the unconditional love with you in to the work with the resident, respekt his life and choices and still reaching out for him - together with the video technology.

I will present a video material with pracis ex. and slides to support my presentation.
I will with my video material show my comprehension of GT and my interpretation of the contemporary theme "back to basics".

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

How do you by your presence, hand, heart and voice guide a fragile person in to - to be able to show affection (love) and interact/engage in the suroundings.

How do you let the world into a persons mind, who from time to time has a lot of difficulties.

I'll try to show you, how do I interact and connect with GT Joining a residents life and overcome difficulties with my compainionship - to feel safe and loved.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I have been working at Solund for 9 years.
I have made various presentations at Solund mostly about GT and Information communication Technology.

i have participated at the GT conference Haarlem 2010 and did a workshop there.
I have participated at the GT conference at Solund.
Did a workshop/speech last year at Solund where a group from Iceland GT came and visited us.
Case dialog with Dr John Mc Gee a couple of time.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Ditte Jellesen/ Louise Schou Christensen

Session Title

Back to Basic for the CEO

Which format are you requesting?

15 - 20 minute GTI TED talk

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Through this presentation we will describe, how working with GT has effected our sight on the human being and how it has made a difference to the people we work with.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

We will present, how we as social workers use ourselves as an ressource in creating relations, where every single and uniq human being is accepted and appreciated for being who they are. The presentation will show in specific exambles, how GT is a very commen part of us in our daily work and how GT is used in a basic leavel in our interactions.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I (Ditte) finished my education this previous summer, and I have been a social worker in Sødisbakke since year 2015. Louise has been working in Sødisbakke since year 2016. Sødisbakke has worked with GT as a reference and filosophy for interactions for about ten years. Therefore we have know GT and been using it in our daily relations for about two (Ditte) and one (Louise) years.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Jacob Chapelle, Maria Rosvang and Jesper Ulrich

Session Title

New Beginnings

Subtitle (if any)

- an introduction to the basics

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Our department is currently undergoing a generational change. The average age of our residents has been very high until now – around 80. As a consequence of this, we thought that with our young new resident, 18 year old Marco's , move into one of our apartments, that we had to start by going back to the basics of Gentle Teaching. We are thereby trying to accommodate both the fact that Marco is new in our department and, that the department is new to having young people - with young people needs

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

The approach of Gentle Teaching is not only new to Marco, but also to several of the newly hired personnel. Going "back to basics" therefore makes sense in several contexts. It will allow us to gain important knowledge and experience with young and new residents that are expected to have similar disabilities and challenges.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

• Marco's story is good as a case, not only does he profit a great deal from Gentle Teaching, the effect is also striking and easily read when we see a happy and harmonic kid, talkative and smiling. His challenge on the other hand, is also professionally interesting due to his fits of rage that sends him almost beyond any pedagogical reach and he does so with only subtle signs as warning. So the professional challenge is to prevent that he reaches this state at all. If he reaches high levels of frustration and anger the risk is that he will direct relatively dangerous violence toward whatever stand in his way . Fortunately we have custom made the prevention, so we are experiencing very few of these traumatizing episodes of rage – this is in it self considered a big success. We have used Gentle Teaching from the day Marco moved in specifically made with a highly structured daily program.
Where are you from?

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • James Abid

Session Title

Creating Value

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

Using the Support Intensity Scale and Person Centered Planning Process, Attendee's will learn to remain focused on developing a sense of community that assists those we support to feel loved and valued

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Loved - The second Pillar in our training "Working with People" is a basic concept that often gets over looked when assisting those we support in building on their dreams and goals. We so often get caught up in developing independence and building skills that we forget the importance of interdependence and helping a person feel loved and creating a Culture of Gentleness.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I worked with Dan Hobbs early in my career during which he trained for a week in Grand Rapids, Michigan and supported us 1 on 1 with an individual who was struggling. More recently, I've become a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor and Trainer working closely with The Center for Positve Living Supports to create Cultures of Gentleness throughout Michigan. I focus heavily on assisting people to build Plans that move them towards Community, Companionship and Connectedness.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Toni Start

Session Title

It's in Every One of Us...that might change. no, that's not it. give me a minute...

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The desired outcome of this presentation is instill the belief Gentle Teaching is about changes in the caregivers.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

John taught it is the caregiver who needs to change, not the people we support. Once ingrained, one really doesn't think differently; it's not even on one's radar. The art of caregiving is the cornerstone of Gentle Teaching. That is the "basic", all else follows.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

For about 20 years, I have attended and created many trainings and conferences with Dr. John McGee and other Gentle Teaching leaders. One role was working as a psychologist where the main focus was to mentor caregivers in group homes and vocational programs as well as families in their homes at MORC, Inc. Prior to that, I worked as a program director, job developer, and direct caregiver for two vocational programs through WCLS, Inc. In 2008, I researched and completed "Practicing Unconditional Love: The Experience of Applying Gentle Teaching Principles with Individuals Diagnosed with Developmental Disorders" as my doctoral dissertation at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology; Dr. John McGee was on my dissertation committee.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Kym Juntti

Session Title

The Epidemic of Loneliness and its Effects on Health and Healing

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

That participants understand that loneliness is on the rise across all populations and the impact on health and healing. Participants will use a UCLA loneliness scale and identify strategies to decrease the effects of loneliness.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Loneliness can be directly correlation to a lack of meaningful relationships and ones ability to feel, loved and connected.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Was introduced to GT in 1987 when MORC began a relationship will John McGee and Dan Hobbs to conduct 5-day practicum training at a vocational program I was overseeing. I was later hired by MORC as a Trainer and continued my work with GT. Mu current position is Director of Training and The Center for Positive Living Supports. These programs train approximately 13,000 individuals a year in GT.

I have spoke at several GTI conferences and have conducted over 100 presentation on a Culture of Gentleness within the last 6-years across Michigan, the US, Romania, and Canada.

I partnered with John and MORC to head up The Center for Positive Living Supports to provide training, consultation and mobile crisis support for the 120 individuals who were leaving Michigan's last public institution for those with I/DD. I have partnered with the State of Michigan's Health and Human Services department to include positive, proactive options for supporting those with complex needs in state policy.

Currently, I am assisting a workgroup to define appropriate positive behavior supports to Special Educations programs across the state after recent legislation severely limited seclusion and restraints practices in schools.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Lone Bahnsen Rodt, Vivi Skou, Christina Gundgaard Pedersen

Session Title

The essence of Gentle Teaching in Heart-Based leadership

Subtitle (if any)

Organizational and professional premises for a Gentle Teaching work environment

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The intended outcome of this presentation is to offer perspectives on the following topics:

1) Gentle Teaching as a value framework for leadership.

2) The essence of Gentle Teaching as we perceive and practice it in Solund, Denmark illustrated through the work of a living unit leader in relation to caregivers/staff.

3) Theoretical perspectives on the role of Heart Rate Variability and the psychosocial work environment for the practice of Gentle Teaching.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

1) Reflections on the role of basic organizational values for promoting staff’s ability to apply Gentle Teaching in their daily work.

2) Through interviews and video clips we will explore what caregivers/staff find to be the basics of Gentle Teaching.

3) In its essence gentleness may be seen as an emotional state of being which is reflected by Heart Rate Variability and influenced by the psychosocial work environment.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Lone Bahnsen Rodt work with Gentle Teaching as the CEO of Solund.

Vivi Skou: I have been working as a leader of a living unit with Gentle Teaching for 14 years. I am a Gentle Teaching Mentor.

Christina Gundgaard Pedersen has been supervising staff at Solund since March 2017 within the framework of Gentle Teaching.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Lone Bahnsen Rodt, Vivi Skou, Christina Gundgaard Pedersen

Session Title

The essence of Gentle Teaching in Heart-Based leadership

Subtitle (if any)

Organizational and professional premises for a Gentle Teaching work environment

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The intended outcome of this presentation is to offer perspectives on the following topics:

1) Gentle Teaching as a value framework for leadership.

2) The essence of Gentle Teaching as we perceive and practice it in Solund, Denmark illustrated through the work of a living unit leader in relation to caregivers/staff.

3) Theoretical perspectives on the role of Heart Rate Variability and the psychosocial work environment for the practice of Gentle Teaching.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

1) Reflections on the role of basic organizational values for promoting staff’s ability to apply Gentle Teaching in their daily work.

2) Through interviews and video clips we will explore what caregivers/staff find to be the basics of Gentle Teaching.

3) In its essence gentleness may be seen as an emotional state of being which is reflected by Heart Rate Variability and influenced by the psychosocial work environment.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Lone Bahnsen Rodt work with Gentle Teaching as the CEO of Solund.

Vivi Skou: I have been working as a leader of a living unit with Gentle Teaching for 14 years. I am a Gentle Teaching Mentor.

Christina Gundgaard Pedersen has been supervising staff at Solund since March 2017 within the framework of Gentle Teaching.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Dr. Margaret Kress

Session Title

Honouring Pimatisiwin in a Culture of Gentleness

Subtitle (if any)

Advancing Indigenous ethics, spatial justice and Gentle Teaching in support of Indigenous peoples

Which format are you requesting?

15 - 20 minute GTI TED talk

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The necessity of supporting Indigenous peoples through the psychology of Gentle Teaching is a little known reality in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and yet here in Canada, I believe that it must become an initiative of vital significance in the light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. Through the sharing of Canada’s colonial history, and by critically examining the principles of care afforded to Indigenous peoples in Canada, the author exposes ableism, normalcy, eugenics, and white privilege to show how Indigenous peoples continue to be marginalized in the twenty-first century. In this stance, she calls for a return to Indigenous knowledge systems which complement the psychology of Gentle Teaching and the honouring and support Indigenous children and adults, and their collective kinships. Embedded within the Nehiyaw (Cree) language are critical understandings which signify the gentleness of this way of knowing, and how these knowings merge with the psychology of Gentle Teaching in the intervention of those who have endured intergenerational trauma and cultural genocide. The situating of the Nehiyaw (Cree) understanding of Pimatisiwin (harmony, balance, the good life) as a central framework for justice, healing and self determination aids Gentle Teachers in strengthening their understandings of Indigenous knowledges as they learn to support a culture of gentleness for all peoples, and in particular, Indigenous peoples. This justice work advances a return to culture, harmony, ceremony and tradition by showing educators and care providers how to shift their perspectives of wellness through inserting an Indigenous lens; one to help them see and hear the faces and voices of marginalized Aboriginal children and their kinships in Canada much more clearly. Nehiyaw frameworks of spirit and relationality support educators and care providers as they learn to understand such principles as Kanawayhitowin, Wahkohtowin, and Sakihiwawin - these natural laws which are found in the ideas of protection, relationship building, self assessment, and love itself. All members of the audience will go away with a vision of how the psychology of Gentle Teaching compliments a framework of Indigenous knowledge in the support of Indigenous peoples with disabilities, or those who have experienced trauma or marginalization, and need love and support.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Similarly and inherent to an Indigenous understanding of truth is the journey of self-discovery and relatedness, or in Nehiyaw (Cree) knowings, Wahkohtowin. This basic principle within Cree natural law resonates with educators and care providers as this understanding of "being in relationship" and of the relationship network, is very similar to the relationship building and relationship of support that John McGee has left with us. John McGee's principles of Gentle Teaching show us that through the framework of nurturing, companionship, connectedness,and authentic community building, that we, as teachers, can make a significant difference in the lives of our students and their families. This presentation focuses on just that, as it shows how Indigenous principles of ethics, natural law and justice enhance the harmony of Pimatisiwin by using the tools of Gentle Teaching. Through presence, hands, words, and eyes, educators and care providers learn to generate feelings of unconditional love and inclusivity, and to comfort and nurture a person with a broken spirit (McGee, 2000). Instilling elements of safety and love is primary in the support of a person who is learning, or a person who has experienced trauma, and as John McGee indicates, for a young person to learn to return to love and to become engaged, she must feel safe and loved first. These principles of Gentle Teaching are the basics of what John McGee has taught us, and they are vital principles to assist those who are working with Indigenous children and adults, as many are those who have experienced intergenerational trauma, and need support, and above all, safety and love.
Which format are you requesting?

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

My primary role within Gentle Teaching is teaching students at the college and university levels of the critical importance of implementing Gentle Teaching in their classrooms with their students and these students families, preschoolers to high schoolers, and with all persons they are in relationship with and support in homes, offices, schools and communities. For these university students to learn of the critical teachings of John McGee, the necessary psychology of gentleness, and the four pillars of gentle teaching through specific techniques and love, when they have experienced none of that in their school years, is a wide-awakening experience. I have been engaged in teaching about the principles and practices of Gentle Teaching for more than a decade, in the provinces of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, at the University of Saskatchewan, University of New Brunswick, First Nations University of Canada, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Teacher Education Programs, Human Service Programs, and Early Childhood Education Programs.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Connie Jones

Session Title

What's love got to do with it?

Subtitle (if any)

Why leaders in a Culture of Gentleness do what they do

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

In a culture of gentleness, a leader doesn't rely on telling people how to live the Gentle Teaching pillars and tools - their own presence will speak volumes. This presentation will guide participants through a deeper dive of what it means to be a leader whose very presence models the pillars and tools of Gentle Teaching - and the impact this can have.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

This presentation uses the basic elements of gentle teaching to provide leaders with a road map to changing the culture of an organization, using only these simple pillars and tools.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

Worked directly with John McGee who certified me as a Master Mentor prior to his death; planned 2 conferences; attended many conference since 2004; worked on the GTI board of directors.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Simone Schipper

Session Title

Gentle teaching and trauma

Subtitle (if any)

How trauma therapie can help to build companionship

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

The participants learn how specific trauma therapie (EMDR) can contribute to building safe and loving relationships for people who's trust in others is damaged by traumatic events.
Participants learn about the theorie and practice of Eye Movement Desentisitation Reprocessing (EMDR) and how it can be used within a framework of Gentle Teaching.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

An important step for the future development op GT is combining the GT framework with other evidenced based forms of therapie or treatment. How can we add specific treatment strategies when teaching companionship.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I am working with GT since 1999. In 2004 I followed the advanced mentor training at MORC and was trained by Michael Vincent and John McGee. Since 2004 I am responsible for implementing GT in different organizations.

Name of Presenter/Presenters
  • Simone Schipper

Session Title

Anxious; the battle in and for the memory

Subtitle (if any)

Trauma therapy with in a Gentle Teaching framework

Which format are you requesting?

45 minutes

Please describe the desired outcome of this presentation.

An important focus of Gentle Teaching is creating new memories that can replace or cover the old and scary ones. We help to create new moral memories, a memory beneath a memory, a memory of what life is all about - companionship and community, feeling safe and loved, loving others, and becoming as active a participant in life as possible. The new joyful memories help troubled people to deal with the old frightening memories. Sometimes though, the people we meet are so traumatised that the creation of new memories seems almost impossible. Old and terrifying memories keep interferring and prevent us from building safe and loving relationships. Participants learn about trauma and PTSS and how it influences ones ability to experience companionship with others. They also learn about the theory and practice of Eye Movement Desentisitation Reprocessing (EMDR) and how it can be used within a framework of Gentle Teaching.

How does this presentation promote the conference theme - Back to the Basics.

Creating new moral memories is one of the basic elements within Gentle teaching. John McGee often spoke about the importance of creating a memory beneath a memory trough repeated messages of care communicated through presence, hands, eyes, and words.

When I am with you I feel safe and loved
It is good to be with you
It is good to do things with you
It is good to do things for you

Start and ending point of my presentation is this basic element. I hope to explain and show how we can stay true to our basics while also using new insights and strategies to make our efforts more effective.

Describe your work experience with Gentle Teaching.

I am working with GT since 1999. In 2004 I followed the advanced mentor training at MORC and was trained by Michael Vincent and John McGee. Since 2004 I am responsible for implementing GT in different organizations serving people with intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders.