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									Gentle Teaching International
History of Community Living in B.C.
The work of the H.O.M.E. Society
Gentle Teaching International
Gentle Teaching Resources

 Executive Director H.O.M.E. Society
 President of CareNetBC Technology Society

 Board Member of Gentle Teaching
 Professional role – Social Worker – 20 years

Managed large and small societies.
Consulted in both technology and administration
Formed 8 societies
   3 Community Living Societies
   2 Equestrian Societies
   2 Foundations
   1 Technology Society

History of Community Living in
the Province of BC
Limited community services lead to institutions
Parallels history in North America
Began with medical model and lead to hospitals and large
centers for the insane
Mixed population in hospitals – both Mentally
Handicapped and those with Mentally Health issues
New medications lead to community treatment of those
with Mental Health problems
Focus on Dual Diagnosis
Focus on Education – Woodlands School
Community Living -1950
1950s – Parents got together to try to educate their
Children with disabilities because the schools
refused to let them in.
Led to the formation of Special Schools where
experts came to schools.
Children began to be diagnosed and categorized as
educable and trainable
Adult workshops were started in schools
Preschools began which prepared for special
Continuation -1960
The beginning of group residences large
homes and respite.
Out patient clinics attached to large
Programs funded by disability.
Funding of centers was often charity as
funds were attached to institutions.
Continuation -1970
Adult Centers were funded which enabled more persons to
stay in community.
BC Mental Retardation Institute was formed to link
studies at all 3 BC Universities
Focus on prevention and rehabilitation
  “If we take people as they are we make them worse. If
   we treat them as they can be we help them to become
   what they are capable of becoming” Edna Oram 1970
Joint training between Community and Institutions
Expertise is recognized as - in community
Continuation - 1970
Provincial monitoring of services and of 3 large
Dr.Wolfensberger and Normalization
PASS workshops on normalized community services.
People with Disabilities are achieving success in Special
Olympics and are being asked to speak. This is the birth of
Self Advocacy
Board of local societies for the disabled are including
persons with disabilities.
Educational Task force form and insisted on Inclusion and
Integrated Schools.
Continuation -1980
Self Advocates meeting and growing stronger –
training and conferences.
Families rallied and insisted that everyone would
have a right to live in community including the
“medically fragile”
Rights Now led to Self Advocacy Caucus
1989 Changed name to BC Association for
Community Living
Decision to close.
A decision was made to close all institutions for
the Mentally Handicapped in 1983-1985
What led to this decision.
   Like many institutions in North America the building
    were very old and falling apart. They needed extensive
    repair and ongoing maintenance.
   The expertise was now in community. Over crowding
    and limited staff training was leading to higher liability
    in the event of abuse.
   There was a strong organized parent movement
    lobbying government for Community Living options.
Continuation –Decision to Close
   This lobby group (The Community Living Society) was
    making award winning videos exposing the Institution
    to the media.
   There was a strong community voice seeking Inclusion
    for all.
   We began to see people with disabilities as not needing
    to be:
        Cured or modified
        Educated or trained
   We saw them as citizens with all the same rights as
Influential Movements/Leaders
Normalization – Wolfensberger
Inclusion for all Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest
Building Communities – John McKnight
Community Living – CACL
Self Advocacy- People First, Special Olympics
Human Rights – Barb Goode, Jo Dickie
Gentle Teaching – John McGee
Why Gentle Teaching?
There was agreement that
Institution must close.
That disabled citizens belong
in the community.
We had no answer to how we
could support the most
challenging to succeed.
Dr. John McGee was the only
person willing to take on the
The work of the HOME Society
Formed by experts from community
agencies, families and Institution
Mandate to work with the last remaining 16
persons labeled aggressive and very
Also to focus on those who would have
normally been placed in Institution.
Mission – HOME Society
To Build homes- Community Living
Link with Neighbours
Support the Community
To Mend Broken Hearts

To Build homes

Rural homes that would allow the men and women
we support to live in the community even if they
never changed
Homes that would keep the individuals and
community safe.
Homes that could handle much physical
Homes that were filled with love
Link with Neighbours
Link with the very people who would generally oppose our
Train and hire immediate Neighbours
They report our success and failures first hand.
Gradually add Neighbours to our Board of Directors
Hire for direct work, maintenance and consulting.
Buy from Neighbours and neighbourhood.
Joint farming, sharing of offices, storage, computer
expertise and BBQs
Support the Community
The men and women we support have gifts to
give. We must discover those gifts
Their greatest gift is to build community. They
link the community together
The Community expect us to have a hand out for
We don’t ask for donations we ask what can we
give the community. How can we strengthen our
Both the local and global community
To Mend Broken Hearts
30 – 40 years in an Institutions led to much
isolation, fear, depression and aggression and
finally self destruction.
Our first task was to stop trying to modify people
but to accept them as they were.
We needed the courage to change us and to
welcome the men and women we support into our
lives and into our hearts.
Our goal is companionship.
A welcome to all
HOMES welcomes visitors from across the world.
They stay with us, they work with us and they eat
and celebrate with us.
They ask difficult questions from the head we
respond from the heart.
But mostly they explore paradoxes with our team
of caregivers.

Exploring Paradoxes
How can behaviour          How can individuals seen
change if there is not a   as the institutions most
well thought out plan by   challenging support a
experts who monitor the    community?
progress of the plan?      How can a non profit
                           board composed of Self
How can a small agency     Advocates, Neighbours
have a global focus?       and Parents create and
How can hiring             give vision to a
Neighbours lead to         Professional organization?
success in a community?
Gentle Teaching International
Early history
Global need for information
Centers of Gentleness across the world
Coming together/conferences
Honoring the Leaders and Mentors

Early history - GTI
Mentors and leaders have been working with Dr.
John McGee in last 2 decades.
   POUWEL VAN DE SIEPKAMP—(Netherlands)
   NERINA ROBSON—( Winnipeg, Manitoba)
   MASAKO IWASAKI – (Tokajuku Institute)
   ANTONE MILLENAR – (deHartkamp Institute)
   SUE GIPPERICH—(Detroit, Michigan)
   ROSINHA MADEIRA—(Portugal)
   MICHAEL RENCH—(Cincin, Ohio)
   GARE FABILA—(Mexico City, Mexico)

Global need for information
John taught inter-actively but left limited material
or curriculums
Written material,videos and overheads were
scattered across the globe.
Books were out of print
Newsletters were difficult to distribute.
List of mentors was not organized
John’s Itinerary was not available
Centers of Gentleness across the world

Dr. McGee could not visit all who invited him
Travel cost and expenses were high
Frequency of visits was about once a year
This led to the development of a series of centers of
gentleness each with a unique specialty or gift for the
community of gentle teachers.
Only requirement. Model gentleness and share resources.
This also led to the birth of and
Gentle Teaching International

Coming together/conferences
Gentle Teaching International Conference 2001

   Organizer
   When            Oct 23 –25 2001 8:00AM
   Occurs         Yearly until Oct 23, 2001
   Details    A three-day conference geared toward fostering
              and promoting the principles of gentleness in many
              settings, including schools, group homes for the
              developmentally disabled, settings for the mentally ill,
              nursing homes, and agencies providing services
   Where     Somerset Hotel Big Beaver Troy, Michigan USA
   URL
   Contact Greig Spodarek (810) 263-8907 and Sue Gipperich (810)
Honoring the Leaders and Mentors

Global recognition
Mentor workshops
Focus on curriculum
Accumulation of resources
Web pages featuring each areas unique
Last word – GTI Vision of Dr. John McGee

Increase web visitors –80,000 last year
Increase visits to “Living Laboratories”
Increase Network of Associates both technical and services
Release a CD (words and video) on Gentle Teaching
Establish a registry of Certified Gentle Teachers and
Establish secure financial resources
Launch the Spanish site. and
similar sites across the net.

Gentle Teaching Resources

Network of established and successful practice
Good backroom support for global sharing. -
100 agencies, secure network, web based forms
Research and grant proposal writing – Marge Brown Philadelphia
Local conferences language and location
Series of local Institutions Japan, Netherlands, Denmark, Philadelphia
Need global coordination
Especially need to come together face to face where we leave the
HEAD (organization, funding, structure) behind and open our
HEARTS (forgiveness, caring, concern and warmth)

Thank you

Thank you – I feel honored to be here.
I want to finish – knowing that we will continue to work together.
Presentation details
We also would like to invite you to write, to email and to visit
I would feel privileged to contribute in any way in further sharing
resources, web pages etc.
I hope to see you at the up coming GTI 2001 conference.
I leave you with warm wishes of continued success from our mutual
friend Dr. John McGee. He holds Dr. Masako Iwasaki
and the Institute in high esteem and recognizes that you are
demonstrating that Gentle Teaching is universal.

Thank you.

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