Facilitating a Spirit of Gentleness
A spirit of gentleness is develops companionship and builds community.
‘Gentleness’ means preventing any form of violence; it means we evoke peace; we do this by valuing:
Interdependence over independence
Nurturing over controlling
Unconditional love over rewards and punishments
Collective decision-making over self-determination
Nonviolence and dialogue over violence and confrontation
This is the approach that our Caregivers take when interacting with the Individuals we serve.
Caregivers have the support and guidance of a supervising mentor, whose responsibility is to demonstrate ‘a spirit of gentleness’ with them. Together, they assess and discuss each caregiver’s tools and interactive skills for facilitating a framework of Gentle Teaching and delivering the Quality of Life model of services. This support and resource for caregivers provides a natural path for their ongoing success in working with Individuals, and enriches their own professional development.
The Caregiver’s Portfolio
A portfolio is a place for Caregivers to display their best work, and a tool for illustrating their professional skills and responsibilities. It is a portable venue for papers and photographs, essays and movies, and reflections and dreams. Creating a portfolio is an opportunity for caregivers to showcase the quality of their work.