Facilitating a Spirit of Gentleness
A spirit of gentleness is crucial for building companionship and community.
Gentleness means preventing any form of violence and
instead evoking peace. To do this, we value:
Nurturing over controlling
Unconditional love over rewards and punishments
Collective decision-making over self-determination
Nonviolence and dialogue over violence and
This is the
approach that our Caregivers take when interacting with the Individuals we
serve. It is the Mentors' responsibility to facilitate this spirit
of gentleness with their Caregivers. Together, they assess the
Caregiver's tools and interactions to build companionship and community with an Individual.
learn more about this assessment process, see the form entitled Facilitating a
Spirit of Gentleness.
Also see the document entitled The Handbook to Facilitating a
Spirit of Gentleness. This handbook is used to develop a mentoring plan
that supports an Individual during times of difficult behaviors.