In May and June of 2011 we did a number of different sorts of LEAPs: two for the CSALT Program at Olympic college (Bremerton and Shelton campuses); one for a large family with an overflowing nest; and one for a couple making a huge career/financial transition. As usual, we learned a great deal from our participants. Two new ideas were added to the confidentiality contract (I will not make fun of anyone. I will not judge anyone). In addition, the students moved so quickly that they were able to complete the objective tree—an extra added step for a LEAPette. A family of three, mom, pop and college student daughter suddenly expanded. The family, living together in a small house, faced cross cultural adjustment problems (the daughter and son in law and their children had returned from Central America after four years; and another son had returned from military service). The son needed to get to work; the daughter needed quiet to study. The couple had to face that they could not live where they wanted (in the peace and quiet of the countryside) and take the job of their dreams in the big city. What always intrigues us is that the process is so easily individualized—even though it is a linear method.
Some random comments from all of these experiences underline how “goal oriented” the process is.
I really liked the “LEAP’ program because I learned a lot about plans and how to organize them. I now know how many steps it will take to get to my goals. I liked how I learned how to do positive stepping stones. The sticky note tree helped me plan my future. It helped me visualize my future and the steps I need to get there. Fun, innovative way to connect with yourself and others to be able to realize and achieve your goals throughout life.