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PERSON CENTERED PRACTICES
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Person Centered Thinking is a guided process for learning how someone wants to live and developing a plan to help make it happen. The outcome is the life the person wants, not just the plan that describes it.

What It Is:

What It Is Not:

 

Why use person centered thinking skills?

There are a number of reasons. 

Person Centered Thinking PCT tools help us in the current climate of doing more work with fewer resources by making all meetings more productive.  When we don't have enough time, we tend to be "fire fighters"- responding to symptoms that we see; which simply creates more need for meetings and problem solving if we have not addressed the real issues. 

When we have a way to sort what is really important to people, what our primary responsibilities are, what's working and what's not working, we can make action plans that truly impact people's lives and can move forward rather than in circles.  It also gives us a common language that everyone on the team can understand to help support the person.  

 

Application of PCT helps with:

 

 

 

PCT Training Calendars

 

PCT Training Descriptions

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Positive Approaches Training

This one day training will focus on using Person Centered Practices to develop plans that will have positive impacts on behaviors, people’s perception of behaviors, and how agencies address behavioral concerns. Training includes: how to include person centered practices and skills in your existing process of developing a positive behavioral support program; implementing plans that focus on maintaining mental wellness; and introducing new tools and skills that should be used when identifying and implementing plans of positive behavioral support to respectfully include balancing important to/important for as defined by the person.

It Is About Relationships

As Direct Support Professionals we need to be aware of how to successfully support a person who is experiencing disabilities. We must learn to foster relationships, promote independence and when necessary, intervene to support a person whose behavior may cause barriers to successfully living the life they want. It’s About Relationships combines Person Centered Thinking and Positive Behavior Supports to empower staff to think differently while supporting individuals with finding joy in their days.

 

PCT Tools and Resources

 

 

PCT Videos

Person Centered Planning Session - Michael Smull

Important To and Important For - Michael Smull

Making Person Centered Planning Mainstream - Michael Smull

A Rock In The Pond - Why Training Is Not Enoungh and What Managers Need To Do - Michael Smull

Routines

The Doughnut

 

 

South Dakota Person Centered Thinking Gathering