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:
- A way to support positive changes
- A better way to listen and respond to people
- Different for different people-promotes quality of life
- Personal commitment to act on what is learned
- Help individuals to move towards community life
- Person Centered Thinking (PCT) is a common sense approach to listening to people well. It also allows for the power in the meeting to be more evenly distributed. What it's not: a "quick fix" or a shortcut.
What It Is Not:
- About the paper
- A â€œfadâ€
- A standard one size fits all package
- Another fancier way to do the same thing
- Only for those who are ready, or who can tell you with their words what they want
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.
The lives of those supported will improve
It can help to diffuse a situation and serve as a problem solving tool
Having the skills needed for partnership with those who receive supports; paid or natural which equals better outcomes, happier lives.
Sharing best practices you will have new, better and more natural ways to contribute to a personâ€™s plan and help them have better lives
To be better able to use and act on the information in a personâ€™s plan
If you use these skills daily, you will find that the people we support will be better able to communicate, will be happier, and will not have as many or any behavioral challenges.
More likely to develop the values needed to support people in having positive control over their lives
TCRC and providers are implementing Person Centered Thinking (PCT) in the way they do business
Person Centered Thinking (PCT) just makes sense!
Application of PCT helps with:
Sorting Important To and Important For: Thinking through a situation before deciding what should happen next- making smarter decisions
Donut: Identifies roles and responsibilities and provides information that helps with support, plans and organizations
What is Working and What is Not Working: Analyzes an issue or situation across different perspectives:
4 + 1: What to build on maintain or enhance and what to change
Communication chart: A quick snapshot of who someone communicates
Good day, Bad day: Explores what makes a good and bad day enables those we support to make the changes needed to have more good days
Like and Admire: Identifies the qualities that people value about each other
Relationship Map: Identifies who is important to person
Matching staff: Helps people think about the supports they need, the skills their supports should have to provide those supports, what personality characteristics need to be present AND absent, and what shared interests would be nice to have. A good match= better outcomes
Learning log: Looks at recording ongoing learning
PCT Training Calendars
PCT Training Descriptions
Supporting Families and PCT
You will learn
- To help others see beyond the disability.
- Tools to help you plan & problem-solve with your family member - LifeTrajectory & Integrated Supports Star.
- Ways to communicate effectively with school personnel, providers, and others.
- To develop a One Page Introduction using Person-Centered Thinking Skills & Tools - a way to help school personnel, providers, therapists, doctors, respite providers, and others get to know your family member in a meaningful way and understand how to support them.
Positive Approaches Training
This one day training will focus on using Person Centered Practices to develop plans that will have positive impacts on behaviors, peopleâ€™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. Itâ€™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
- The Learning Community
- Helen Sanderson Associates
- Sustaining Person Centered Practices FY17
- Implementing PCT within DHS
- PCT Resource Guide
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
South Dakota Person Centered Thinking Gathering