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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.

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Events

A two day Person Centered Thinking training seminar will be held on July 20 & 21 at the Ramkota Hotel located at 3200 W. Maple St. in Sioux Falls. Sessions will run from 9a.m. - 4p.m. each day. Lunch will be on your own. The presenter for the two day training will be Tonya Richmond.

If you plan to attend, please download a registration form. Forms can be found by clicking here. Then email your registration form to Leslie Lowe at the Division of Long Term Services and Supports at Leslie.Lowe@state.sd.us or fax it to 605-773-4085 by July 18. Reciept of your registration will be emailed to you.

 

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 person's plan and help them have better lives

  • To be better able to use and act on the information in a person'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!

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, 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.

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, 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