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Sustaining Person Centered Practices

South Dakota has actively and conscientiously taken steps to pro- mote person centered policies and practices since 2007, with a significant amount of resources invested in implementing and sustaining person centered practices in that time. Person Cen- tered Practices (PCP) have grown and evolved considerably. The certified PCT Trainers and Facilitators in South Dakota are com- mitted to continuing to build our own skill sets to enhance learn- ing for others.  In an effort to promote a deeper understanding of PCT and the many ways it can be applied in our day to day work and personal lives, a series of Sustaining Person Centered Practices training is planned and scheduled annually, with mone- tary contributions from the Division of Developmental Disabili- ties, Community Support Providers, Case Management provid- ers, and Parent Connection, just to name a few. The series in- cludes training for self-advocates, families, direct support profes- sionals and provider management.

Our Person Centered Thinking Trainer community would like to say THANK YOU to all those who have contributed and partici- pated in the Sustaining Person Centered Practices efforts over the past 10 years!

Some trainings offered in recent years include:

People Planning Together Training

A 2 day training designed for self-advocates. Through a series of activities and exercises, this course provides people with an opportunity to think about what is important to them as well as what is important for them, then look at what kinds of supports the person needs and would like to have in helping them with what matters most. Each self-advocate is re- quired to bring along someone to support them that they are close to and feel comfortable with. It is recommended that the supporter have an un- derstanding of Person Centered Thinking concepts.

Self-advocates will learn how to develop their own person centered plan. They will learn more about them selves and help others learn how they want to be supported. They will also learn ways to express their dreams and determine their goals. It will help them be more involved in their plan- ning and their life!  They will be motivated and inspired!

Supporters will learn effective techniques to listen & communicate more clearly. They will learn proven tools to gather person centered information to develop a Person Centered Plan. And learn creative methods to develop & update the plan. It will help people experience shorter & more produc- tive person centered planning meetings.

Person Centered Thinking Training

This training consists of 2 days of exercises where the participants acquire basic person centered thinking skills such as: The importance of being lis- tened to and the effects of having no positive control. The role of daily ritu- als and routines. How to discover what is important to people and sort what is important for people from what is important to them. How to respectfully address significant issues of health or safety while supporting choice. How to develop goals that help the person get more of what is important to them while addressing issues of health and safety.

The training in person centered thinking is recommended for families, service coordinators, educators, and all paid staff. It serves as a foundation for eve- ryone who is involved in supporting people. These tools have been proven to enhance services for children and adults when used in planning. This training is the basis for the other Person Centered trainings.

Families Planning Together Training

A 1 day workshop designed for family members. Families will learn Person Centered Thinking tools and create a one page description. The Person Cen- tered Thinking tools can be used to plan and problem-solve with anyone at any age and almost every circumstance!  The tools will assist with planning now and for the future! A one page description is a great way to help others “get to know” the person in a meaningful way! It helps others see beyond the disabil- ity. Share it with teachers, therapists, doctors, support staff and others.


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