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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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The Gathering is a platform for sharing ideas, thoughts, and learning. A place to become inspired, make   connections, and to be reminded that we share the same purpose and struggles.  A Gathering is an interactive event during which all are teachers and all are learners.  

Why use person centered thinking skills?

Person Centered Thinking (PCT) tools are helpful in many circumstances, particularly in the current environment of doing more work with fewer resources.  PCT is a way of stepping back from the typical cycle of putting out fires and using a proactive approach to learning and providing supports.  Rather than responding to symptoms we see by scheduling meetings to problem solve, PCT provides a way to addres the real issues behind symptoms. 

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 take action in a way which truly impacts people's lives and move forward rather than in circles.  PCT also provides a common language everyone can understand to help support the person.  

  • Creates opportunity for the person to have a voice and positive control in their day to day life
  • As a problem solving tool to diffuse difficult situations and conversations
  • For skills in partnering with those who receive paid or natural supports for better life outcomes
  • More natural ways to contribute to a person's plan and help them have a better life
  • To be better able to use and act on the information in a person's plan
  • By using the skills daily, find people we support will better equipped and willing to communicate what makes them happy, which supports work best from their perspective.  When listened to and acted upon, this results in fewer occurrences of “behavioral” challenges.

PCT Training Directory

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Sustaining Person Centered Practices and Charting the Lifecourse 

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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

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