Person Centered Practices

Person Centered What?

As the name suggests, being “person-centered” is about

  • ensuring someone with a disability is at the center of decisions that relate to their own life.  
  • emphasizing options that are available to a person rather than “fixing” or changing the person.
  • understanding what a person wants and needs to live their own, personally defined, good life.

Person Centered Approaches

Person Centered Approaches encompass the broad scope of person-centered concepts and tools through which person centered supports are provided. Person Centered Approaches are not just about a moment in time or a specific task, but about the work and life that happens throughout the year so each person is supported towards their personal goals, even as they evolve and change.

Implementing Person Centered Approaches is a process of infusing and promoting person centered practices throughout an entire organizational culture. This relates to how we treat all people; those supported/served as well as all levels of staff and management.

The foundation of Person Centered Approaches is based on the premise that people are the experts in their own lives and  know best what matters most to them for their life. The role of people who support that person is to listen, coach, share ideas, and offer feedback.

The specific components of Person Centered Approaches include:

  • Person Centered Thinking
  • Person Centered Planning and reviews
  • One Page Profiles
  • People Planning Together
  • Building person centered teams, organizations, and culture.

Person Centered Practices

Person Centered Practices (PCP) involve skills and tools used in developing and implementing supports that focus on a person’s perspective about what matters to them, what is working, and what is not working, to make sure that people are truly listened to and are kept at the heart of all decision-making.

These changes in how a person is supported can have a profoundly positive effect in their life. 

  • Better outcomes based on a deeper understanding of personal interests and desires
  • Better lives for people empowered to share their gifts and live on their own terms 
  • Better results for managers and facilitators, including renewed purpose and satisfaction

What PCP services does OTAC offer?

Examples of OTAC services in this area include:

  • Person Centered Planning facilitation – PATH, MAPS, Personal Futures Plans, Essential Lifestyle Plans
  • Wide variety of training on understanding and implementing Person Centered Practices in different service settings, such as schools, mental health facilities, employment settings, family homes, and foster homes
  • Train-the-Trainer coaching for Person Centered Thinking Trainer candidates
  • Person Centered Plan facilitator training
  • Two-Day Person Centered Thinking training