Introductory Workshop on Person Centered Thinking Skills

Whether you are a family member, resource coordinator or staff person, this basic training serves as a foundation for everyone who is involved in supporting people with significant disabilities. It is authorized by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP) and taught by credentialed facilitators.

Implementation and ongoing support of person-centered plans and services is more likely to be a success for people when using this person-centered approach. The training is designed and recommended for all paid staff – regardless of their role. Managers are encouraged to attend in order to mentor the direct support staff and utilize the skills learned.

The workshop is typically offered in a 2-Day format but it can be designed as four half-days or evenings.

OPTIONS COUNSELING Workshop – Firstperson Services has credentialed trainers that can provide Options Counseling instruction that meets the Aging & Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC) standards stipulated by the federal Administration for Community Living.

Participants must attend all sessions of training

 Day One:

 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.  

The focus of this day is on learning person centered thinking skills that support choice while addressing issues of health and safety. Using a series of stories participants will learn how to:

  • Strike a balance between what is important to and what is important for each person supported;
  • Clearly describe the roles and responsibilities of staff in implementing plans;
  • Evaluate their own efforts by looking at what is and is not working within the lives of those supported; and
  • Lead change within their organizations by creating optimistic discontent.

Day Two:
9:30 — 4:00
The focus of this day is to practice mindful listening and using the information in describing what is important to each person and how to best support she or he.

  • Participants will apply and enhance their person centered thinking skills through a series of guided exercises.
  • Participants will learn skills that they will be able to use on an everyday basis when providing person centered services and developing person centered plans.
  • Participants will see how to grow plans over time by using “learning logs” and structured questions as well as practicing the traditional approach of gathering and synthesizing information.
  • At the end of the day participants will have a first plan that they have completed on themselves
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