Person centered thinking guides us in gathering information in a respectful and intentional way to bring about real change in the lives of people.
It is being used world-wide to improve lives and help people pursue their choices, goals and aspirations. Person centered thinking utilizes a set of practical skills and strategies that provide us with a way to keep the person being supported at the center of the planning process.
It results in people who have positive control over the life they desire and find satisfying. The skill set includes discovery skills, everyday learning skills and management skills that are used to have conversations about goal setting, problem solving, and action planning while keeping the focus on the person affected.
The skills give us a way to gain a deeper understanding of the people we support and a way to organize the information to inform our efforts to help people get the lives they value.
The core concept of person centered thinking is identifying what is “important to” a person as well as what is “important for” a person and how best to support them. Person centered thinking can be used with all people and builds a culture of learning, partnership and accountability. Learn more about person centered thinking and acquire some of the basic skills by attending a two-day interactive Person Centered Thinking workshop.
-Brenda Donley (AFC Program Manager)