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Person Centered Thinking Training

"Help people get better lives, not just better plans."
(The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, Inc., 2008)

Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) Training teaches tools and skills that put information into an easy-to-understand and easy to share format. The tools used in PCT help identify and describe the routines, things, and people that matter most to people. These tools help describe what other people might need to know in order to support an individual at home, school, work, or in their community. PCT helps people identify what is "important to" and "important for" a person on a day-to-day basis, during times of stress, and during times of celebration.

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Who should take PCT Training?

If you are a family member, friend, paid staff of a person with a disability, or a self-advocate, you have a wealth of information about "what works" and "what does not work." You can share information about preferences in music, food, and TV shows. You may also know subtle things, like how to make sure that bath time goes well or the best ways to give instructions or share information. PCT Training will provide you with valuable tools and skills that can help you put information you may, or may not, already know in a format that can be easily shared with family members, paid staff, or friends. Come see what you can learn in PCT Training!

Who teaches Person Centered Thinking Training?

The Center for Learning and Leadership/Oklahoma UCEDD and the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council, with support from the Oklahoma Disability Law Center and Bios A Better Life Homecare Inc., have formed the Oklahoma Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. The purpose of the Oklahoma Learning Community is to make training in Person-Centered Thinking skills and tools available throughout Oklahoma.

There are four certified Person Centered Thinking trainers. Training teams consisting of a family member and a professional are available to provide presentations and training to family members, self-advocates, advocates and professionals. PCT Training is free and can be tailored to meet the needs and time constraints of your group or agency!


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Person Centered Thinking was developed by The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning; the materials were written by Michael W. Smull and Helen Sanderson with Bill Allen.

Page Last Updated: November 13, 2015