Person Centered Thinking

Person-Centered Thinking is a way for you to support people that puts them at the very heart of all the decisions that affect their life; turning their ideas into meaningful change.

It’s the opposite to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan, or a plan that’s driven by a clinical condition or disability. Instead you’ll see the whole person, and always begin by exploring their individual needs, desires and preferences; using a range of tools and approaches to turn these into a truly personalized ‘Person-Centered Description’. It creates a solid foundation for good person-centered planning.

If you work in a support role, this will help you to understand what is important to the person to be happy and content, and what is important for them to be healthy, safe and have valued roles in their community. This helps you to support them in ways that reflect what really matters.

Person-Centered Thinking Tools have been developed by the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices and used across the world for over 20 years. They include one-page profiles, the ‘Working/Not Working’ tool, the ‘Perfect Week’ tool, decision-making agreements, and communication charts. You can learn more about the individual tools on our UK site or at

Person-Centered Thinking can be used with:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Teams and organizations that deliver support

You can also use Person-Centered Thinking to improve the way your teams work with each other. The practice of highlighting people’s skills, needs and values fosters equality and a shared vision.

How this can support people to thrive

Person-Centered Thinking:

  • moves away from an inadequate ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to support planning
  • gives people more choice and control over their lives
  • enables them to identify what really matters to them
  • creates an action plan to make it happen
  • fosters a culture of respect, trust, and partnership within organizations
  • encourages continuous learning
  • ultimately helps people to create the life they want to live

How we would deliver Person-Centered Thinking

Our team of Associates work closely with people, families, teams and organizations to create sessions and programs that are tailored to the specific circumstances.

Your circumstances are unique, so we always work in ways that focus on turning Person-Centered Thinking into real, actionable change that reflects what matters to you. Person-Centered Thinking© training can be delivered in a variety of way, both in person and online. We also offer a webinar series designed to help you connect with and learn from others who are also implementing person-centered practices.

If you are interested in learning how to deliver Person-Centered Thinking training yourself, one of our Mentor Trainers would be happy to guide you through the train-the-trainer credentialing process that is recognized by the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices

To learn more about Person-Centered Thinking, and for a plan tailored to you, get in touch with Mary Beth.