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 tlcpcp.com.
Person-Centered Thinking can be used with:
- 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.