Person-Centered Planning includes a wide variety of tools and processes. Our partners are prepared with their “tool chests” to guide you through the development of your own path to success.
PATH or MAP
Both of these processes are facilitated by two PCPP professionals, and include an intake phone call followed by three in-person meetings that span approximately six to eight weeks.
A pre-PATH or MAP meeting is where we guide you through what to expect and how to prepare for your main meeting. During the pre-meeting, we also spend time helping you explore your Circle of Support; the people you have in your life who can be included in the process. The Circle of Support is both the most challenging and the most important aspect of a successful person-centered plan. Please visit our page about Circles of Support to learn more.
Following the pre-meeting, the main meeting is conducted together with the Circle members you’ve invited, and the PATH or MAP process is used. This meeting is facilitated by two PCPP facilitators, who guide the group and provide illustrations and notes graphically represented on wall-size paper (that you get to keep).
The post-PATH or MAP meeting is the final step in your person-centered plan. Around 4-6 weeks after your main meeting, we follow up with you to see how you are doing with the action steps identified during your main meeting. We help you adjust your plan if needed, then identify the next steps to keep up the momentum.
This service level includes summary reports and lists of action items from each meeting. Often, clients use the summaries to develop or re-think their IEP or ISP goals and their Transition Plans developed with school and provider teams. We can provide guidance on how to present these to teams.
Here’s an explanation of what the processes involve.
- A PATH is a multi-step process that results in a comprehensive and specific set of goals based on your highest aspirations, or dream, for your future. We start with you – you define, and everyone listens to, your vision – whether it’s possible or impossible, it’s your dream and we will honor that. When we remove all barriers to reaching your dream – financial, systems, supports, personal challenges – your supporters and loved ones learn more about you. This prepares everyone for the remainder of the process in which goals are developed that are both positive and possible. We then talk about the people you need, the ways to build strength, and the action items that will be necessary to reach your highest goals and make you the best you can be!
- A MAP is a process we use to help a person identify their gifts and how they can bring those gifts to their community. Examples of when this process is most appropriate would be a student entering college who would like to become a better self-advocate; a person starting a new job who needs to build skills and prepare for new expectations; a group of people who need to team-build or develop a strengths-based approach for a specific outcome. We start by asking you to share three experiences you believe have shaped you into who you are right now. We facilitate a group discussion of what your supporters perceive to be your greatest gifts. Then, you identify the transition you are facing or the goal you are reaching for. Together with your supporters you create a description of your highest level of success, followed by specific action steps that will get you there.
BEING PERSON-CENTERED IN EVERYTHING WE DO! – Training services for organizations
Organizations who embrace person-centered practices and methodologies across their entire service see the most impact and greatest success. We have designed a day-long training and several focused workshops for agencies and service providers in the disability and elder communities, to support their efforts in applying these practices. Rates and availability are negotiated individually. Please email Cheryl Ryan Chan at email@example.com for more information.