For families and individuals
For organizations & groups
Person-Centered Planning Facilitation services include a wide variety of tools and processes. I come prepared with planning “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. You receive an extensive report detailing the entire plan that has been created, recommendations on how the plan can be applied to any service plan (IEP, ISP, etc) and how the focus person and their supporters can move forward to implement the plan. Download the Meeting Schedule and Description document show below.
A pre-PATH or MAP meeting is where I guide you through what to expect and how to prepare for your main meeting. During the pre-meeting, I 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 my 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, I follow up with you to see how you are doing with the action steps identified during your main meeting. I 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. I 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. I 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. I 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.
I will guide you through the reflection tasks that offer you and others a chance to see your life differently and find new directions for change, using the workbook “Life Building: Opening Windows to Change” by Dr. Beth Mount. This planning tool involves up to 3 2-hour meetings with the focus person, and when the exercises are complete they will receive a full report that summarizes their reflections along with recommendations on how to move forward together with their Circle of Support. COST: $500.
I will help you prepare a gathering of your Circle of Support, then come to your gathering and facilitate the conversation about moving forward together. This is usually done following a person-centered plan, but that is not required. If you are ready to gather those you trust most and ask them to support your vision but are unsure or afraid to “do the ask” then this is for you. COST: $200 for up to 3 hours.
TRAININGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS & GROUPS
Organizations who embrace person-centered practices and methodologies across their entire service see the most impact and greatest success. I have designed a day-long training and several focused workshops for agencies and service providers in disability communities, to support their efforts in applying these practices. Rates and availability are negotiated individually. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
From the manual on the Circles of Adults process: “Circles of Adults is a group problem solving tools that gives a deeper understanding of emotional and behavioral needs in a school or organizational context and for planning actions to meet those needs.” Together with your student’s team members, I will facilitate this process and provide a report summarizing the strategies and commitments developed, to guide the team’s next steps toward positive solutions. Please email me at email@example.com for more information. COST: $600.
Over the years I have been in practice, I have written a number of workshops to address the most pressing topics around “being person-centered,” drawing on my experiences with families and individuals. They include the basics of person-centered planning, loneliness, being a person-centered direct care worker or organization, Circles of Support, and best practices for families to prepare their loved ones for the future. All of my workshops are listed here including upcoming presentations. Click here to book your own.
This 3-day training is for schools, organizations, or small groups of interested individuals who would like to become practicing facilitators. There is no “certification” per se, as the processes I train are open source offered by the original architects located in Canada. Just receiving the process formats are not enough, though – successful, well-trained, professional facilitators must be trained in the philosophy and approaches of “being person-centered” before applying them. The essential elements must be understood and the commitments must be applied to support an appropriate person-centered plan. Do not settle for someone who has “taken a 2-hour workshop” to learn the nuts and bolts. True, meaningful facilitation takes much more. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The cost is negotiated on an individual basis for each group.