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This program includes six 3-hour sessions to be held from 9am – 12:00pm PT on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2024.

The program is a series of 6 remote sessions over ZOOM.

This is a valuable training for anyone who is involved in writing or participating in planning (SCs, DSPs, Program Managers, families, self-advocates)

This program will include:

  • Learning and practicing 5 phases of person-centered planning including Pre-planning, Discovery, Positive Change, Outcomes and Actions, and a Support Sequence.
  • Developing a one-page profile with someone as a first step in creating a person centered plan and learning how to check it for quality.
  • Learning and practicing facilitation

What you will learn:

  • Person-centered approaches in planning
  • Ways to gather meaningful information through a series of conversations
  • An overview of how to create a first one-page profile as the beginning of a person centered plan
  • How to develop and write meaningful person-centered outcomes
  • How to turn ideas into action steps
  • Ways of organizing a plan summary and how to follow up and review progress
  • Tips for facilitating the planning process


Module 1: Getting Started with Person Centered Planning

  • Overview of the program
  • Preplanning and beginning the Discovery process
  • The one-page profile as a first step in creating the person-centered plan.
  • Quality check for the one-page profile
  • Each participant will create a first one-page profile for someone they support

Module 2: Preplanning and Discovery

  • The facilitator role: the pre-planning process and conversations
  • How to use and organize person centered discovery information

Module 3: Positive Change

  • Learning someone’s hopes and dreams…if I could…I would
  • Discovering how the person wants their life to be in the future?
  • What are the changes they want to make?
  • What do they want to do more of?

Module 4: The Outcome Sequence

  • Seven steps in the Outcome sequence
  • How to write an outcome that is person centered, meaningful, specific and measurable
  • How to create action steps that have a time frame and move a person closer to achieving their good life

Module 5: The Support Sequence and Action Planning

  • Five steps to get the right support for action planning

Module 6: Putting it all together

  • Creating a plan summary: what needs to be included, what does it look like?
  • Follow through and review-making sure the plan actually gets used
  • Sample plans-how to ensure that the plan is meaningful and understandable to the person

Meet the instructors:

Andrea Schacht, Helen Sanderson Associates, andrea@helensandersonassociates.com

Andrea is a Person-Centered Thinking Mentor Trainer, certified by the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. She served in a Service Coordinator and Manager of Services and Supports roles at Tri-Counties Regional Center for 15 years and has the added perspective of being a parent of a son with a developmental disability.

Shawna Hall, Helen Sanderson Associates, shawna@helensandersonassociates.com

Shawna shares her personal perspective as a plan facilitator and as a planner, living with a developmental disability. She is a gifted facilitator and storyteller.

Person-Centered Planning for a Good Life includes person centered concepts, principles and materials used with permission from The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. Find out more at http://tlcpcp.com.

For more information contact kristi@helensandersonassociates.com