About Person-Centered Practices Training

About Person-Centered Practices Training

The Institute offers training and materials developed specifically for educators, executive managers and organizational decision-makers, direct support professionals, social workers, individuals with disabilities, and family members supporting a loved one with a disability.

The Institute is a part of a worldwide training network, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices.

The Institute on Person Centered Practices offers a variety of training opportunities including Person-Centered Thinking Training, Person-Centered Plan Facilitation, and professional certification to train others in Person-Centered Practices.

CEU's are available for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Social Workers (SW), and Texas Educators (TEA). For more information about continuing education units, please email jeffgt@tamu.edu.


Person-Centered Thinking Training

This is a full two days of learning and practicing how to use a variety of tools to discover information to support someone to have a better life.The tools offer specific methods to discover information that identifies what is important to a person and what is important for a person.  It is this discovery process that leads to finding the balance between important to and for which serves as the basis to create a description of a person that leads to action planning. The tools of discovery were developed by Michael Smull and the Learning Community to support people to get better lives…not just better plans.

Person Centered Thinking (PCT) is the first and fundamental training offered by the Institute and provides participants with the basic knowledge on how to facilitate the use of the tools to support others.As a part of the training, participants will develop their own descriptions using the tools. As noted, this process is about supporting people to get better lives.All people. A core principle of PCT is to understand and practice the tools on yourself before attempting to facilitate the tools with someone else.

Those who successfully complete the PCT training are able to use the training to facilitate the tools, but are not certified to train others. Certification as a PCT Trainer is offered through the Institute. Please click on the link to learn more about becoming certified. Those interested in pursuing other training offered by the Institute must complete the PCT training as a prerequisite.

Plan Facilitation Training


Plan Facilitation Training is offered over a two day period and provides participants with an overview of how to develop a description of a person that leads to the development of an action plan. A focus person serves as the content expert that offers participants personal insight into how to use the discovery tools to create a description centered on what is important to and for the person.Training participants observe an Institute Trainer facilitate a conversation using PCT tools with the focus person to demonstrate how the tools serve as a catalyst of discovery.

It is important to note that the purpose of Plan Facilitation Training is to teach participants through demonstration and hands on practice how to develop a relevant description of a person that drives the planning process.

Participants who successfully complete this training have the knowledge and skills to support people to develop descriptions that lead to action planning.Plan Facilitation Training can only be provided by a Certified Trainer in PCT and Plan Facilitation.

Become a Certified Person-Centered Thinking Trainer

The certification process requires a considerable investments of both time and finances.  Please review the certification requirements carefully along with the fee structure. Those interested in pursuing certification, please complete a PCT Trainer Certification Application and mail with your application fee to:

Institute for Person-Centered Practices
Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University
attn: Jeff Garrison-Tate
704 Harrington Tower, Mail Stop 4225
College Station, TX 77843-4225

-or- Email to jeffgt@tamu.edu

If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by a Mentor Trainer from the Institute on Person Centered Practices to discuss the next steps in the process.

Want to attend an upcoming Person-Centered Thinking training?

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