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March 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Hi everyone,

A friend, who is a board member at an area charter school, sees value in using person centered practices at his school to enhance support for all students.  No one else on the board, faculty, or administration is familiar with person centered thinking and planning, so I’m looking for suggestions of how you have gained entry and made the case for person-centered approaches to an otherwise unfamiliar audience.  Any resources that can be shared to demonstrate benefits would be wonderful!  Thanks for your help!

March 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Hi there!
We – The Institute for Person Centered Practices in Texas – worked with a fellow PCT trainer (we certified) who is a retired special education director and transition specialist (Debbie Wilkes). Debbie developed a tool for us called Person Centered Transition Assessment. The tool utilizes some of the key PCT tools and skills to develop a Person Centered Transition plan; Debbie also teaches school professionals how to facilitate the planning process in their schools.  Debbie can provide more information on her work and outcomes.

I have done a number of PCT trainings for school professionals, tailoring the training to their specific needs and utilizing the key skills I think they will find most useful in the school and classroom environment. Being a former special educator as well as the parent of a young man who graduated from public school with an IEP gives me a degree of credibility with that audience. That credibility is, I think, an important component.  The biggest issue I hear, particularly from special educators (but not excluding gen ed) is the concern about “behavior” and how to manage challenging behavior.  Using PCT skills to help them explore what the behavior might mean makes sense to them; they will readily admit an “important FOR” bias.  In my experience, the communication chart, and 4+1 (introduced after a strong introduction to Important TO/FOR and balance) gain interest and acceptance quickly and easily.  I also use Good Day/Bad Day with educators.

I’ve found the one page description is a nice starting place to trigger some interest and help gain a foot in the door with schools and educators.

Mike Steinbruck is doing great work in the NJ schools and can give you some good direction as well.