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Person Centred Planning

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Person Centered Planning originally had its beginnings started in the 1970’s across Canada and the United States.

The term ‘Person Centred Planning’ became common by 1985 and by then there were a number of planning approaches which included Personal Futures Planning, 24 hour planning, Individual Service Design, and Getting to know you.

By 1992, the number of planning approaches had increased and included MAPS, Group Action Planning, Families first planning, New Hats, Essential Lifestyle Planning, PATH, Whole life Planning, Personal Histories to name a few.

Interest in Person Centred Planning has significantly increased in recent years, to where the foundations of it, has shaped policy and practice   within Government and Service Organisations all over the world

Person-centred planning was always meant to be for, with and directed by people and the people who care about them – focusing on:

  • A vision for how you want to live
  • Your strengths and capacities
  • Building a group of supporters and allies
  • Being embedded in community
  • Systems changing to respond to people

John O’Brien and Herb Lovett refer to Person Centred Planning as “a family of approaches to organising and guiding community change in alliance with people with disabilities and their families and friends.”

Influential people who have been passionate in their efforts around person-centred planning and who have provided necessary leadership over many years, include John O’Brien, Connie Lyle O’BrienMarsha Forest, Susan Burke Harrison, Herb LovettBeth Mount, Jack Pearpoint, Michael Smull, Judith Snow, Helen Sanderson, Pete Ritchie, and Jack Yates to name a few.

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