Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach empowering people to plan their life, find their voice, and work toward reaching their goals.
The goal of person-center planning is to support participants to be the center of planning their supports and goals.
Person-centered planning is really ensuring that the plan is developed with the person, for the person and by the person and so it really is a different way of thinking of how we create services and supports for people based on what the participant wants and not what the system has to offer.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities are launching a new Person-Centered Planning initiative to reinvigorate person-centered supports for all Nebraska's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers.
Person-centered planning is used to create service plans for all Medicaid HCBS Waivers: the Aged and Disabled Waiver, Developmental Disabilities Waivers, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver.
Our engaging training events will provide tools to empower participants, their families, and guardians to expand their knowledge and acquire skills to participate effectively in developing self-directed, person-centered plans. HCBS waiver participants and their families will gain the skills to increase their choices and obtain greater independence and autonomy.
Person-centered planning training is being provided for free.
The training is sponsored by the
Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities and the
Money Follows the Person Program.
Statewide Independent Living Council,
League of Human Dignity,
Brain Injury Alliance,
People First of Nebraska,
The Arc of Nebraska,
Disability Rights Nebraska,
Munroe-Meyer Institute - UCEDD,
Nebraska Association of Service Providers (NASP),
Parent Training and Information (PTI) Nebraska,
Nebraska VR, and
Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council.
Round 1 began February 11
Thursdays 10 - 11:30 AM CST
Register for Round 1
Round 2 begins March 11
Thursdays 7 - 8:30 PM CST
Register for Round 2
Spanish translation and closed captioning are available for both sessions.
Discover how person-centered planning can help you and your family!
There are two rounds of training.
Both rounds will cover the same topics:
People who attend all four sessions will receive a certificate of achievement.
Dr. Mark Friedman teaches Disability Studies as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the City University of New York. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert in participant engagement to the National Center on Advancing Person-centered Practices and Systems. Dr. Friedman's primary work has been helping people with disabilities gain a voice in their lives through self-advocacy and policy making and helping people move from large state institutions into community programs. He is currently working with the Georgia Advocacy Office, Nebraska and Michigan DD Councils, the Administration on Community Living, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the National Museum on Disability Rights.
He received his Ph.D. degree in Organizational Leadership from the Union Institute and University. He has presented to audiences in 22 states, provided advocacy training in Ecuador and Kosovo, and authored 13 publications. His work was recently highlighted in the
New York Times.
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All webinars offered live audio Spanish translation and had closed captioning available.
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Beth has collaborated on countless change initiatives particularly those that engage young people in transition from high school. For 18 years, Beth was a Person-Centered Planning consultant to New York State's Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. She developed initiatives to support innovation in individualized services including 30 learning institutes that strengthen innovative design teams. She is a Senior Practitioner affiliated with the
Beth is a 2020 recipient of the National Historic Recognition Project and has received excellence awards from virtually every prominent national and New York State disability organization. She uses creativity and the arts as another way to help people express their dreams and tell stories.
Presentation September 22, 2020
Person-centered planning is a collection of methods. Each can make a positive difference. None is magic. We'll think about the conditions that influence the benefits people can experience from good planning.
John O'Brien is a leading thinker who has written widely in the field of disability. He is a pioneer and lifelong advocate of person-centered planning. He was co-developer of two models for person-centered planning: McGill Action Planning System (MAPS) and Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH).
John's values-based approach emphasizes learning with each person about the direction their lives could take, challenging and overcoming practices, structures and values that lead to segregation and underestimation rather than inclusion. His thinking is based on Social Role Valorization and the Social model of disability
Presentation October 5, 2020
Families, people with disabilities, service recipients, and supporters have learned that an essential tool in bringing about a full, meaningful, inclusive life is having a well-defined and articulated vision. A vision will focus, guide, and inspire action in the face of attitudinal obstacles and other set-backs. This webinar will help participants to clearly conceptualize a vision and to encourage everyone to "keep their eyes on the prize" and not acquiesce to prevailing standards of what is "realistic."
Darcy Elks is an educator, parent and advocate on behalf of people who are societally devalued. She is an international consultant and has traveled to many different countries to advocate for full meaningful inclusive lifestyles for marginalized people.
The focus of Darcy's work is to encourage attitudes and structures, which promote social value and inclusion for people who have disabilities and other people who have been devalued and excluded. Darcy's passion is to help create inclusive communities: communities where we are all welcome and where we can each use our gifts for the good of one another.
Presentation October 19, 2020
Approaching our community-building practice with fluidity has a variety of outcomes and unexpected results leading the people we support into having a more fulfilled life. In this webinar, we will consider the connections people make and how those ties make a better community. We will deepen our understanding of having a growth mindset that expands the possibilities around community building and shapes the kind of culture we all would want to live in.
Danyetta Najoli is a Senior Community Builder at Starfire Council. She has trained Direct Support Professionals and supervisors for 20 years while working directly with people with disabilities for three provider agencies, in TN and OH.
Danyetta has supported several people to attain long-term, valued roles in their community, engaging several approaches including person-centered, citizen advocacy, and asset-based community development.
Person-Centered Planning is a great way to support someone's personal goals and objectives; but even more importantly, it is a powerful tool for generating commitments from families, friends and community partners and expanding companionships, connection, and contributions in ordinary community life.
By 'following the threads' of a person's interests and dreams towards the community spaces where their interests are 'mirrored', we can encourage the person and the family to think expansively about whom they might want to invite, including people who have standing in places where those interests are reflected.
Micro-inquiries can be built into the Person-Centered Planning conversation that give participants opportunities to make commitments 'on the spot' and keep those commitments going forward. We will share a number of real-life examples where these strategies worked and are still working in people's lives even decades later.
David Wetherow has been involved in the evaluation, design and development of innovative human services for over forty years, having worked in the fields of mental health, substance abuse recovery, child welfare, and developmental disabilities. He served as Director of Program Evaluation in Manitoba's Mental Health and Child Welfare directorates before becoming the Executive Director of the Association for Community Living in Winnipeg. He created the Star Raft circle-building method and now serves a US-based nonprofit whose mission to give people with disabilities and families the tools and supports they need to build their own circles 'for free, forever'.
David and his wife Faye created the Microboard model – small, incorporated circles that facilitate direct funding that are now working for nearly 1,500 people worldwide. They developed the first inclusive housing cooperative and the first person- and family-directed service cooperative in North America. They are seasoned trainers in qualitative program evaluation and person-centered planning. They shared their lives with a beloved adopted daughter who lived with significant health, mobility and communication challenges until her passing in 2004. David joins us from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Presentation November 16, 2020
How do we put the important concepts of person centered thinking and planning into practice to support people to move toward their vision of a good life? How can integrating supports within the context of a person's family, friends, and community enhance life experiences that will impact a person's goals and outcomes? Learn about the Charting the LifeCourse framework that unites and complements the best practices of person centered planning, and provides strategies and tools that can help a person and their supporters to collaboratively explore, plan, and problem solve.
Reynolds, PhD is the Associate Director at UMKC Institute for Human Development, where she has worked for over 20 years focusing on research, demonstrations and implementation of evidence-based practices that enhance person- and family-centered organizational, policy and systems change. She is the key developer of the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools and provides overall direction to LifeCourse Nexus. Her passion, knowledge, and experience are enhanced by growing up as a sibling of a brother with developmental disabilities.
Presentation January 12, 2021
This webinar will discuss the connection between the Discovery process and the concept of Customized Employment. Too often, employment for people with disabilities is comprised of job seekers settling for the most basic and tedious jobs available in the workforce. Customized Employment provides an effective option in that it seeks to have employment fit with the job seeker's conditions for success, intrinsic interests and best contributions while meeting specific needs of employers. The relationship of Discovery of the individual and the concept of Customized Employment will be provided in this webinar along with examples of successful outcomes for job seekers.
Michael Callahan has consulted throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand in the areas of employment and transition for over four decades.
Originally trained as a special educator, he has worked with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) for 40 years and has served as president of the organization since Marc Gold's death in 1982. MG&A is a network of consultants that provides training, technical assistance and content certification to systems, agencies and families interested in insuring the complete community participation of persons with significant disabilities.
He is a co-author of two "how-to" books on employment for persons with significant disabilities, Getting Employed, Staying Employed and Keys to the Work Place. He has written numerous articles, chapters, manuals and curriculums pertaining to employment. He is a former national board member for TASH and was a founding board member of APSE.
Michael's current work focuses on Customized Employment and Discovery as an extension of the concept of supported employment for persons with significant disabilities. He has provided training and technical assistance to Source America's Pathways to Careers Initiative since 2011. MG&A is now offering certification in Discovery, Job Development and Systematic Instruction for Customized, Supported Employment.
Jack Pearpoint is an independent Canadian publisher and catalyst for inclusion, diversity, teamwork, and change.
Jointly with his wife and partner, Lynda Kahn, Jack conducts workshops and consults with organizations and collaborates with people with disabilities and their families, to engage in positive change that honors the gifts and contributions of all. Earlier, Jack, his late wife Marsha Forest and John O'Brien, collaborated to create several person-centered approaches such as PATH, MAPS and Circles of Friends. The collaboration continues now with John and Lynda.
Jack's 50 years of organization experience include seven years in Africa implementing post-war reconstruction; sixteen years as President of Canada's oldest literacy organization, Frontier College; and three decades as the creator of Inclusion Press - and a full-time publisher and presenter.
Jack is the founding director of the Marsha Forest Centre: Inclusion, Family and Community and remains its Executive Director. Jack and Lynda Kahn work internationally and have expanded their network beyond Canada and the United States to include people in Australia, England, India, China, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and Uganda.
Lynda Kahn is a co-leader with Inclusion Press International, Toronto, working with individuals, families, organizations and governments interested in positive change. Lynda, together with her partner and husband, Jack Pearpoint, works with individuals, families, organizations and governments interested in positive change through facilitating conversations, planning sessions and offering training workshops. She is a member of the board of the Marsha Forest Center on Inclusion, Family and Community.
Lynda served in the public sector for 24 years as the State of Rhode Island's Executive Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities from 1996 to 2005. Her work included assisting in the closure of the state's institution, The Ladd Center in 1993; collaborating on an individualized funding and budgeting approach for persons served by Rhode Island's Division of Developmental Disabilities; and serving as President of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS 2001-03), and on the Association's Board for eight years.
Her 40+ years experience has taken her from institution to community settings, involving values-based person-centered planning as a means to facilitate individual and organizational change. She is passionate about leadership, change and personal engagement to realize a more just world where everyone's voice and gifts are welcome. She helped found Rhode Island's Service Quality Network, and later was instrumental in creating the Rhode Island Facilitator's Forum.
Lynda continues to serve as Steward for the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) since 2013, and served on the Ontario Developmental Services Housing Task Force 2014-2018, and as its Vice Chair from 2016-18. Lynda is a member of the Board of Neighbours Inc., an innovative organization based in New Jersey which assists people in living full lives, directing their own supports.
Presentation January 25, 2021
Michael Smull has been working with people who use long-term supports and services for since 1972. He is the senior partner in Support Development Associates and the founder and Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. He is the co-developer of a person-centered thinking curricula and of essential lifestyle planning.
Mr. Smull has provided training and consultation in 48 states, and seven countries. He been the executive director of two community agencies and was a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has assisted agencies, states, regions, and counties to make the changes needed support person-centered practices. Mr. Smull has written extensively on person-centered thinking and planning, the challenge of changing to a person-centered system, and issues relating to supporting people with challenging behaviors. He is continues to work with states and agencies in their efforts to have an effective person-centered approach to services and support.
Mr. Smull is the recipient of the 2015 Compass Award from the National Association of Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the 2006 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities service award.
Presentation on February 8, 2021
Video coming soon.
Recent studies and exploration of friendships (sociologists refer to friendships as “social capital") have begun to codify the power and potency of relationships. We now have evidence that social capital is associated with very important life outcomes. Studies over the past 40 years have discovered that relationships are antecedent to better healthfulness, more happiness, and even greater life expectancy. Quite simply, the more social capital you have, the better your life is in both a tangible and intangible sense.
We also know that people with disabilities, those born with a disability, or those who have acquired a disability, have less friendships; and that this reality may be attributable to the poor life outcomes experienced by people with disabilities (unemployment, depression, poorer health outcomes, and even lower life expectancy). Perhaps the better aspects of habilitation/rehabilitative services are to focus on social capital!
This session will explore key aspects related to social capital. We will examine it from a generic perspective and look at the possible strategies, actions, or aspects that may be utilized in support of any vulnerable population who have limited opportunities to build friendships.
Al Condeluci is a community builder from the Pittsburgh PA area, with 50 years in the trenches. In 2018, he was awarded the key to the City of Pittsburgh for his work as an advocate for inclusion.
Presentation on February 22, 2021
Attending training for person-centered planning will:
All Nebraskans are welcome to attend the webinars.
Multi-sessions are open to all who support people receiving home and community-based services.
DHHS staff will receive training specific to their roles:
We have secured an experienced translator to provide live audio Spanish translation for all webinars. Spanish translation will also be provided for both rounds training for family, service recipients, provider, and advocates. This was based on input from Jessica Gutierrez, Bilingual-Parent resource coordinator at Munroe-Meyer Institute, who is part of our Project Advisory Committee.
Closed captioning is also available.
Please contact Angie Gonzales-Dorn at
Angie.Gonzales-Dorn@nebraska.gov or (877) 667-6266.
This project was supported in part by grant funds provided to the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities through Grant #2001SCDDNE, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.