Person Centered Thinking

Person Centered Thinking

Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives (DDS, 2014). 

For people being supported by services, it is not person-centered planning that matters as much as the pervasive presence of person-centered thinking.  If people who use services are to have positive control over their lives, if they are to have self-directed lives within their own communities then those who are around the person, especially those who do the day to day work need to have person centered thinking skills. Only a small percentage of people need to know how to write good person-centered plans, but everyone involved needs to have good skills in person centered thinking, in the value-based skills that underlie the planning.

There are a number of reasons for this. Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills will mean that:

Every style of person-centered planning is rooted in a person-centered way of thinking. It is made up of a set of value-based skills that result in seeing the person differently and give us a way of acting on what is learned.  Training in person centered planning is training in a way of thinking as much as it is in a way of developing a plan.  In essential lifestyle planning we have identified basic skills and tools that help learners understand and embrace this way of thinking (The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, 2016).

Below are the different tools that Person Centered Practices uses in different situations. 

One Page Profile.pdf

1-Page-Profile (1PP)

Also known as the All About Me Page on the IPP. The 1PP is designed to give the person who is reading it a quick view to who the person is, their important to's and important for's, goals / asirations and supports. 


4 + 1 Tool


Communication Chart


Donut Sort


Good Day / Bad Day


Important To & Important For


Relationship Map


Rituals & Routines


What's Working? / What's Not Working?