Supported Decision Making A guide for supporters

by Kate Fulton, Kellie Woodley & Helen Sanderson This guide offers people best practice techniques and tools that may be useful when supporting others with their decision-making. This includes those people who make their own decisions and those who may lack the capacity to do so and where decisions are made in their best interest. … Read more

Habits for highly effective staff – using person-centered thinking in day-to-day work

by Helen Sanderson To really make a difference to someone’s life – and to ensure they have more choice and control – staff supporting them need to participate in an ongoing loop of listening, learning and action. This can be done through habitually using person-centered thinking tools. These are the foundation of change and they can … Read more

Using person-centered practices within organisations and teams

by Helen Sanderson, Mary Beth Lepkowsky with Michelle Livesley and Ruth Gorman Shifting the way we think about people supported by the organisation and people employed by the organisation can be accomplished through using person-centred thinking practices, to create a person-centred culture. At their heart, person-centred thinking tools are simply a different way to have … Read more

A Workbook for Your Personal Passport

Developed by Allen, Shea & Associates (1996) with special thanks to Patsy Davies, Claudia Forrest, Mark Rice and Steve Sweet. This workbook is for people with developmental disabilities and their friends and families who want to learn more about person-centered planning. It will also help people get ready for their next Individual Program Plan (IPP) … Read more

The Importance of Environment: From Toxic to Healing

by Michael Smull and Mary Lou Bourne All people respond to their environment. Whether we are happy or miserable is largely determined by what surrounds us. For happiness or even simply contentment to exist, certain things must be present and other things must be absent. What happens when we don’t have control over what is present or absent? … Read more