Person-centred planning involves the individual receiving the service, with family members, neighbours, employers, community members, and friends, and professionals (such as physician/ doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, support workers, care managers, therapists, and social workers) developing a plan on community participation and quality of life with the individual. In contrast, traditional models of planning have focussed on the person's deficits and negative behaviours, labelling the person and creating a disempowering mindset from the start.
Person-centred planning offers an alternative to traditional models, striving to place the individual at the centre of decision-making, treating family members as partners. The process focuses on discovering the person's gifts, skills and capacities, and on listening for what is really important to the person (O'Brien & Mount). It is based on the values of human rights, inter-dependence, choice and social inclusion, and can be designed to enable people to direct their own services and supports, in a personalised way.
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