Person Centered Training and Certification

Owakihi is committed to Person Centered Practices that allow people to have positive control over a life they find meaningful. It is our vision to enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by training others to provide the same Person Centered support that help the people we support achieve their hopes and dreams. Training others best practices in person centered supports is essential to assuring person centered services.

Our trainers are experts and are certified in a variety of person centered training, planning and practice.

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana

Person Centered Thinking

Person Centered Thinking is two days of interactive training for acquiring and practicing effective person centered thinking skills, centered on how to discover and balance what is important to and what is important for a person. These approaches respectfully address issues of health and safety from a variety of perspectives, while empowering the people served to maintain control and a sense of being heard. Participants will learn to write a Person Centered Description. This training is designed for staff at all levels in an organization as well as individuals who receive support and their families. It is especially relevant for full time staff who continually interact with the people served and for supervisory staff.

Person Centered Planning Methods

Person Centered Planning Methods is a three day interactive training designed for people responsible for or interested in developing Person Centered Plans. Participants will learn their role as a facilitator and the difference between developing person centered plans that lead to a desired future and the traditional annual planning meetings. Participants will learn and have the opportunity to practice a variety of planning methods including MAPS, PATHS, and Liberty Planning.  This class helps people learn the roles and expectations of both the process facilitator and the graphics facilitator and each person participating will have the opportunity to be a part of a plan being developed during the class.  Participants will also explore how planning fits with Rule 245D, the Positive Support Rule and the Olmstead Plan. Because we believe that becoming a planner is an ongoing learning and developing process our training cost reflects the cost for all materials, books, AND six months of follow up planning mentorship in which participants will have the opportunity to share their work, get feedback, and continue to develop their skills as a planner.

Person Centered Planning – A Picture of a Life

Person Centered Planning is two days of learning and applying person centered thinking and planning tools that are focused on helping people envision the life they want in their community. Multiple methods are applied to capture what a person really wants and out of this a “picture of a life” is created, which contains all the elements of that person’s desired future. This method can help teams increase creativity and facilitate more satisfying and effective planning meetings. This training is designed for participation by key staff, especially managers and those who write or supervise the writing of support plans. This training is ideal for those involved in supporting folks through transitions.

* Person Centered Thinking is a prerequisite to a Picture of a Life

People Planning Together

People Planning Together is a 2 day training session for self-advocates and their staff. It is intended to support people receiving services to take a leadership role in planning a life they desire. The individual, and someone who supports them, participate together throughout the PPT class taught by people with disabilities that are certified trainers, and create a Person Centered Description. 2 Day Person Centered Thinking is a recommended for all staff prior to attending this class. Please register as a team. Each team includes 1 self-advocate and a staff secretary.

Person Centered Outcomes

This 2 hour session is for people responsible for the development of meaningful outcomes. Rule 245 D says that outcomes must be meaningful and desired by the person. The Olmstead rule says that outcomes are achievement of what is most important to the person in ways that work for them and build on their strengths. Historically we have developed outcomes that are intended to “fix” and most often not desired by the people we support. This session will help us understand true person centered outcomes and how they can lead to lives that are desired by the people we support.

Five Valued Life Experiences

This 2 hour training session provides an introduction to the concept of the Five Valued Life Experiences and how
providers can support people receiving services to have these experiences in their life. 245D requires providers to
ensure that they are providing services to individuals in a manner that promotes choice, honors what is important to
people, and supports community inclusion. Throughout this training we will discuss the importance of friendships,
choices, making contributions, and community and how we can support and incorporate these values in the services
we provide. This session will benefit both direct support staff and managerial staff who provide the oversight of
individuals services.

Person Centered Thinking Introduction/Refresher

Imagine a world where people have positive control over a life they desire and find meaningful.  This four hour Person Centered Thinking refresher/introduction class will begin a conversation about how we can be more person centered in our work and review some tools that can be used to help make this more of a reality.  This session is a great introduction for people who are just beginning to learn about person centered services but will also serve as a great refresher for people who are familiar with the tools.

Writing One Page Descriptions

A one page description can capture important information about a person; including what is important to them, what people appreciate about them, and how they want to best be supported.  A one page description can be used as a positive introduction to a person ad as an important tool in planning.  This session will give you the skills you need to develop a thorough one page description.

For dates and times of our training offerings please view our training calendar.