Person-Centered Thinking empowers anyone to safely live a life of their choice.
HRS was established on the principles of person centered practices. Our founder, Karen Green-McGowan was a pioneer in the early formative days of the
Many of the products HRS offers focuses on identifying those elements that are important for the person, such as health risk, which if left unattended can have a
devastating impact on the person's ability to live a life that is important to them. To expand this foundation in person centered approaches, in 2017, HRS began
offering a wider variety of person-centered services.
All HRS person-centered thinking trainers maintain credentialing through The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices (TLCPCP). The TLCPCP is a global
community that shares knowledge about supporting people in getting the lives they want. Their focus is on people who do not have positive control or are at risk of
losing positive control because of society’s response to the presence of a disability.
HRS, in collaboration with TLCPCP, is committed to helping people safety live the life they want, where they want, how they want.
Whether a result from birth, the aging process, or accident, those with various disabilities have historically been viewed in light of their deficiencies rather
than their potential. This has resulted in a societal focus that is largely driven by the person’s disability, syndrome, limitations, or appearance rather than on
who they are as a person.
PCT training helps reframe the perspective of the person others may have. It also trains supporters on how to find the balance between what is important To and
For the person.
Person-Centered Thinking Training
An interactive, 2-day, live training focused on helping attendees learn skills to restore and promote positive control in the lives of those they support. These
skills also reframe notions and ideas about the person that may be inaccurate. Through effective use of these skills and planning, we enable people to safely live
a life of their choosing in their own community.
Person-Centered Thinking Trainer Credentialing
Trainer-Candidates who have met requirements are credentialed in pairs over a 4-6-month period. Upon completion, credentialed trainers may offer the 2 day-live
PCT Training. HRS also offers ongoing support to ensure Trainers maintain their credentials.
Mentor-Candidates who have met requirements are credentialed individually over a 4-6-month period with support from two established PCT Mentors. Upon completion
they may credential Trainers. HRS also offers ongoing support and interaction to ensure Mentors maintain credentials and best practice.
Person-Centered Facilitation Planning
A live, 2-day training focused on how to incorporate the use of person centered skills into the person's Individual Plan. This leads to a better more satisfying
planning process that builds partnership between the person who is supported and the people who provide support.
Successful completion of the 2-day Person-Centered Thinking Training.
PCT Mentor & Trainer
PCT Mentor & Trainer
Patrick has nearly 15 years working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He has extensive experience in case management, project
oversight, and is a certified AAIDD Supports Intensity Scale Specialist. He is presently a Person-Centered Practices Mentor by The Learning Community for
Person-Centered Practices. He is currently a Client Services Representative and a Person Centered Thinking supervisor for Health Risk Screening (HRS)
Deb has nearly 20 years as a Registered Nurse working with vulnerable populations, including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mental
Illness, and Aging. She is an Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse and a Registered Nurse Trainer for the state of Illinois. She has been a member of DDNA
for 13 years and served as the president of Central IL DDNA for 10 years. She is currently the Clinical Services Manager for HRS.
David has nearly 16 years of experience working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He has worked both at the provider level and the
state level as a training and project manager for GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). David has experience in transition
initiatives for those moving from institutional to community settings and also worked as a SIS interviewer for many years. He is a certified Person Centered
Thinking Trainer by The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. He is currently the Deputy Director of Client Services for HRS.
Johnathon has nearly 16 years working the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. For many years he was the Vice President of Operations for a
large case management company in Georgia. Concurrently he worked as a Supports Intensity Scale Senior Trainer with AAIDD working in both the US and Canada. He
is a certified Person Centered Thinking Trainer by The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations for
Stacey Ramirez has over 19 years of advocacy experience in the disability community. In 2016 the Georgia governor signed into law a bill she introduced to
substitute intellectual disabilities from the hurtful term “mental retardation”. Currently she is a board member for the Georgia Learning Community, Georgia
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and DisAbility LINK – a
Center for Independent Living. She is a credentialed Person-Centered Thinking trainer with HRS. Stacey is the current State Director for The Arc of Georgia.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Person-Centered Thinking training take?
PCT Training takes 12 hours over 2 days and is a live training experience.
Is this training consistent with CMS Person-Centered standards?
Yes. The Learning Community whose curriculum we use and who Credentialed HRS' mentor and trainers informed CMS on the writing of the Final Rule and trained CMS
staff on its function.
How is Person-Centered Thinking different than Person-Centered Planning or Facilitation?
Thinking is an essential pre-requisite to successful planning or facilitation. Without the right mindset, writing and implementing Person-Centered plans and
practices will be ineffective no matter the planning product.
What material does HRS offer along with the 2-day Person Centered Thinking training?
HRS provides all the materials for this turn-key service. Clients are only responsible for finding an acceptable meeting space with tables, chairs, and wall-space
for chart paper. Clients may also wish to provide coffee and/or other refreshments.
Does HRS offer ongoing PCT support?
Yes. HRS offers ongoing support for all who have fully completed the 2-Day PCT Training by HRS through
Response time is within 24hours.
Does HRS provide a certified record of completion?
Yes. HRS offers a certificate of completion with a unique identifier number and font though The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. This record is
also kept electronically.
Does HRS PCT Training support other PCT planning resources?
Yes. The PCT Training works effectively to support all kinds of PCT planning resources such as: Facilitation Planning, Maps, Profiles, Life-Course and others.