This accredited Level 6 course examines how a person centred plan is implemented, facilitated and evaluated. It explores the organisational structures and changes required to support a person centred service that is focused on individualised supports and care. The eight-week programme, which blends online learning with intensive workshops, has a strong practical bias. It:
- Provides a clear step-by-step process for creating a Person Centred Plan (PCP) for the person you support
- Encourages critical thinking/reflection about your role, the challenges you face and the organisational issues you encounter
Who Is This Course For?
The course is aimed at first-line personnel whose role involves:
- Facilitating person centred plans with people using the service; and/or
- Performing a supervisory role within an organisation that supports PCP
At a Glance
- Audience Care Workers, Health Care & Personal Assistants, Family or Home Support Workers, Community Care Workers
- Award Certificate in Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning (6N14541)
- Award Type QQI HET Minor
- Level on NFQ 6 (15 Credits)
- ApplyApril 18th, 2019
- Introductory eLearning ModuleApril 24th, 2019
- Start DateMay 1st, 2019
- WorkshopMay 8th, 2019 (OTC Offices, Goatstown)
- Duration8 weeks
- Assignment Due DateJune 10th, 2019
It is ideal for a practitioner with a social studies/care/community development qualification who would like to:
- Gain an in-depth knowledge of this area
- Critically reflect upon their role as a practitioner
- Obtain academic recognition
After completing this course you should be able to:
- Discuss the origins, key concepts and philosophical framework underpinning person centred planning (PCP)
- Explore the steps involved in PCP – including:
- Facilitating a circle of support planning meeting
- Action planning
- Evaluate your own progress in developing the essential skills and techniques of an effective PCP facilitator
- Critically discuss the PCP process as a management and quality of service question including examining:
- Various approaches to management change
- The role of leadership in the positive implementation of the PCP process
- How the PCP process can be used as a quality measure for service users
Unit 1: Person Centred Planning: The Context
- The Service System
- Service System Models
- Traditional Service Model
- O’Brien’s Basic Strategy
- Customer-Driven Model
- Exploring Values
- Five Valued Experiences & Service Accomplishments
- The Concept of Inclusion
- Circle of Friends
- The Concept of Giftedness
- Self-Determination & Advocacy
- Service Brokerage
Unit 2: Person Centred Planning: The Principles
- Planning – Essential Features
- Kolb’s Planning/Learning Cycle
- Person Centred Planning – Key Features
Unit 3: Person Centred Planning: The Steps
- The PCP Process – Overview
- Phase 1: Discovering the Person
- Phase 2: Capacity Searching & Safeguards Search
- Phase 3: Vision Making: Images of Desirable Futures
- Phase 4: Circles of Support
- Phase 5: Constructive Actions
- Phase 6: Reflection & Learning
Unit 4: Person Centred Planning: Skills & Techniques
- The Facilitator – Roles & Skills
- Facilitating Groups
- Problem Solving, Negotiating & Resolving Conflict – Methods, Approaches & Challenges
- Managing Time
- Managing Change
- Developing Creative Skills
- Acting as a Coach
- PCP & Leadership
- Managing Creative Tension
- Teams, Partnership & Collaboration
Unit 5: Person Centred Planning: The Wider Organisation
- Organisations & Person Centred Planning
- Systems, Loops & Service Deficits
- Organisational Quality & Personal Outcomes
- Personal Outcomes & Measures
- Personal Outcomes & the 5 Valued Experiences
Successful completion of the course is dependent on undertaking a series of assessments. These involve:
- Completing a practical project (2,500 words) that ties together your learning and professional practice
- Critically reflecting on how the course has change your perceptions of your role
- Participating in an online discussion with a learning community made up of fellow practitioners and tutors
Taking the Course
Discussion, collaboration and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged in order for the workshop to achieve one of its primary goals:
- Facilitating the application of knowledge and skills acquired during the course to address real world challenges in a practical and effective manner.
Underpinning all of this is our learning community. This is made up of tutors who have extensive first-line experience, learning support staff who understand the human challenges people can face when attending college and our learners who are defined by their commitment to supporting each other. We believe this creates a learning experience that is unique to the Open Training College, one that meets the specific requirements of people working in our sector and improves the quality of service our users receive. This is known as the Supported Open Learning Model. You can read more about it here.
The Learning Experience
The Tutor’s View – Ciara Maye
What changes do you see in people as the course progresses?
Initially people can be hesitant and doubt their own capacity to implement PCP for an individual they support but during the course you can clearly see people develop their capacity to deal with this. Developing competence helps confidence to grow too and at the end of the course you can see people are committed to a process that can lead to better lives for the people they support.
How do you think service users benefit?
Services users can expect a move away from a one size fits all approach, and a recognition of their own right to be fully involved in decisions about their life, toward a life that is more of their own choosing, with more of what is important to them as an individual in the same way that we all want to live our lives.
More generally, what motivated you to become a tutor in the first place?
I am passionate about the work that I do every day as a clinician. As a college tutor I can share my practical experience with others and hopefully inspire them in their work. It is exciting to be part of another person’s learning!
The Student View – Orla Howard – CRC
I have become much more aware of PCP and have a greater knowledge of the subject since completing this course and intend to incorporate this into my everyday work.
The course is certified by QQI as a Higher Education and Training (HET) Level 6 Award. Successful participants will obtain a component certificate in:
- Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning (15 credits) (6N14541)
Successful graduates will hold 15 credits against the B.A. in Professional Social Care (Disability).
Dates & Duration
The next course starts on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.
There will be a one-day workshop on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, to be held in the OTC offices, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin 14. The course runs for 8 weeks and ends with the submission of an assignment by Monday, June 10th, 2019.
The course costs €395 to attend.
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