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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Special Education 580 - Summer Workshop

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Person Centered Thinking - Facilitator Training Pilot (3 credits)
Instructor - Dr. Tony Antosh (and others)
Location: Sherlock Center, RI College Campus
Tuition: No cost to attend

Section 1
Tuesday afternoons 1:00 - 4:00
  • May 30
  • June 6
  • June 13
  • June 20
  • June 27
  • July 11
Section 2
Wednesday evenings 5:00 - 8:00
  • May 31
  • June 7
  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 12

The Consent Decree and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule mandate that Rhode Island develop a person-centered system of supports for individuals who have developmental disabilities. In the past few weeks the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Conversion Institute at the Sherlock Center have hosted a series of public forums to solicit input re: how to implement the various components of a person-centered system. One of the most critical components of such is a system is the development and training of conflict-free facilitators and/or case managers. These facilitators will have responsibility for:
  • Understanding the unique nature and strengths of each individual
  • Understanding community resources, community organizations and other natural supports
  • Facilitating community mapping to match community supports to the individual
  • Facilitating pre-planning with the individual, his/her family and other allies
  • Facilitating a "planning event" that is respectful and positive
  • Developing personal profiles
  • Developing personal plans that are community based and provide sufficient detail about how the plan will be implemented
  • Facilitating a review of the plan at least quarterly.

To that end, the Sherlock Center is offering a three credit Rhode Island College course. This course will be used to develop and pilot the training materials that will be used with the conflict- free facilitators and/or case managers. The course will provide an overview of research and evidence-driven strategies that are important in implementing person-centered thinking. The syllabus will include the following topics:
  • The evidence supporting person-centered thinking
  • The role of self-determination as the basis for person-centered thinking
  • Evidence-based strategies for developing self-determination
  • The role of experience in promoting self-determination and choice
  • Strategies for community mapping and community engagement
  • Strategies for facilitating plan development
  • Personal life domains that could be the basis for plan development
  • Supports Intensity Scale - the evidence and paradigm shift that led to the development of the SIS, the real purpose of the SIS and using the SIS in person-centered planningM
  • Embedding career development plans into person-centered thinking
  • Self-directed IEPs, transition plans and ISPs
  • Strategies for facilitating effective meetings
  • Strategies for determining the effect of a person-centered plan on quality of life.

The Sherlock Center is offering two sections of this course. (a) Each section will meet six times. (b) Participants will be expected to do some writing and some piloting of course materials with the people to whom they provide support. (c) A final meeting or two will be scheduled later in the summary (at the convenience of the group) for presentation and review of the materials developed by the participants.
Register by May 26, 2017

Course Flyer PDF image 436 kb (PDF)

Section 1
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
May 31 - July 12
Online Registration Form

Section 2
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
May 30 - July 11
Online Registration Form

Registration Questions?

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

Course Questions?

Dr. Antosh: aantosh@ric.edu

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