Firstperson Services has a goal of fostering and sustaining a network of practitioners in Person Centered Thinking in the northeast. This community of practice is a group of people who share a concern and passion for bringing person centered approaches into our ways of supporting people, and learn how to do it better through meetings, discussion groups and mutual support. One of our strategies is to build a network of trainers. Firstperson Services trainers are considered mentor level by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices for the 12-hour introductory course. This means that they can credential trainers within your organization. After having staff attend this workshop, you may want to consider sponsoring one of your staff as a trainer. By doing so, you’ll create a link between your organization and an international effort to promote person centered approaches. You also lower the cost of training as new staff come aboard.

Candidates for credentialing should meet certain “foundational requirements”.


The Person Centered Thinking© Trainer Candidate: • Must have lived experience either through their personal life or work with the target audience/sector for which they are becoming Trainers. • Must have participated in a full 2-day Person Centered Thinking© Training, and be using the skills in day-to-day work. • Must have the commitment to the time and effort needed to master the skills and develop the ability to train effectively. • Must have passion for supporting people in a person centered manner, and willingly share that passion with others. • Must be willing to contribute to The International Learning Community for Person Centered Practices and attend a Gathering. • Must be willing to become a member in good standing with access to the ILCPCP Trainer’s section of the ILCPCP website. • Must be familiar with and have a willingness to embrace and support the ILCPCP Board’s Vision, Mission and Plan.


The Person Centered Thinking© Trainer Candidate must have skills sufficient to communicate effectively with the training audience. This includes having the skills to use verbal enhancers that more fully communicate and explain essential concepts and information, including examples and illustration, creative phrasing, analogies, quotation, rhetorical questions, and comparing and contrasting concepts. He/she must have demonstrated experience with training groups of adults.

You can find a full description of the process in the Person Centered Thinking© Trainer Credentialing Process Handbook.

Email us and let us know if you would like to explore this further.