Firstperson Services is taking Person Centered Practices Online!

The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices has established a development team to design and test an online version of the standard 12-hour in-person workshop in Person Centered Thinking. There are two pilot workshops occurring in May and June of 2020. The board Curriculum Committee will be reviewing the findings from these pilots with the intent of offering final version to the public based upon best practices. The goal is to explore and create a powerful learning experience that leverages interactive, instructor-led capacities of video conference technologies.

What Does the Online Version Look Like?

The Development Team has created nine “modules” of approximately 90 to 120 minutes in length.

  • Module 1: Getting Ready for Remote Learning
  • Module 2: Person Centered Thinking Overview
  • Module 3: Change & Promoting Positive Control
  • Module 4: Using Discovery Skills to Get To Know You
  • Module 5: Community Life & Communication
  • Module 6: Skill Connection Discovery Through Routines/Rituals and Good Day/Bad Day
  • Module 7: Re-framing Reputations – Working / Not Working
  • Module 8: Continuing to Learn with Everyday Learning Skills
  • Module 9: Providing Good Support with Management Skills

When Will Firstperson Services Offer This Online Version?

We are participants in the TLCPCP development team. There are limited seats available for the pilot workshops in May and June. We intend to offer the completed version when the Curriculum Committee authorizes the final version beginning in August and September of 2020.

Through our new Student-Centered Blended Learning option we are now offering a combination of learning experiences to provide your staff with the basic skills that they will need for Person-Centered practices and Person-Centered planning success.

Other Ways to Learn

  • Self-paced online study through our Learning Management System (LMS) online. We are using these as supplements to the online PCT workshop.
  • Remote video-conference training sessions offer a rich interactive experience during the workshop and in follow-up sessions to help bring PCT practice into your organization at a higher level of adoption and habit.

The advantages:

Addresses the needs of a mobile workforce with greater flexibility – eLearning can be accessed through smartphone, tablet or laptop technology.

Preserves critical interactive learning experience of Person Centered approaches through innovative video conferencing break-out rooms and facilitation on the Zoom platform.

Your staff can enroll to participate and learn. They can also enroll to become facilitators in the Student-Centered Blended Learning approach. This can be done in combination with the requirements for credentialing as PCT workshop facilitators with TLCPCP. Staff that are successful in completing this will will have Instructor-Level access to the online Firstperson Services Learning Management System platform upon credentialing; providing an expanded range of options in bringing person centered practice into your organization beyond the introductory workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll in the course?

Each “class” will be intentionally designed with you to include a selection of staff from your organization that represent a distinct category of employees. This will help with customizing the teaching approaches.

Does the Student-Centered Blended Learning method include training in the same material as the standard 12-hour workshop?

The topics, content, sequencing and interactive components are identical to the standard in-person 12-hour workshop and is similar in length.

Are staff who are preparing to become credentialed trainers with TLCPCP able to use this Blended Learning approach for that purpose?

Yes. The TLCPCP Credentialing Committee will work with Firstperson Services Mentor Trainers to allow this to happen on a case-by-case basis. Trainer candidates are credentialed through Firstperson Services with TLCPCP by completing the requirements that include work products and two successful demonstration workshops. (see the official Training Process Handbook HERE). The TLCPCP Board has approved temporarily waiving the in-person requirement for PCT training as long as the full duration is not alterted.

What facilitation skills do the Trainer Candidates experience and learn?

Trainer Candidates will learn in-person facilitation as well as how to facilitate successful online learning of person-centered skills using the Zoom platform and the Firstperson Services TalentLMS platform.

What is the cost of enrolling staff in the Blended Learning Pilot and how does that cost compare to the traditional 12-hour PCT workshop?

The cost of enrollment is $200 per participant. If the participant exits the course within 7 days of the start the fee is reimbursed at 50%. The class size is limited to twelve enrollees. That basic fee is identical to the two-day workshop fee without the expenses of travel and lodging.

What are the technical support needs that I should make sure that I can provide before committing to the Student-Centered Blended Learning approach?

The organization should provide the following hardware: earbuds, webcam, internet connected smartphone, tablet or computer. Technical staff should adjust company spam filters so that the IP addresses for the LMS system can be accessed and email addresses used by Firstperson Services are prevented from being rejected or sent to a junk mail folder. Staff who are enrolled will need to use documents to submit assignments. They are distributed through email attachments. Expectations and any support of the time needed to attend to the video conference and eLearning sessions should be clarified before the course commences.

What are the unique skills and backgrounds of Firstperson Services personnel in facilitating in person and video conference instruction?

Firstperson Services personnel are credentialed at the Mentor level as trainers with The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices as well as being authorized to perform online coaching for the Ambassador Course video conference facilitation with the University of Missouri Charting the LifeCourse system.

What type of LMS system does Firstperson Services use?

Firstperson Services uses the TalentLMS learning management system (LMS) which is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs