Title New Paths to Inclusion - A vocational training course in person centred planning
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/AT/0007
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Person Centred Planning is a process-oriented approach to empower people with disabilities. It creates a comprehensive portrait of who the person is and what the person wants to do with life. It brings together all people, who are important for the person including family, friends, neighbours, support workers and other professionals. This allows for greater inclusion and independence. Therefore PCP especially supports within transition situations e.g. from school to adults-life, from work into a supported retirement and so on.
The main aim of the “New Paths to Inclusion” project is to transfer new developments and experiences in Person Centred Planning (PCP) and Practice from the United Kingdom to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and service provider systems in different European regions (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Luxembourg).
Summary The project “New Paths to Inclusion” focuses on the transfer of the evidence based and innovative concept of Person-centred Planning (PCP) and practice from the United Kingdom, to be adapted and conceptualized into new vocational education qualification formats for the rest of Europe. Main aim is to advance inclusion in all aspects of society for people with intellectual disabilities.
What does Person Centred Planning mean?
The idea of Person-centred planning is a fundamentally different way of perceiving and working with people with intellectual disabilities (PWID). Person-Centered Planning (PCP) refers to a family of planning and practice approaches to organizing and guiding positive personal, organizational and community change in alliance with people with disabilities, their families and friends. Person Centred Planning is compromised of a range of planning methods and tools that have proofed to be an efficient strategy in achieving change on different levels, which there are:
* Personal level in assisting people with disabilities and their families to lead self determined lives especially during periods of transition, and on an
* Institutional level in showing service agencies how they can adjust their activities at both operational and strategic levels in order to better support people to achieve their goals
* Regional level in developing and providing vocational training and support structures that are modelled around an individualised and deinstitutionalised service model for people with disabilities.
Research has identified certain barriers to full and effective implementation for Person Centred Planning which will be tackled within the project:
* The absence of long term, coordinated and certified training programmes.
* The implementation gap within service providers.
* The absence of sustainable support structures on a regional and national level.
Focus and aims of the project: Accordingly the main aims of the project “New paths to Inclusion” are to transfer and collect newest developments of Person-centred Planning and Practice and include them into a comprehensive training format for qualified staff, self advocates and families. Therefore within the “New Paths to Inclusion”-partnership an elaborated Curriculum will be developed, tested, and evaluated, with Pilot-Training courses to be facilitated in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Furthermore the involved Project partners are committed to transfer the acquired knowledge and competences into their organisations in their effort of reshaping their services into a person-centred format. To reach additional audiences and target groups, enhance the political discourse on person-centred services, disseminate the project’s messages and results and establish sustainable networks Transfer Platforms will be installed in the three countries mentioned above.
program or curricula
material for open learning
Product information The “New Paths to Inclusion” Project will develop, evaluate and disseminate a Curriculum transferring new developments and experiences in Person Centred Planning (PCP) and Practice from the United Kingdom to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and service provider systems in different European regions (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Luxembourg). The results will be made available by a Training Pack (1) as Open Source Training Pack at the projects website and (2) by DVD. Over that “European PCP criteria” will be shaped, available as part of the European Publication “Training and Practice in Person Centred Planning – a European perspective”.