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What is Person Centered Thinking?

Person centered thinking begins with truly listening to people and acting on what we hear. This leads to people:

  • Having positive control over their lives
  • Being valued for their contributions to their communities
  • Having a web of friendships and relationships in their communities for support

At the core of person centered thinking is balancing what is important to people - their hopes and dreams, what matters to them, and what brings them comfort and fulfillment - while respectfully addressing significant issues of health and safety or barriers to full community inclusion.


Who Needs This Training?

This training is recommended for case managers, social workers, nurses, therapists, educators, health and human service directors and managers, long term care administrators, front line supervisors, direct support staff, and more.

Implementation of person centered plans and practices are more likely when staff have participated in this training.

Developed with people with developmental disabilities, this training is being used in the areas of mental health services, aging and independent living, chronic illness, end of life care, wellness, education, life transitions, and more.


Why Do I Need This Training?

Person centered thinking training equips participants with a set of skills that lead to better plan development and implementation. Research shows that person centered planning is associated with greater community involvement, contact with family and friends, and choice.

This training can help you and your staff meet the person centered thinking and planning requirements found in current Medicaid waiver regulations and the CMS HCBS Final Rule. Person centered planning is a key component of the national No Wrong Door (NWD) system and is being utilized in education, health care, employment services, and aging services with positive outcomes.


Is This a Certified Course?

The 2-Day Person Centered Thinking Course has been approved for continuing education in the following disciplines:

  • KY Long Term Care Administrators (11 hours)
  • KY Board of Social Work (13.2 hours)
  • KY Board of Nursing (13.2 hours contact hours, WFC Provider # 4-0199, Expiration Date 01/01/2017)

We will gladly provide materials to attendees who wish to request continuing education credits from other boards. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.


When and Where is the Training Offered?

A 2-Day Person Centered Thinking Training course is offered regularly on Wendell Foster’s Campus. Please click below for a schedule of trainings and registration form. Trainers are also available to offer training at your location and to adapt the training to meet the scheduling and service needs of your organization. Please contact us to discuss fees and scheduling.


Who is the Trainer?

Diana Caldwell is certified by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices as a person-centered thinking and coaches trainer.

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Diana Caldwell has worked with people with disabilities, older adults, and their families for over ten years in a variety of residential and community settings. She is an engaging trainer who appeals to a wide range of audiences. Her interests include research and evaluation, organizational culture change, and strategic planning. Diana earned her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed social worker. She is currently the Vice President for Quality and Strategic Advancement at Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities.



For more information, please contact


(270) 683-4517

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815 Triplett Street
P.O. Box 1668
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
PHONE | 270-683-4517
TOLL FREE | 877-932-2678
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