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PCT Training Series 1 Tanya Richmond and Bob Sattler

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Person-Centered Thinking(Remote Series)

PCT Series 1

April 29, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

April 30, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

May 6, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

May 7, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

May 13, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

May 14, 2021 - 11am - 2 pm EDT

Curriculum Description

Person Centered Thinking. This training series consists of 6 3-hr sessions packed with interactive and engaging exercises where the participants acquire basic person centered thinking skills:

• The importance of being listened to and the effects of having no positive control

• The role of daily rituals and routines

• How to discover what is important to people

• How to sort what is important for people from what is important to them• How to respectfully address significant issues of health or safety while supporting choice

• Side-by-side decision making

• How to develop descriptions that help people get more of what is important to them while addressing issues of health and safety

• Learning how the Home and Community Based Services Rule intersects with person centered thinking and planning.

• And, much more!

The training in person centered thinking is recommended for anyone regardless of their role (administration, direct support, providers, community partners). It serves as a foundation for everyone who is involved in supporting people with significant disabilities across the lifespan. Implementation of person centered plans is more likely where staff have participated in this training.

Support Development Associates, LLC trainers will co-deliver this series. All are certified as mentor trainers by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP).

Meet the trainers!


Michael Smull has been working with people with disabilities since 1972. His extensive experience covers nearly all aspects of developing community services. Michael is the Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) and a senior partner in Support Development Associates (SDA). He is the co-developer of Essential Lifestyle Planning and has worked in 48 states and seven countries. He has helped found three (3) community agencies, assisted existing agencies with the conversion from programs to supports, and helped states, regions, and counties change their structures in order to support self-determination. He has helped people leave institutions in the US and the UK.

Michael has written extensively on issues relating to supporting people with challenging behaviors, person centered planning, and the challenge of changing our system to one that will support self-determination. From 1982 through 1997 he worked at the University of Maryland.

When he left in 1997 he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the College Park Campus and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine.

Tanya Richmond, MSW, CRCC, LCSW, SDA Partner, has over 30 years of experience working as a licensed clinical social worker. She has expertise in direct practice with older adults; adults with mental health and behavioral health concerns; children and their families; people who are deaf or hearing impaired; children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities; and with individuals who are in crisis due to rape. She has directed program coordination and evaluation in both community service agencies and university settings.A former Assistant Clinical Professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Tanya was the Jordan Institute’s Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (CARES) Program Coordinator. She is a certified person centered thinking trainer, a mentor for Person-centered Thinking

trainer candidates, and is an officer on the board of directors for the international Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. Tanya is also a Grove-certified graphic facilitator and graphic recorder and has created specialized hand-drawn large-scale graphics for over 60 events. Her specialized professional areas of interest are Geriatrics, Leadership and Coaching, Person Centered Practice, Outcome Evaluation and Research, and Ethics.

Tanya earned a BA in Psychology with a triple minor in Spanish, Anthropology, and Astronomy and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Louisiana State University. She has been licensed to practice social work as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) since the mid-1990’s. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC, where she also teaches tai chi and is an avid seamstress and dollhouse builder.

Bob Sattler’s career for the past 30 years has focused on building community supports. He began his career as a direct support professional and went on to redesign residential programs that create opportunities for fewer people to live together. Bob developed supported employment programs for a sheltered work center, which eventually led to establishing a service agency to support people with co-occurring needs (developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges).

Bob also worked as a case manager, was Director of Community Support for a county program, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Private Providers. His experience is grounded in providing person centered supports, while supporting self-determination, which has helped him redesign services at individual, organizational and state levels. Bob’s work has

provided him unique opportunities to work and train in partnership with professionals from the fields of mental

health, law enforcement and criminal justice, and state operated Intermediate Care Facilities, in order to better support people with complex support needs. Bob has worked with Support Development Associates since 2007, consulting across the nation to help people move from state operated facilities to their community and State and Provider systems to build person centered practices into their operational structure.

His work assists twenty three (23) states in the development of person centered systems. When he is not traveling, Bob lives in Denver, CO with his family and energetic dog. He enjoys spending time outdoors biking, hiking, and camping. He holds a BS in Special Education with a minor in psychology.

Sherrie Anderson, MA-Education, has worked in the field of disability services for over 35 years. A passionate interest in person centered and person directed living is at the heart of all her efforts. Starting in the early 1990’s, Sherrie received her training and mentoring from a variety of internationally recognized practitioners, including learning Personal Futures Planning, MAPS, and PATH from John O’Brien, Judith Snow, Marsha Forest, and Jack Pearpoint. Sherrie also worked with Jack, John, and Lynda Kahn to bring the time-honored Summer Institute to Australia and New Zealand as The Down Under Institute just a few years ago.

Her connection with Michael Smull began in the mid 1990s, when closing Fairview Training Center, Oregon’s largest institution for people who have disabilities. Sherrie led the team that developed the plans that were used to help people move during transition and afterwards provided technical assistance as people settled into new community homes. Working collaboratively with Michael and others nationally, Sherrie and her team organized and hosted the first Portland Gatherings. This annual event that continues to this day to support and promote work of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practice (TLCPCP). As a mentor trainer in The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, she supports potential trainers to develop their skills and practices in training others.

Sherrie’s work history includes roles as a direct support professional, vocational trainer, secondary special education teacher, residential group home manager, and various training and statewide technical assistance roles. Sherrie’s work has largely been Oregon-based, but she recently spent a decade in Australia, working within agencies to provide training on using a variety of person centered thinking and planning processes in a number of states as Australia moves towards a nationwide self-directed disability support system.

Dates and Cost:

Cost: $225/participant.

Register early. This session is capped at 40 and is sure to fill VERY FAST!

Materials are electronic and will be delivered via email to registrants prior to each session. Participants are responsible for assuring they have access to the materials for each session.

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