Person-Centred Practice (PCP) aims to ensure that:
- listening, observing and or understanding the client is crucial
- lifestyle decisions reflect the clients aspirations
- clients autonomy is safeguarded
- service provision enhances quality of life
- self-determination is maintained
The term Person Centred Practice is commonplace in aged and disability services and is self explanatory in that the functions of effective service provision, will be reflected in the client's wellbeing and empowement.
The client-worker partnership is at forefront in any planning and implementation - a way of ensuring that the client’s wishes are not over-ridden by the views and or ‘momentums’ of the caseworker. Such practice involves truly listening and engaging clients in new and different ways.
Person-centred Practice (PCP) is itself a strengths-based practice. Similarly expansive, it always invites the client to direct their lives as much as they can. As a client’s ability to do this will vary, supports are designed to complement the resources of the individual - rather than compensating for their perhaps unexpressed wishes or perceived deficits.
As with The Strengths Approach is an approach to people and therefore relevant to any relationship across any service sector. Bernadette Glass and Associates offer a number of courses and programs throughout the year that outline how to implement a Person-centred Practice. Individuals and agencies wishing to learn more about PCP can attend a workshop or arrange for tailored training in-house.