Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

SEEC embraces Person-Centered Thinking and Planning as best practices to help men and women achieve their personal goals for an enriching life. Rather than a "one size fits all" program, Person-Centered Thinking and Planning sees each individual as the focal point on which customized opportunities for employment, education, recreation, and social activities are created. All supports are delivered in the community and reflect each person’s strengths, needs, interests and desires.

Through a process called “discovery” SEEC staff work with individuals supported, their family members, and others important in their lives, to help people chart out how they would like to use their services to obtain their personal goals for employment, personal development and daily living. Discovery involves on-going dialogue with the individual and people significant in his or her life, coupled with staff observations, and interactions with the person in familiar and novel community experiences. It is also used to identify employment, recreational, and educational opportunities in each person’s local community which match his or her interests and skills. Findings of the discovery process are used to develop a Person-Centered Plan of individualized goals for employment, personal development, and daily living. The Person-Centered Plan builds upon a person’s interests and career goals and matches them to the resources and economic needs of their local community. The plan outlines needed supports to facilitate each individual’s full participation in their jobs, leisure activities, educational pursuits, and relationships. Staff facilitate implementation of the plan and independence in the community.


This page was last updated on 9/16/15.