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PCT Training Registration 8/10-8/11, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement: Given the evolving situation to slow the spread of COVID-19, we will wait until mid-July to make a decision whether or not to continue with the plan to host in-person PCT training in August.

In the event that we cannot host an in-person training, we are looking into the possibility of other training options for those who register for this training.

If you have any questions about the status of the PCT trainings, please email

Person-Centered Thinking (PCT)® Training

PCT is two days of interactive training for participants to acquire and practice effective skills that they can use to learn how to discover and balance what is “important to” and what is “important for” a person. PCT training is designed for staff at all levels in an organization, as well as individuals who receive support and families.

Participants learn how to use the information to write Person-Centered Descriptions and One-Page Descriptions. Over the course of two interactive days, participants get help with support and skills to change their thinking from a priority of 'fixing' what is wrong with a person to supporting each person’s opportunities to share his or her gifts and live an everyday life.

Twelve (12) specific skills for Person-Centered Thinking are taught across the two days:

  1. Core Concept & Skill: Sorting Important To/Important For
  2. Two-Minute Drill
  3. Relationship Mapping
  4. What’s Working/What’s Not Working Sort
  5. 4+1 Questions
  6. Learning Log
  7. Communication Chart
  8. Donut Sort
  9. Rituals Routines
  10. Good Day/Bad Day
  11. Positive Reputation
  12. Matching
The first day’s focus is on exposure to the concepts; the second day provides experience in applied learning, intended to begin skill development.

More information about Person-Centered Thinking [download PDF]

Host: Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Roseville, MN
(Map and room provided when registration is confirmed)
Date: Monday, August 10 - Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sign-in starts at 8:30 each day)

Fee: There is no charge for this training.
Meals: Lunch is not provided, but there is a list of local options.

Training Contacts
For Self-Advocates, Families, Caregivers, Direct Support Staff, County/Agency Staff

Amber Maki 

For Educators
Garrett Petrie 
1. What is your role? *This question is required.
PCT certification is required to attend "Person-Centered Planning: Picture of a Life" to become a certified person-centered planning facilitator.