Course Profile

Course Profile: Person Centred Planning  (Mental Health) (1-2 Days)
PCP is largely misunderstood. The term is often confused with Rogerian Counseling principles and application reveals that the approach is being misused by many as a technique to camouflage staff/service centred approaches.

This course aims to ensure that staff understand clearly what the PCP approach and planning methods are and how these can be applied in an ethical and authentic way. Learners will explore a variety of PCP methods and tools and how to apply them in a mental health context.

The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links to the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB1, 2, 4, 5
Care Certificate: 1.3, 1.4, 3, 5, 7
QCF: HSC026, 3020
The course is designed for front line staff working in varied settings with people with mental health needs.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by Person Centred Planning
  • The difference between this term and that used to describe Carl Rogers' philosophy and model
  • Terminology and abbreviations commonly used and breaking through the jargon
  • Listening / Questioning Skills (exploring total communication & active listening skills)
  • Working with people with impaired judgment
  • Why the team approach
  • The key characteristics to P.C.P
  • What is meant by Circles of Support and who should be involved
  • How inappropriate inclusion could counter the PCP principles
  • Making Action Plans (MAPS)
  • PATHS and other tools
  • How to put PCP`s into practice
  • Barriers to be overcome
  • How PCP should be fundamental to the service and everything else should be built on this.
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations with PowerPoint, Role play, Chalk & talk,
Group discussion, ideas shower, Small and larger group exercises, Pairs work