Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael G. Chovanec


Social Work


The purpose of this study was to explore the benefits and barriers to implementing Person Centered Planning as a replacement for, or in addition to traditional service planning for adults with developmental disabilities. Person Centered Planning was chosen because it’s main focus is on enhancing quality of life and putting the “client” into the expert role over their own life. Person centered planning, or as many people call it, “person centered thinking” is not a new concept, however it is only recently that people have become more aware of it and steps have been taken to train people to implement it. A qualitative exploratory design was used to hear from the voices of people who have first hand knowledge and experience with using person centered planning for individuals with DD/ID. The strongest theme that emerged from this study is that PCP is individualized planning that puts the client into the role of expert over his or her life. This expert role allows for increased self-determination because it increases choices in areas such as types of living arrangements, type of employment, and leisure activities. The circle of support may be the most important component of helping the focus person achieve their future vision. The limitations of this research, along with recommendations for future researchers are also included in this study.

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