Person-centered planning

Document Type


Publication Date



Person-centered planning (PCP) is a term used to describe an approach utilized to assist individuals in planning for their futures. The goal of PCP is to aid an individual in developing meaningful life goals based on his or her strengths and talents, utilizing individual, natural, and creative supports and services. PCP is a process for defining the life a person wishes to live and then describing what needs to be accomplished to assist that person in moving toward that life. It is rooted in values, goals, and outcomes important to the person but takes into account other critical factors that have an impact on his or her life, for example, family and agency views, a person's disability, funding, and community supports. PCP has developed and evolved as practitioners worked with individuals with different types of disabilities to improve the quality of their lives.


Encyclopedia of behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy: Volume 1: Adult clinical applications volume 2: Child clinical applications volume 3: Educational applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781412950534.n122) Fixsen, A., Haber, M., & Clark, H. B. (2007). Person Centered Planning: Personnel Training Module. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.