Person-Centered Planning (PCP) Training for Providers


What Training Is Available?

COVID-19 Updates

HHSC-sponsored person-centered thinking classroom training is suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

HHSC and the Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices are offering a virtual person-centered thinking class to satisfy all training requirements until in-person trainings can resume.

For specific questions about COVID-19-related flexibilities, email HHSC Person-Centered Planning.

Support and Connection: Person- Centered Practices During COVID-19

You are invited to attend the upcoming virtual training series Support and Connection: Person-Centered Practices During COVID. This project is a collaborative partnership between Texas Parent to Parent and the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with gratitude to the Money Follows the Person grant.

Participants will learn how to develop a one-page profile, a visual snapshot of what is important to the person, their support needs and an overview of specific medical information. The information from the one-page profile is intended to provide an immediate overview of a person for medical professionals in the event of an emergency hospitalization resulting from COVID-19.

This engaging six-part series begins Dec. 1, 2020 and ends Dec. 17, 2020.

Access the training on the Texas Center for Disability Studies website.

For questions or accommodations, email Cynda Green.

Online Introductory Course to Person Centered Planning

The Texas Health and Human Services Online Introductory Course is appropriate for any member of the planning team, including:

  • Legally authorized representatives
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Nurses (required in some instances)
  • Behavior specialists (required in some instances)
  • Employment specialists (required in some instances)
  • Attendants (required in some instances)
  • Direct support professionals (required in some instances)
  • Anyone asked to be a member of the planning team

Note: To access and complete this free online training, please go to the HHS Learning Portal, create a user login, and follow instructions to complete the training.

Dementia Care and Focus on the Montessori-Based Approach

A Montessori-based approach was first adapted for people with dementia by Dr. Cameron Camp over three decades ago. Since then, a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® has become a model of person-centered care in residential communities around the world.

Visit the Center for Applied Research in Dementia online to learn more about the Original Montessori for Dementia Training® live trainings, online courses, events and to explore how a Montessori approach works for long- term care.

These trainings are offered as a learning opportunity only. HHS does not endorse one provider, training or curriculum over another.

Overview of Person-Centered Thinking Virtual Training

This new course is offered by Texas certified Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) trainers. A four-hour virtual overview, it can help new staff or providers learn fundamentals until the full PCT training is available. Participants are expected to follow up with the full training in the future.  For more information, email HHSC Person Centered Planning.

Alabama Person-Centered Thinking

This course is an introduction to the concepts of person-centered practices. Like the four-hour virtual overview above, it does not fulfill the requirements for people who need full training but can be useful until the full training is available. To access the Alabama Person-Centered Thinking course free of charge, go here and follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Add to cart
  2. Check out
  3. Log in or create a free account (the course is free, so your billing information will not be used)
  4. Check your email for a confirmation email that will include a link to access your training.


An introductory course also is offered by DirectCourseOnline. The online offering includes courses in Person-Centered Counseling (PCC) and Person-Centered Thinking and Practice. There are 12 lessons in all.

Person-Centered Thinking Classroom Course

To register for the Person-Centered Thinking 2-day classroom course, please go to the HHS Learning Portal, create a user login, and follow instructions to register for a class that is most convenient to your location.

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HHS Approved Full Training

The following trainings are approved by Texas Health and Human Services for people required to take the full training, specifically case managers, service managers and service coordinators. If you would like to submit a training course to HHS for approval, email Person Centered Planning.

Remember to keep your training certificate.