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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Person-Centered Thinking Facilitator Training

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The Sherlock Center is currently offering Person-Centered Thinking Facilitator Training as an online course. This free course is available to those supporting persons with I/DD living in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is in the process of expanding and refining Person-Centered practices throughout the state.  One of the important components of Person-Centered Thinking is the facilitator who advises and assists the person to actively participate in developing a plan for all domains of their life. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills a facilitator needs to help individuals to:
  • Prepare for the plan
  • Develop the plan
  • Implement the plan
To get the most from this course, it is recommended that learners identify an individual with whom they might engage in person-centered planning. The course will provide the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge learned and to reflect on learner experiences.

Course Requirements:

Learners will use Moodle, an online platform, to independently access course materials and assignments. Learners will also participate in four (4) required group sessions with the instructor. Course readings and assignments will align with the group sessions. Learners are required to complete an orientation to Moodle and initial readings prior to the first group session.

Completion of the online modules, assignments, and participation in four (4) group sessions via Zoom is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Technology Requirements:

To access Moodle and participate in the group sessions, learners will need a computer, laptop or tablet with internet access and a camera. We recommend using latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari for the best Moodle experience.

All course materials are provided electronically in Moodle or by email. It is recommended that learners install a free version of Adobe Reader on the device that will be used to participate in the course. Every effort has been made to create this course and course documents in an accessible format.
Session Schedule

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Online Course opens September 12, 2023

Group session dates/times:
10:00 - 11:30 AM

September 19
October 3
October 17
November 7
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Time Commitment

Training takes place over 3 months and will require approximately a 40-hour commitment to successfully complete the course. Learners must complete 11 online modules, quizzes, 3 assignments, and participate in 4 instructor-led group session via Zoom (1.5 hours each)


Space is limited. This free course is available to those supporting persons with I/DD living in Rhode Island. You will receive a confirmation by email when your registration is processed. Priority registration will be given to support coordinators, managers, and other front-line supervisors, as well as families and people with lived experience.

The Sherlock Center will use the email provided with your registration to create an account in Moodle and to provide course information and updates.

Certificate of Completion

The Sherlock Center will provide a certificate to learners that complete online modules, assignments, and attend all required group sessions.

Accommodations Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., ASL Interpreter), materials in an alternate format (e.g., large print) or information in a language other than English in order to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.
Registration Support

Vanessa Hollands

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