Unit 4222-373 Essay

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Unit 4222-373 Support person-centred thinking and planning 1.1 “Person-centred thinking is a set of values, skills and tools used in person-centred planning and in the personalisation of services used by individuals who are supported by care services” (Wikipedia). It means that if appropriate, the service user should be involved and kept at the centre of any discussions, reviews or decision making about their care or their life. 1.2 There are definitely benefits using person-centred thinking when working with individuals. Ultimately, it makes the individual feel empowered, and have control over their life which can benefit that individual hugely, by improving self-esteem, giving them confidence amongst a host of other personal gains. It also means that the values and beliefs of that individual are always kept in mind and as the priority in making any sort of decision, which again respects what the individual wants or would like in their life. 1.3 The beliefs and values on which person-centred thinking and planning should importantly be based on the individual who the thinking and planning is about, and what their beliefs and values are. It is sometimes hard for support teams to suppress their own beliefs and values which may affect their input at discussions about an individual, but they should as it is not about what they believe and value, but what the individual believes and values. 1.4 The beliefs and values which person-centred thinking should aim to be based, differs from that of an assessment type approach, or another professional approach. This is because the beliefs and values are based on person beliefs and values that have been contracted from social experience, mistakes etc. and all personal experiences. Other approaches tend to be more professional, with a clinical type mind set not really taking into account personal
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