I have been writing about Person Centered Thinking but I want to be sure you know that it is not a huge shift for us. I am proud of the fact that we have always been person centered. All of us at Horizons share our core value of ‘fostering growth and independence for the people we serve’. The difference is that we now have tools that will help us see situations not only from our perspective but from the perspective of the individual, his or her family, and the community.
Another of our core values is ‘the paramount importance of health and safety for our clients’. This core value is really a statement of what is important for someone. As you can imagine, it can conflict with what is important to someone. Drinking Mountain Dew all day might be important to someone but is detrimental to their health. I doubt any of us would like it if someone – even if they care deeply about us – told us we had to drink less coffee, wine, beer (insert your favorite beverage). In situations like this, we typically negotiate to try find a replacement for the Mountain Dew. It doesn’t always work. We can’t prevent people from making poor choices if they live on their own and have money to buy whatever it is they want to drink. Another of our core values is ‘a never ending quest for creative solutions’. What that means to me is that we would try to think of lots of alternatives to drinking Mountain Dew all day and would use our influence to try to get the person to make a different choice. Maybe going out to lunch to celebrate a week of limiting Mountain Dew to once a day?Maybe a favorite activity with a favorite person to celebrate two weeks of limiting Mountain Dew to once a day? When you are committed to thinking creatively, there are many options.