“Person-centredness engages powerful and emotional ethical issues – it calls for a sustained search of effective ways to deal with difficult barriers and conflicting demands.” – O’Brien, J and Lovett, 1992. Implementing a person-centred approach will take you on a journey not only within your service areas, but yourself. Self-reflection is a key component in understanding and implementing the parts of person-centredness that are hard to define and will enable you to understand more holistically the experience of the person-centred approach journey for those around you. Ultimately, that is what it is all about. Providing a space for people to be more of who they are, enabling them to be the best they can be, creating an environment that fosters personal growth and a feeling of comfort, warmth and inclusion. So in implementing such a philosophy, it is important to ensure its principles become a part of everything you do in all areas of the service. Any cultural change can be difficult and a person-centred approach may be quite a different way of approaching what it is that your service does. We have provided some links, articles and resources here to help you understand what some of those challenges may be and how you may be able to approach and overcome them. Enjoy the journey. I am sure you will discover that it is worth it.
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