Better Lives, Not Just Better Plans...


The Institute has experience training across multiple states using a person-centered framework to assist people with a range of support needs to have positive control over their lives.  Our partners represent a diverse group of individuals, family members and service organizations.

In order to facilitate learning and development, the Institute established a Community of Practice bringing together more than 30 certified trainers from Texas to learn from one another.   The Institute collaborates with Oklahoma to host the Texas Gathering & Our Southwest Friends, a three-day event bringing together trainers, trainer candidates, family members and people with disabilities to exchange ideas, learn about national emerging trends from an international perspective.

The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. (TLCPCP) developed the training curriculums used by the Institute.  TLCPCP began this work in the 1980's and has continually developed improved and incorporated innovative ideas and methods to facilitate community life for people who have been marginalized in their communities. 

One of our founders, Dr. Shelly Dumas, was actively involved in establishing the TLCPCP. Two of our founders served on the TLCPCP Board of Directors.  
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About the Institute for Person-Centered Practices