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Cornell University. ILR School. Employment and Disability Institute

Course 5d: Personal Futures Planning
Dr. Beth Mount

Personal Futures Planning requires an on-going process of change through which person-centered practices replace system-centered methods.

The process encourages an awakening of the potential that exists in every human being to be a contributing and integral member within our communities.

Personal Futures Planning suggests a series of tasks that are useful in discovering capacities, identify opportunities in the local community and develop service supports that are responsive to the unique interests and needs of each individual.

  • TASK 1:Getting to know people (tool: the relationship map)
  • TASK 2:Finding capacities in people (tool: the personal profile)
  • TASK 3:Finding capacities in community life (tool: the community building map
  • TASK 4: Creating a vision for the future(tool: the futures map)
  • TASK 5: Supporting people over time to take action and try new things (tool: follow along meetings and action plans)
  • TASK 6: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE: Constructive system supports (tool: designing platforms for change)

Dr. Mount has developed a graphic representation of Personal Futures Planning (2000). She places O'Brien's five valued outcomes in the center of a circle. These values are identified as relationships, places, valued roles, choice and contribution. The person who is at the focus of planning would define the specific dimensions of these values. Emerging from the perimeter of the circle are six arrows. There is equal space between each arrow and the space accommodates each of the task areas and task tools for Personal Futures Planning.

Dr. Mount's Personal Future's Planning

For more information, contact:
Dr. Beth Mount
Graphic Futures
25 West 81st Street #16B
New York, NY 10024
(212)362-9492*FAX (212) 769-2969