Category: General Person-Centered Planning and the Pandemic: Tools and Approaches for COVID-19 and Beyond Webinar

Person-Centered Planning and the Pandemic: Tools and Approaches for COVID-19 and Beyond Webinar

July 9, 2020

Person-centered planning (PCP) is a set of approaches designed to assist an individual to plan their life and supports.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark relief the critical importance of advance planning for both daily wellness and healthcare emergencies. In this interactive workshop, a panel of subject matter experts from across the long-term services and supports field, as well as people with lived experience, will offer tools and strategies that can be used to cope with life during a pandemic and plan in the event of a COVID-related hospitalization.

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Speakers: Michael Smull, Amye Trefethen, Chacku Mathai, Jenny Turner, Sheli Reynolds, Janis Tondora
Meet the presenters:
  • Michael Smull is a consultant and trainer who has worked with people with disabilities labels for the past 48 years. He is the senior partner in Support Development Associates ( and the founder and Chair of The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices ( He is the co-developer of person-centered thinking curricula and of essential lifestyle planning. Mr. Smull has provided training and consultation in 49 states and 8 countries.
  • Amye Trefethen works as the Family and Youth Services Coordinator for NAMI Missouri. Amye lives with bipolar disorder and has several family members who live with mental health challenges, as well as ASD. Amye enjoys spending time with her daughter Olivia, as well as her family and pets. She enjoys knitting, sewing, and cooking, and reading.
  • Chacku Mathai is the Director for a SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Grant focused on supporting youth and young adults experiencing early psychosis through OnTrackNY and the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia University. His personal experiences as an Indian-American young adult with disabling mental health and substance use challenges informs his effort to advocate for improved services, social conditions, and alternative supports in the community.
  • Jenny Turner is a member of the LifeCourse Nexus Team at the UMKC Institute for Human Development. She is the big sister of a sibling with IDD and brings her personal and professional experience to support the implementation of the Charting the LifeCourse framework for the person and family-centered policy, practice, and systems change.
  • Dr. Sheli Reynolds is the Associate Director at UMKC Institute for Human Development, where she advocates for and alongside people with disabilities and their families, working to create policy, practice, systems, and community change. She is the lead developer of the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools and directs the LifeCourse Nexus.
  • Dr. Janis Tondora is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine’s Program for Recovery and Community Health. Dr. Tondora’s professional interests focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of services that promote self-determination, recovery, and community inclusion among individuals living with serious behavioral health conditions.

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